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April 21, 2011 |
In its largest farm labor trafficking case ever, the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on Wednesday charged a Beverly Hills-based firm and eight farms with severe abuse and discrimination involving more than 200 Thai farmworkers. Federal attorneys alleged that Global Horizons Manpower Inc., a labor contracting firm headed by Israel native Mordechai Orian, subjected workers in Hawaii and Washington to violence, inadequate pay and nutrition, rat-infested housing, and other illegal conditions based on their national origin and race.
December 27, 2010 |
The federal agency that enforces workplace anti-discrimination laws is warning employers they could be sued if they refuse to hire blacks or Latinos because of a bad credit history or a criminal record. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission last week sued Kaplan Higher Education Corp., accusing the company of using "a selection criterion for hiring and discharge ? namely, credit history information ? that has had a significant disparate impact on black job applicants. " The lawsuit is part of a stepped-up but controversial effort to eliminate "arbitrary barriers" to employment for minorities by the EEOC, which is governed by five commissioners, three appointed by President Obama.
September 2, 2010 |
Teresa Sanchez, a former janitor, described being touched inappropriately by her supervisor and being fired after she complained about it. "I asked for help and they wouldn't help me, and instead my supervisor would laugh at me even more," Sanchez said. "It was easier for the company to let me go and that's what they did. " Sanchez spoke at a downtown Los Angeles news conference Thursday, where the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced a $5.8-million settlement with Sanchez's former employer, ABM Industries Inc. of New York.
March 6, 2008 |
Federal job discrimination complaints by workers against private employers rose 9% last year, the biggest annual increase since the early 1990s. The data released by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission show allegations of discrimination based on race, retaliation and sex were the most frequent. There were 82,792 complaints filed in the budget year ended Sept. 30.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 4, 2007 |
Federal officials have launched an investigation into allegations that racism and discrimination have been allowed to flourish within the Los Angeles Fire Department. In a statement released Friday afternoon, the office of interim Fire Chief Douglas L. Barry confirmed the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission inquiry and said the department was fully cooperating. "The Los Angeles Fire Department takes all workplace environment issues seriously," the statement said.
December 6, 2005
* Verizon Communications Inc. said it would cut pension benefits for managers, saving the company $3 billion before taxes over 10 years after costs of $60 million in the fourth quarter to reflect the changes and increases in payments to savings plans. * Liberty Media Corp., owner of the QVC home shopping network, agreed to buy Provide Commerce Inc. for $477 million to add flowers and meat to the goods it sells online. * HealthSouth Corp. founder Richard Scrushy, cleared of orchestrating a $2.