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The Virginia Department of Transportation has paid more than $300,000 to resolve two workplace racial discrimination lawsuits.

According to court papers, a black highway worker faced harassment from coworkers and abuse from superiors following a promotion in 2010.

Furthermore, and to make the situation worse, some of the same workers started to harass a white civil rights manager who was also employed by the Virginia Department of Transportation. This came about after she was assigned to investigate the case.

In the summer of 2013, the black highway worker charged retaliation and racial discrimination in his lawsuit, while the civil rights manager charged retaliation.

At first, the state contested the allegations. However, its stance eventually changed, which led to both cases being settled before heading to trial late last year. In addition to a settlement paid to both individuals, the state must pay for legal bills as well.

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Harassment is unwelcome behavior based on color, race, sex, religion, age, national origin, genetic information, or disability. This becomes unlawful when the enduring conduct becomes a regular condition of employment and/or the conduct is severe enough to create a hostile environment in which the victim feels uncomfortable. If harassment has created a hostile environment at your workplace, and your employer has not taken any steps to stop it, you may want to contact an employment lawyer. If you’d like to discuss your situation contact our Virginia Employment Lawyers.

More than 10 years ago, a former air marshal blew the whistle regarding a decision that he felt could jeopardize the safety of the nation. As a result, he was dismissed from his position and has been fighting ever since.

Recently, the United States Supreme Court, by a vote of 7 to 2, ruled in his favor. According to the court, the man’s alert regarding safety concerns should be covered by federal whistleblower protection law.

It was July 2003 and the Department of Homeland Security had called a meeting to inform air marshals of a plot by al-Qaida to hijack a long distance flight. However, before the marshals could take part, all missions were canceled.

After consulting with his supervisor, the man learned that the assignments were canceled because the agency did not want to pay for the expense, which included travel allowances and hotels.

After leaking the story, the cost saving plan was canceled. Three years after the fact, the agency pinpointed the air marshal as the person who leaked the story, thus terminating his employment.

Despite the fact that he believed he was fired illegally, as retaliation is covered by the Whistleblower Protection Act, it took many years for this decision by the Supreme Court.

At this time, the air marshal hopes to be reinstated while also being compensated for back pay.

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Pitre Inc., an Albuquerque based car dealership, has agreed to settle a same-sex sexual harassment lawsuit for $2 million. The suit was filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

According to the lawsuit, a former lot manager, under the direction of the general manager, subjected more than 50 men to various forms of sexual harassment, including frequent solicitations for sex, sexual comments, and regular touching. Furthermore, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission also alleged that the man retaliated against any employee who objected to the work environment.

This type of conduct is a direct violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

This lawsuit is the largest settlement in the history of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s Albuquerque office. As a result, more than 50 men are expected to receive compensation.

On top of everything else, it is believed that this activity lasted for more than 10 years.

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Another former employee of Chicago State University has filed a whistleblower lawsuit against the institution, claiming he was fired in retaliation for reporting misconduct among the school’s president.

The employee, formerly the school’s chief financial officer, filed the lawsuit weeks after the school lost another wrongful termination case and was ordered by the court to pay a former employee more than $3 million.

The man claims he was fired for bringing concerns to light regarding the school’s president during a meeting with a board of trustees’ chairman. In addition to reporting the president for having a personal relationship with an employee who was hired despite an inaccurate resume, he also noted concerns over financial decisions.

Not only is his lawsuit against the school, but the president, as well as seven members of the board of trustees, have been named as well. He is seeking to receive back pay, damages, and reinstatement into his previous position.

This type of story is all too common in today’s day and age. One employee feels that they are doing the right thing for an organization, but in the long run they end up losing their job as a result.

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According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Sparx Restaurant of Menomonie, Wisconsin has been ordered to pay an employee back pay and interest after firing the worker in retaliation for complaining about a racially offensive drawing.

When added to the damages awarded by a jury, the EEOC was successful in collecting approximately $56,000 from the company. Additionally, the company is required to avoid similar conduct in the future while also undergoing extensive training.

In the lawsuit filed by the EEOC, it claims that the restaurant fired a man because he complained about an offensive drawing displayed at the establishment. The man was a cook at the restaurant, however, he was fired three weeks after complaining about the drawing.

