Andrea Fair started working at MTV as a Senior Talent Director in 2005. In 2008, she was promoted to Vice President of Talent and Music (TAM). In 2009, Fair also joined MTV's Visionary Committee, a group tasked with determining the network's future.
A Texas court didn't think so. A Houston-area woman was fired after she asked her employer if she could use a private room to pump breast milk at work. She sued, claiming sex discrimination, but the judge did not agree.
Imane Boudlal, a 28-year-old former hostess at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts' Storyteller Café in California, wore a hijab to work in August 2010. Disney response to her Muslim head covering is now the basis for an employment discrimination lawsuit.
The Price is Right is conducting a search for the first male model to work alongside female show models on the popular game show. Once nicknamed "Barker's Beauties," back when Bob Barker was the show's host, this will be the first time that the formerly all-female cast of models has included a man.
Jack Osbourne revealed earlier this year that he had been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). MS is a nerve condition that can have very mild symptoms like numbness or tingling in the limbs or symptoms as severe as paralysis. Jack was slated to appear on NBC's upcoming reality tv show, "Stars Get Stripes" until NBC learned of his MS diagnosis.
Vicky Gutierrez was a reporter for LA's local KVEA Telemundo TV station for nine years. During that time she received a nomination for an Emmy Award for her work as a reporter/anchor and received positive annual reviews of her contributions to the news team's success.
Mary Bullock was an administrative law judge for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) until 2007. She also suffered from multiple sclerosis. She sued the EEOC in 2006 claiming that the agency tasked with protecting employee rights failed to accommodate her disability as required by the Rehabilitation Act and that the agency retaliated against her after she filed her complaint alleging disability discrimination.
Wet Seal management systematically fired African-American employees because their look - namely the color of their skin - did not fit the brand's image, according to a recently-filed racial discrimination lawsuit against the clothing retailer in California. Two former Wet Seal store managers and one assistant manager are attempting to bring the lawsuit on behalf of all African-Americans formerly employed and wrongfully terminated by the retailer.
UCLA's Williams Institute recently published a study on the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees in the workplace. According to its findings, there is still much room for improvement to prevent discrimination based on sexual orientation in the workplace. Gender identity and sexual orientation discrimination is consistently witnessed by both homosexual and heterosexual employees and without federal intervention and improved protections, the Institute doesn't believe conditions will improve.
Two hotel groups recently settled pregnancy and gender discrimination and harassment claims with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The EEOC claimed that a manager who worked for both groups fired five women after finding out that they were pregnant as well as harassed and belittled women who worked for him.