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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 2013 | By Joel Rubin
A jury Tuesday ordered the city of Los Angeles to pay $1.2 million to a black police officer who alleged he was the butt of vulgar racial harassment by a white supervisor and other officers. In his lawsuit, Earl Wright, who joined the department in 1989, accused the supervisor, Sgt. Peter Foster, and a handful of officers of carrying out racial pranks and making comments that left him "embarrassed and humiliated. " In one instance, the lawsuit claimed, Wright asked Foster for permission to leave work early and Foster, who is white, responded, "Why?
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 27, 2014 | Sandy Banks
I can't understand the beating death of Kim Pham, the 23-year-old woman kicked and pummeled to death outside a popular nightclub in Santa Ana. I can't understand the silence of her friends, who were with her that night and must have seen the altercation but refuse to talk to police. I can only understand the pain and confusion of Pham's father, who is trying to come to grips with the sudden loss of a much-loved daughter who seemed destined for success: She'd graduated from college, recently moved out of the family home and had just begun a new job. A few hours before she was beaten unconscious, she was reportedly texting her buddies about how she should wear her hair.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 13, 1991
In the wake of a series of racial harassment episodes, the Saddleback Community College District Board of Trustees this week issued its first official public statement condemning the acts. Trustees were publicly criticized by faculty members of Saddleback and Irvine Valley colleges last month for not taking a more public stand against ongoing racial harassment directed toward four employees--three black and one white--at Saddleback College.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 2013 | By Joel Rubin
A jury Tuesday ordered the city of Los Angeles to pay $1.2 million to a black police officer who alleged he was the butt of vulgar racial harassment by a white supervisor and other officers. In his lawsuit, Earl Wright, who joined the department in 1989, accused the supervisor, Sgt. Peter Foster, and a handful of officers of carrying out racial pranks and making comments that left him "embarrassed and humiliated. " In one instance, the lawsuit claimed, Wright asked Foster for permission to leave work early and Foster, who is white, responded, "Why?
NEWS
December 2, 1986 | United Press International
The FBI announced Monday that it has started an investigation into racial harassment at the Citadel because of possible civil rights violations at the 144-year-old military college. Bill Nettles, the head of the FBI's bureau in Charleston, said his agents are looking into the hazing of black former cadet Kevin Nesmith.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 24, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
An Armenian American man who said he was forced to quit his funeral home job because he was racially harassed has been awarded $1.7 million. Jock Vartanian, who worked as a salesman at Fresno Memorial Gardens from 1992 to 1998, claimed he was harassed for two years by a sales manager hired in 1996. Vartanian sued the funeral home, SCI-California Funeral Services.
NEWS
May 25, 1993 | DAVID G. SAVAGE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The five black sorority sisters who were called "water buffalo" by a white freshman at the University of Pennsylvania dropped their racial harassment complaint Monday, but denounced the school, its hearing board and the press for having "failed us miserably." Their surprise move, announced hours after a faculty-student board said it would rule on their complaint in September, left all sides saying they were dismayed and dissatisfied with the handling of this dispute.
NEWS
December 4, 1996 | From Associated Press
The Air Force is proposing disciplinary action for civilian workers accused of racially harassing two black aircraft mechanics at Kelly Air Force Base, military officials said Tuesday. Among other complaints, the mechanics at the reservist 433rd Airlift Wing say they were taunted by co-workers who rode in a government van and wore pillowcases that looked like Ku Klux Klan hoods. "We are treating this as a serious incident," Kelly public affairs director Glen Whiton said Tuesday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 12, 1991 | PENELOPE McMILLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A former city employee has filed a discrimination suit charging that the Los Angeles Department of Animal Regulation mistreated and fired her because she is female and an American Indian. The suit is one of a number of sexual or racial harassment complaints against the department. Four complaints of discrimination were filed by Animal Regulation employees with the Los Angeles Civil Service Commission in the last two years, and three of them were upheld.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 22, 1995 | MAURA DOLAN, TIMES LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITER
Chances are pretty good that Niles A. DeGrate was the only homeless man sipping champagne Friday on Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills. He had just found out that a judge awarded him $1.25 million for racial abuse directed at him in his last job, and DeGrate felt like celebrating in his lawyers' office. "I am still kind of numb," said DeGrate, 52, who has been living in public buildings and on city streets around Los Angeles for much of the last two years.
