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Title VII Race Discrimination

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act is a United States federal law enacted in 1964 and aimed at preventing discrimination in the workplace on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, and religion. Title VII... more +
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act is a United States federal law enacted in 1964 and aimed at preventing discrimination in the workplace on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, and religion. Title VII has been subsequently extended to discrimination on the basis of pregnancy and sexual stereotypes and to prohibit sexual harassment. Title VII applies to all employers with fifteen or more employees including private employers, state and local governments, and educational institutions.  less -

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

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

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

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

Annual Report on EEOC Developments – Fiscal Year 2016

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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

Court Dismisses Disparate Impact Class Claims Due to Limited EEOC Charge

by BakerHostetler on

Disparate impact cases are different in kind from the far more common disparate treatment claims that are the staple of single-plaintiff discrimination cases. Disparate treatment claims, of course, are ones in which an...more

Employment Discrimination: Hostile Work Environments, Disparate Treatment and Retaliation

by Low, Ball & Lynch on

Hostile work environments require both prompt and effective responses from employers. Efrain Reynaga v. Roseburg Forest Products - Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit (January 26, 2017) - Courts have long...more

Hospman Settles EEOC Race Discrimination Lawsuit

Hotel Management Company Fired Black Employees Because of Their Race, Federal Agency Charged - FORT MYERS, Fla. - Hospman LLC will pay $35,000 and furnish other relief to settle a race discrimination lawsuit filed by the...more

EEOC Sues Marquez Brothers For Hispanic-Preference Hiring

Non-Hispanic Applicants Turned Away From Entry-Level Positions, Federal Agency Charges - FRESNO, Calif. - Marquez Brothers International, Inc. and its affiliates violated federal law when they failed to hire non-Hispanic...more

Gonnella Baking Co. to Pay $30,000 to Settle EEOC Race Harassment Lawsuit

Bread Manufacturer Failed to Stop Co-Workers' Racial Taunts, Agency Charged - CHICAGO -- Gonnella Baking Co. of Chicago will pay $30,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission...more

No Means No – Judge Limits The EEOC’s Claims In Bass Pro Case (Again)

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In the high-profile EEOC race discrimination litigation against Bass Pro, the Court denied the EEOC’s motion for a ruling that would have allowed it to include in its § 706 claims those individuals who had...more

District Court Compels Arbitration

by Locke Lord LLP on

In a recent decision, the United States District Court for the Northern District of New York clarified the standard it utilizes for motions seeking to compel arbitration, holding that a standard similar to that applicable to...more

EEOC Sues Hiatt & Mason Enterprises For Racial Harassment

Black Employee Subjected to Racial Epithets Almost Daily, Federal Agency Charges - MOUNT AIRY, N.C. - Hiatt & Mason Enterprises, Inc., a structural steel erection services company, violated federal law when it subjected...more

Terminated Disney Employees Allege that Outsourcing Work to Indian Workers Discriminated against American Workers

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Disney continues to face legal repercussions from the company’s 2014/15 layoffs of numerous American IT workers, and the outsourcing of their functions to two Indian companies employing H-1B workers. On Monday, Dec. 12th,...more

EEOC Issues Updated National Origin Discrimination Enforcement Guidance

Last month, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released an updated Enforcement Guidance on national origin discrimination under Title VII. The Guidance is used by EEOC investigators to help determine whether a...more

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