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The city of Chesapeake is facing allegations of discrimination from an African-American detective employed with the police department there. The detective has filed a lawsuit against the city of Chesapeake, the chief of police and three other officers.

The allegations stem from a 2015 incident, when the detective learned an internal investigation had been launched on his behalf. His undercover detective tactics were under scrutiny after police learned he had been sending angry text messages to an underage suspect.

The detective was reprimanded for his actions and was accused of failing to properly collect evidence. He also allegedly failed to document his hours properly and changed his schedule without authorization. The detective was transferred to a different department.

He argues he was treated unfairly, especially when compared to other white detectives who acted in a similar fashion. The captain, sergeant and lieutenant being sued are all white.

The detective says he has faced losses and emotional distress and is suing for compensatory and punitive damages. He has requested a trial by jury.

The city of Chesapeake insists no discrimination has occurred and argues that comparing his own actions to those of other white police officers is like comparing apples and oranges.

While it’s not clear whether this discrimination suit will be an open and shut case, we applaud the detective for standing up for himself legally. He remains employed by the city of Chesapeake. Many wait until after they’ve left a position to file a lawsuit.

If you’re treated unfairly in your place of work, don’t suffer in silence. Reach out to a Virginia employment lawyer today to begin exploring your legal options.

Have you been a Victim of Race/Color Discrimination?

Where you denied a  job opportunity because of your race? Are you being discriminated against because of the color of your skin? These are serious situations that should be dealt with accordingly.

With a Virginia employment attorney on your side, you know your rights will be protected at all times.

The United States Department of Labor has filed suit against Oracle, a California-based tech company. The lawsuit alleges that Oracle discriminates against women and minorities, paying them less than white male employees. The company also hires Asian employees more frequently than other races for product development and technical roles, the suit alleges.

This comes on the heels of a two-year long investigation into the company’s hiring practices. Because Oracle is federally contracted, they’re not allowed to discriminate based on gender, race, gender identity, sexual orientation or national origin. Should Oracle lose this case, they stand to lose millions of dollars in federal contracts.

The company insists that the allegations are not true, and that the complaints are politically motivated. The Department of Labor, though, says Oracle refused to fully cooperate with the investigation and did not provide records and employment data when asked.

Unfortunately, the Silicon Valley world has a reputation for valuing certain races and genders more than others. White and Asian men dominate the tech industry, so there has been a push in recent years to diversify. Progress has been relatively slow, though. The Department of Labor has been working to investigate claims of discrimination throughout the industry.

This fall, the government filed suit against another tech company, Palantir, for discriminating against minority applicants. They also recently asked Google to provide their compensation records during an audit. The company refused, insisting they don’t want to reveal confidential data. The battle will continue on, though, as long as tech companies proceed with their unfair hiring practices.

Have you been a Victim of Race/Color Discrimination?

Where you denied a  job opportunity because of your race? Are you being discriminated against because of the color of your skin? These are serious situations that should be dealt with accordingly.

With a Virginia employment attorney on your side, you know your rights will be protected at all times.

QSI Business Solutions, a staffing agency located in Georgia, violated federal law by refusing to hire an applicant after finding out she was pregnant.

According to the lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the company refused to place a woman for employment after learning she was pregnant. When the woman called for an opening, she was asked if she was currently pregnant. Upon confirming that she was, she was told she could not be placed for the job as she was a safety risk.

This type of discrimination is a violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended by the Pregnancy Discrimination Act. The EEOC was unsuccessful in reaching a pre-litigation settlement through its conciliation process, leading to a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, Rome Division.

The EEOC is seeking back pay, punitive, and compensatory damages for the victim.

Pregnancy Discrimination Act

Pregnancy discrimination details the wrongful treatment of a woman because of her pregnancy, childbirth, or a medical condition related to her pregnancy.

Many women are unaware of the fact that the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) is in place to protect them against discrimination due to pregnancy regarding any aspect of employment, including: hiring, firing, job responsibilities, pay, layoff, promotions, benefits, and training.

In the event that a woman is temporarily unable to perform her job duties as a result of a pregnancy related medical condition, the employer is required to continue to treat her in the same manner as any other temporarily disabled worker.

Virginia Employment Lawyer – Do You Have A Case?

