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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) October 27, 2016 – A former merchandizer who began working at Home Depot in April 2013 has sued the company for disability discrimination, retaliation and wrongful termination. The lawsuit was filed in the Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara, on July 28. Guadalupe Carbajal was injured in a workplace fall on February 2, 2015. She suffered pain in her right knee, right hip and lower back, according to the complaint. Her supervisor allegedly did not let her see a doctor the following day. She also delayed providing Carbajal with paperwork for a […]


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Irvington, NY (Law Firm Newswire) October 24, 2016 – Barger & Gaines is pleased to announce the addition of Attorney Giulia Frasca to its Irvington office. Ms. Frasca is an attorney who focuses her practice on special education, education law and disciplinary matters, special needs planning, Child Protective Service and Association for Children’s Services matters, OPWDD appeals, involuntary commitment and assisted outpatient treatment matters and elder law in New York and Connecticut. Ms. Frasca has worked primarily in special education, education law and special needs planning and has extensive experience in these areas. Barger & Gaines is a law firm […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) October 18, 2016 – Three African American employees of a winery based in Napa, California, sued their employers for racial discrimination, wrongful termination and retaliation. Staffing agency Aerotek hired Avalita Jenkins, Tracey Jenkins and Samuel Williams in February to work as special project workers. They were placed at Trinchero Family Estates’ facility in Salida, California, where they loaded and unloaded wine bottles. Trinchero supervised them on a daily basis while Aerotek paid their wages. Both companies were named defendants in the lawsuit, along with Sutter Home Winery which is doing business as Trinchero Family […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) October 5, 2016 – A second sexual harassment lawsuit launched against Roger Ailes and the Fox network comes from Andrea Tantaros, a former news host. There have been more women coming forward to allege he sexually harassed them as well. Andrea Tantaros filed her sexual harassment lawsuit alleging the atmosphere at the news network was similar to a, “sex-fueled, Playboy Mansion-like cult.” According to documents filed in court, Tantaros alleges retaliation for complaining about her former boss, Roger Ailes and his unwanted, blatant sexual advances. The statement of claim further outlined that Ailes’ actions were […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) September 16, 2016 – Three former employees of a Korean barbecue restaurant in San Francisco, California, have accused their employers of wage theft and wrongful termination in retaliation for complaining about multiple wage and overtime violations. The lawsuit was filed against YakiniQ, Inc., restaurant owner Daeho Hwang and manager Bruce Lee in San Francisco County Superior Court on July 27. Michael An, Joshua Kim and Seung-Jae Yim worked at YakiniQ BBQ as servers for various periods of time. Their employment ended between September and December 2015. The plaintiffs claimed their employers promised to pay […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) September 12, 2016 – Jeanetta Matichak recently filed a federal lawsuit alleging sexual harassment, sex discrimination, and retaliation by former Executive Director Dominic Egizio and the Joliet Park District. It is further alleged that park board members and other supervisors knew of the harassment. Matichak was first hired for her position as a fitness instructor in 2011. It was then that Egizio allegedly started to harass her. She also noted he made it a habit to openly stare at other women’s bodies and make sexual comments, even in the presence of a park board member […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) September 5, 2016 – Former TV news anchor, Gretchen Carlson recently filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Roger Ailes, her former boss and founder of Fox News Channel. He subsequently abruptly resigned. The lawsuit remains active. This lawsuit has all the ingredients to make a very high profile sexual harassment case, with pieces of information being revealed that Mr. Ailes allegedly used highly vulgar and offensive language when dealing with Carlson, relentlessly pressured her for sex and eradicated her job when he was met with resistance. Carlson alleges that for not sleeping with Ailes, he […]


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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 born 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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