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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 …

Weinstein Sues Chubb Seeking Legal Defense Coverage in 11 Sex Harassment Suits

Film producer Harvey Weinstein is fighting back against personal indemnity insurer Chubb Ltd., saying Chubb must pay for his legal defense against 11 lawsuits that accuse him of sexually harassing or assaulting women over the past three decades, according to …

Uber Wants Pay Inequality Accord to Also Settle Sex Harassment Claims

Uber Technologies Inc.’s $10 million settlement with women engineers who complained they were underpaid compared with men would also rid the ride-hailing giant of liability for potentially hundreds of sexual harassment incidents over the past five years. The accord, which …

Uber Settles Employee Gender, Racial Bias Lawsuit for $10 Million

Uber Technologies Inc. has agreed to pay $10 million to settle a class-action lawsuit brought by two women engineers who accused the ride-services company of gender and race discrimination. The settlement, disclosed in a filing in the U.S. District Court …

How Nondisclosure Agreements Protect Bosses Like Weinstein

A first-year associate at a Manhattan law firm brought her complaint of sexual harassment to the managing partner. Her male boss, she said, had told her to take off her clothing. After months during which she continued to work for …