December 6, 2012

Exotic dancers claim Texas club chain failed to pay them minimum wage.

Two exotic dancers have sued a chain of Texas strip clubs in Houston federal court, claiming the clubs failed to pay them minimum wage and overtime. The lawsuit, which seeks to cover current and former dancers who work for the same chain, alleges that the common operations and control behind XTC Cabaret and Rick’s Cabaret International misclassify their dancers as independent contractors rather than employees. The lawsuit, filed by dancers Maylene Velasco and Megan Jenkins, […]
October 24, 2012

Hempstead Justice Accuses Mayor of Sexual Harassment

The Hempstead Mayor and the Hempstead Justice have begun a heated battle and have called for each other’s resignation. Village Justice Tanya Hobson-Williams alleges that Hempstead Mayor Wayne Hall Sr. sexual harassed her and tried to intimidate her. Hall has accused Hobson-Williams of judicial misconduct. Hall denied the claims and said he is outraged by the allegations. Attorney Rick Ostrove, of Leeds Brown Law, filed a complaint with the New York State Division of Human […]
October 11, 2012

Model aimed to Help Indian Tribes Fight against Discrimination

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has set forth a model plan to help Indian tribes partner with the EEOC in an effort to combat employment discrimination. The model is called the Model Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). This memo can be entered into by EEOC District Offices and individual Indian tribes. Each MOU allows the EEOC and the individual tribe to coordinate investigations, share information and provide training to end employment discrimination. See: […]
October 11, 2012

Lynching photo advertised in order to urge people to vote

In Indianapolis, Washington, a controversial photo has been used to urge people to vote. However, the picture has sparked a lot of controversy. The sign is in front of Greater St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church. The sign says, “Vote”, but one side of the sign shows slaves in chains with wording beneath the picture stating, “Lest we forget.” The other side of the sign shows a picture of the lynching of two black men in […]
October 11, 2012

King Soopers Supermarket Chain sued for Disability Discrimination

In Colorado, a supermarket chain known as King Soopers, Inc., has been sued for disability discrimination because it refused to accommodate long time employee when she attempted to use her medical leave to manage her disability with a bipolar disorder. Then the supermarket chain unlawfully fired the receptionist because of her condition. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) brought the lawsuit on behalf of the former employee. See: Disability discrimination is against the […]
October 11, 2012

Iranian cleric beat up after he told woman to cover up

In recent news, an Iranian cleric, Hojatoleslam Ali Beheshti, who is a mid-level cleric in the northern province of Semnan, spent three days in the hospital after he was beaten by a woman. According to reports he criticized her for having her head partly uncovered. He warned her to cover up, and she spat back, “You cover your eyes.” As result of repeated warnings, she beat him up. In Iran, state law makes it mandatory […]
October 11, 2012

Filterfresh Coffee Services Settles Sex Discrimination Lawsuit

In Georgia, Filterfresh Coffee Services, Inc., a coffee service provider in over 40 locations nationwide, has been sued by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) for sexual discrimination. The company was accused of firing a female employee but allowed male counterparts to have access to more opportunities. As a result of the lawsuit, the company will pay $90,000 to settle the lawsuit, as well as a consent decree that includes provisions for equal employment […]