November 29, 2012

Big Lots pays $155,000 to settle sex harassment case

The Big Lots closeout chain has settled a sexual harassment lawsuit involving its Fort Smith, Ark., store for $155,000. The company will pay $155,000 to four claimants and furnish other relief to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC. The EEOC’s lawsuit charged that the male store manager of the Fort Smith store subjected female employees to sexual harassment, including sexually offensive comments and requests for sexual favors.  […]
October 24, 2012

Recent decision: In re Katie Kickertz v. New York University

A recent court decision in the New York county Supreme Court has found in favor for a former student at NYU’s dentist school who sued the school. The student was dismissed from NYU’s dental college, without the possibility of readmission. The school claimed she violated an ethical code in which she forged a patient treatment record patient forms in order to gain Practice Model Values (PMV) credits necessary in order to graduate. The court found that […]
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 8, 2012

Ex-Penguin rep sues claiming publisher discriminated

Marilyn Ducksworth, a longtime spokeswoman for Penguin Group (USA), is suing the publisher, alleging age discrimination. Ducksworth, 56, filed papers in New York’s Supreme Court seeking lost pay and punitive damages. After 27 years with Penguin, Ducksworth resigned after she protested the demotion and firing of older colleagues. Ducksworth alleges that Penguin’s discrimination against her included “diminishing her executive responsibilities, dismantling her staff” and “interfering with her internal and external professional relationships.” Full article. Retaliating […]
October 8, 2012

Jury clears top NYPD official and a sergeant of sexual harassment and discrimination charges

A Brooklyn jury cleared a top NYPD official and a sergeant of sexual harassment and discrimination charges. A federal lawsuit was filed by Officer Veronica Schultz, a female cop, claiming that the 103d Precinct’s youth unit was permeated with frat boy antics. The panel of six women and five men reached the verdict after deliberating one day in Brooklyn Federal Court. Ten of the jurors told The Daily News they believed there was some merit […]
October 2, 2012

Teen with Down Syndrome not allowed on American Airlines flight

The Vanderhorst family is charging that they denied access onto a plane going cross-county, on an American Airlines flight from Newark to Los Angeles, because their son, Bede who is 16 yeaars old, has Down syndrome. They are claiming that the airline didn’t want a person with Down syndrome in first class. They boy was denied access on the place because the airline officials said he posed a “flight risk” as he appeared “agitated” in […]