October 2, 2012

Teen with Down Syndrome not allowed on American Airlines flight

The Vanderhorst family is charging that they denied access onto a plane going cross-county, on an American Airlines flight from Newark to Los Angeles, because their son, Bede who is 16 yeaars old, has Down syndrome. They are claiming that the airline didn’t want a person with Down syndrome in first class. They boy was denied access on the place because the airline officials said he posed a “flight risk” as he appeared “agitated” in […]
September 27, 2012

Doctoral student sues Columbia University for sexual harassment

A gay Chilean doctoral student, Alberto Leguina Ruzzi, 25 years old, is suing Columbia University. He claims that he was fired from his job after complaining that a supervisor sexually harassed him. He alleges that Dr. Qais Al-Awqati, professor at Columbia’s College of Physicians and Surgeons sent him a picture of himself and asked him whether he would date an older man, eight days after he began working at Columbia University Medical Center in Manhattan. […]
September 26, 2012

TSA orders retraining in wake of recent racial profiling in Newark airport

After reports surfaced of racial profiling at airports in Newark, Honolulu and Boston, the Transportation Security Administration is ordering refresher training for behavior detection workers at 161 airports. In addition, the TSA is reviewing training, data collection and other elements of the nationwide program. Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Homeland Security, has directed TSA to take steps to prevent profiling. Those steps include working with Homeland Security’s civil rights consultant to review training programs and curriculum; […]
September 26, 2012

Overweight Massachusetts Woman Outraged That She Was Refused Medical Treatment

Ida Davidson, a Massachusetts woman, is outraged after a doctor turned her away because of her weight. Davidson, of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, claims that Dr. Helen Carter, a primary care physician at the UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worchester, refused to treat her because she is clinically obese. Davidson claims the center has adopted a policy after several of her employees were injured while helping overweight patients. It remains unclear what type of injuries her employees […]
September 26, 2012

MKB Construction Settles EEOC Retaliation Discrimination Suit

Phoenix-based MKB Construction settled a retaliation discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). MKB Construction will pay $38,500 and furnish other relief to settle a retaliation discrimination. The company was charged with violating federal law by firing an employee for reporting sexual harassment. According to the lawsuit, an employee at an MKB work site in El Paso was subjected to a sexually hostile work environment by a male co-worker. When the […]
September 24, 2012

Mercy Hospice Sued By EEOC for Disability Bias

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed a lawsuit against Trinity Home Health System member Mercy Hospice because of their refusal to provide a reasonable accommodation to a disabled nurse, Patricia Barriger. The Mercy Hospice later fired Barriger. Barriger tried to return to work from a medical leave of absence. Instead of providing her with a reasonable accommodation, the company discharged her because, according to the company, she was an inactive employee who was […]
September 17, 2012

Cuomo calls for Vito Lopez to resign in wake of censure for sexually harassing female staffers


Governor Cuomo has demanded Assemblyman Vito Lopez, also the boss of the Brooklyn Democratic Party, resign, stating “sexual harassment at the workplace cannot be tolerated in any shape or form.” Last week, the Assembly Ethics Committee determined he groped a female staff members and made inappropriate sexually charged remarks to others. Former employees have spoken out, stating Lopez paid his staff members a lot of compliments which sounded creepy. The attorney for Lopez, 71, has […]