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July 31, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Nike Inc. has reached a $7.6-million settlement in a class-action race discrimination lawsuit filed on behalf of 400 black employees of the Chicago Niketown store, the company said. The lawsuit, filed in 2003, claimed managers at the retail store used racial slurs to refer to black workers and customers. They also said the store segregated black employees into lower-paying jobs. Beaverton, Ore.-based Nike has denied the allegations.
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OPINION
August 28, 2013
One hundred years separate Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address and Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech at the 1963 March on Washington. They are linked by the history of America's defining struggle, and they are inseparable in imagery, as King delivered his historic address at the foot of the monument honoring Lincoln. Neither speech immediately appeared destined to be historic. Lincoln wasn't even the featured speaker at the dedication of the National Cemetery of Gettysburg.
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BUSINESS
November 27, 1996 | From Washington Post
Avis Inc. has been instructed by its parent company to terminate five outlets owned by a franchisee who is accused in a class-action lawsuit of race discrimination. In a statement released Tuesday by HFS Inc., executives said they had asked Avis to take legal action to end its relationship with John Dalton's New Hanover Rent-a-Car, which operates rental centers in North and South Carolina.
BUSINESS
December 22, 2010 | By Bloomberg
The Washington Post Co.'s Kaplan Higher Education division was sued by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission over claims the company rejected job applicants based on credit history, a decision which discriminated by race. The lawsuit, filed today in federal court in Cleveland, alleges that Kaplan's hiring practices have violated the Civil Rights Act of 1964 since at least 2008. The lawsuit seeks lost wages and benefits, and offers of employment for people who weren't hired.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 24, 1987 | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
NBC Sports manager Hwesu S. Murray, who proposed a TV series in 1980 about a black, middle-class couple with five kids, does not have grounds to sue NBC for stealing his idea and turning it into "The Cosby Show," a judge has ruled in New York. Murray's lawyers said they would appeal the decision dismissing his lawsuit against the network and NBC Entertainment President Brandon Tartikoff. Murray sued the network in 1985 for race discrimination, fraud and breach of implied contract.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 11, 1991
The magic: A "quota bill" becomes a non-quota bill overnight. How? By the realization that the "quota bill" might be made even stronger, offering women equal protection, and that the Senate might have enough votes to override a veto. The travesty: Women remain second-class citizens in the eyes of the Senate and may not be awarded the same damages for intentional sex discrimination/harassment as victims of race discrimination. The reality: All the railing about a rash of non-meritorious suits is nonsense.
NEWS
May 25, 1993 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Denny's Inc. has fired the manager of an Annapolis restaurant where six black Secret Service agents said a waitress refused to serve them breakfast, the company said. At the same time, the six filed a race discrimination lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Baltimore. They said they waited 45 minutes for their breakfasts after placing their orders with a Denny's waitress, and finally left hungry.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 2000 | MAURA DOLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Los Angeles race discrimination case that led to an $89.5-million jury award against Hughes Aircraft Co. must be retried, the California Supreme Court decided Monday. The unanimous ruling strongly reaffirmed the broad discretion of trial judges to toss out jury verdicts they believe are not supported by the evidence. The state high court sided with Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Malcolm H.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 6, 1988 | BOB JAMES, Times Staff Writer
A former officer has filed a $1-million lawsuit charging that the Los Angeles Police Department routinely denies promotions and pay raises to Latino officers. The discrimination suit filed Wednesday was brought by Ernest F. Valdez, a patrolman in the Northeast and Central divisions from 1980 to 1985. Valdez alleges that promotions are controlled by a small band of Christian fundamentalists who manipulate test scores and only promote officers who share their religious beliefs.
NEWS
April 6, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
The governor called on state Supreme Court Justice Peter G. Verniero to resign, accusing him of misleading senators about racial profiling at his confirmation hearing in 1999. "I believe the integrity of the process was violated," acting Gov. Donald T. DiFrancesco said. Evidence presented in six days of Senate hearings on racial profiling in the last two weeks showed Verniero was aware of racial profiling at least three years before he admitted it publicly, legislators charged.
