December 30, 2004 |
Attorneys suing Wal-Mart Stores Inc. on behalf of thousands of female employees alleged in court filings Wednesday that the world's largest retailer used a discredited survey and made "false assertions" in its effort to stop the huge class-action lawsuit. In their brief, the plaintiffs disparaged a Wal-Mart survey, conducted by the discount chain's own experts, that showed no significant pay differences between men and women at 90% of its 3,400 U.S. stores.
December 26, 2004 |
As a member of a religious minority, Judith Smell is sensitive about her right to practice whatever religion she chooses. So when Lehigh Carbon Community College declined to hire her, she suspected it had something to do with her faith. And on Dec. 17, she sued the college in federal court, saying the school had violated her right to religious freedom. Smell, 37, of Coaldale, Pa., practices a pagan religion known as Wicca.
November 30, 2004 |
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. asked a federal appeals court Monday to throw out a lower court ruling approving the largest employment class-action lawsuit in history, filed on behalf of as many as 1.5 million women. The Bentonville, Ark.-based discount retailer urged the appeals court in San Francisco to remove class-action status for the suit, which seeks billions of dollars in back pay for alleged discrimination. In its 61-page appeal, Wal-Mart argues that U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 25, 2004 |
More than 10 years after the city of Los Angeles agreed to end discrimination against gays and lesbians in the LAPD, the department can be a hostile, even frightening place for homosexual officers. "Most gay officers are still in the closet," said retired Sgt. Mitch Grobeson, 45, who won a court settlement in 1993 requiring the city to provide gay and lesbian officers a discrimination-free workplace. "Those who are openly gay are working in an environment filled with fear."
November 17, 2004 |
Teen retailer Abercrombie & Fitch Co. will revamp its hiring and training practices and pay $40 million to thousands of female and minority employees and job applicants as part of a legal settlement given preliminary approval Tuesday by a federal judge in San Francisco. The settlement is intended to resolve three lawsuits that accused the Ohio-based company of discriminating against women and minorities.
November 16, 2004 |
Legal groups are scheduled to announce today the details of a proposed multimillion-dollar settlement of a lawsuit alleging that Abercrombie & Fitch Co.'s hiring and employment practices discriminated against minorities. The retailer of clothing for teenagers said last week that it had signed a consent decree settling class-action lawsuits for slightly less than $50 million. It took a $32.9-million charge during its third quarter ended Oct.
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May 18, 2004 |
A late-model black Lexus pulls up and is quickly surrounded by several men. Raising his index finger, the driver indicates that the job requires just one. The worker who reaches the car first is motioned in; the transaction takes less than a minute. Where he will go, what kind of work he will do, how much -- or if -- he will get paid, the worker knows not. For the day laborer, as well as the employer, uncertainty is part of the underground labor market.
April 29, 2004 |
Here's the latest Republican spin on homosexuality: Hate gay marriages but love gays. In his State of the Union address, President Bush noted that "the same moral tradition that defines marriage also teaches that each individual has dignity and value in God's sight."
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April 23, 2004 |
Cirque du Soleil has agreed to pay $600,000 to a gymnast who was fired by the Canadian circus because of his HIV status, under a settlement announced Thursday by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. In an unusual move, the circus known worldwide for its surreal beauty and aerial acrobatics agreed to waive confidentiality and publicize the settlement, the maximum allowed for a violation of the Americans With Disabilities Act.
February 13, 2004 |
A judge ordered UAL Corp.'s United Airlines to pay $36.5 million to settle a sex discrimination lawsuit brought by 13 former flight attendants over the airline's weight policy. The original settlement was suspended in 2002 when United filed for bankruptcy. A judge reinstated the pact Wednesday. In 2000, an appeals court had found that the weight policy for flight attendants, in place from 1980 to 1994, discriminated against women.