Tag: Legal

NJ Transit Settles $3.65 Million Discrimination Suit

NJ Transit recently settled a $3.65 million racial discrimination lawsuit with seven former African American employees, who cited racial insults from supervisors as the cause for legal action. In January 2014, accusations surfaced after a supervisor, no longer employed by the agency, put a makeshift noose around an employee’s neck…

Fraternity Ousted Over Racist Chant Lawyers Up

By Michael Nam The University of Oklahoma chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon has hired a very high-profile lawyer after being kicked off campus in the aftermath of the racist-chant video coming to light. The fraternity has engaged the services of Stephen Jones, best known as the lead defense attorney for…

Alabama Courts Continue Same-Gender Marriage Fight

The Alabama Supreme Court, in particular Chief Justice Roy Moore, continues to fight the legalization of same-gender marriage, and it’s leading some to compare Moore and current Governor Robert Bentley to segregationist Governor George Wallace. On Tuesday, the Alabama Supreme Court once again ignored orders from the U.S. Supreme Court…

October Legal Roundup: Is Employee With Down Syndrome Entitled to Blanket Protection

Here’s the latest on some employment-related legal cases that have gone before the courts: Disability Discrimination | National-Original Discrimination | Religion Discrimination | Age Discrimination | Family and Medical Leave Act Disability Discrimination Back to top Grocery Store Employee’s Profane Outbursts Do Not Have to Be Accommodated. Photo by Shutterstock…

July Legal Roundup: Can a Straight Man Be Fired for Being Too 'Sensitive,' 'Feminine'

Here’s the latest on some employment-related legal cases that have gone before the courts: Sex Discrimination | Disability Discrimination | Coverage Discrimination | National-Original Discrimination | Litigation | Constitutional Rights | National Labor Relations Act | Family and Medical Leave Act | Legislative and Administrative Action Sex Discrimination Back to…

Alabama Pardons Three Scottsboro Boys

By Chris Hoenig Haywood Patterson, Charles Weems and Andy Wright fought a racist legal system for decades, serving prison time for a crime they didn’t commit. On Thursday, they finally had their names cleared. The Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles voted unanimously to approve posthumous pardons for the trio,…

Texas Law Keeps Women From Casting Ballots

By Chris Hoenig Photo by Shutterstock A rash of new laws that make it harder for Blacks, poor people and other underrepresented groups to vote have come under the legal microscope, but there’s a new law in Texas that targets a different demographic: women. The new law, which takes effect…

October Legal Roundup: 'You're Not That Pretty'

Here’s the latest on some employment-related cases that have gone before the courts: Age Discrimination | Sex Discrimination | Sexual Orientation Discrimination | Racial Discrimination Age Discrimination “Not that pretty!” Photo by Shutterstock A female city attorney sued for age and sex discrimination. She alleged that she was paid less…

September Legal Roundup: Is Employer Liable for 'Creepy' Coworker

Here’s the latest on some employment-related cases that have gone before the courts: Sex Discrimination | Disability Discrimination | Religion, Race, National-Origin Discrimination | Legislation and Administrative Action Sex Discrimination Creepy love poet in short shorts. Photo by Shutterstock A police chief and a mayor failed to stop sexual harassment…