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October 2010 Archives

Mark Crawford, a Combat Veteran of the Gulf War Awarded Judgment Against DIRECTV

On September 29, 2010, the Honorable David L. Mining, Judge of the Los Angeles County Superior Court entered Judgment (Case No. BC417507) in the amount of $353,171.60 in favor of Plaintiff Mark A. Crawford ("Crawford") and against Defendant DIRECTV, Inc. ("DIRECTV") in accordance with the Arbitration award dated June 25, 2010 executed by Arbitrator Sherman W. Smith Jr. (Ret.). Attorney Vincent Calderone of the Bononi Law Group, LLP represented Crawford and Dianne Baquet Smith and Lauren D. Thibodeaux of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton, LLP represented DIRECTV.

Muslim Employees Face Increasing Discrimination

Incidents of discrimination against Muslims in the workplace across the U.S. are on the rise. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) reported that in 2009, there were 1,490 claims made by Muslims that alleged discrimination by employers. Of these 1,490 claims, 803 resulted in charges from the EEOC. This is also a growing problem in California, as 58 of the 803 claims occurred within the state, placing it behind only Georgia and Minnesota in the amount of claims filed. Several recent high profile cases show similar patterns of discriminatory activity.

Paycheck Fairness Act

In 1963, when the Equal Pay Act was signed, women made less than 60 cents for every dollar a male worker made. Despite efforts to address the issue, pay disparity among men and women has remained a problem. Though the data shows that some progress has been made, it also shows there is still a ways left to go. According to data released by the U.S. Census Bureau, women on average earned 77 cents for every dollar their full-time male counterparts made in 2009.

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