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Mining Company and EEOC Resolve Sexual Harassment/Retaliation Lawsuit

Posted on: June 28th, 2019 by

Northern Star (Pogo) LLC, an Alaska-based gold mining company, agreed to pay $690,000 and provide other relief to resolve a discrimination and retaliation action. According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the company refused to promote a woman and instead promoted other, less-qualified male candidates. When Hanna Hurst applied for the promotion and then complained, Northern Star…

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Chicago Mayoral Candidate Was Targeted Over Anti-Discrimination Legislation

Posted on: May 28th, 2019 by

Chicago Mayoral Candidate was targeted recently over her support of anti-discrimination legislation introduced in Congress to protect members of the LGBTQ community against employment discrimination. According to a March 19, 2019 NBC News report, a distribution of homophobic flyers across Chicago’s South Side portrayed mayoral candidate Lori Lightfoot as supporting a ‘Gay Equality Act’ in Illinois. While the front…

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EEOC Announces Major Pay Discrimination Settlement

Posted on: May 28th, 2019 by

EEOC Announces Major Pay Discrimination Settlement Multi-state diesel engine manufacturer Cummins, Inc. agreed to pay $77,500 to settle a pay discrimination suit out of court. According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, a Nashville worker received less than her male co-workers. Cummins officials reviewed the woman’s salary and concluded that there was a gender gap. But they…

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U.S. Supreme Court Will Rule on LGBT Employment Discrimination

Posted on: May 28th, 2019 by

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear three cases this fall concerning LGBT employment discrimination, according to a CBS Chicago report. Each of the three cases arise under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, a federal law. Ultimately, the Court’s ruling may affect LGBT employees’ rights. The outcome will determine whether LGBT workers can file…

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New Lawsuit Alleges Racial Discrimination at the University of Illinois

Posted on: May 28th, 2019 by

Employees and employers alike in the Chicago area should know about a recent class action lawsuit filed against the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign (UIUC). The case, Brown v. Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois, alleges employment discrimination on the basis of race under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, a federal…

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EEOC And UPS Resolve Religious Discrimination Matter Through Settlement

Posted on: January 28th, 2019 by

Just as the partial government shutdown shuttered the doors at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the agency announced a $4.9 million settlement in a religious discrimination case. According to the agency, the shipping company refused to hire persons with long hair or beards, even if their appearance had a religious reason. Furthermore, UPS delayed religious accommodation requests…

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Federal Judge Shuts Down Chicago Employment Agency

Posted on: October 28th, 2018 by

Chinatown’s Xing Ying Employment Agency promised workers good wages and pleasant employment conditions. But instead, according to court documents, the company “essentially acted as central a supply house for a buffet restaurant industry seeking to profit from illegal and exploitative wages and conditions of employment.” Again according to court documents, the Agency ran advertisements in Chinese-language newspapers…

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Second Chicago-Area EEOC Sexual Harassment Settlement In A Month

Posted on: July 28th, 2018 by

Many EEOC cases involve sexual harassment claims. The EEOC is anxious to resolve these cases, and that attitude sometimes works in the defendant’s favor. On June 25, 2017, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced that Anchor Staffing would pay $30,000 to settle sexual harassment and retaliation allegations. Court documents state that the temporary agency refused to give…

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Wrongful Termination Due to Caring for a Sick Spouse

Posted on: February 28th, 2018 by

Chances are, many of us will have some sort of serious medical condition at some point in our lives. After all, one in four Americans visits an emergency room each year, according to Gallup. While getting a few stitches for slicing a finger while cutting an avocado or bagel is not a serious medical condition, there…

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What is a Reasonable Accommodation?

Posted on: February 28th, 2018 by

America has long prided itself on diversity, freedom of religion, and equality. However, our country is still fighting its roots of slavery, Native American eradication, and subjugation of women. America’s past continues to haunt us to this day, particularly in respect to the workplace. Workplace discrimination occurs in many forms, such as refusing to hire…

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