Category Archives: Employee Rights

NY Metal Company sued for Racial Discrimination

Endless Racial Remarks reported to the EEOC Buffalo, NY – Frontier Hot-Dip Galvanizind a lawsuit alleging a hostile work environment on the basis of race. The metal coating company denies the allegations brought forth by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and plans to defend their business “vigorously.” The alleged hostile work environment, according to… Read more »

NJ Employee allege Retaliation for Whistleblowing

City Worker fights for Fair Wages New Jersey – A male employee, Patrick “PJ” Leonard, working for the city of Bayonne, NJ has filed a lawsuit in Hudson County Superior Court against the city alleging that he experienced workplace retaliation as a result of whistleblowing. Whistleblowing occurs when an employee offers information regarding workplace misconduct… Read more »

Red Lobster to pay $160,000 to settle EEOC Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

Red Lobster Restaurants LLC has agreed to pay $160,000 and provide a significant amount of equitable relief to resolve a sexual harassment lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The lawsuit was filed on behalf of three employees of Red Lobster who claimed that they were sexually harassed by the culinary manager… Read more »

Pentagon: 20,300 Service Members were Sexually Assaulted or Harassed in 2014

The Pentagon recently reported that there were an estimated 20,300 instances of unwelcome sexual conduct among 1.3 million active service members in 2014. Among these instances, 65% occurred on a military base or ship; 54% of the time, the assailant outranked the victim. Men can be Victims of Sexual Harassment too A common misconception is… Read more »

Gender-based Discrimination Poll in Politics

Hillary Clinton promotes the Woman Card Donald Trump recently gave a speech that included degrading remarks against his competitor’s, Hillary Clinton, presidential campaign. Trump alleged that Hillary’s primary focus in her campaign is the woman card. He further explained that most women do not like the “female candidate.” In spite of Trump’s negativity, Clinton launched… Read more »

UPS must pay $5.3M in Hostile Work Environment Lawsuit

Several Black Men sued UPS for Hostile Work Environment Exposure A total of 8 black UPS employees filed a race discrimination lawsuit in 2014 in Fayette Circuit Court against UPS located in Lexington, Kentucky. The plaintiffs named in this race discrimination lawsuit include William Barber, Lamont Brown, Jeffrey Goree, John Hughes, Glenn Jackson, Donald Ragland,… Read more »

MUSLIM DRIVERS AWARDED $240,000 IN EMPLOYMENT DISCRIMINATION SUIT

An Illinois jury recently awarded $240,000 to a pair of Muslim men who believed they were terminated from their position of employment with a trucking company after both men refused to serve alcohol, a violation of their religious practices as devout Muslims. Chief U.S. District Judge James Shadid ruled that Star Transport Inc. had violated… Read more »

EMPLOYERS MUST PROVIDE REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS FOR EMPLOYEES’ RELIGIOUS BELIEFS

The law states that employers must reasonably accommodate workers’ religious practices, unless doing so poses an undue hardship on their business. Several examples of reasonable religious accommodations include providing flexible scheduling for religious holidays, allowing religious dress and grooming, and making exceptions to workplace policies. Two recent lawsuits provide good examples of the extent to… Read more »

EEOC DECIDES AGAINST U.S. ARMY IN GENDER IDENTITY DISCRIMINATION CASE

Recently, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission released a landmark ruling that found the U.S. Army guilty of discriminating against a transgender civilian employee. The decision marks the first time that a transgender U.S. military employee received a favorable ruling from the EEOC. The victim of the discrimination, Tamara Lusardi, is a veteran who currently… Read more »

STATE-APPOINTED PANEL SAYS FAST-FOOD RESTAURANTS SHOULD RAISE MINIMUM WAGE TO $15

State-appointed panel says fast-food restaurants should raise minimum wage to $15   A state-appointed minimum wage panel recently came to the conclusion that the minimum wage for fast-food workers in New York should be raised to $15 an hour. The three members of the panel agreed that restaurants that are part of national chains should… Read more »

SUPREME COURT RULES IN FAVOR OF WOMAN DENIED JOB AT ABERCROMBIE BECAUSE OF HEADSCAR

Supreme Court rules in favor of woman denied job at Abercrombie because of headscarf   On June 1st, the Supreme Court ruled that Abercrombie and Fitch violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by denying a Muslim woman employment because she wore a headscarf.   The jobseeker, Samantha Elauf, wore a hijab… Read more »

INSPECTOR GENERAL FINDS THAT EPA PROMOTED EMPLOYEE WHO HARASSED AT LEAST 17 WOMEN

An inspector general investigation has found that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) promoted an employee to be the Assistant Administrator for the EPA’s Office of Homeland Security, despite the fact that senior officials knew about multiple sexual harassment allegations against him. The inspector general’s office said that the man, Peter Jutro, engaged in unwelcome sexual… Read more »

NONPROFIT TO PAY $75,000 FOR HAVING A “NO PREGNANCY IN THE WORKPLACE” POLICY

Nonprofit to pay $75,000 for having a “no pregnancy in the workplace” policy   United Bible Fellowship Ministries, a nonprofit organization that provides housing for individuals with disabilities, will pay $75,000 to settle a pregnancy discrimination lawsuit.   The lawsuit was filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on the behalf of an employee… Read more »

EXECUTIVE ORDER ON LGBT WORKPLACE DISCRIMINATION TAKES EFFEC

On April 8th, President Obama’s Executive Order on LGBT Workplace Discrimination went into effect. The order prohibits federal contractors and subcontractors from discriminating against applicants or employees based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. Previously, contractors were prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, religion, disability, and veteran status only. In a… Read more »

NEW BILL BANS EMPLOYERS FROM USING CREDIT HISTORY TO MAKE EMPLOYMENT DECISIONS

The New York City Council recently passed Intro 261A, a bill that prohibits most employers from basing hiring and employment decisions on credit history. The Councilmember who sponsored the bill, Brad Lander, said that credit checks are unrelated to job performance and can result in discrimination. “Millions of Americans who have bad credit, would also… Read more »