June 24, 2013

New Yorkers travel to Capitol for #NY4Women Rally and Lobby Day

New Yorkers from every corner of the state are headed to the Capitol in Albany to join thousands for a rally and legislative meetings in support of the Women’s Equality Agenda. The Agenda is Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s groundbreaking 10-point plan aimed at improving the lives of New York’s 10 million women by removing significant barriers to women’s full and equal participation in society. The #NY4Women Rally and Lobby Day is a grassroots effort to organizing […]
May 14, 2013

Judge Overturns Sexual-Harassment Verdict in Miami Beach Firefighter Case

A federal judge overruled a jury’s decision that a Miami Beach firefighter should get $700,000 for being sexually harassed. U.S. District Judge Marcia G. Cooke found that Marlenis Smart’s treatment did not meet the legal definition of sexual harassment. Further, Judge Cooke ruled that the incidents Smart complained about were not severe or pervasive enough to be considered a sexually hostile work environment. Although it is rare for judges to reverse jury verdicts, it can […]
May 10, 2013

Bikram Yoga Founder Accused of Sexual Harassment by Former Protege

Sarah Baughn, former protégé of Bikram yoga founder, Bikram Choudhury, has filed a lawsuit against the yoga guru, alleging that the top Bikram teacher sexually harassed her and discriminated against her. Baughn, 29, claims Choudhury, 67, relentlessly pursued her for years Baughn was “mortified” at the propositions and immediately told her boyfriend, according to court papers. Baughn avoided Choudhury and his wife, Rajashree, helps run the yoga empire, and continued her pursuing her yoga career. […]
February 18, 2013

South Loop Club to Pay $100,000 to Settle EEOC Sex Harassment and Retaliation Case

South Loop Club, a Chicago bar and grill will pay $100,000 under a settlement agreement to settle a sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit. The sexual harassment and retaliation case brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).    According to the complaint, the South Loop Club fostered a culture where sexual harassment and retaliation against female employees went unchecked.  The Chicago bar quickly agreed to a settlement shortly after the sexual harassment lawsuit was filed.  […]
February 17, 2013

Striving for equality is a constant battle!

Striving for equality is a constant battle in America. Despite many laws put into place to prevent discrimination and equality, it seems that there still persists inequality in many instances across the country. In the workplace, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 makes it illegal to discriminate against someone on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, or sex. The law forbids discrimination when it comes to any aspect of employment, including […]
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 […]
January 3, 2013

Maryland Cop, City Settle Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

A sexual harassment lawsuit filed by a former Hyattsville, Md., police officer was settled out of court settlement after six months of federal court proceedings. The settlement brings to a close the case of Marsha Lessard, a city police officer from 2005 through 2009, who alleged a pattern of sexual harassment within the police department during her time there. According to a statement, the case was settled “on terms wherein the city admitted no liability […]