In a recent report issued by the Los Angeles Police Commission's Inspector General, the City revealed that it has paid out over a million dollars in lawsuits and settlements over the last six years. Of that total, more than $31 million was paid to settle or to otherwise close employment discrimination lawsuits brought by current or former officers.
When BMW took changed the logistics company it was using to provide services to one of its factories, the automaker assured the employees that it would try retain all of them, but each would have to reapply. BMW ran background checks on 645 prospective employees and disqualified 88 of the workers based on the criminal checks, even though they had all been working at the company for some time.
Foothill Ranch-based Wet Seal Inc. has agreed to a $7.5 million settlement to end an employment discrimination case that claims the retailer denied promotions, denied pay increases or terminated managers from its stores based on the color of their skin. The lawsuit was filed last summer by three managers of Wet Seal stores in Pennsylvania.
For 15 years, Jerry Davis supported Fox Sports as its Director of the music department. During that time, a higher position - Vice President of Music - was open four times. All four times, Davis was passed over for another candidate, despite being in a role that one would assume is being groomed for the VP spot.
Police Officer Earl Wright of the Los Angeles Police Department was recently awarded $1.2 million by a California jury for the years of racial discrimination and harassment he endured on the force. The jury took less than four hours to side with Wright and find the City liable for damages related to the harassment and discrimination claims.
Forty-nine-year-old Tonya Battle has worked for the same hospital for 25 years. Currently she's a nurse in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). She may have thought she'd seen it all, until one father's request floored her: he asked the hospital to ensure that no African-American nurses cared for his newborn.
What's in a title? When it comes to employment discrimination cases, quite a lot. Under federal discrimination laws, employees can usually collect damages automatically when a supervisor or manager is involved in harassment or discriminatory behavior.
Ahmed Elshenawy, a former employee of Sierra Pacific Industries (SPI), claimed that he was repeatedly harassed by coworkers following the terrorist attacks of 9/11. He is of Egyptian decent and was harassed because of his national origin and the color of his skin, based on a complaint made to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).