Category Race

Bryant v. Salazar

An employer may not take an adverse employment action against an employee for behavior that was caused by the employer’s failure to properly respond to employee’s previous complaints regarding harassment on the basis of membership in a protected class under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  A female employee who was the […]

Illegal Aliens Are Not A Protected Class Under Title VII

Title VII  of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 clearly prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.  Recently the Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit held that national origin is not the same as alienage status, and is not protected by Title VII.  As a result, the court […]

Akin Gump Claims Firing Not Race-Based, Second Circuit Will Hear Complaint

Former Akin Gump attorney Tameka Simmons filed a Title VII employment discrimination lawsuit alleging race discrimination and employment retaliation against her employer in December 2010 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. In her complaint, Simmons alleges that Akin Gump used her to promote its diversity and gave her stellar […]

Paula Deen is in Hot Water Y’all: Employment Discrimination Suit Filed

Paula Deen and her food empire have become iconic over the past decades, producing restaurants, television shows, and the world’s best southern cooking. However, Deen’s reputation as an innocent Georgia mama has been cast into doubt by a recent lawsuit alleging racial discrimination and sexual harassment by a former employee. Lisa T. Jackson, a former […]

“Awareness” and Its Ambiguous Meaning in the 6th Circuit

Last week on February 24th, the 6th Circuit affirmed an Ohio lower court’s holding in only considering the racially charged incidents which were directly experienced or known about, and not aggregating all of the claims by a group of black employees in a discrimination suit. In 2005, SuperValu and several of its warehouse supervisory employees […]

Lack of Labor Law Protections Result from Anti-Immigration Policies

While it is important to understand the construction and application of labor and employment law, it is equally important to acknowledge that there are still gaps in the law that allow for the exploitation of millions of workers in the United States. Undocumented immigrants in states that have passed anti-immigration legislation represent a prime example […]

Do “Already Employed” Job Ads Hurt the Economy?

Ironically, as the economy continues its recovery, the long-term unemployed are further alienated from the improving job market. Even in a political landscape where the creation of jobs has taken center stage and the health of the economy is largely dependent upon a low unemployment rate, many of the jobs created during the economic recovery […]

Chicago Teachers Union Accused CPS of Racism, Complains to EEOC

According to The Chicago Tribune, theChicago Teachers Union filed a complaint with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on Wednesday alleging that layoffs last summer targeted tenured African-American teachers who represent a third of the CPS teachers. The complaints states that African-American teachers make up 29 percent of teachers in CPS, but comprised 43 percent […]

Impact of Dukes v. Wal-Mart

The impact of Dukes v. Wal-Mart will most likely be felt in Pippen v. Iowa – a case where over 6,000 people brought a race-discrimination class-action suit against the state of Iowa. Plaintiffs claim that the Defendant refused to hire or promote them because of their race. Defendant tried to dismiss the claim by urging that race discrimination could […]


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