August 8, 2012

Owner of 25 McDonald's Restaurants to Pay $1 Million in EEOC Sexual Harassment Suit

Missoula Mac, Inc., the owner and franchisee of 25 McDonald’s restaurants, has agreed to pay $1,000,000 to resolve a class sexual harassment lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. According to the lawsuit, Missoula Mac violated federal civil rights laws at its Reedsburg, Wisconsin, McDonald’s by permitting male employees to create a hostile work environment of sexual harassment against female co-workers. The complaint alleged that, since at least 2006, several male employees subjected […]
August 8, 2012

Howard University Failed to Hire Applicant Due to His Disability

Howard University in the District of Columbia has been charged with violating federal law when it refused to hire an applicant for a security position at its hospital because of his disability, diabetes. The EEOC filed a lawsuit against Howard University, founded in 1862, and a private, historically black university. Howard University Hospital is a division of the University at large and is subject to its employment policies and procedures. According to the lawsuit, Clarence […]
August 3, 2012

Georgia Sheriff wearing KKK garb asks not to be judged

An Atlanta sheriff, Roger Garrison, is getting criticized for his wearing a Ku Klux Klan costume because it was a gag reference to the Mel Brooks movie Blazing Saddles.  He admits now that after doing it 30 years ago, it was a stupid mistake and hopes not to be judged by it.    The sheriff wore the KKK clothing at a Halloween party in the 1980s.  However, the pictures which have surfaced bode badly for the […]
August 1, 2012

Geno Auriemma sued for discrimination

In New York, Kelley Hardwick, who is working as an NBA security official has filed an employment discrimination lawsuit. She claims that she was removed from an assignment at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London because she declined an advance from Geno Auriemma who is the women’s national basketball coach. It is reported in the lawsuit that part of her job duties, she managed security basketball events which includes the Olympics in 2004 and […]
August 1, 2012

Federal law banning same-sex marriage taken down by federal court

A recent federal court case is legalizing marriage between two males or two females in seven states and the District of Columbia. At issue in the court was whether federal benefits could be denied in marriages legal under state law for which it was determined that they could not be denied benefits and the appeal of this decision maybe up to the Supreme Court to decide. In federal law, the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) […]
August 1, 2012

Detroit Healthcare Center to Pay $35,000 in Religious Discrimination Lawsuit

In Detroit, Michigan, the Whitehall Healthcare Center of Ann Arbor is a skilled nursing and long-term care facility which was sued for religious discrimination. The lawsuit was brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and the center will pay $35,000 to settle the suit. The suit alleged that the Health Center refused to accommodate a Jehovah’s Witness employee’s scheduling needs. The employee was employed as a certified nursing assistant and is a practicing Jehovah’s […]
August 1, 2012

Senate Republicans block pay equity bill

Democrats attempted to pass a bill that was designed to ensure that women will not face pay discrimination. The bill was blocked Tuesday by Republicans who complained that the bill was politically inspired and would reward trial lawyers at the expense of employers. The bill, which Democrats said would close loopholes in the 1963 Equal Pay Act, would require employers to prove that differences in pay were related to job performance, not gender; would prevent […]