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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

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SUPREME COURT REVIVES UPS PREGNANCY DISCRIMINATION LAWSUIT

On March 25, 2015 the United States Supreme Court vacated the decision of the lower court, sending a pregnancy discrimination lawsuit back to that court for trial. The decision will allow the plaintiff in the case, Peggy Young, another opportunity to prove that her former employer, UPS, illegally discriminated against her. Ms. Young alleges that Read More

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NEW BAR EXCLUSIVELY HIRES WAITERS OVER THE AGE OF 50

A new bar in Barcelona, Entrepanes Díaz, has made headlines for only hiring waiters over the age of 50. The move is an unusual one for a business in the hospitality industry, as many restaurants and bars tend to hire younger workers. Unfortunately, age discrimination in restaurants is widespread. Recently, for example. Olive Garden’s sister Read More

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WHAT PROTECTIONS DO TRANSGENDER INDIVIDUALS HAVE IN THE WORKPLACE?

A recent lawsuit and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) complaint have caused the Justice Department to clarify the stance of the federal government on gender identity discrimination in the workplace. Leyth Jamal, a former Associate with Saks Fifth Avenue, filed a lawsuit alleging that she was harassed, discriminated and retaliated against due to her gender Read More

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EEOC SAYS SARA LEE (THE COMPANY) DISCRIMINATED AGAINST BLACK EMPLOYEES

On February 9th, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced that food company Sara Lee discriminated against black employees at a facility in Paris, Texas. According to the Commission’s findings, black workers were assigned to work in hazardous areas within the facility where they were exposed to asbestos, mold, and other toxins. In a Read More

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RUBY TUESDAY ACCUSED OF GENDER DISCRIMINATION TOWARDS MEN

A current civil rights lawsuit demonstrates that victims of gender discrimination are not always women. Male employees who worked for Ruby Tuesday have sued the restaurant chain for excluding them from a “lucrative” temporary work assignment in a resort town. According to the lawsuit, which was filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Read More

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SUPREME COURT TACKLES PREGNANCY DISCRIMINATION

On December 3rd, 2014, the Supreme Court heard a pregnancy discrimination case that will help define the requirements of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978. The case was brought forward by Peggy Young, who drove a UPS delivery truck for four years before she became pregnant in 2006. After UPS requested a doctor’s note, Young Read More

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NEW YORK CITY LAW PROHIBITS UNEMPLOYMENT DISCRIMINATION

If you are unemployed, you may worry about whether your work status will negatively impact your job search. You should know that in New York City, employers are prohibited from discriminating against you on the basis of your unemployment status. If you believe that you have been discriminated against because of your unemployment status, you Read More

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A CULTURE OF AGE DISCRIMINATION IN THE TECH SECTOR

In recent years, young CEOs like Mark Zuckerberg have created an increasingly youth-centered culture in the tech sector. At an event at Stanford in 2007, Zuckerberg made statements such as, “I want to stress the importance of being young and technical,” and “Young people are just smarter.” His comments may be a symptom of a Read More

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CAN A MUSLIM WOMAN WEARING A HIJAB BE DENIED EMPLOYMENT?

On October 2, 2014 the United States Supreme Court granted certiorari to hear the EEOC v. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores, Inc.. The case involved a Muslim woman who applied for a job at the Woodland Hills Mall location of Aberombie & Fitch in Tulsa, Oklahoma. During the interview she was wearing a hijab as part of Read More

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