Category Archives: Employment Law

Is Walmart Discriminating Against Pregnant Employees?

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Walmart to answer pregnancy discrimination suit file by two employees. Recently two Walmart employees, Talisa Borders and Otisha Woolbright, filed a lawsuit in Illinois Federal Court, accusing the conglomerate retailer of discriminating against pregnant workers and treating them as “second-class citizens” by allegedly forcing them to continue lifting heavy items, and continue climbing on stairs… Read more »

NY Metal Coating Company sued for Race Discrimination

Endless Racial Remarks reported to the EEOC Frontier Hot-Dip Galvanizing Inc. recently received a lawsuit alleging a hostile work environment on the basis of race. The Buffalo, NY 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,… 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 »

NJ Police Officers sue for Sexual Harassment

Twin Police Officers link to Sexual Harassment and Retaliation Suit New Jersey – Twin police officers, Angel and Luis Santiago, were named in a sexual harassment lawsuit filed in Cumberland County on behalf of five female officers who alleged they were subjected to “a plethora of sexual harassment” on the basis of gender. The sexual… Read more »

US Labor Department updated Sex Discrimination Regulations for the First Time in 40 Years.

Women make up over 50 percent of the population in the United States and are a significant part of the workforce. Yet, discrimination based on gender (sex discrimination) remains prevalent. As an employment attorney, practicing for over 21 years, I (among many others) have been trying to eradicate this problem from our society while constantly… Read more »

Appeals Court holds that isolated Incidents of Harassment can be sufficient for Hostile Work Environment Lawsuit

For a very long time, the 4th Circuit had set a very high standard holding that a hostile work environment claim cannot survive unless it was pervasive and on-going. This year, the 4th Circuit finally reversed itself and reinstated a former cocktail waitress’s hostile work environment and retaliation lawsuit, stating that isolated incidents of verbal… Read more »

New York City Makes Caregivers a Protected Class

On January 5, 2016, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed into law legislation prohibiting employment discrimination based on an individual’s actual or perceived status as a caregiver. A “caregiver” is defined as “a person who provides direct and ongoing care for a minor child or care recipient.” A “care recipient” is a person… 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 »

New York State’s Paid Family Leave

The New York State budget for 2016-2017, which was proposed by Governor Cuomo, included a Paid Family Leave (PFL) policy. PFL, when fully-enacted, will allow employees to take up to 12 weeks of leave to care for an infant or family member with a serious health condition. Employees are eligible to take leave after having… 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 »

EEOC RULES THAT SEXUAL ORIENTATION DISCRIMINATION IS UNLAWFUL UNDER TITLE VII

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has ruled that sexual orientation discrimination in the workplace is a form of illegal sex discrimination. According to the Commission, which passed the ruling in a 3-to-2 vote on July 16, 2015, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 does not explicitly prohibit sexual orientation discrimination. It does, however,… Read more »

EEOC FINDS THAT NYC PAID MINORITY AND FEMALE WORKERS LESS THAN WHITE MALE COUNTERPARTS

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently found that New York City discriminated against women and minorities, paying them substantially less than their white male counterparts. The Commission issued its ruling after more than 1,000 administrative managers, represented by Local 1180 of the Communications Workers of America, filed a complaint against former Mayor Michael… Read more »