December 7, 2012

NYC steakhouse settles male-on-male sexual harassment case

Sparks, the well-known New York City steakhouse reached a $600,000 settlement of a male-on-male sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The EEOC said 22 male waiters at Spark were subjected to harassment based on their sex, chiefly by one male manager, over a nearly eight-year period. The agency said the misconduct included inappropriate comments and touching. Although many waiters complained to other managers and Sparks’ owners, the harassment did […]
October 9, 2012

Domestic Violence Concerns in Vogue Magazine

The cover of Vogue Hommes Internationale has recently depicted a picture of model Stephanie Seymour being choked and grabbed from behind by a fellow male model. Critics say have stated the picture sends a bad message to men and women. The 2008 Journal of Emergency Medicine performed a study of murders of women in 11 cities. The study found that 43% of women who were killed by their partners were choked to some extent before […]
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 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 10, 2012

Sharon Osbourne Will Not Return to ‘America’s Got Talent’ Because of Discrimination Claim

Sharon Osbourne has chosen to decline the offer to return as a judge for “America’s Got Talent.” The decision was made after NBC’s handling of a potential casting for her son Jack on the network’s new show, “Stars Earn Stripes.” Osbourne’s 26-year-old son was fired from the program after he revealed his multiple sclerosis diagnosis, and that the decision was delivered via email two days prior to his start date. Osbourne then decided to leave […]
September 10, 2012

Philadelphia swim club discrimination case settled

The Justice Department announced a settlement agreement in a Philadelphia-area racial discrimination case. The case dates back to June 2009. Creative Steps Day Camp of Northeast Philadelphia paid The Valley Swim Club in Huntingdon Valley for pool access for summer campers. Despite having paid for pool access, the Valley Swim Club returned the camp’s money and campers were told not to return to the pool. It was alleged that several campers heard pool members making […]
September 5, 2012

Hawaii Electric Company to Pay $50,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Suit

Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc., will pay $50,000 and furnish other relief to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit filed. The lawsuit was filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). HECO, an electric distribution company, is the primary energy provider for the Hawaiian islands. The complaint alleged that HECO denied an employee a meter reader position due to an eye condition. The employee had a congenital eye condition resulting in blindness in one eye. The […]