December 12, 2014

Equal Pay Act Falling Short

Study Shows Women Still Paid Less for Similar Work When President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act in 1963, proponents foresaw a future where men and women working in the same jobs would be paid the same wages. At the time, statistics showed that women earned about 59 cents to the dollar for the same work that a man did. It’s a half a century later and have we reached the point where […]
August 1, 2012

Senate Republicans block pay equity bill

Democrats attempted to pass a bill that was designed to ensure that women will not face pay discrimination. The bill was blocked Tuesday by Republicans who complained that the bill was politically inspired and would reward trial lawyers at the expense of employers. The bill, which Democrats said would close loopholes in the 1963 Equal Pay Act, would require employers to prove that differences in pay were related to job performance, not gender; would prevent […]
February 10, 2012

New LEGO For Girls Raises Concerns of Stereotypes

LEGO has released a new line called LEGO Friends, and it has many outraged over the stereotypes associated with the toy giant. The LEGO Friends line creates a place called Heartlake City which thus far consists of a beauty parlor, a café, a bakery, a clothing design school, a vet’s office, a sound stage, and an inventor’s workshop.
November 3, 2011

Religious Discrimination Claimed Against Veterans Affairs Officials

In Houston, TX, a lawsuit has accused Veterans Affairs officials of religious discrimination. The lawsuit was filed by the Veterans of Foreign Wars District 4, the American Legion Post 586 and the National Memorial Ladies. The lawsuit alleges the Houston National Cemetery for banning religious words such as “God” or “Jesus” and banning prayers at soldiers’ funerals.
September 30, 2011

New United Motors & Manufacturing, Inc. Settles $6 Million Lawsuit

In California, New United Motors & Manufacturing, Inc. (NUMMI), California’s last auto plant, is settling a lawsuit for $6 million, to resolve a class action litigation after employees on medical leave were denied severance benefits. Workers told the EEOC they were physically capable of going to work during the severance period but they were denied.
August 24, 2011

GOP Candidates’ Statements About Slavery

Republican presidential candidates Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum have signed a pledge to the Family Leader and in doing so have signed their names to a controversial preamble which suggests that black children born into slavery had better family structures than black children today.
June 27, 2011

Brooklyn Botanic Garden Security Officer Claims Racism

Anthony Quarless, 47 years old, is a former head of security at Brooklyn Botanic Garden who filed a federal discrimination complaint against the gardens after he contacted the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in October 2009.