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Feb 10, 2020

EEOC complaint at Brockport connected to diversity officer’s firing

An administrative assistant’s federal complaint against The College at Brockport over racial bias has become intertwined with the recent dismissal of Chief Diversity Officer Cephas Archie. The complaint was filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in late October 2019, but amended just last week to include details about Archie in support of Victoria Elsenheimer’s claim [&hel[...]

Sep 19, 2019

More states working to protect black employees’ right to wear natural hairstyles

In 2017, at a gala luncheon hosted at the opulent Cipriani 42nd Street in New York, Minda Harts found herself seated next to a recruiter for corporate board positions. Over cocktails and a plated fish entree, the two talked about race in the boardroom; the recruiter, a white woman, complained about the challenges of finding […]

Aug 15, 2019

Judge rejects Harvard’s bid to dismiss lawsuit challenging its policy on single-sex organizations

A federal judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit accusing Harvard University of sex discrimination because of its policy governing students who join single-gender social organizations, including fraternities and sororities. The policy bars students from leadership positions in university-recognized organizations and from athletic teams if they join single-sex clubs not recognized by Harvard. Those[...]

Jul 26, 2019

New York expands anti-discrimination law to public schools

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state is widening its anti-discrimination laws to apply to public school children. Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the measure Thursday. Public school students had been exempted from the law under a 2012 court decision. The new rules, approved by lawmakers earlier this year, would allow the state’s Division of Human […]

Sep 26, 2017

Keuka College discrimination suit gets reworked

U.S. District Court Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford has dismissed part of a lawsuit filed by a former instructor at Keuka College who claims she was denied tenure because of discrimination. Wolford dismissed two claims made under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and a hostile work environment claim filed under New York State Human […]

Jul 7, 2017

Lawsuit accuses Hawks of racist practices with performers at Philips Arena

A former security manager for the Hawks’ arena in Atlanta is suing the team for firing him based on his race, and for treating performers and celebrities at the arena differently depending on their race. Samuel Hayes III claims that white performers were routinely allowed to bypass security measures that were enforced for black artists. […]

Apr 7, 2017

Commentary: Civil-rights law can cover anti-gay bias, too

Everyone agrees that under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, employers are forbidden from discriminating on the basis of sex. Are they also forbidden from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation? In a momentous decision earlier this week, with large implications for employers all over the country, a federal court of […]

Apr 6, 2017

Federal fair housing law protects LGBT couples, court rules

A federal judge, in a first, ruled Wednesday that the federal law barring housing discrimination protects LGBT people. The married couple who brought the case — Rachel Smith, a transgender woman, and Tonya Smith — were denied a rental townhouse along with their two children by a landlord who gave as a reason their “unique […]

Apr 5, 2017

Gay rights organizations hail court ruling as ‘game changer’

CHICAGO — Companies cannot discriminate against LGBT employees in the workplace because of their sexual orientation, a federal appeals court said, in a ruling that a gay rights group called a “game changer.” The 8-to-3 decision Tuesday by the full 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago is likely to lead to a battle […]

Jan 31, 2017

Legal questions mount for Trump’s immigration order

WASHINGTON — The legal fight over President Donald Trump’s ban on refugees is likely to turn on questions of a president’s authority to control America’s borders and on whether the new immigration policy unconstitutionally discriminates against Muslims. Civil liberties advocates have challenged the order, which temporarily suspends immigration from seven countries and the Unite[...]

Jan 18, 2017

JPMorgan settles federal mortgage discrimination suit for $55 million

NEW YORK – JPMorgan Chase said Wednesday that it had agreed to settle a federal lawsuit accusing the bank of discriminating against minority borrowers for years by charging them about $1,000 more than white customers for a mortgage. The case was settled for $55 million, according to a person familiar with the settlement. Between 2006 […]

Sep 21, 2015

Second Circuit – Vega v. Hempstead Union Free School District, et al.

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit Discrimination Pleading Standard Vega v. Hempstead Union Free School District, et al. 14-2265-cv Judges Katzmann, Walker and Chin Background: The plaintiff appealed from the dismissal of his employment discrimination and retaliation claims. The district court held that the claims were time-barred and that retaliation for complaining about […]

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