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Airbnb Will No longer Require Arbitration for Employee Bias and Harassment Claims

Airbnb Inc., following Alphabet Inc.’s Google, Facebook Inc. and Uber Technologies Inc., said it would not force employees who filed sexual harassment claims to settle those cases in private arbitration. Airbnb also said it would not require employees to use …

Colleges Handling Surge in Claims of Past Sexual Harassment

For 35 years, Ruth D’Eredita tried to dismiss her former professor’s behavior — the way he touched her, groped her and kissed her. But last year, as dozens of women came forward to share similar encounters with powerful men, she …

U.S. Lawsuit Accuses Walmart of Bias Against Pregnant Employees

Walmart is again being accused of violating federal law by failing to accommodate workers’ pregnancy-related medical restrictions. According to a lawsuit brought by the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Alyssa Gilliam and a class of pregnant employees at Walmart’s …

IBM Being Sued for Age Discrimination

Shannon Liss-Riordan has been compared to “a pit bull with a Chihuahua in its mouth.” In a career spanning almost 20 years, the Boston-based lawyer has gone after corporations that have either harmed consumers or their own employees. She’s represented …

Gender, Seniority Key Factors in Workplace Harassment: Hiscox Survey

More than one-third (35 percent) of employees in the U.S. feel they’ve experienced workplace harassment, and half of them believe it was due to their gender. A study released by specialty insurer Hiscox also found that 78 percent of those …

JPMorgan Settles Black Advisers’ Job Bias Lawsuit for $24 Million

As racial diversity tumbles on Wall Street, JPMorgan Chase & Co. has reached a settlement with financial advisers who say they were treated poorly because they’re black. Six current and former employees at the largest U.S. bank filed what they …

Barnes & Noble Calls Fired CEO’s Defamation Claims ‘Lies and Mischaracterizations’

Barnes & Noble Inc. was sued on Tuesday by a former chief executive officer who said the largest U.S. bookstore chain falsely accused him of violating its sexual harassment policy before firing him after 14 months on the job. In …

Jury Awards $1.25 Million in University Harassment Case But Denies Retaliation Claim

A jury awarded $1.25 million to a former Columbia University finance professor whose senior colleague sent dozens of emails disparaging her to industry professionals after she lodged a harassment complaint against him. The verdict is a fraction of the $16 …

Wal-Mart Settles Transgender Employee’s Claim Over Firing

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. on Wednesday settled a lawsuit by a transgender former employee in North Carolina who accused the retail giant of unlawfully firing her for complaining about harassment. Arkansas-based Wal-Mart and the plaintiff, Charlene Bost, did not disclose the …

Beyond Wedding Cakes: LGBT Lawsuits Challenge Employee, Business, Religious Rights

A flood of lawsuits over LGBT rights is making its way through courts and will continue, no matter the outcome in the Supreme Court’s highly anticipated decision in the case of a Colorado baker who would not create a wedding …