BUSINESS
July 31, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Nike Inc. has reached a $7.6-million settlement in a class-action race discrimination lawsuit filed on behalf of 400 black employees of the Chicago Niketown store, the company said. The lawsuit, filed in 2003, claimed managers at the retail store used racial slurs to refer to black workers and customers. They also said the store segregated black employees into lower-paying jobs. Beaverton, Ore.-based Nike has denied the allegations.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 30, 2006 | Andrew Blankstein, Times Staff Writer
Four Los Angeles police officers on Friday accused top department officials -- including the former head of the internal affairs bureau -- of discrimination for failing to include them in a new unit to investigate use-of-force incidents. The investigators -- two African Americans and two Latinos -- held a news conference at the Woodland Hills offices of attorney Bradley Gage to announce a lawsuit against the department.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 13, 2003 | Henry Weinstein, Times Staff Writer
A federal appeals court Wednesday narrowly rejected the request of a former Cal State Hayward professor that it rehear a case in which it overturned a $637,000 damage judgment a jury awarded him after deciding that he had been denied tenure based on his race. The San Francisco-based U.S.
BUSINESS
June 2, 2001 | LIZ PULLIAM WESTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
State Insurance Commissioner Harry Low warned insurers Friday that they will be held financially accountable for past race discrimination in the sale of life insurance in California and nationwide. Insurers that charged minorities higher premiums than those paid by whites must make financial amends, Low told a group of consumer and minority activists at a hearing at West Angeles Church of God in Christ. "Even though the discrimination has ended, that's not enough," Low said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 11, 2001 | From Associated Press
The owners and manager of two apartment complexes in Riverside were sued Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Justice for allegedly discriminating against black apartment seekers and tenants and sexually harassing female tenants. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Santa Ana, alleges that apartment manager Vincent Stancyk threw away the rental applications of blacks seeking housing at the Rio Palmas apartment complex.
NEWS
April 6, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
The governor called on state Supreme Court Justice Peter G. Verniero to resign, accusing him of misleading senators about racial profiling at his confirmation hearing in 1999. "I believe the integrity of the process was violated," acting Gov. Donald T. DiFrancesco said. Evidence presented in six days of Senate hearings on racial profiling in the last two weeks showed Verniero was aware of racial profiling at least three years before he admitted it publicly, legislators charged.
NEWS
May 10, 1988
Civil liberties lawyers, refusing to take the case of four white students punished for harassing a black professor, said they will review both alleged racism and free speech violations at Dartmouth College. Claire Ebel, executive director of the New Hampshire chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, said the review is based on transcripts of Dartmouth disciplinary hearings for the students. The students were all members of the conservative Dartmouth Review, an independent weekly.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 10, 1993 | Dana Parsons
In Orange County in the 1990s, one of the more challenging realities will be our increasingly diverse racial and ethnic makeup. You don't need to be a licensed seer to foresee the possibility of trouble along those lines. Different races and cultures will continue to come into contact with each other, and that will prove unsettling to many in our midst. It's a safe bet that many minority group members will continue to feel discriminated against.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 2, 2000 | LAURA WIDES, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
An LAPD computer systems analyst filed suit Friday against the Redondo Beach Police Department, seeking $5 million in damages for what he alleges was a racially motivated traffic stop. Firpo Carr, a civilian who provides computer training and support to the Los Angeles Police Department, says that a Redondo Beach police officer violated his civil rights in June by pulling him over and detaining him for nearly a half an hour without probable cause.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 2000 | MAURA DOLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Los Angeles race discrimination case that led to an $89.5-million jury award against Hughes Aircraft Co. must be retried, the California Supreme Court decided Monday. The unanimous ruling strongly reaffirmed the broad discretion of trial judges to toss out jury verdicts they believe are not supported by the evidence. The state high court sided with Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Malcolm H.
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