Have you been discriminated against at work as a result of your pregnancy? If so, you have legal rights. Contact Virginia employment attorney Cindra Dowd to discuss your legal rights 877-544-5323.

United Airlines Inc. has agreed to pay approximately $1 million to settle a federal disability lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

According to the lawsuit, the company’s competitive transfer policy was a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This law is in place to ensure that employers provide disabled employees or applicants with reasonable accommodation.

The United Airlines competitive transfer policy meant that disabled workers often times competed for vacant openings in order to continue their employment with the company.

United is set to pay $1,000,040.00 to a former group of disabled employees. Furthermore, the company will make changes to its ADA reassignment policy, provide regular reports to the EEOC, and train the appropriate employees in regards to the changes.

The EEOC first filed the lawsuit in June 2009. While there have been many roadblocks over the past six years, the case has finally been brought to a close.

Have you been a Victim of Disability Discrimination?

The law requires an employer to provide reasonable accommodations to an employee or applicant with a disability. However, the exception is if this will cause an undue hardship for the employer.

Disability discrimination is a major concern. If you have been discriminated against due to a disability, either as an employee or job applicant, you may want to contact a Virginia employment attorney. If you’d like to speak with our Virginia Employment Lawyers, call us at 877-544-5323 to setup a consultation.

Source One Staffing, Inc., a Chicago based staffing agency, will pay $800,000 to settle multiple U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) discrimination claims.

The EEOC filed two lawsuits against the company, citing violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Some of the more specific charges are as follows:

The EEOC first attempted to reach a pre-litigation settlement through its conciliation process, but was unsuccessful in doing so. This led to two lawsuits in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division.

Of the $800,000 set to be paid, $700,000 will go directly to victims of retaliation and harassment.

 

OK Concrete, a concrete company based in Wichita-Falls, Texas, has been sued by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) for disability discrimination.

According to the agency, a company driver was hired in March 2012. Two months earlier, he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. The EEOC said that the man successfully completed all the necessary training. However, he did notify management that he would require several days off after his health benefits kicked in, as to receive cancer treatment. A few hours later his employment was terminated. The EEOC alleges that the termination was a direct result of his disability.

After trying to reach a pre-litigation settlement, the EEOC filed Civil Action in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas. A regional attorney for the EEOC noted the following: “Sometimes when employers learn of a cancer diagnosis, it leads to assumptions, even fears, about whether that employee will be able to do the job.”

Americans with Disabilities Act

Firing a qualified worker for a disability is a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). The law forbids discrimination associated with any aspect of employment, including: hiring, firing, layoff, promotions, job responsibilities, pay, training, benefits, and any other job related detail. The law also requires an employer to provide reasonable accommodations to an employee or applicant with a disability. As noted above, the exception is if this will cause an undue hardship for the employer.

Have you been a Victim of Disability Discrimination?

Disability discrimination is a major concern. If you have been discriminated against due to a disability, either as an employee or job applicant, you may want to contact a Virginia employment attorney. If you’d like to speak with our Virginia Employment Lawyers, call us at 877-544-5323 to setup a consultation.

According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Benny Boyd Chevrolet-Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep, Ltd. will pay a former manager $250,000 in damages and back pay to settle a federal disability discrimination lawsuit.

The EEOC charged the dealership because they denied the man a promotion due to having multiple sclerosis. Furthermore, he was subjected to a hostile work environment, which led to him leaving the company.

In the lawsuit, the EEOC claims the man was lured from a job at another dealership with the promise he would eventually become a partner. After several months on the job he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Shortly thereafter the company refused to promote him stating the reason as his medical condition.

The Americans with Disabilities Act is in place to protect workers against disability discrimination in the workplace. The law forbids discrimination associated with any aspect of employment, including: hiring, firing, layoff, promotions, job responsibilities, pay, training, benefits, and any other job related detail.

The EEOC attorney working the case added the following:

“This settlement is an important reminder to employers of their obligation to comply with the ADA and to treat employees based on their merit, not their medical condition.”

Have you been a Victim of Disability Discrimination?
Contact Employment Lawyer Cindra Dowd 877-544-5323

Disability discrimination is a major concern. If you have been discriminated against due to a disability, either as an employee or job applicant, you may want to contact a Virginia employment attorney. If you’d like to speak with our Virginia Employment Lawyers, call us at 877-544-5323 to setup a consultation.