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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) August 23, 2016 – Baltimore’s IFCO Systems is set to pay $202,000 after the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) investigated sexual orientation discrimination allegations. IFCO Systems, also known as Pallet Companies, was the subject of a sexual orientation harassment lawsuit. According to the documents, a company supervisor allegedly made discriminatory and unwanted remarks to a lesbian worker suggesting he would like to “turn [her] back into a woman” or that she “would look good in a dress.” These remarks combined with sexually suggestive gestures created a sexually hostile workplace. The consent decree signed […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) August 16, 2016 – Chicago is becoming a hot bed of legal activity for plaintiffs filing lawsuits invoking the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). One example is a possible class action lawsuit against McDonald’s Corp. alleging that a whole class of blind individuals are precluded from having a late night meal at the burger chain. The most recent ADA lawsuit, a potential class action case, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois against McDonald’s Corp. by a Louisiana plaintiff alleging that the company policy bars the blind from eating in […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) July 25, 2016 – In what many consider an important decision, the Supreme Court has now made it easier for federal workers to file discrimination lawsuits if they quit their jobs due to intolerable work conditions. In the legal niche of employment law, constructive discharge, also called constructive dismissal or constructive termination, happens when an employee resigns from a position due to a hostile workplace environment created by the employer. “The resignation is not voluntary and therefore it is, in effect, a termination,” explained respected Chicago employment lawyer, Timothy Coffey. The U.S. Supreme Court just […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) July 6, 2016 – Boston’s Mintz law firm is facing yet another discrimination lawsuit filed by one of its former lawyers. The case is set to move forward after a lower court judge threw out discrimination claims and the case was appealed. Massachusetts Supreme Court justices indicated that the existing evidence in support of the former associate’s allegations was substantial enough to go to a jury trial. The allegations revolved around sexism and double standards for firm members and associates. This particular case is also important for other employment discrimination cases due to the Supreme […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) June 13, 2016 – Many regard sexual harassment as an action carried out by a male against a female, or a female against a male. However, sexual harassment may be female-on-female or male-on-male, as in this case. Although this is a case that unfolded in California, it is not without precedent in other states such as Illinois, nor is it a situation limited to eating establishments. San Ysidro’s Achiote Restaurant is required to pay a former worker $27,500 as a result of a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The suit […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) June 6, 2016 – If racial discrimination can happen in New York, racial discrimination can happen in Illinois according to The Chicago Crusader. Racial discrimination has been an issue for what seems like hundreds of years. Despite education on the matter and enforcement of specific laws that ban such things, it still happens. Consider the case involving Local 25 of the Sheet Metal Workers’ International Association and its apprenticeship school. Both are facing a hefty $1.65 million in partial settlement of race discrimination claims launched against them by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) May 27, 2016 – Three former employees filed a class action lawsuit against their employers Moet Hennessey USA, Strategic Experiential Group and several related entities and individuals, alleging they were misclassified as independent contractors. The claim was filed on March 14 in the Superior Court of the State of California, County of Alameda. Plaintiffs Krystle Harrison, Napoleon Aparicio and Shyron McDougall worked for the companies as models, brand ambassadors and logistics personnel for four years. They alleged the defendants engaged in illegal payroll practices and failed to pay employees overtime, reimbursements for uniform expenses […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) May 12, 2016 – Chipotle has faced a number of lawsuits relating to food borne illnesses as a result of exposure to Norovirus. This latest suit is for wrongful termination, discrimination, assault, sexual harassment and retaliation. Plaintiff Ariana Castaneda filed her lawsuit seeking medical expenses, lost wages and benefits after she was allegedly sexually harassed and wrongfully terminated from her job as lead kitchen worker. Her suit named four Chipotle managers as the instigators of the harassment. Castaneda worked for Chipotle from December 2013 until February 2016 when she was fired. Castaneda’s first work shirt […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) May 5, 2016 – Phillips 66 is facing an age and gender discrimination lawsuit in relation to the Wood River refinery. The defendant in this lawsuit, Kimberly Helbig, asserts she was terminated from her position as a coker operator and that supervisors would threaten and make intimidating remarks to her because she was the only female in that position. Further allegations in the statement of claim included Helbig’s transfer from her regular supervisor to another supervisor, who allegedly stated she was “making everyone uncomfortable” and was “running out of options.” Helbig’s statement of claim also […]


