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July 13, 2007 | Joseph Menn, Times Staff Writer
A federal judge on Thursday ruled that Universal Studios wasn't acting out of racial bias when it fired an African American assistant director of the movie "2 Fast 2 Furious." The decision by U.S. District Judge Gary Allen Feess in Los Angeles ended the first racial discrimination case brought by the federal government against a big Hollywood movie studio. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission had alleged that Frank Davis was unfairly terminated in 2002.
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BUSINESS
May 11, 2007 | From the Associated Press
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is urging Cisco Systems Inc. to settle allegations of racial discrimination against five minority job applicants or else face a lawsuit from the agency. In rejecting four black applicants and one Asian American applicant, the San Jose-based company "demonstrated an ongoing pattern and practice of not hiring qualified minority candidates based on their race, color and national origin (including Hispanics)," the commission said.
BUSINESS
March 8, 2007 | From the Associated Press
The federal government Wednesday sued Walgreen Co., alleging widespread racial bias against thousands of black employees of the nation's largest drugstore chain. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleges in a class-action lawsuit that Deerfield, Ill.-based Walgreen makes decisions about employee assignment and promotion based on race. Most of the complaints that led to the lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in East St. Louis, Ill., came from employees and former employees in St.
BUSINESS
September 29, 2006 | From the Associated Press
The federal government sued Denny's restaurants, alleging that a manager who had a leg amputated was wrongly fired because her superiors believed she posed a safety risk. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed the class-action suit accusing Denny's of discriminating against a manager at a restaurant in the Baltimore suburb of Fullerton and other, unnamed employees. The suit seeks a court order requiring Denny's Inc.
NATIONAL
June 17, 2006 | Marni Goldberg, Chicago Tribune
It's been nearly four years since Air National Guard employee Wynona James filed a claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. But she hasn't seen a dime of the $100,000 that was awarded to her. An administrative judge in Indianapolis last year found four Air National Guard supervisors guilty of "malicious retaliation" against James, who is black, by painting her as a terrorist. She hasn't heard anything about payment since the Air National Guard appealed the ruling in December.
BUSINESS
April 20, 2006 | From the Associated Press
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued guidelines Wednesday aimed at combating subtle forms of race discrimination, described as a persistent problem in the workplace. The new compliance manual does not change existing job discrimination laws. It is written to give employers, employees and lawyers better guidance on emerging areas of racial bias, which currently make up one-third of EEOC complaints.
BUSINESS
September 27, 2005 | From Bloomberg News
Big Lots Inc. settled a sexual harassment suit brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on behalf of a female worker in California. The commission sued Big Lots, the largest U.S. retailer of discontinued and overstocked goods, last year after a part-time cashier alleged that she had been sexually harassed by a manager. The woman claimed she was fired because she resisted the alleged harassment and then complained about it.
BUSINESS
June 30, 2005 | From Bloomberg News
A former Boeing Co. unit was sued by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission over allegations that the unit, Boeing Electron Dynamic Devices Inc., refused to hire a black woman because of her race. The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Los Angeles, also names as a defendant an L-3 Communications Holdings Inc. unit that bought the Boeing division in February, the commission said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 26, 2003 | David Rosenzweig, Times Staff Writer
A federal appeals court has reinstated a sexual harassment lawsuit by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against a Pasadena law firm, reversing a lower court judge who had accused the government agency of "unreasonable and just plain mean-spirited" conduct. In a 2-1 ruling disclosed Wednesday, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals also set aside the judge's order that required the EEOC to pay more than $363,000 in legal costs incurred by the law firm, Reeves and Associates.
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