September 26, 2012

TSA orders retraining in wake of recent racial profiling in Newark airport

After reports surfaced of racial profiling at airports in Newark, Honolulu and Boston, the Transportation Security Administration is ordering refresher training for behavior detection workers at 161 airports. In addition, the TSA is reviewing training, data collection and other elements of the nationwide program. Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Homeland Security, has directed TSA to take steps to prevent profiling. Those steps include working with Homeland Security’s civil rights consultant to review training programs and curriculum; […]
September 26, 2012

Overweight Massachusetts Woman Outraged That She Was Refused Medical Treatment

Ida Davidson, a Massachusetts woman, is outraged after a doctor turned her away because of her weight. Davidson, of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, claims that Dr. Helen Carter, a primary care physician at the UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worchester, refused to treat her because she is clinically obese. Davidson claims the center has adopted a policy after several of her employees were injured while helping overweight patients. It remains unclear what type of injuries her employees […]
September 26, 2012

MKB Construction Settles EEOC Retaliation Discrimination Suit

Phoenix-based MKB Construction settled a retaliation discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). MKB Construction will pay $38,500 and furnish other relief to settle a retaliation discrimination. The company was charged with violating federal law by firing an employee for reporting sexual harassment. According to the lawsuit, an employee at an MKB work site in El Paso was subjected to a sexually hostile work environment by a male co-worker. When the […]
September 24, 2012

Manhattan VA Hospital helps women

In response to the alarming number of female veterans who have been sexually assaulted during tours of duty, Dr. Nancy Lutwak has launched a relief mission at the Manhattan VA Hospital. Dr. Lutwak has opened a female-only emergency room at the Manhattan VA Hospital to treat female veterans posttraumatic syndrome. Dr. Lutwak’s program is the first of 117 VA emergency rooms in the country. The center has dedicated a separate space and staff for women. […]
September 17, 2012

Another District Attorney enters into state Assembly Sex Harassment Investigation

The Albany County district attorney has joined a special prosecutor who was appointed to investigate the sexual harassment case going on in the New York Assembly. This occurred because protesters in New York City called for Brooklyn Assemblyman Vito Lopez to resign. He has been accused by four female staffers that he sexually harassed each of them. Lopez refused to resign. Under state law, even if the Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE) finds Lopez […]
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 […]
September 10, 2012

Puyallup Truck Dealership Sued by EEOC for National Origin and Sexual Harassment

A Puyallup, Wash., used-truck dealership violated federal law when its general manager engaged in ongoing harassment targeting a Filipino American male employee. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed a lawsuit against the company. According to the EEOC, the male supervisor aimed demeaning comments at Northwest Motorsport’s Internet marketing manager, Bayani Salcedo, for many month. The harassment included frequent and derogatory observations about Salcedo’s Filipino national origin and purported sexual attributes. Full article. […]