October 8, 2012

Ex-Penguin rep sues claiming publisher discriminated

Marilyn Ducksworth, a longtime spokeswoman for Penguin Group (USA), is suing the publisher, alleging age discrimination. Ducksworth, 56, filed papers in New York’s Supreme Court seeking lost pay and punitive damages. After 27 years with Penguin, Ducksworth resigned after she protested the demotion and firing of older colleagues. Ducksworth alleges that Penguin’s discrimination against her included “diminishing her executive responsibilities, dismantling her staff” and “interfering with her internal and external professional relationships.” Full article. Retaliating […]
September 27, 2012

Electronics Store settles Sexual Harassment and Retaliation Lawsuit

In Seattle, Washington, Fry’s Electronics company will pay $2.3 million to settle a sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). In addition, it will implement preventative measures. The lawsuit claimed that the company harassed a young salesperson and fired a supervisor for standing up for her. The facts of the case showed that assistant manager harassed 20 year old sales associate, America Rios, at one of its retailer […]
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 17, 2012

Another District Attorney enters into state Assembly Sex Harassment Investigation

The Albany County district attorney has joined a special prosecutor who was appointed to investigate the sexual harassment case going on in the New York Assembly. This occurred because protesters in New York City called for Brooklyn Assemblyman Vito Lopez to resign. He has been accused by four female staffers that he sexually harassed each of them. Lopez refused to resign. Under state law, even if the Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE) finds Lopez […]
September 10, 2012

Philadelphia swim club discrimination case settled

The Justice Department announced a settlement agreement in a Philadelphia-area racial discrimination case. The case dates back to June 2009. Creative Steps Day Camp of Northeast Philadelphia paid The Valley Swim Club in Huntingdon Valley for pool access for summer campers. Despite having paid for pool access, the Valley Swim Club returned the camp’s money and campers were told not to return to the pool. It was alleged that several campers heard pool members making […]
August 20, 2012

“Matrix” Director Reveals Transition to becoming a woman

The director of “The Matrix” is the first famous Hollywood director to publicly reveal himself as transgender person. His new name is now Lana Wachowski which she revealed was done during the filming of her most recent movie “Cloud Atlas”. Lana has been transitioning for years, but is now coming out publicly as a woman with this name. In 2002, Wachowski went through a divorce from wife, Thea Bloom, as reported by People magazine. Read […]