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 12, 2012

Electric Company in Hawaii Settles EEOC Disability Discrimination Suit

In Hawaii, the Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc. (HECO) is going to settle a Disability Discrimination Suit which was brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The company was accused on denying employment to an applicant who has an eye condition that sought to work for the company as a meter reader. The company will now pay $50,000 and other relief to settle the lawsuit. In addition to the monetary relief, the company signed […]
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 […]
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 20, 2012

Fake Drowning by Long Island Man being Investigated

Evana Roth is the wife of Raymond Roth. She recently held a press conference stating that as she was planning her husband’s funeral she discovered that he had not actually died from drowning at Jones Beach. Her husband was discovered to be alive and well in Florida. She now suspects it was all a scam to collect on money from a life insurance policy. She also now fears for her safety after she revealed emails […]