October 18, 2012

NYU dental school lawsuit by former student to avail civil rights

A former honors student who attended NYU’s dental school sued the academic institution claiming that she had to meet a $38,000 quota in clinical work in order to earn her degree, in addition to having to invest in more classes to graduate. Katie Kickertz, 28 years old, was the former student and is now licensed to be a dentist in Illinois. Her lawsuit was won in order for NYU to honor and recognizer her BA […]
October 5, 2012

AFGE files unfair labor practice against EPA for firing scientists

The American Federation of Government Employees filed an unfair labor practice charge with the Federal Labor Relations Authority claiming the Environmental Protection Agency fired two scientists for trying to organize a union at an EPA lab in Athens, Georgia. The lawsuit claims that EPA lab fired two employees and disciplinary actions against two other employees. The motive behind these actions, the lawsuit claims EPA was trying to “chill employees in the exercise of their rights […]
September 24, 2012

Mercy Hospice Sued By EEOC for Disability Bias

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed a lawsuit against Trinity Home Health System member Mercy Hospice because of their refusal to provide a reasonable accommodation to a disabled nurse, Patricia Barriger. The Mercy Hospice later fired Barriger. Barriger tried to return to work from a medical leave of absence. Instead of providing her with a reasonable accommodation, the company discharged her because, according to the company, she was an inactive employee who was […]
September 12, 2012

Fire Department has not published who passed the new firefighter exam

The New York City Fire Department has delayed in publishing the results of the new firefighter exam. As a result, the list of about 1,000 paramedics and EMTs who passed have not been posted. The new test has not been signed off by a federal judge yet. The Fire Department will, however, individually tell candidates the results. Meanwhile, there is shortage of 620 firefighters in the city. The federal Justice Department did not allow the […]
August 29, 2012

Fremont Toyota Pays $400,000 to Settle EEOC’s Harassment and Retaliation Lawsuit

Fremont Toyota, a California car dealership agreed to pay $400,000 and implement training for the dealership’s management staff to settle a federal discrimination lawsuit. The lawsuit was filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The lawsuit alleged that Fremont Toyota’s general manager singled out four Afghan American salesmen during a staff meeting, calling them “terrorists” and threatening them with violence. The salesmen reported the harassment and later became the targets of verbal harassment. […]
August 29, 2012

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer bans driver's licenses for undocumented immigrants

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer recently signed an executive order reiterating that state agencies are required to deny licenses and other taxpayer-funded public benefits to “unlawfully present aliens.” The order includes those undocumented immigrants who are approved to stay and work in the U.S. for another two years under the federal government’s new Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Brewer backed his order by stating that even though an alien may receive a deportation reprieve, it […]
August 24, 2012

Postal Service plans to Default on $5.5 billion bill which could affect current employees

The U.S. Postal Service is expected to default a huge debt owed to the government in the amount of $5.5 billion dollars. The US Postal Service has made it known that it is experiencing financial struggles which may have an effect on thousands of job holders. It is unable to pay toward retiree health benefits. Day-to-day operations will remain in effect as normal but the agency’s debt is rising. Under a law passed by Congress […]