U.S. High Court to Hear Wal-Mart Gender Discrimination Suit

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The U.S. Supreme Court on Dec. 6 agreed to consider only one question in the appeal filed by Walmart seeking to overturn a California federal judge's decision to certify a class of more than 1 million current and former female employees who claim that the nation's...

Filipinos Sue California Hospital Over English-Only Rule

LOS ANGELES - (AP) Dozens of Filipino hospital workers in California claim they were the only ethnic group targeted by a rule requiring them to speak only English at work, and want to take their case to federal court. The group of 52 nurses and medical staff filed a complaint Tuesday. . . . Full version...

Obama Signs Law Settling Indian Tribes, Black Farmers Lawsuits

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) American Indians and black farmers will be paid $4.6 billion to address claims of government mistreatment over many decades under landmark legislation President Barack Obama signed Wednesday. The legislation "closes a long and unfortunate chapter in our history," Obama...

Job Bias Claims Set New Record On Disability Surge

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) Federal job bias complaints climbed to record levels last year, led by a surge in workers claiming discrimination based on disability. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says charges of disability discrimination rose by about 17 percent to 25,165 claims. Overall, the...

Supreme Court: Title VII Forbids Third-Party Retaliation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) An employer may not use third-party reprisal as a means of retaliating against the third party's fiancée, an employee who filed a discrimination claim, and the third-party employee has standing to sue the employer, a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court ruled Jan...

Supreme Court Says Company Can't Fire Employee's Fiancée

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) The Supreme Court says companies can't fire people simply because they are in a relationship with other employees who complain of discrimination. The high court on Monday unanimously ruled for Eric Thompson, who was fired from a North American Stainless plant in Kentucky...

N.Y. Lawsuit Accuses Toshiba Of Discrimination

NEW YORK - (AP) A human resources manager at a Toshiba America Inc. subsidiary sued the company Monday for $100 million, accusing the electronics giant of discriminating against women. Elaine Cyphers of Mecklenburg County, N.C., brought the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Manhattan against the parent...

Lawsuit Claims Discrimination At Louisiana Oil Services Company

BATON ROUGE, La. - (AP) About 230 current and former employees at a Louisiana-based oil services company have filed a civil rights lawsuit, saying they were forced to work in facilities where racist graffiti, slurs and discrimination are commonplace. The lawsuit was filed this week in a Texas federal...

Lawsuit: French Ad Firm Discriminates Against Women

NEW YORK - (AP) A lawsuit filed Thursday seeks to represent hundreds of U.S.-based female employees of a French advertising conglomerate in claims that it discriminates against women. The lawsuit filed in federal court in Manhattan claims that 70 percent of Publicis Groupe's workforce of 45,000 is...

Lawsuit: Company Sought To Hire Illegal Immigrants

JACKSON, Miss. - (AP) A Mississippi company that pleaded guilty to conspiracy related to the nation's largest workplace raid on illegal immigrants is now facing a lawsuit accusing it of discriminating against non-immigrants who applied for jobs. A discrimination lawsuit filed Friday in U.S. District...

Massachusetts Woman Files $100M Lawsuit Against Cigna

BOSTON - (AP) An employee of Cigna Healthcare Inc. has filed a $100 million federal lawsuit claiming the health insurer engages in a widespread pattern of gender discrimination and harassment against women. Contracting manager Bretta Karp of Shrewsbury says in the suit filed Thursday in Boston that the...

9 Former Workers Sue Auburn, Allege Discrimination

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - (AP) Nine workers in the Auburn University athletic department who were laid off or reassigned have filed a federal lawsuit accusing the school of racial discrimination. The lawsuit against the university was filed Thursday in U.S. District Court. Five of the former custodial workers...

Agency Sues California Contractor, Farms In Thai Workers Case

LOS ANGELES - (AP) A federal agency has sued a California-based labor contractor and farms in Washington and Hawaii alleging discrimination against more than 200 Thai workers in what was called its largest human trafficking case in agriculture. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed lawsuits...

Puerto Rican Justice Department Faces U.S. Lawsuit

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - (AP) Federal officials said Tuesday that they filed a discrimination lawsuit against the Puerto Rican Justice Department, accusing it of knowingly relocating an employee in a wheelchair to a building that is not handicapped-accessible. The complaint states that the woman could...

EEOC Sues Over India Immigrant Workers' Treatment

PASCAGOULA, Miss. - (AP) A federal agency claims in a lawsuit filed this week that hundreds of people recruited in India to work for an oil rig construction company in Mississippi and Texas in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina were forced into oppressive living arrangements and subjected to harsh language...

Judge Approves USDA, Indian Farmers Settlement

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) A federal judge has approved a $680 million settlement between the Agriculture Department and American Indian farmers who say they were denied loans because of discrimination. The two sides agreed on the deal last year subject to court approval. U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan...

7 Key Points From The Supreme Court's Wal-Mart v. Dukes Class Action Opinion

Jon Hyman Yesterday, the Supreme Court unanimously reversed the certification of the class action in Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Dukes . Recall that Dukes sought the certification of a nationwide class of 1.5 million female Wal-Mart employees allegedly denied pay and promotions because of a corporate...

High Court Decision In Wal-Mart Case A Blow To Class Actions

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) Mounting a large-scale bias claim against a huge company will be more difficult in light of a Supreme Court decision that found no convincing proof of discrimination on which to allow a class action against retail giant Wal-Mart on behalf of as many as 1.6 million women. Full...

Verizon To Pay $20 Million To Settle Discrimination Lawsuit

BALTIMORE - (AP) Verizon will pay $20 million to resolve a lawsuit over its treatment of disabled employees who missed work as a result of their disabilities. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced the settlement Wednesday. In the lawsuit filed in Maryland, the EEOC said Verizon unlawfully...

California Groups Sue EPA Over Civil Rights Complaint

FRESNO, Calif. - (AP) Sixteen years ago, soon after she gave birth to her first baby, Maricela Mares-Alatorre joined residents of three small California farmworker towns who alleged they were being discriminated against by environmental regulators, because all three of the state's toxic waste dumps...

Supreme Court Decision To Recognize 'Ministerial Exemption' In Employment Discrimination Cases 'Resounding Victory' For Religious Organizations

By Darrell VanDeusen In a decision that many are calling a resounding victory for religious organizations, the Supreme Court has unanimously decided that the First Amendment's establishment and free exercise clauses create a "ministerial exception" that bars an ADA lawsuit (and by extension...

U.S. High Court Majority Upholds State's Immunity From Employee's Bias Suit

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) A state employee is blocked by sovereign immunity from recovering damages from his state employer for claims of discrimination brought under the self-care provision of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), a split U.S. Supreme Court ruled March 20, affirming a decision...

Defending Employment Discrimination Cases Resembles A Snipe Hunt

My summer reading list includes Joel Stein's Man Made: A Stupid Quest for Masculinity . The book recounts the self-proclaimed effete Stein's journey to become more masculine in the wake of the birth of his son. In one chapter, Stein spends a weekend with a boy scout troop to learn how to camp...

U.S. High Court Hears Arguments On Proof Of Title VII Retaliation Claims

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) A Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 retaliation claim must prove but-for causation, the attorney representing the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (UTSW) argued before the U.S. Supreme Court April 24 ( University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center...

Legal Foundation: Supreme Court Must Reverse Appeals Court Equal Protection Ruling

DENVER ­­- A western nonprofit, public-interest legal foundation on July 1 urged the Supreme Court of the United States to reverse a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit invalidating a voter-approved ballot initiative barring discrimination by the State of Michigan on the...