National Origin Discrimination

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EEOC Roundup: June 2014

Employment is heavily regulated in the U.S., where it is illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person's race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or...more

Seapod Pawnshops Charged by EEOC with Sex, Race and National Origin Harassment and Retaliation

Owner Tormented Workers, Fired Those Who Complained, Federal Agency Charged - NEW YORK - Seapod Pawnbrokers, a chain of pawnshops in Brooklyn and Queens, N.Y., violated federal law when its owner harassed workers...more

Tampa Bay Federal, Local Government Agencies to Observe 50th Anniversary of 1964 Civil Rights Act

Landmark Legislation Still Holds Significance for Millions of Americans - TAMPA, Fla. - Several government agencies will join forces on July 2 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson's...more

Four Hawaii Farms to Pay $2.4 Million to Thai Workers to Settle EEOC National Origin and Retaliation Employment Discrimination...

Additional Relief in the Form of Job Offers and Other Benefits Will Be Offered to Vulnerable Thai Laborers, Says Federal Agency - LOS ANGELES - Three years after filing suit against farm labor contractor Global...more

Oklahoma Government Bodies May Not Consider Race, Sex, Ethnicity Or National Origin In Employment, Contracting, Or School...

In 2003, despite the Constitutional prohibition on racial discrimination, the U.S. Supreme Court in Grutter v. Bollinger permitted the University of Michigan to consider applicants’ race to ensure a diverse student body. In...more

Employer's Contemporaneous Documentation of Verbal Counseling Helps It Win Discrimination Lawsuit

The Seventh Circuit recently upheld the summary judgment dismissal of a former hospital worker's claims for national origin and age discrimination after the worker was fired for repeatedly sending "negative, unprofessional,...more

Dear Colleague Letter Urges Districts to Abandon “Zero Tolerance” in Student Discipline Policies

The Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education (OCR) and the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice recently released a joint “Dear Colleague Letter” (DCL) providing guidance on administering...more

Dear Colleague Letter Firmly Urges Districts to Abandon “Zero Tolerance” in Student Discipline Policies

The Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education (OCR) and the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice recently released a joint “Dear Colleague Letter” (DCL) providing guidance on administering...more

English-Only Rule May Present Headaches for Employers

Employers who implement English-only rules often find themselves facing charges of national origin discrimination in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. English-only rules are discriminatory because they tend to...more

Past use of a false Social Security number: An employment disqualifier?

By now, most employers have faced situations in which they have discovered an employee has used a false Social Security number. Such discovery usually results in an employee discharge or resignation. A lawsuit filed on...more

What is at will employment law?  [Video]

Phoenix Business law firm Jaburg Wilk's employment law attorney Kraig Marton discusses at will employment, various types of employment cases, types of discrimination and how employment cases are assessed....more

Del Monte Fresh Produce Agrees to Settle EEOC Farmworker National Origin Lawsuit

Federal Agency Alleged Thai Farm Workers Were Subjected to Discrimination on Hawaii Farm - LOS ANGELES -- Del Monte Fresh Produce, one of the country's leading producers of fresh fruit and vegetables, has agreed to...more

EEOC Meeting Highlights Challenges to Title VII National Origin Enforcement

Growing Immigrant and Ethnic Populations Require Nuanced Approaches to Enforcement of Anti-Discrimination Laws, Panel of Experts Tells Commission - WASHINGTON- The diversity, size and cultural individuality of...more

DOJ Settles Fair Lending Cases against Mortgage Lenders

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently settled fair lending lawsuits against two mortgage lenders. Both actions involved DOJ attempts to use disparate impact evidence to establish that a lender engaged in a “pattern or...more

Next EEOC Commission Meeting To Be Held November 13

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) will hold a meeting on Wed., Nov. 13, at 9:30 a.m. (Eastern Time), at agency headquarters, 131 M Street, N.E., Washington D.C. 20507. In accordance with...more

Baird Tree to Settle EEOC National Origin Wage Discrimination Lawsuit

Federal Agency Charged Knoxville-Area Tree Company Failed to Pay Overtime Wages to Hispanic Employees Due to Their National Origin - KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Baird Tree Company, Inc., a tree-trimming service company based in...more

Justice Department Announces Three Fair Lending Actions

Recently, the DOJ released information regarding three fair lending actions, all three of which included allegations related to wholesale lending programs. On September 27, the DOJ announced separate actions—one against a...more

OFCCP Announced a Series of Consent Decrees Impacting Contractors Prior to the Government Shutdown

A Department of Labor Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”) approved a consent decree on September 16, 2013 between the Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) and Medtronic, Inc....more

Mesa Systems to Pay $450,000 to Settle EEOC National Origin Discrimination Lawsuit

Hispanic Workers Subjected to Slurs, Federal Agency Charged; Company to Rescind Restrictive Language Policy; Settlement Largest Ever for Utah - PHOENIX - Grand Junction, Colo.-based Mesa Systems, Inc., a moving and...more

Conducting a Workplace Investigation? Make Them an Offer They Can’t Refuse!

In general terms, if an employer suspects one of its employees has violated an important policy, it will likely ask that person to participate in an internal investigation....more

Orland Park Janitorial Company to Pay $360,000 to Resolve Claim of Discrimination against Hispanics

EEOC Says RJB Properties Harassed and Fired Hispanic Employees and Retaliated Against Supervisors Who Refused to Fire Hispanic Employees - CHICAGO - RJB Properties, Inc. (RJB), a janitorial company headquartered in...more

Fenwick Employment Brief: California Court Addresses Admissibility Of "Me Too" Evidence Of Discrimination

In Hatai v. Dept. of Transportation, a California court of appeal upheld a trial court's decision to exclude "me too" evidence of discrimination from individuals outside of the plaintiff's protected class, but in doing so...more

Enforcement Increases: Firm to Pay $27,750 for Discriminatory Job Postings

Florida healthcare staffing company, Avant Healthcare Professionals LLC, has agreed to pay $27,750 to resolve charges by the U.S. Department of Justice that the company posted discriminatory job advertisements on the...more

DACA Program Raises Questions For Employers In The I-9 Process

Companies must balance countervailing mandates under immigration law: verifying employment eligibility while not discriminating unlawfully. With the recent implementation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)...more

EEOC New Orleans Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Mexican Consulate

Agreement Establishes Ongoing Collaborative Relationship to Combat Discrimination - NEW ORLEANS -- The New Orleans Field Office of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) will sign a Memorandum of...more

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