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Race Discrimination

Sealy of Minnesota to Pay $175,000 to Resolve EEOC Finding of Unlawful Racial Harassment

Senior Management Failed to Take Action on Complaints Involving Noose, KKK Hood, Racist Epithets and Jokes at Work, Federal Agency Charged - MINNEAPOLIS - Sealy of Minnesota has agreed to pay $175,000 to resolve a charge...more

EEOC Sues SLS Hotel in Miami Beach For Discriminatory Firing Of Black Haitian Kitchen Workers

Terminations Were Based on Race, Color and National Origin, Federal Agency Charged - MIAMI - The SLS Hotel in Miami Beach's South Beach violated federal law by firing black Haitian dishwashers because of their race,...more

FCRA Retaliation Claims Require Proof of But-For Causation According to Fourth DCA

by Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell on

In an en banc decision by the Fourth District Court of Appeal in Palm Beach Cty. Sch. Bd. v. Wright, Case No. 4D16–112, WL 1278072 (Fla. 4th DCA Apr. 5, 2017), the court adopted a new standard on causation for Florida Civil...more

D.C. Court Certifies Three Classes In Race Discrimination Class Action Involving Criminal Background Policy

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In a class action alleging that the criminal background policy of Washington D.C.’s local transit authority had a disparate impact on African-Americans, a federal district court recently certified three...more

Desco Industries Will Pay $45,000 to Settle EEOC Retaliation Lawsuit

Manufacturer Terminated Employee for Complaining About Race Discrimination, Federal Agency Charged - CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Desco Industries, Inc., a California corporation doing business in Sanford, N.C., will pay $45,000 to...more

King-Lar Company Will Pay $325,000 To Settle EEOC Color and National Origin Discrimination Lawsuit

Decatur Sheet Metal / HVAC Company Allowed Verbal Harassment and a Physical Attack Against Black Hispanic Employee, Federal Agency Charged - CHICAGO - Decatur, Ill.-based company King-Lar will pay $325,000 to settle a...more

Will Attorney General Sessions continue to pursue redlining cases?

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On Monday, we blogged about the highlights of the panel I moderated, “The CFPB Speaks,” that was part of the Practicing Law Institute’s 22nd annual Consumer Financial Services Institute in Manhattan. The next panel, “Federal...more

Federal Discrimination Claim Tossed Where Plaintiff Unable to Establish Prima Facie Case

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

A Louisiana federal district court granted a company’s motion for summary judgment regarding a former employee’s Title VII race discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims. Cassimere v. Fastorq LLC. Plaintiff, an...more

4th Circuit Decision Highlights Importance of Comparator Evidence

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

The Fourth Circuit recently upheld a lower court decision granting summary judgment to the employer in an employment discrimination suit brought under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”) and Maryland law,...more

Direct Evidence of Racist Remarks Dooms Employer Motion for Summary Judgment

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

A federal court in Tennessee denied an employer’s motion for summary judgment on an African-American employee’s race discrimination and hostile work environment claims under Title VII and state law. The decision was based in...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: March 2017 #3

by Zelle LLP on

Last week, Quartz reported on a new academic study about gender-based differential treatment in the finance industry. According to the study, women working as financial advisors are 50% more likely than men to lose their...more

Fourth Circuit Affirms Summary Judgment Based on Lack of Comparator Evidence

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

On March 7, 2017, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, which includes North and South Carolina, upheld a trial court’s order granting summary judgment to the District of Columbia in a race discrimination lawsuit brought by a...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: March 2017 #2

by Zelle LLP on

Last week, Magnolia Health, a California company that operates health care and assisted living facilities, agreed to pay $325,000 and furnish other relief to settle a disability discrimination class action lawsuit. In the...more

Second Circuit Holds “Hispanic” Is a Race Under Section 1981 and Title VII

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

On February 16, 2016, the Second Circuit issued an opinion holding that “Hispanic” is a race for the purposes of both Section 1981 and Title VII. Village of Freeport v. Barrella, 814 F.3d 594 (2d Cir. 2016). Judge José A....more

California Employment Law Notes - March 2017

Victoria Zetwick, a county correctional officer, alleged that the county sheriff created a sexually hostile environment in violation of Title VII and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act by, among other things,...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: March 2017

by Zelle LLP on

Last week, sexual harassment and sex discrimination received significant media attention. The Washington Post revealed statements made by 250 current and former employees of Sterling Jewelers, parent company to Kay Jewelers...more

Supreme Court Update: Bethune-Hill V. Va. State Board Of Elections (15-680)

by Wiggin and Dana LLP on

Greetings, Court Fans! We're back with the lone decision from this week, Bethune-Hill v. Va. State Board of Elections (No. 15-680), one of two racial gerrymandering cases argued on the same day back in December....more

Employment News - March 2017 #1

by Hogan Lovells on

Missing the jackpot – High Court awards nominal damages for breach of confidentiality - Marathon Asset Management LLP v Seddon arose out of a team move from an investment management business (MAM). Prior to leaving...more

Jackson Gentlemen’s Club Agrees to Extend Settlement Agreement in EEOC Race Discrimination Suit

Danny's Downtown Failed to Abide by Terms of Litigation Settlement, Federal Agency Charged - JACKSON, Miss. - The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced today that it has settled a contempt action...more

Supreme Court Decides Bethune-Hill v. Virginia State Board of Elections

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

On March 1, 2017, the United States Supreme Court decided Bethune-Hill v. Virginia State Board of Elections, No. 15-680, holding that parties may show race was a predominate factor in redistricting either through...more

Supreme Court Update: Life Technologies Corp. V. Promega Corp. (14-1538), Fry V. Napoleon Community Schools (15-497), Buck V....

by Wiggin and Dana LLP on

Greetings, Court Fans! Last time we hit your inboxes, Barack Obama was President. To call the ensuing month eventful is something of an understatement. We've seen a primetime Supreme Court nomination, a flood of...more

The Great Divide

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With reporting obligations due to come into effect from 6 April 2017, the gender pay gap debate has taken centre stage over the past year. With the UK gender pay gap still sitting at over 18 per cent, it is unsurprising that...more

Annual Report on EEOC Developments – Fiscal Year 2016

by Littler on

This Annual Report on EEOC Developments—Fiscal Year 2016 (hereafter “Report”), our sixth annual Report, is designed as a comprehensive guide to significant EEOC developments over the past fiscal year. The Report does not...more

EEOC Sues Fracking Company for Race-Based Harassment and Retaliation

Downhole Technology Fired a Black Employee for Complaining About Racial Intimidation With a KKK Hood, Federal Agency Charges - HOUSTON - A manufacturer of equipment used in hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") violated...more

Court Affirms Incorporating Federal Labor Laws Into Tribal Code Does Not Waive a Tribe's Sovereign Immunity

by Stinson Leonard Street on

On February 21, 2017, a federal court in Wisconsin reaffirmed a tribe's sovereign immunity with respect to Title VII claims of wrongful termination. See Bruguier v. Du Flambeau, 16-cv-604-jdp, (W. Dist Wisc. February 21,...more

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