Civil Rights

August 31, 2016

Are gender identity and religious freedom at odds in America?

A recent ruling against the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has inspired mixed reactions. The case (EEOC v. R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes, Inc., E.D. Mich., No. 14-13710, 8/18/16) centered on whether a Michigan funeral home violated federal employment bias law because it required its biological male employee to wear a suit at work. The EEOC claimed that the funeral home was sex-stereotyping when it fired the employee, who was transitioning from male to […]
July 22, 2013

Financial Exploitation in the Workplace

The U.S. Department of Labor Rules Governing Unpaid Internships Internships have been part and parcel to many educational programs for decades. When done well, they provide a benefit to both the intern and the company. The intern gets valuable hands-on experience in a real-life work environment, developing skills and attaining knowledge that simply can’t be found in the classroom. For potential employers, it can be an effective marketing tool, giving them exposure to the best […]
June 5, 2013

13 Countries That Make America's Gender Pay Gap Look Embarrassing

President John F. Kennedy’s Equal Pay Act was signed into law with the express purpose of ensuring that women get paid equally for equal work over fifty years ago. However, in 2013, there persists a gender pay gap in America. It is estimated that women in the United States earn four-fifths that of their male counterparts. A study performed by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development shows that the United States lags behind a […]
January 30, 2013

Jury awards $7.77 million to ex-“Price is Right” model in pregnancy discrimination suit

A former “Price Is Right” model, Brandi Cochran, received a $7,769,440 jury award in damages stemming from her discrimination lawsuit against the show, according to court documents.  Cochran, a former Miss USA, sued the show’s producers FremantleMedia and The Price Is Right Productions in 2010, claiming that she was harassed following the 2008 on-air announcement of her pregnancy, and found out she was fired as her maternity leave came to an end. A Los Angeles […]
December 7, 2012

IHOP franchise settles sex discrimination class-action suit for $1 million

The owner of six franchised IHOP restaurants in New Mexico has agreed to settle a class sexual discrimination lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for $1 million. Business Insurance reported that the EEOC alleged that Lee Broadnax general manager of the restaurants, subjected female employees to sexually offensive conduct, including sexual comments, innuendo and unwanted touching. The lawsuit was filed in September 2011 against Fahim Adi, owner of the restaurants. After complaints were […]
December 7, 2012

NYC steakhouse settles male-on-male sexual harassment case

Sparks, the well-known New York City steakhouse reached a $600,000 settlement of a male-on-male sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The EEOC said 22 male waiters at Spark were subjected to harassment based on their sex, chiefly by one male manager, over a nearly eight-year period. The agency said the misconduct included inappropriate comments and touching. Although many waiters complained to other managers and Sparks’ owners, the harassment did […]
October 18, 2012

NYU dental school lawsuit by former student to avail civil rights

A former honors student who attended NYU’s dental school sued the academic institution claiming that she had to meet a $38,000 quota in clinical work in order to earn her degree, in addition to having to invest in more classes to graduate. Katie Kickertz, 28 years old, was the former student and is now licensed to be a dentist in Illinois. Her lawsuit was won in order for NYU to honor and recognizer her BA […]