It’s not what you expect to see in a race discrimination case. But one company recently had to fork over $500,000 for failing to hire a white job applicant.
Interviews are tricky — a candidate’s success or failure often depends on highly subjective criteria. But here’s an example of how too much subjectivity can wind up hitting a company with a bias lawsuit:
Remember that recent Supreme Court ruling that individuals who are closely related to an employee who’s engaged in protected activity are allowed to sue for retaliation? The issue’s back in federal court.
In 2009, U.S. employees filed 93,277 workplace discrimination charges with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) – the second highest number ever. And for the first time, race discrimination did not top the list of claims.
“Lose weight or lose your job.” That’s what one woman heard from her male boss. And there was nothing illegal about the order.
A Boeing employee is suing the company, claiming the company retaliated after he complained about ongoing racially-motivated harassment.
It’s never good when offensive comments are made in the workplace. However, one company avoided a racial bias lawsuit by following its own policies and procedures. Multiple incidents Victoria Eaglin, an African-American woman, was a receptionist for Texas Children’s Hospital. During Eaglin’s employment, several supervisors made offensive comments regarding her race. One manager touched Eaglin’s […]
California law now prohibits employers from implementing dress and appearance policies that discriminate against employees or job applicants based on how they wear their hair.
In a recent lawsuit, the EEOC tried to broaden the definition of race discrimination. Was it successful?
EEOC Chair Janet Dhillon issued a reminder to employers to be vigilant for instances of discrimination in the workplace on the basis of national origin or race. Dhillon said in a news release, “Crises like the COVID-19 pandemic can bring out the best and worst in people. We have seen many examples of people rising to […]
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued an emotional and politically charged statement on racial discrimination on June 9, marking the deaths of three African Americans. The Resolution of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission In Mourning for the Deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery notes that the Commission, which was created as […]
Sophisticated employers are well aware of the critical importance of meting out discipline in an evenhanded and fair manner, and documenting all disciplinary actions carefully. Employers who proceed carelessly in this regard can easily find themselves facing a claim that the discipline was meted out for an unfair or even discriminatory reason. Here’s a case […]
When an employee loses out on a promotion, it can be hard to pinpoint why. But one was certain his race had something to do with it, and after initially losing in district court, the 4th Circuit revived his case. Less experience, more pay Robert Gary, an employee at Facebook, didn’t receive the promotion he […]
When one employee experienced racial harassment so severe he was forced to quit, the EEOC stepped in. Driven Fence, a fencing company outside of Chicago, was hit with a lawsuit from the EEOC after permitting a racially hostile work environment. According to the lawsuit, an African-American employee was continually subjected to racial slurs. Ultimately, when […]
Here’s a case that reminds us just why the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission was established in the first place.
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