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Posted 9 months ago in Jury Awards Labor and Employment by Sylvia Hsieh  
Fired Police Chief Wins $3.7M for Blowing Whistle on Mayor

The former police chief of Atlantic City, N.J., has won a $3.7 million jury verdict in his lawsuit against the city for firing him because he blew the whistle on mayoral corruption. John Mooney, a veteran on the force who had no previous disciplinary problems, lost his job as chief of police in 2010 amid mass layoffs. But Mooney claimed that the layoffs were just an excuse to get rid of him and that the real reason he was fired was …

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Posted 10 months ago in Labor and Employment by Josh Crank  
Bank of America Fined $2.2M for Racial Discrimination

A federal judge ordered Bank of America to pay nearly $2.2 million for its racially discriminatory hiring practices in a case that has spanned almost 20 years. U.S. Department of Labor Judge Linda S. Chapman levied the fine for back wages and interest for “unfair and inconsistent selection criteria resulting in the rejection of qualified African American applicants” at the bank’s Charlotte headquarters. The unfair hiring practices were first discovered in 1993 during a routine compliance review by the labor …

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Posted 10 months ago in Criminal Law Labor and Employment by Sylvia Hsieh  
Discrimination OK Against Disabled Prisoner Hired as Labor

A private company that got cheap labor by contracting with the state to hire prisoners cannot be sued for discrimination against a disabled worker, according to a ruling by a federal appeals court. The prisoner is not an “employee” of the private company, therefore he does not have the protections under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the court said. The ruling gives an incentive to companies to hire prison labor at below minimum wage without being bound by laws that …

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Posted 11 months ago in Your Job & The Law by Josh Crank  
Hospital Worker Sues Alleging Years of Racist Harassment

A security guard filed a federal harassment and discrimination lawsuit against the suburban Chicago hospital where he works, alleging a years-long campaign of racist taunts. Maurice Walker continues to work for Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he says supervisors called him “nigger boy” and “black fag.” But a former colleague of Walker claims he was terminated for standing up for his friend, and is named as a co-plaintiff in the suit. Fellow security guard Sgt. Walter Bergstrom, …

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Settlement Approved in Paula Deen Harassment Lawsuit

After dismissing part of a complaint filed by a white worker against celebrity chef Paula Deen and her brother Bubba Hiers, alleging racial discrimination based on their treatment of black workers, a federal judge approved a settlement of the rest of the worker’s claims on Aug. 26. Despite the end of the case, PR experts say Deen’s career is over.   PR Problems Earlier this year, a deposition in the lawsuit came to light in which Deen admitted to using …

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