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Sexual-Harassment Suit Costs Ohio Fire Deptment $900K

A central Ohio township is going to pay nearly $900,000 to a former firefighter to resolve a sexual-harassment lawsuit. The Columbus Dispatch reports that the settlement between Orange Township and Raechel Peters also calls for reinstating the firefighter to her …

Final Judgment for 32 Disabled Men in Iowa: $3.4M

A judge in Iowa has entered final judgment of $3.4 million against a Texas company found to have mistreated 32 mentally disabled workers at an Iowa labor camp. U.S. Senior Judge Charles Wolle ruled on June 11 the men will …

Iowa Hospital Close to Finalizing $2M Bias Lawsuit

A Waterloo, Iowa, hospital is close to finalizing a $2 million class-action lawsuit that compensates African-Americans who say they were denied jobs and promotions because of their race. Allen Hospital will pay 35 individuals a total of about $1 million …

South Dakota Cheese Company Settles Discrimination Charge

A South Dakota cheese making company has agreed to pay $85,000 to settle a sex discrimination charge. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says Milbank-based Valley Queen Cheese Factory has agreed to pay the settlement to two female applicants rejected …

Baldor Electric to Pay $2M to Settle Bias Investigation

Fort Smith, Ark.-based Baldor Electric Co. has agreed to pay $2 million to settle a discrimination allegation by the U.S. Labor Department, but the company denied bias in its hiring practices. The Labor Department alleged the company blocked nearly 800 …

Groups Decry Loss of Okla. Human Rights Commission

Several groups representing the interests of minorities in Oklahoma criticized the elimination of the Oklahoma Human Rights Commission and met on June 11 to form a new coalition to promote equality and end discrimination. Individuals with several minority-rights groups met …

Missouri House Approves Workplace Discrimination Bill

Despite several lawmakers voicing fears about reversing decades of hard-fought civil rights gains, the Missouri House approved a measure that would change the rules for workplace discrimination cases heard in state court. The bill would require workers who bring wrongful …

Missouri Senator Delays Workplace Discrimination Vote

A black senator from St. Louis area who said she was fearful of reversing decades of hard-fought civil rights gains held the Missouri Senate floor for hours on Feb. 1 while vowing to block a vote on legislation changing the …

Missouri Senate Debates Workplace Discrimination Bill

Democrats in the Missouri Senate say a bill revising workplace discrimination laws would make it harder for people to prove the claim against employers. Senate Bill 592 would require workers who fight firings or other adverse decisions to prove in …

Job Bias Complaints Set Record in 2010

Workplace discrimination complaints against private sector firms hit an all time high in 2010. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) reported the filings with the federal agency nationwide totaled 99,922 during fiscal year 2010, which ended Sept. 30, 2010. …