Posts Tagged ‘Discrimination’

Sep
2016
20

The Show Me (Your License) State: MO GOP Overrides Gov’s Veto of Discriminatory Voter ID

The Show Me (Your License) State: MO GOP Overrides Gov's Veto of Discriminatory Voter ID
  Missouri came one step closer to implementing a new voter identification law on Wednesday after the Republican state legislature overrode a veto by Democratic Governor Jay Nixon. The law requires voters to show a government issued ID before casting a ballot in an election. Republicans claim the move is a common sense measure to [&hellip...
Mar
2016
29

But Wait, It Gets Worse: NC’s LGBT Discrimination Bill Also Contains Language to Suppress Wages

But Wait, It Gets Worse: NC's LGBT Discrimination Bill Also Contains Language to Suppress Wages
  Lost in the outrage over North Carolina’s House Bill 2, which sparked nationwide anger by recklessly striking down a Charlotte anti-discrimination ordinance, was language which prohibits local governments from creating wage standards.  During a special session the bill passed the House of Representatives 82-26 and the Senate 32-0. ...
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Feb
2016
9

Prolific NYC Contractor Slapped With Sexual Harassment, Wage Theft Suit

Prolific NYC Contractor Slapped With Sexual Harassment, Wage Theft Suit
  A female ironworker from the Bronx has filed a lawsuit against her former employer, U.S. Crane and Rigging, accusing them of sexual harassment, wage theft, and exposing her to unsafe work conditions among other charges.  U.S. Crane and Rigging is part of the Auringer family of companies, which includes NY Hoist, Urban Pre-Cast, and...
Feb
2015
19

Throwback Thursday: Trucking Company Slammed with $15 Million Settlement for, um, SEGREGATING its Warehouse (Really.)

Throwback Thursday: Trucking Company Slammed with $15 Million Settlement for, um, SEGREGATING its Warehouse (Really.)
  A jury in Colorado has awarded seven plaintiffs nearly $15 million in a massive racial discrimination case.  Six of the plaintiffs are black and the seventh is a white whistleblower; they are all warehouse workers at Matheson Trucking and Matheson Flight Extenders, Inc., which handles mail for the United States Postal Service and private...
Feb
2015
6

Indiana GOP: Contractors on Publicly Funded Projects Can Discriminate Based on Religion

Indiana GOP: Contractors on Publicly Funded Projects Can Discriminate Based on Religion
  We are not exaggerating. Indiana’s Republican legislature is taking its hard right stance on labor to a new level with the Senate passage of a bill that would allow contractors on publicly funded projects to discriminate based on religion.  The bill, SB 127, passed on a 39-11 vote with all but one Republican voting [&hellip...
Oct
2014
27

Non-Union Apprenticeship Program in WA Shut Down for Discrimination Against Women

Non-Union Apprenticeship Program in WA Shut Down for Discrimination Against Women
  In Washington state, a non-union International Electrical Contractors (IEC) apprenticeship program was recently shut down due to discrimination against women.  Nicole Grant, Executive Director of the Certified Electrical Workers of Washington and a Vice President of the Washington State Labor Council AFL-CIO, wrote about the unfortunate...
Oct
2014
14

Texas Officials Not Collecting Data on the Race of Injured Workers; Discrimination Suspected as a Result

  Since 1993, state law has required the Texas Division of Workers’ Compensation (TDWC) to maintain information on the race and gender of every valid injury claim.  Yet, last year less than 8 percent of claims contained that information.  Without this information those who wish to study racial bias in the workers’ compensation...
Jun
2014
17

Federally Contracted LGBT Employees to Get Long-Awaited Discrimination Protections via Obama EO

Federally Contracted LGBT Employees to Get Long-Awaited Discrimination Protections via Obama EO
  President Obama has announced that he will sign an executive order (EO) prohibiting companies who receive federal contracts from discriminating against employees on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.  The EO will make changes where legislation has failed since the Supreme Court’s United States v. Windsor decision which...
May
2014
8

Secretary of Hate: Top Ohio Official Withholding New Voting Rule Info from Minorities, Dems

Secretary of Hate: Top Ohio Official Withholding New Voting Rule Info from Minorities, Dems
  Emails obtained exclusively by Salon provide details of deliberations among Ohio Republicans seeking to change election laws in their favor prior to the midterm elections.  The emails involve Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, his general council, and his elections director.   The emails reveal plans to share information with some groups...
Mar
2014
21

Lingering NYFD Discrimination Suit Finally Settled by New Mayor DeBlasio; $98M in Back Pay on the Way

Lingering NYFD Discrimination Suit Finally Settled by New Mayor DeBlasio; $98M in Back Pay on the Way
  The City of New York has agreed to pay $98 million in back pay to entry-level minority firefighters who claimed in court that institutional biases were used to keep them off the job.  The case, United States of America and Vulcan Society Inc. vs. City of New York, signals a sharp shift from Mayor [&hellip...
Jul
2013
22

NJ Supreme Court Issues Decision Which Strengthens Workplace Bias Laws in Favor of Employees

NJ Supreme Court Issues Decision Which Strengthens Workplace Bias Laws in Favor of Employees
  Last week, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled in favor of a UPS employee who sued the company after being demoted.  The plaintiff claimed his demotion was retaliation for complaining about denigrating remarks in the workplace.  In a unanimous decision, the state’s high court ruled that employers who engage in derogatory remarks...
Jul
2013
18

Lawsuit Claims Johnson & Johnson’s Culture of Discrimination Dead-Ends African-American Careers

Lawsuit Claims Johnson & Johnson's Culture of Discrimination Dead-Ends African-American Careers
  A lawsuit filed by a former employee suggests that despite being named one of Diversity Inc.’s “Top Companies for Diversity,” Johnson & Johnson has “a corporate culture of discrimination.”   The suit was brought forward by a former executive, Francine Parham, who believes she was passed over for...