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Race Discrimination

Discrimination claims against Bass Pro result in $10.5 million settlement and serve as reminder to other employers

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

Last month, a federal court in Texas approved a settlement between the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Bass Pro Outdoor World LLC in a lawsuit filed by the EEOC that alleged widespread hiring discrimination...more

Affirmative Action In College Admissions To Become A Justice Department Priority?

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The Trump Administration is preparing to focus on affirmative action in college admissions, according to The New York Times, which reportedly obtained an internal announcement to the Department of Justice (DOJ) Civil Rights...more

One Racial Slur is One Too Many, Rules Third Circuit

by LeClairRyan on

Is a single racial slur by an employee’s supervisor enough to create a hostile work environment under § 1981 of the Civil Rights Act of 1866?  The answer is yes according to the Third Circuit Court of Appeal’s decision in...more

Ford Motor Company to Pay up to $10.125 Million To Settle EEOC Harassment Investigation

Blacks and Women Subjected to Harassment at Two Chicago Facilities, Federal Agency Found - CHICAGO - Ford Motor Company has agreed to pay up to $10.125 million to settle sex and race harassment for a group of individuals...more

A Word To The Wise: Castleberry v. STI Group And The Expansion Of Liability For Hostile Work Environments

In David Lynch’s film Dune, a character proclaims that the protagonist “can kill with a word.” Although not quite as dramatic, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit recently held that an employer can...more

Does DOJ Action On “Race-Conscious” College Admissions Mean Anything For Federal Contractors?

Since the beginning of the Trump Administration, business owners, employers, and employees alike have been waiting to see what the effects on social policy will be. Of particular interest to employers, and especially federal...more

The Sharing Economy and Discrimination: Part Deux

by Fisher Phillips on

In a follow-up to our discussion earlier this summer regarding discrimination and the sharing economy, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) recently settled a charge of discrimination with a sharing...more

Affirmative Action Bombshell: FAQs About The Justice Department’s New College Admissions Project

by Fisher Phillips on

Higher education institutions felt seismic shockwaves yesterday as the New York Times reported that the Trump administration would soon redirect Justice Department resources toward investigating – and possibly suing –...more

Department of Justice Reportedly to Target Race-Conscious Admissions Policies

According to published reports, the Trump administration appears poised to direct the Department of Justice to begin investigating, and potentially litigating against, institutions over what it characterizes as “intentional...more

Massachusetts Federal Court Doubles Down On Disparate Impact Ruling Against City Of Boston

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In Smith v. City of Boston, Plaintiffs brought suit against their employer, the City of Boston (the “City”), challenging the City’s police promotional exam from sergeant to lieutenant. Plaintiffs alleged...more

Taylor Shellfish to Pay $160,000 To Settle EEOC Racial Harassment Suit

Black Mechanic Forced to Quit After Enduring Slurs, Stereotypes and Retaliation, Says Federal Agency - SEATTLE - The largest producer of farmed shellfish in the United States, Taylor Shellfish, will pay $160,000 and...more

Cutting Class: Teachers’ Motion For Class Certification Denied In Race Discrimination Class Action

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Four African-American teachers alleged that their school district employer discriminated against them on the basis of race by failing to hire them as assistant principals, and filed a motion for class...more

Living with the Robust Causality Requirement for Disparate Impact Under the Fair Housing Act

by Baker Donelson on

Two recent decisions from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals shine some light on the issue related to the United States Supreme Court's 2015 decision that under the Fair Housing Act recognized a right to seek disparate impact...more

Avoiding Claims of Race, Religious, or National Origin Discrimination in the Current Political Climate

by Fisher Phillips on

Unless you have been living under a rock, you know that the United States has had a new president for about six months: Mr. Donald J. Trump. Many suggest (and I do not take a position on this) that President Trump was...more

A Candidate Named Sue (or Maybe Regina)? Tread Carefully With the Litigious Job Applicant

When is it safe to take action against an employee (or a former employee) who filed an EEOC charge against you? As the 7th Circuit just found in Baines v. Walgreen Co., you can never –REPEAT, NEVER – take action because an...more

EEOC Sues Over – Get This – “Spanish-Only” Policy

You’ve heard of “English-only” policies, but here is a new one. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed suit last week against a Houston-area company for allegedly requiring applicants to be of Hispanic national...more

D.C. Circuit Finds That Absent Class Members May Intervene On Appeal To Pursue Rule 23(f) Petition Abandoned By Class...

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In Harrington v. Sessions, No. 15-8009, No. 16-5285 & No. 16-5286 (D.C. Cir. July 21, 2017), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit found that absent class members may intervene in an appellate...more

Single Racial Slur May Be Sufficient to Establish Workplace Harassment

by Blank Rome LLP on

Action Item: The Third Circuit Court of Appeals recently held that a single isolated use of a racial slur may be sufficient to establish unlawful workplace harassment. Background and Analysis: On July 14, 2017, a...more

DOJ Settles Race And National Origin Fair Housing Act Case For $70,000

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) settled a Fair Housing Act (FHA) case filed in Massachusetts for $70,000 in which the Complainants asserted discrimination based on race and national origin. As a...more

EEOC Sues MVM, Inc. for Racial Harassment, Religious Discrimination and Retaliation

Security Firm Forced Out Guard for Complaining About Racial Insults, Federal Agency Charges - BALTIMORE - MVM Inc., an Ashburn, Va.-based diversified security services firm, violated federal law when it stopped...more

Champion Fiberglass Sued by EEOC for Systemic Race and National Origin Discrimination

Federal Agency Charges Local Company Engaged in Practices That Unlawfully Discriminated Against Non-Hispanic Applicants - HOUSTON - Champion Fiberglass, Inc., a Houston-area manufacturing company, violated federal...more

Big 5 Sporting Goods Sued by EEOC for Racial Harassment

Black Employee Taunted with Racial Slurs and Death Threats, Federal Agency Charges - SEATTLE - One of the Western United States' largest sports retailers, Big 5 Sporting Goods, violated federal law when it allowed ongoing...more

Third Circuit Reminds Employers That an Isolated Act of Harassment Can Land Them in Hot Water

by Saul Ewing LLP on

In a decision issued July 14, 2017, the Third Circuit clarified that to prevail on workplace harassment claims, plaintiffs must show that the conduct was “severe or pervasive”—not “severe and pervasive” or “pervasive and...more

Third Circuit: Isolated Act of Discrimination Can Create Hostile Work Environment

As employment lawyers, we frequently encounter misconceptions about what qualifies as a “hostile work environment.” It has nothing to do with whether a supervisor or co-worker is simply picking on or being mean to an employee...more

Third Circuit Holds that A Single Word Can Lead to Liability for Hostile Work Environment

Most employers take proactive steps to prevent and eliminate workplace harassment. Until recently, courts recognized and rewarded the proactive approach. Businesses in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware could avoid...more

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