September 12, 2012

Electric Company in Hawaii Settles EEOC Disability Discrimination Suit

In Hawaii, the Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc. (HECO) is going to settle a Disability Discrimination Suit which was brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The company was accused on denying employment to an applicant who has an eye condition that sought to work for the company as a meter reader. The company will now pay $50,000 and other relief to settle the lawsuit. In addition to the monetary relief, the company signed […]
August 8, 2012

Hawaii HealthCare Professionals Ordered to Pay over $190,000 for Age Discrimination

The Hawaii Healthcare Professionals, Inc., and its owner have been ordered to pay $193,236 to a woman allegedly fired due to her age. The U.S. District Judge Alan C. Kay ordered a default judgment against the company. The judgment resolves an age discrimination lawsuit filed by the EEOC against the Honolulu-based home health care services company in 2010. Debra Moreno, a then-54-year-old office coordinator at its Maui facility, was terminated in 2008 by the company’s […]
March 18, 2011

Hawaii Legalizes Same-Sex Civil Unions

Hawaii lawmakers passed a bill legalizing same-sex civil unions, making the state the seventh in the U.S. to enable gay couples to be joined in a legally-recognized union, if not actually married.  The debate over civil unions has been a very contentious issues in Hawaii.  Last year, Republican Governor vetoed the measure.  Outraged ensued, including some talk of boycotts on state tourism from gay rights groups.  Despite the State’s first failed attempt at passing the […]