NATIONAL
July 25, 2012 | By David Zucchino
FT. BRAGG, N.C. - Who is responsible for the death of Pvt. Danny Chen? Was it solely Chen himself, by a self-inflicted gunshot wound at his isolated desert base in Afghanistan? Or did his fellow soldiers hound Chen to his death at age 19 - kicking the Chinese American soldier, hitting him with rocks and shaming him with racial slurs? Those questions will be probed this week at Ft. Bragg, where the first court-martial opened Tuesday in connection with Chen's apparent suicide on Oct. 3. The Army says Chen killed himself by a single shot under his chin in a guard tower at a combat outpost in rural Kandahar Province.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 14, 2012 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
SAN DIEGO —UC San Diego officials have reached an agreement with the federal government to end an investigation into racial tensions on campus that began after white students held an event laced with racial stereotypes during Black History Month. In a settlement announced Friday with the federal departments of Justice and Education, UC San Diego promised to maintain an Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination to receive, investigate and resolve complaints. Among other things, administrators will offer training sessions for staff and students on the university's policy against harassment, and will make more efforts to interest low-income and minority students in attending UC San Diego, where about 2% of the undergraduate student body is African American.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 29, 2007 | Hector Becerra, Times Staff Writer
A jury awarded $1.17 million Friday to a black former Pasadena firefighter who said he was forced to retire after complaining for five years about other firefighters leaving blood, urine and feces in his bedding and scrawling a swastika on his equipment. The penalty was just the latest case of a black firefighter alleging discrimination against a fire department in Los Angeles and surrounding communities.
OPINION
April 18, 2007
AFEW DAYS AFTER CBS Radio fired Don Imus for referring to black female basketball players at Rutgers as "nappy-headed hos," the U.S. Supreme Court winked at an even uglier racial slur. The justices on Monday declined to review a lower-court decision against a black IBM contract worker who was fired after complaining that a co-worker had described two African American murder suspects as "black monkeys." In October 2002, Robert L.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 31, 2005 | Jack Leonard, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles County will pay more than $300,000 to settle claims brought by an employee who said she was subjected to racial and sexual harassment by a top manager in the county's Department of Public Works. County supervisors voted 4-0 behind closed doors Tuesday to settle the case after a county investigation confirmed Diane Lee's allegations. The investigation also found more than a dozen other women who complained about the behavior of the manager, Thomas J.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 24, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
An Armenian American man who said he was forced to quit his funeral home job because he was racially harassed has been awarded $1.7 million. Jock Vartanian, who worked as a salesman at Fresno Memorial Gardens from 1992 to 1998, claimed he was harassed for two years by a sales manager hired in 1996. Vartanian sued the funeral home, SCI-California Funeral Services.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 13, 2000 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, TIMES LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITER
The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is investigating allegations that minority employees of American Airlines at Los Angeles International Airport are racially harassed, according to interviews and court documents. Citing agency rules, commission officials have declined to comment on the investigation, which has included numerous interviews of American employees and the subpoenas of records in a former employee's civil rights lawsuit against American.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 30, 2000 | JACK LEONARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It bills itself as jailhouse humor, but top officials in the Orange County Sheriff's Department aren't laughing. "Wino News" says it's written by deputies for deputies--a publication that pokes fun at colleagues in what one issue says is an attempt to keep "our sanity and police our own" while working in the jail.
BUSINESS
December 21, 2001 | Bloomberg News
Ford Motor Co. will pay 23 black workers $300,000 to settle a federal racial harassment lawsuit over nooses hung on a forklift and other incidents at one of its plants, the government said. Ford also agreed to provide training on diversity and racial harassment, according to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which sued on behalf of the workers at the Michigan facility.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 25, 2001 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, TIMES LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITER
A federal appeals court in San Francisco on Wednesday upheld a $1-million punitive damage verdict awarded to a black man subjected to repeated harassment on the job, including numerous racial slurs by co-workers. "This case should serve as a reminder to employers of their obligation to keep their workplaces free of discriminatory harassment," Judge Margaret McKeown wrote for a unanimous panel of three judges of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
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