Race Discrimination

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Anti-Discrimination Laws Going “Intern”-ational? New York City Extends Its Human Rights Law to Unpaid Interns

As we reported last October, a federal court in New York found that an unpaid intern could not bring a hostile work environment sexual harassment claim pursuant to the New York City Human Rights Law (“NYCHRL”). (Wang v....more

Fourth Circuit Holds Minority-Owned Corporation Can Bring Race Discrimination Suit

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit recently decided in a case of first impression, that a minority-owned corporation had standing to bring a Title VI race discrimination suit because it established an...more

UK Government Publishes Employment Tribunal Statistics

The statistics show a huge fall in the number of claims, which may be due to the introduction of tribunal fees....more

Sparks Restaurant to Pay $56,000 and Provide Injunctive Relief in EEOC Retaliation Lawsuit

Menomonie, Wis., Restaurant Retaliated Against Employee for Complaints About Racially Offensive Drawings, Judge Ruled Following Jury's Findings - MADISON, Wis. - A federal district court has ruled that Sparx Restaurant...more

Supreme Court Hears Second Affirmative Action Case This Year

On October 15, only four months after the United States Supreme Court heard arguments regarding an affirmative action program for the University of Texas, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in Schuette v. Coalition to...more

EEOC Ordered To Pay Attorney’s Fees and Costs After Bogus Discrimination Case

The Sixth Circuit has ordered the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) to pay more than $750,000 in attorney’s fees and costs for pursuing a frivolous employment discrimination case....more

Sixth Circuit Approves Fee Award Against the EEOC for Meritless Criminal Record Action

A divided Sixth Circuit panel affirmed the district court decision in EEOC v. Peoplemark, Inc., (Case No. 11-2582) assessing fees and costs against the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) totaling $751,942.48 for...more

Energy Company Settles OFCCP Racial Bias Allegations

On September 27, 2013, Baltimore Gas & Electric Company (“BGE”) announced that it entered into a conciliation agreement with the Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) to settle claims...more

Supreme Court Update: University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center v. Nassar

The United States Supreme Court recently raised the bar for plaintiffs attempting to bring Title VII retaliation claims. In University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center v. Nassar, 133 S.Ct. 2517 (2013), the Court...more

River View Coal to Pay $245,000 to Settle EEOC Race Discrimination Suit

Company Excluded a Class of African-American Applicants From Jobs, Federal Agency Charged - INDIANAPOLIS - River View Coal, LLC, will pay a total of $245,000 to a class of African-American applicants and furnish other...more

U-Haul to Pay $750,000 to Settle EEOC Racial Harassment & Retaliation Suit

Moving Supply Chain Subjected Black Employees to Racial Slurs and Fired Employees for Complaining, Federal Agency Charged - MEMPHIS - U-Haul has agreed to pay $750,000 to eight African-American current and former...more

EEOC Sues Rosebud Restaurants for Race Discrimination in Hiring Across Chicago Area

Italian Restaurant Chain Refused to Hire Blacks; Many Locations Had None at All; Managers Said to Use Racial Slurs - CHICAGO - The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit today alleging that ten...more

EEOC Sues Rizza Cadillac of Tinley Park, Citing Harassment of Arab and Muslim Sales Staff

CHICAGO - Rizza Cadillac, Inc. of Tinley Park, Ill., a suburb south of Chicago, violated federal law by encouraging a work environment which was hostile and offensive to Muslim and Arab sales staff, the U.S. Equal Employment...more

Franczek Radelet Attorneys Prepare NSBA Friend Of The Court Brief In U. S. Supreme Court Case

On August 30, 2013, the National School Boards Association filed an amicus brief prepared by Franczek Radelet attorneys in the U.S. Supreme Court. The “friend of the court” brief addresses the significant detrimental impacts...more

U.S. District Court Decision Against EEOC: Use of Criminal Background and Credit History Checks in Making Hiring Decisions

A U.S. District Court judge in Maryland has dismissed a lawsuit that accused a nationwide marketing company of using background checks to discriminate against minority and male job applicants after finding the Equal...more

Angry and Abusive Chefs on Celebrity Cooking Shows Are Normal, But It is a Different Story When the Abuse is Allegedly Race-Based

Paula Deen, a celebrity chef known for her extreme Southern cooking and excesses, has been embroiled in scandal for the last several months, bringing together an odd mix of legal and marketing issues, celebrity, and Southern...more

Dealership Update, No. 3, August 2013: "Do I Have To Hire A Criminal With Bad Credit?"

The answer to whether an employer may refuse to hire someone with a criminal record or bad credit is not as simple as you might think. Two recently-filed lawsuits by the EEOC alleging that employers’ criminal-conviction...more

The Supreme Court Narrows The Definition Of “Supervisor” – The Cat’s Meow For Corporations

Ellen Tabby, an African-American, has worked for Binge and Purr, a cat food manufacturing company, for several years....more

Danny’s Cabaret to Pay $50,000 to Settle EEOC Race Discrimination and Retaliation Lawsuit

Lawsuit Claimed Discrimination and Retaliation Against Black Female Entertainers - JACKSON, Miss. - A Jackson, Miss., "gentlemen's club" which features "adult entertainment" will pay $50,000 and furnish other relief to...more

J.B. Hunt Agrees to Settle EEOC Race Discrimination Case Regarding Criminal Conviction Records

Transportation Company Agrees to Maintain Revised Policy Consistent With Recent EEOC Policy Guidelines; Some 14,000 Employees Affected Nationwide - LOS ANGELES - J.B. Hunt Transport, Inc., one of the largest...more

New Texas Statute Limits Employer Liability for Negligent Hiring and Negligent Supervision…Or Does It?

When it comes to conducting criminal background checks, employers have long been faced with a double-edged sword. If an employer fails to use criminal background checks to screen job applicants, the employer could face a...more

Utah Employment Law Letter - June 2013: Race Discrimination: Irish vs. Hispanic: When is it reasonable to suspect illegal...

In the 1800s, Irish immigrants to the United States were looked down on and treated poorly. Indeed, they were so illtreated that saying someone had the “luck of the Irish” was a humorous way of saying that the person was...more

New EEOC Report Examines Obstacles Facing African Americans in Federal Workplace

Seven Impediments, Underlying Issues, Recommendations Identified by Work Group - WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today issued a comprehensive report addressing major obstacles...more

When Bad Things Happen To Good Employers: An Equal Employment Opportunity Update

I've had many clients tell me they can't believe they're being sued for discrimination. They tell me they treat their employees fairly, that they're not bigoted, that they would never discriminate against employees on the...more

Day & Zimmerman Resolve EEOC Racial Discrimination Claims for $190,000

African-American Employee Consistently Harassed by Day & Zimmerman Manager, Fired After Making Many Complaints, Federal Agency Charges - NEW YORK - The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and Day &...more

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