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EEOC Suits Against Employers Allege Transgender Bias

A funeral home and an eye clinic that fired employees who had changed their sex from male to female were sued last week as the U.S. government filed its first-ever federal lawsuits for transgender discrimination. The cases could lay the …

Supreme Court May Get ‘Disparate Impact’ Housing Case

It’s not easy to prevent the Supreme Court from deciding an issue once the justices have agreed to hear a case. But over the past two years, civil rights advocates have managed to do just that by coaxing settlements in …

How IBM Handles Age Disclosure, Employee Privacy, Job Bias Claims

For at least a decade, International Business Machines Corp. gave fired employees information detailing a severance package that asked them to waive age- discrimination claims and also included a page listing the job titles and ages of workers being let …

What EEOC Reports It Accomplished in FY 2013

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) reported it obtained a record $372.1 million in monetary relief for victims of private sector workplace discrimination in FY 2013. This is $6.7 million more than was recovered last year, and the highest …

Court Reinstates Pay Bias Suit Against North Carolina’s Family Dollar

A federal appeals court last week reinstated a lawsuit against North Carolina-based Family Dollar that says female managers were paid less than male store managers. A panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va., overturned a …

More Workers Claiming Job Discrimination Over Language, Accents

More people in the workforce are claiming discrimination over their English-speaking ability or foreign accents, according to federal officials. Workplace discrimination complaints based on national origin — which often involve language ability — rose by 76 percent from 1997 to …

West Virginia Court Supports Lesbian’s Bias Claim in Lost Job Offer

A jury in West Virginia’s Kanawha County  has concluded that members of a Charleston after school program rescinded a job offer to a woman after they discovered she is a lesbian. The jurors reached their verdict Friday night after a …

2 Women File Federal Discrimination Suit Against NE Kansas DA

Two former employees have filed a federal lawsuit against Shawnee County, Kansas, District Attorney Chad Taylor alleging they were wrongfully terminated for raising issues about race and gender discrimination. The Topeka Capital-Journal reported that Krystal Boxum-Debolt of Lawrence and Lisa …

Wal-Mart Employees in Florida Claim Gender Bias in Lawsuit

Three female Wal-Mart Stores Inc. employees have filed a lawsuit in South Florida claiming the retail giant discriminates against women in areas such as wages and promotion opportunities The potential class-action lawsuit filed last week in federal court is at …

Supreme Court Lets Black Brokers’ Bias Case Against Merrill Proceed

The U.S. Supreme Court refused to consider an appeal by Bank of America Corp.’s Merrill Lynch unit of a ruling that allowed black brokers who accused it of bias to pursue their lawsuit as a class action. Without comment, the …