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HUD Files Racial Discrimination FHA Case In Mississippi

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) announced that it charged the owner and manager of a trailer park in Mississippi (with seven lots on 1.25 acres of land, each with water and utility...more

New Jersey Legislature Passes New Pay Equity Bill

The New Jersey state legislature has passed a new pay equity law which will, among other things, make it an unlawful employment practice to pay employees of any protected class under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination...more

Race-based Strikes: Expect Fixes for the Problem (and Problems with the Fixes)

It is unacceptable for someone to be the wrong color or the wrong ethnicity to serve on a jury. In modern times, the law says race-based exclusions can’t happen. But the practical reality in the courtroom, particularly some...more

Bill Would Require Race And Gender Pay Equity Reports

by Allen Matkins on

In March, I wrote about AB 2571 which would have prohibited public pension fund investments in alternative investment vehicles that lacked race and gender pay equity policies. Yesterday, the bill was amended to require...more

Fair Housing Act Turns 50 and Continues to Evolve

Musicians need to practice their instruments, both to learn music and to hone their craft. A beginner’s practice might be difficult to listen to, but beginners usually do not practice for a long time. Professional musicians...more

Criminal Record Screening Policies Continue to Raise Important Compliance Issues

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Employers that use criminal record screening policies must continue to be vigilant about compliance with all applicable laws. A recent settlement by one of the nation’s leading retailers, Target, reinforces this point. The...more

Panamá: Nueva ley que prohíbe el acoso, el racismo y el sexismo en el lugar de trabajo será de absoluto cumplimiento a partir del...

by Littler on

El 14 de febrero de 2018 se aprobó la Ley 7 que prohíbe el acoso sexual, el hostigamiento, el racismo y las prácticas discriminatorias en todos los ámbitos, incluyendo el lugar de trabajo y las instituciones educativas. La...more

Panama: New Law Prohibiting Harassment, Racism and Sexism in the Workplace Mandates Full Compliance by May 16, 2018

by Littler on

On February 14, 2018, Law 7, which prohibits sexual harassment, mobbing (bullying), racism and discriminatory practices in all environments, including the workplace and academia, took effect....more

Being Called a Racist Is Not Unlawful Harassment If Comments Are Not Racially Motivated

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

Employers are equipped and know how to handle complaints of racial discrimination and harassment—or at least should be so prepared. However, facts have a funny way of developing into novel situations. What happens, for...more

S.2155 Does Not Facilitate Discriminatory Lending

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In a blog post entitled “How S.2155 (the Bank Lobbyist Act) Facilitates Discriminatory Lending” Professor Adam Levitin claimed that “This bill functionally exempts 85% of US banks and credit unions from fair lending laws in...more

PA Treasurer Opens Inquiry into Lending Disparities at Financial Institutions

by Weiner Brodsky Kider PC on

Pennsylvania Treasurer, Joe Torsella, recently announced that his office has opened an official inquiry into three financial institutions regarding alleged racial and ethnic disparities in home mortgage approval rates and...more

New Mexico Supreme Court Rejects a Heightened Evidentiary Burden on a Plaintiff in a Reverse Race Discrimination Case

by Littler on

In Garcia v. Hatch Valley Public Schools, the New Mexico Supreme Court recently examined whether a plaintiff has a relatively heightened evidentiary burden in proving a reverse discrimination claim brought under the New...more

Credit Screen? Check. Criminal Background Screen? Check? Immigration Status Screen? Think Again.

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Acting pursuant to state law, the New York Division of Human Rights initiated a complaint against a property manager in New York City alleging discrimination against individuals based on their immigration status. The...more

Modern Day Redlining: Reveal's Investigation of Potential Racial Discrimination in Mortgage Lending Leads to Government Inquiries

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Pennsylvania attorney general and state treasurer each announced separate inquiries last week into potential mortgage-lending redlining in Philadelphia. ...more

Protection From Discrimination in Employment – To Infinity and Beyond

by Field Law on

At the end of last year, the Supreme Court of Canada, in the highly anticipated decision of British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal v Schrenk, 2017 SCC 62 (“Shrenk”), addressed the following important issue: How far does...more

Housing group announces settlement of FHA lawsuit alleging insurance-related discrimination

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) has announced a settlement in its lawsuit against Travelers Indemnity Company in which it alleged that Travelers engaged in discriminatory conduct in violation of the Fair Housing Act...more

Court Approves $22.5 Million Settlement Covering S.C. Workers

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

Last week, more than a hundred South Carolina employees became eligible to receive millions of dollars from a settlement fund of $22.5 million. A federal judge approved settlement of a lawsuit against a steel mill in Huger,...more

NAACP Suit: Ending Temporary Protected Status For Haiti Is Discriminatory

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The NAACP has filed a suit in federal district court in Maryland alleging that ending Temporary Protected Status for Haiti was racially discriminatory and part of a plan to reduce immigrants of color to the U.S. (Nat’l Ass’n...more

California’s Labor & Employment Changes for 2018: Part II - Court Cases Impacting Labor & Employment Law

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

California courts and Legislature greatly expanded protections for public and private workers in 2017, passing laws and handing down decisions regarding wages, rest periods, harassment, workplace discrimination and free...more

EEOC: Retaliation Tops Discrimination Charges Filed In Fiscal Year 2017

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Retaliation was the most common workplace discrimination charge received by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in fiscal year (FY) 2017, according to the agency. (The fiscal year runs from October 1 to September...more

2017’s Top Ten Employment Discrimination Claims

Late last month, a report was released on the number of workplace discrimination charges filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) during fiscal year 2017, which ran from October 1, 2016 through...more

EEOC Announces Annual Enforcement and Litigation Statistics

Each year, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission releases a compilation of its data collected from the prior fiscal year. At the end of January, the EEOC published its enforcement and litigation data for the 2017...more

Mo’Nique’s Plight is not Unique – Pay Equity and Race

by Fisher Phillips on

Tinseltown stars have always had a special place in our hearts. Their portrayals of characters brought to life from our favorite books or screenplays so often teach us lessons about ourselves, life, and those around us. What...more

Aqua Resources to Pay $150,000 to Settle EEOC Racial Harassment and Retaliation Suit

Water Company Fired Foreman Because He Complained about Racial Slurs, Federal Agency Charged - PHILADELPHIA - Aqua Resources Inc., a Delaware-based water and wastewater service company, will pay $150,000 and provide...more

EEOC Charges Were Down In FY2017 . . . But Don't Celebrate Just Yet

After all, Fiscal Year 2017 ended just about the time that #MeToo began. Last week, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commissions released its charge statistics for Fiscal Year 2017, which ran from October 1, 2016 through...more

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