Racial Discrimination Retaliation

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Fourth Circuit Lowers Bar for Employees in Title VII Retaliation Claims

The case involved an African American cocktail waitress who claimed she was called a “porch monkey” by another employee twice within a 24 hour period. Shortly after reporting the incidents, her employment was terminated. She...more

In a Win for Employees, Fourth Circuit Finds That Two Racial Slurs May Support Harassment Claim

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals recently made two noteworthy rulings in a single case concerning sexual harassment and retaliation under Title VII. First, as it relates to sexual harassment, the Court found that two...more

Skanska USA Building to Pay $95,000 to Settle EEOC Racial Harassment and Retaliation Lawsuit

Building Contractor Ignored Complaints of Racial Harassment and Fired Black Employees in Retaliation, Federal Agency Charges - MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Skanska USA Building, Inc., a building contractor headquartered in...more

EEOC Sues DHD Ventures and Affiliated Companies for Racial Harassment and Retaliation

Real Estate Management Company Fired Employees After Complaining About Harassment, Federal Agency Charges - GREENVILLE, S.C. - DHD Ventures Management Company, Inc., a New York-based real estate management company,...more

EEOC Sues Carolina Metal Finishing for Racial Harassment

Bishopville Plant Subjected African-American Employee to Racial Abuse and Fired Him for Complaining, Federal Agency Charges - COLUMBIA, S.C. - Carolina Metal Finishing, LLC, a Bishopville, S.C.-based metal finishing...more

A Hiring Supervisor’s Subjective Judgment That the Selected Employee Would “Fit in Better” Could Create an Inference of...

A recent Second Circuit case highlights the potential perils of basing employment decisions upon subjective judgments which are susceptible to multiple interpretations. In Abrams v. Department of Public Safety, the court...more

Izza Bending Tube & Wire Resolves EEOC Retaliation Lawsuit

Employee Was Demoted and Then Fired When She Refused to Discriminate Against African-American Employee, Federal Agency Charged - MINNEAPOLIS - A Buffalo, Minn., metal services company will pay $45,000 under a...more

EEOC Benchslaps Just Keep Coming

Yesterday we reported on an entertaining “man bites dog” case initiated by a former EEOC Phoenix Regional Office investigator who sued the EEOC for race discrimination, retaliation, and violation of her civil rights. “Another...more

Another Approaching Benchslap for EEOC?

In a positively delightful “man bites dog” story, a former EEOC investigator just filed suit against the EEOC alleging race discrimination, racially hostile work environment, and retaliation in violation of Title VII and the...more

You can’t fix stupid: Employment law edition

Homo sapiens is fired for teaching about homophones (and his sister is a known thespian rumored to have dramaturgical aspirations). A teacher at a private language school in Utah says that he was fired by the director for...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

Appeals Court Upholds Jury Verdict and All Relief Awarded Against A.C. Widenhouse in EEOC Race Harassment Case

Trucking Company to Pay $243,000 for Subjecting African-American Employees to Racial Slurs and Nooses, Retaliation - WASHINGTON - In the latest of a series of successes in the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity...more

Olympia Construction to Pay $100,000 to Resolve EEOC Racial Harassment and Retaliation Lawsuit

Federal Agency Says Black Employees Were Racially Harassed by Project Superintendent And Fired for Complaining - SELMA, Ala. - Olympia Construction, Inc. will pay a total of $100,000 jointly to three former employees...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

Sixth Circuit Holds General Contractor Can Be Liable in Discrimination Suit Brought by Sub-Contractor's Employees

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals recently reversed a district court's ruling granting summary judgment to a general contractor on the question of whether it could be held liable to its sub-contractor's employees as a joint...more

Did An Employer Inflate Its Worker’s Performance Deficiencies as a Pretext for Disability Bias? Mass. Court Says Maybe

On November 4, 2013, in Akerson v. Pritzker, No. 12-10240-PBS, the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts rejected the race discrimination and Equal Pay Act claims brought by a former employee of the U.S....more

Poor Timing Alone Doesn't Equal Retaliation

In a recent lawsuit under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals (whose rulings apply to all Missouri employers) upheld the trial court’s decision that a hospital didn’t discriminate...more

EEOC Sues Farmers Insurance for Race Bias in the Firing of Asian-American Claims Representatives

Insurance Giant Also Discharged Caucasian in Retaliation for Providing Testimony During the Discrimination Investigation, Federal Agency Charges - FRESNO, Calif. - Farmers Insurance Exchange violated federal law...more

EEOC Sues Dart Energy and J&R Well Services for Race/National Origin Discrimination, Retaliation

Workers Fired for Protesting Hostile Environment, Federal Agency Charged - DENVER - A Michigan-based energy company and its Wyoming subsidiary violated federal law against race and national origin harassment and...more

Labor Letter, September 2013: Employers Go "Two For Two" – Three Times Over: A Review Of The 2012-13 Supreme Court Term

Looking back at the recently-completed 2012-2013 Supreme Court term, employers should have reason to feel good about how things turned out. In fact, of the six major decisions that impact employers and can be categorized in...more

Labor Letter, September 2013: Supreme Court Tightens Standard In Retaliation Cases

As the U.S. Supreme Court ended its most recent term with a number of cases that will have broad societal implications, one employment law case decided by the Court seems to have taken somewhat of a back seat, despite the...more

EEOC Sues Carolina Mattress Guild for Racial Harassment and Retaliation

Thomasville Company Subjected Black Employees to Racial Abuse, Fired One of the Victims for Complaining, Federal Agency Charges - GREENSBORO, N.C. - Carolina Mattress Guild, Inc., a Thomasville, N.C.-based mattress...more

International Employment Law Review: August 2013 - Issue 4: Recent Employment Law Developments in the United States

U.S. Supreme Court Decisions - Court Limits Definition of “Supervisor” Under Federal Anti-Discrimination Law - In Vance v. Ball State University (June 24, 2013), in a 5-4 decision, a majority of the Supreme...more

Supreme Court Makes it Harder for Employees to Bring Suits Under Title VII

The Potential Implications for Educational Institutions - Last month, at the close of its October 2012 term, the Supreme Court issued two important rulings in Title VII employment discrimination cases that make it...more

U.S. Supreme Court Issues Three Decisions Favorable to Employers

By the end of this year’s term, the United States Supreme Court had issued three “employer-friendly” decisions. While the decisions do not dramatically alter the employment law landscape, employers will still welcome the...more

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