All Items: Race Discrimination

  • Federal Jury Awards Nearly $15 Million in Racial Bias Case

    February 20, 2015

    A federal jury in Denver has awarded nearly $15 million to 11 warehouse workers who claimed their employer, Matheson Trucking, segregated workers by race and punished them when they complained. The lawsuit also accused white supervisors of using racial epithets and targeting black employees for downsizing.

  • 6th Circuit Adopts Theory of Joint Employer Liability Under Title VII

    January 23, 2014

    A recent 6th Circuit decision provides employers with insight regarding what it means to be considered a joint employer under Title VII.

  • Paula Deen Ruling Shows Limits of 'Zone of Interest' Employment Discrimination Claims

    August 27, 2013

    As the recent dismissal of the race discrimination claim against celebrity chef Paula Deen illustrates, employees who are not directly affected by unlawful racial discrimination may not sue under federal antidiscrimination laws to remedy racial discrimination directed toward third parties.

  • Retailer Wet Seal Settles Race Discrimination Lawsuit for $7.5 Million

    May 15, 2013

    In a development that highlights the importance of promoting fair employment practices, the clothing and accessories retailer Wet Seal has agreed to settle a race discrimination class action lawsuit for $7.5 million.

  • EEOC General Counsel Discusses Litigation Trends With XpertHR

    March 11, 2013

    In a new XpertHR podcast, EEOC General Counsel David Lopez said the Commission continues to see "very egregious cases of racial harassment." He also addressed notable litigation trends involving national origin discrimination plus the litigation rise involving mental disability issues.

  • Trucking Company Pays $200,000 for Race Harassment

    February 7, 2013

    The transportation and trucking industry - which has traditionally employed mostly white males - has long been hit with discrimination claims based on race, sex, disability and other protected classes. A recent jury award demonstrates that companies will pay a hefty price for allowing a racially charged atmosphere and failing to respond to race discrimination and harassment complaints.

  • Equal Pay Still a Hot Issue: Fair Pay Act Reintroduced in Congress

    January 31, 2013

    In a year in which equal pay looks to be hot issue, the Fair Pay Act (S. 168, H.R. 438) was reintroduced in Congress in both the House and the Senate by Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) and Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) respectively.

  • EEOC Statistics Show Retaliation Still Top Workplace Concern

    January 29, 2013

    On January 28, 2013, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released fiscal year 2012 statistics on employment discrimination charges filed with the agency. Retaliation (37,836) was the most frequently filed claim, followed by race discrimination (33,512) and sex discrimination (30,356), which includes sexual harassment and pregnancy discrimination. Retaliation charges remain a top concern for employers and have since 2010, accounting for 38.1% of all charges in 2012.

  • Supervisors and Managers May Be Held to Higher Conduct Standards

    January 29, 2013

    The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals has held that an employer can hold supervisors and managers to higher standards of conduct than rank-and-file employees.

  • Employers Should Be Careful Not to Engage in 'Reverse' Discrimination

    January 11, 2013

    Recent federal settlements in reverse discrimination cases confirm that antidiscrimination laws prohibit illegal discrimination of any kind that is based on a victim's membership in a protected class (sex, race, religion, national origin, etc.), and not just discrimination against members of a minority group.

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