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October 2013 Archives

University inadequately handled racial bias complaints

Indiana professors might interested in an internal report from UCLA that indicated that the university's policies are inadequate to handle complaints concerning racial bias. Faculty members who were interviewed for the 2012 review stated that the university seemed more focused on placating the offended faculty member than punishing the one who had committed the offense.

Settlement reached in Indiana employee discrimination suit

An Indiana retail company has settled with the government over a claim of discriminatory practices regarding employee accommodation. Aside from monetary compensation for the employee, the settlement also includes protections against future employee discrimination at the company.

Lady Gaga dances around claim of omitting overtime, settles suit

Indiana fans of pop recording star Lady Gaga may have heard that the singer and her touring company have recently settled a claim alleging unpaid wages that had been brought by her former personal assistant. The woman's claim that the defendants were omitting overtime wages in the amount of $379,000 alleged that the singer and Mermaid Touring paid her $75,000 in 2010, but that the amount did not include thousands of overtime hours the assistant claimed she worked from 2009 to 2011.

Goldman faces gender discrimination lawsuit

Indiana residents might be interested to hear that the Goldman Sachs Group Inc. is facing a gender-based discrimination lawsuit. Various women who worked for the company alleged that the firm discriminated against them in pay and promotions because of their gender. The attorneys for the women suing the industry giant requested that the company turn over any internal documents it had pertaining to gender-bias complaints by its female workers.

Church must submit documents in discrimination suit

A former teacher won a small victory in her court case against a Roman Catholic diocese in Indiana that she says discriminated against her when it fired her for undergoing in vitro fertilization. A federal magistrate ordered the diocese to turn over numerous documents because of the 33-year-old woman's gender discrimination lawsuit.

Interns cannot file sexual harassment suits

Indiana residents who are unpaid interns may be concerned by a recent ruling from a federal district court. According to the court, an intern for a TV broadcaster could not file a sexual harassment lawsuit against the broadcaster because she was not paid and was not considered an employee. According to the woman who brought the suit against the company, she was lured into a hotel room by her supervisor under the pretext of talking about permanent employment.

IBM pays $44,000 over discriminatory job ads

IBM entered into a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice over charges that the company had committed job discrimination by favoring visa holders over U.S. citizens. Regardless of whether it is a matter of age discrimination, or discrimination on the basis of gender, sex, race, ability or other factors, the law forbids discrimination of any kind in hiring .

Supreme Court ruling affects employment class action filings

The 2011 Supreme Court's ruling in Wal-Mart v. Dukes provides employers, including those in Indiana, with an effective new tool to stave off employment discrimination class action lawsuits. In the underlying case, the plaintiffs sought certification as a class based on Wal-Mart's alleged systemic gender discrimination which served to keep women in lower-level, lower-paying positions than similarly situated male workers. Wal-Mart contended that it had a strong anti-discrimination policy, but allowed local managers to make personnel decisions. In a 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court ruled a large company such as Wal-Mart could not be held responsible for the decisions of its local managers, even if those decisions disproportionately and negatively impacted women.

LGBT discrimination in the workplace

While heartland states like Indiana are often considered less progressive than states on either coast, discrimination on the basis of sexual preference heeds no geographical boundaries. Cities and professions that are often thought of as liberal see their share of workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation as well.

'American Idol' sued for discrimination

Indiana fans of "American Idol" may have heard that 10 black former contestants filed suit against the show. They claim race discrimination in the lawsuit, the filing of which coincided with the 13th season of the talent show. All of the plaintiffs had been disqualified from the contest over the six seasons prior to the filing for reasons other than their singing, including one plaintiff's alleged criminal history.

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