In September 2013, a jury found that the restaurant fired the cook in retaliation, not taking into consideration his rights as an employee. At the time, the jury awarded him $15,000 for emotional distress.

On January 27, 2014, a judge awarded back pay and interest of approximately $41,000.

Have you been a victim of retaliation at your place of employment? If so, you should contact us to discuss your case. You have rights and we are here to protect them.

Jiudicy, Inc. may be one of the largest industrial labor staffing companies in the country, but that doesn’t mean it can break the law. The company is set to pay $150,000 to settle a retaliation lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

The lawsuit is the result of the company terminating a female office administrator for reporting sexual harassment. The employee worked at the company’s Cumming, Georgia location, and reported her supervisor for making sexually harassing phone calls to her.

Three days after the company investigated the complaint the woman was fired. In addition to citing six reasons for terminating her employment, she was then escorted from the office under police supervision.

There is no place for such conduct in today’s workplace, as it is a direction violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

While the EEOC attempted to reach a pre-litigation settlement, it was unable to do so. For this reason, it took the lawsuit to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.

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Handling Retaliation & Sexual Harassment Lawsuits

Do you believe you were terminated due to an act of retaliation? You have the right to hire an attorney who can look into the finer details of your termination, helping you decide if you are in position to file a retaliation lawsuit.

Don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss your confidential case and determine how to move forward.

A former Old Bridge, New Jersey police officer has filed a $1 million discrimination  lawsuit against the police department. The woman filed the claim as a result of harassment by a township police department supervisor.

In the lawsuit, she claims the supervisor harassed her in multiple ways, including asking vulgar questions, telling dirty jokes, and commenting on her breast size. Furthermore, she claims that the comments were made as a result of her divorce as well as the fact that she is of Hispanic and African American descent.

After making a formal complaint to Internal Affairs, the woman was suspended without pay and then required to turn her badge in and leave the force.

The police department has yet to make any comment on the lawsuit, despite the fact that the woman claims retaliation, a hostile work environment, and violation of her rights.

The lawsuit, filed in state Superior Court, is sure to bring forth the finer details of the claim as the case moves forward.

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Have you been discriminated against by your employer? Rather than deal with this on your own, once reporting the act to the appropriate party you should contact an experienced employment law attorney. With a legal professional on your side, you know your rights will be protected at all times – and there is nothing more important than that.

Mountaire Farms has been ordered to pay $48,000 to resolve a retaliation lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

According to the lawsuit, a man began working for the company as a translator for Haitian workers in December 2010. The complaint alleges that the man repeatedly complained to supervisors and the HR department that supervisors were treating the workers poorly.

The lawsuit went on to add that sometime during September 2011, the man notified managers that a supervisor would not allow one of the workers to take a bathroom break while allowing others to do so. A few days after this incident, the man was fired.

This type of conduct violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which was put in place to protect employees from retaliation.

To go along with the payment of $48,000, Mountaire Farms is required to modify its anti-discrimination policy to include methods for reporting discrimination.

Lynette A. Barnes, regional attorney for the EEOC’s Charlotte District Office, noted, “The anti-retaliation provisions of Title VII are essential to the attainment of a workplace free of discrimination.”

According to court records, a lawsuit alleging that a former Department of Corrections employee was fired for whistleblowing is heading to trial starting on June 16, 2014.

In March, Rob Killgore was fired from his position as head of Oregon’s prison industries agency. The next month, he filed a lawsuit seeking compensation of $1.5 million, alleging discrimination, wrongful discharge, and retaliation.

A Corrections Director fired him only a few weeks after the Department of Justice completed an investigation into the allegations that he made. While the Corrections Director noted that the two events were not connected in any way, Killgore obviously disagrees.

Killgore was the man in charge of Oregon Corrections Enterprises, a state agency that employs inmates. In his allegations, he claims that officials used his agency as a “slush fund.” Furthermore, he claims that he was directed to make improper expenses in a variety of areas including: supplies, infrastructure and security, personnel costs, and donations.

In particular, the allegations focus specifically on a former Director and Deputy Director.