Legal Issues

Zimmerman Trial: Nation in Another Awkward Dance With Racial Issues

For three weeks, people have been closely watching every move in the Zimmerman trial, with everyone seemingly more uncomfortable with the discussion of race than with a tragic death.

Woman pulls fast one on employers in discrimination lawsuit

July Legal Roundup: Employee Pulls a Fast One to Preserve Discrimination Lawsuit

Does company have to honor secretly modified agreement?

Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl: Why It’s NOT About American Indian Rights

The Supreme Court ruling this week angered supporters of the Indian Child Welfare Act, but should it have?

Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Same-Gender Marriage

Two separate opinions open door for California couples to marry and all legal same-gender marriages to be recognized by the federal government.

Supreme Court Strikes Part of Voting Rights Act

Supreme Court issues split ruling; Congress left to rewrite one section of the law.

Supreme Court Redefines Workplace Discrimination

Pair of rulings narrow definitions, set stricter rules for discrimination lawsuits.

June Legal Roundup: Another Misstep for Abercrombie

What did the company do now? Refuse to hire a job applicant because she wore a hijab.

Why Was Employee Not Given Raise Along With Promotion?

Why Was Employee Not Given Raise Along With Promotion?

According to his supervisor: “For a young Black man … I’m already paying you a lot of money.”

Diversity Legal Cases: Gender Discrimination

Poor Workforce Diversity Practices Result in Gender Discrimination

A food distributor settles for $200,000 after a federal agency concludes that it discriminated against women.

‘I Didn’t Get the Job Because I’m Black’

Diversity and inclusion lacking? How can a company know if the corporate culture has given discrimination claims more of a chance legally?

Diversity News: Budget Cuts at EEOC

Would Budget Cuts at EEOC Help or Hurt Your Company?

Be careful what you wish for. If your company thinks cutbacks at the EEOC would mean less likelihood of discrimination lawsuits, think again.

EEOC Identifies LGBT Protection As 'Emerging Issue'

EEOC Identifies LGBT Protection As ‘Emerging Issue’

Agency offers recourse even though LGBT people are not specifically included in Title VII.

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HCA Healthcare Under Fire for Charity Care as Part of $162 Million Lawsuit

HCA Healthcare, the nation’s largest for-profit hospital system, faces court scrutiny of its charity care.

Is EEOC Allowing Discrimination Against Older Workers, People With Disabilities?

Reverse Discrimination? EEOC Allows Bias in Favor of People With Disabilities, Older Workers

An EEOC discussion letter states that the ADA and ADEA cover only one-way discrimination; they do not cover those without disabilities or the more youthful.

Elouise Cobell, Blackfeet American Indian tribe leader, shakes hands with President Obama

$3.4B Class-Action Lawsuit Ends: 350,000 American Indians to Receive Payout

The 17-year lawsuit’s settlement includes $1,000 checks for American Indian beneficiaries and a scholarship fund.

What will the Supreme Court rule? Will Discrimination Cases Increase?

New ‘Supervisor’ Definitions Could Increase Discrimination Lawsuits

The Supreme Court’s decision could reduce employer liability, but it also may increase racial-discrimination and sexual-harassment cases.

Who Can't Be Sued for Discrimination?

Who Can’t Be Sued for Discrimination?

Your company may be exempt from employment laws, but you can still get sued. Here’s what you need to know.

Managers’ Racist Bullying Ends in Hospital Paying $1M Lawsuit

A court rules in favor of 70 Filipino caregivers who were ruthlessly harassed for not “speaking English.” Watch the video.

Can You Prevent a ‘Todd Akin’ Moment at Your Organization?

You have the right to your opinion but not to destroy other people's productivity or conflict with the values of your employer.

Racial Discrimination: Black Employee Fired After Being Called the N-Word

See how this employee’s firing was justified, and read other cases on racial discrimination, religion, disability and FMLA.


Denied Healthcare Insurance: Wife Files Lawsuit

This transgender woman took action when a healthcare company denied her spousal benefits. Here’s how the court ruled.


Ruling Against Defense of Marriage Act Is Major Diversity Victory

The federal court decision striking down parts of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is a major civil-rights victory for advocates supporting diversity and inclusion. With President Obama and more leaders of the Black community on board, marriage equality is gaining momentum rapidly.

From Civil Rights to Global Human Rights

Here’s how attorney Raymond M. Brown makes global human rights a personal challenge.


No ADA Accommodation Leads to Seizure, Hospitalization for Diabetic Worker

Can a manager legally keep his employee, who has diabetes, from testing her blood sugar? Read this and other recent discrimination cases.