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July 2011 Archives

LGBT individuals, fearing discrimination, remain closeted

A staggering number of LGBT employees experience discrimination in the workplace. Yet, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (federal legislation that would make it illegal for employers to discriminate based on sexual orientation) remains on the back-burner not only for politicians, but also LGBT rights activists.

Proposed federal law would prohibit discrimination against unemployed job seekers

A recent study found that discrimination against the unemployed is a prevalent occurrence in online job ad postings. The study examined the job ads on four major Internet job sites: CareerBuilder.com, Indeed.com, Monster.com and Craigslist.com. According to the Sun Sentinel, the study found more than 150 job ads where the employer specifically said that being currently employed was a requirement for the position.

Abercrombie discriminated against job applicant says court

The U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission sued Abercrombie & Fitch, accusing the retail clothing chain of discriminating against a job applicant based on religion. The EEOC said that the store had discriminated against a young woman who had applied for a job in Abercrombie Kids because she wore a hijab or head scarf for religious purposes.

Class actions continue to succeed despite Wal-Mart decision: Part 2

As discussed in the previous post, the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision regarding the giant sex discrimination class-action lawsuit filed against Wal-Mart has put a spotlight on other pending class-action employment lawsuits. Some felt that the ruling would result in less class actions being filed by employees, but, now that a few weeks have passed, it has been seen that many, but not all, of these cases are still going strong.

Class actions continue to succeed despite Wal-Mart decision: Part 1

A few weeks have passed since the Supreme Court ruled that a sex discrimination lawsuit brought against Wal-Mart on behalf of 1.5 million current and former female employees of the retailer could not proceed as a class action. Now employment attorneys have been watching to see how the decision will be interpreted in regards to pending class action litigation. So far, according to a Reuters analysis piece, it has been seen that the case has not stopped class actions from succeeding, especially lawsuits involving wage-and-hour and overtime disputes.

Verizon settles disability discrimination lawsuit with EEOC

Verizon Communications has agreed to settle a discrimination lawsuit that claimed the employer violated the Americans With Disabilities Act. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said that the company did not adequately accommodate employees with disabilities in its company attendance policy.

Golf coach claims defamation in face of discrimination lawsuit

A university golf programs director has resigned in the face of a sexual orientation discrimination lawsuit. He says that he resigned to focus on other things in his life besides golf and says his resignation is not because of the lawsuit. He continues to deny that he discriminated against a former associate coach due to her sexual orientation and says that her lawsuit against the university defames him.