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Posted 12 months ago in Your Job & The Law by Michele Bowman  
‘N-Word’ Never OK at Work, Says NY Jury

A federal jury in Manhattan has found in favor of a black plaintiff who sued her black employer after he went on a rant filled with the n-word, finding that use of the slur is actionable harassment at work, no matter the context.    ‘Inappropriate Times’ Brandi Johnson, a 38-year-old black employment agency worker, worked for Rob Carmona at an employment agency called STRIVE in East Harlem in New York City. The company helps people who struggle to enter the …

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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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Ashley Tisdale Gets Restraining Order Against Twitter Stalker

Actress-singer Ashley Tisdale recently scored a restraining order against an alleged stalker who showed up at her house. But before that he’d over-tweeted his welcome as a fan, logging thousands of messages on Tisdale’s Twitter page since November, sending her to the cops with worries about her safety.   Creepy Tweets Tisdale first reportedly grew alarmed when her handlers noticed that one fan had tweeted to her account almost 19,000 times in the last six months. Some of his tweets …

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You Can Be Fired for Your Sexual Orientation

Federal law clearly prohibits employers from discriminating against workers based on sex, race, age, and disability, but did you know employers are basically free to discriminate against you based on your sexual orientation? President Barack Obama is being asked to change that, but any large-scale extension of federal law to include gay workers as a protected class is not likely anytime soon.   Federal Action? The executive order Obama is being asked to sign would prohibit discrimination by federal contractors …

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Gay Cop Gets $1.5 Million from LAPD for Discrimination

A former Los Angeles police officer has settled a lawsuit against the department for anti-gay discrimination and retaliation for $1.5 million and an agreement to turn in his badge. Sgt. Ronald Crump sued his employer in 2009 after he said he experienced an egregious pattern of harassment and humiliation over a period of six months by his supervisor, Lt. John Romero, and then was transferred when he complained. According to the suit, Romero made constant references to the fact that …

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