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Miami Beach, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 26, 2016 – David C. Barnett, Esq., founder and managing partner of Barnett, Lerner, Karsen & Frankel, P.A. and Chairman of the Board for The Victory Center, announced that the City of North Miami recognized The Victory Center during a commission meeting for their educational services for children with Autism and related disorders. Mr. Barnett and The Victory Center will continue to support and develop educational programs to better meet the needs of children with autism in the classroom. These programs are offered to children challenged by autism and other neurodevelopmental conditions, including […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) April 20, 2016 – Yet another university professor has resigned following an investigation revealing he violated the University of Chicago’s sexual misconduct policy. A recent media exposure in Chicago by the Times revealed that 43-year-old molecular biologist Jason Lieb, who had been hired away from Princeton University, hurriedly resigned from his position after an investigation uncovered details indicating he violated the University of Chicago’s sexual misconduct policy. Sexual harassment of any type is not being as readily tolerated at educational institutions across the nation. A spate of revelations about the dismal handling such complaints received […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) April 17, 2016 – Karen Gauen, high school principal, alleges the Highland Community Unit School District No. 5 discriminated against her by paying her far less wages than less-qualified male counterparts. The lawsuit alleges sexual discrimination in that the school district paid principal Gauen a base salary of at least $25,000 more a year than she received. It is further alleged that the predecessor has far less experience as an educator and does not hold the qualifications Gauen does: national board certification, two master’s degrees and a doctorate in educational administration. The statement further alleges […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) March 22, 2016 – An African American man filed a lawsuit against his employer, Bay Bridge contractor Adams & Smith, Inc., for racial discrimination and retaliation just a little over a week after the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. The complaint cited incidents in which a foreman lowered a hangman’s noose in front of plaintiff James H. Brown and a co-worker told him to wear a rope around his neck. Attorney Bryan McCormack of McCormack and Erlich, a San Francisco, California-based employment law firm, is representing Brown. McCormack commented, “It is shocking and disturbing […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) March 21, 2016 – This recent racial discrimination lawsuit, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois case number 15-cv-0141, alleges Southern Illinois Motor Xpress Inc. violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Illinois Human Rights Act. Southern Illinois Motor Xpress Inc. is located in Cutler, Saline County. They allegedly encouraged racial discrimination, engaged in retaliation and wilfully promoted a hostile workplace. According to the lawsuit filed by Tyree Neal Sr. in December 2015, the company is in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) March 15, 2016 – Southern Illinois University (SIU) faces a discrimination lawsuit by a Palestinian educator. Bilingual educator (English/Arabic) Sandra Tamari, filed a racial origin discrimination lawsuit (U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois case number 16-cv-0006) in January 2016, naming Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and the Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees as defendants. According to the statement of claim, Tamari, who is allegedly highly qualified, applied for the position of assistant director of graduate and international recruitment in early 2013. It is against the law for an employer to base […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) February 12, 2016 – African American workers looking for employment with Ferrara Candy were allegedly routinely denied positions in the company’s Forest Park suburb plant and at the Oakbrook Terrance headquarters in the Chicago, Illinois, metro area. Several workers filed a discrimination claim with the EEOC in 2012, and were issued a Notice of Right to Sue. The lawsuit claims Ferrara and the staffing agencies violated the Civil Rights Act of 1964 Internationally known for its Jaw Busters, Lemonheads, Red Hots and other assorted candies such as Atomic Fireballs, Brach’s, Chuckles and Trolli, Ferrara is […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) February 9, 2016 – Every new worker needs to understand California’s new equal pay law, SB 358. It significantly changes what a worker is required to prove in court in the case of unequal pay for equal work. Without a shred of doubt, the new equal pay law recently introduced in California is considered to be one of the most aggressive laws of its kind in the nation. While some say it is a huge detriment to employers, others applaud the law as finally being based on common sense, equity and fairness. The new law, […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) February 5, 2016 – The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently filed a lawsuit (Civil Action No. 2:15-cv-01347) in which it alleged that Hillshire Brands Company/Sara Lee of Chicago violated federal law, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, by deliberately overlooking racial slurs and thus subjecting African-American workers to a racially hostile environment. The statement of claim included reference to racially offensive comments and repugnant graffiti decorating the workplace, as well as allegations that some workers were stricken with cancer due to working in more hazardous environments than their white co-workers […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) February 2, 2016 – A number of new labor laws went into effect Jan. 1, 2016, that aim to make life easier for California workers. The one change hotly debated over the years is the increase in the minimum wage to $10/hour, a move that, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, is likely to affect over 9 million employees at or below the federal minimum wage. The existing minimum federal wage is currently $7.25. “New Year’s Day also rang in another much anticipated law, SB 579, which offers job-protected leave to deal with […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) January 29, 2016 – A former employee of Sansum Clinic filed a lawsuit alleging the company faked payroll records to circumvent paying overtime and did not allow workers legally mandated meal breaks. A former employee of Sansum Clinic, who was paid by the hour, filed the lawsuit. Managers allegedly manually changed worker’s timecards to show they had taken a meal break within the first five hours of shifts starting and also altered the cards so that they did not show overtime. “The lawsuit may ultimately involve up to 500 former and current workers,” said Sacramento, […]


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