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Edward Jones & Co. Must Pay $34 Million to Settle Discrimination Case

A federal court approved a $34 million settlement between Edward Jones & Co. and black financial advisors at the company, ending years of litigation. In addition to the financial settlement, the company agreed to promote greater inclusivity in its corporate culture. Case background A group of black financial advisors (FAs) at the company originally filed Read More

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Judge Allows Whole Foods “Black Lives Matter” Mask Lawsuit to Continue

A federal judge ruled a lawsuit regarding “Black Lives Matter” masks worn by Whole Foods workers will be allowed to proceed, overruling the initial dismissal in the district court. According to the legal team on behalf of those workers, Whole Foods and Amazon violated anti-bias laws when they invoked a rule that ordered employees to Read More

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OSHA Files Wrongful Termination Lawsuit Against Hotel Operator in Texas

The federal government brought a lawsuit against a hotel operator in Waller, Texas, claiming it terminated an employee who sought medical attention after exposure to carbon monoxide in the workplace. The suit was filed on March 25, 2021 and seeks the court to order the defendant to comply with the anti-retaliation provisions of the Occupational Read More

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Former Amazon Employee Files Whistleblower Complaint Alleging Wrongful Termination Over Raising COVID Safety Concerns

A former employee of Amazon claims she was fired from the company’s sorting center in Thornton, Colorado after repeatedly raising concerns about the COVID-19 risks in the facility. In response, she filed a whistleblower complaint with the state’s labor department that could lead to a lawsuit. Case background The employee, Linda Rodriguez, said her concerns Read More

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Jury Issues $11 Million Award to IBM Manager who was Fired After Reporting Bias

A federal jury in Washington state recently awarded $11 million to an IBM manager who was fired after complaining about racial discrimination. Scott Kingston, the manager in question, was retaliated against after he spoke up about concerns regarding a black sales representative who he believed to have been denied sales commissions he had earned. According Read More

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EEOC Sues Georgia Company for Employee Harassment and Wrongful Termination

In a recent lawsuit, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) claimed Peachstate Health Management LLC (dba AEON Global Health) violated federal laws by subjecting a black female client services employee to a hostile work environment based on her race and sex, and then fired her after she complained about her treatment. The lawsuit will Read More

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Jury Issues $11 Million Award to IBM Manager who was Fired After Reporting Bias

A federal jury in Washington state recently awarded $11 million to an IBM manager who was fired after complaining about racial discrimination. Scott Kingston, the manager in question, was retaliated against after he spoke up about concerns regarding a black sales representative who he believed to have been denied sales commissions he had earned. According Read More

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OSHA Files Whistleblower Lawsuit Against Zoltek

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently filed a lawsuit against Zoltek Corp., alleging the company acted in defiance of whistleblower statutes by wrongfully terminating an employee who spoke up about unsafe working conditions. The lawsuit seeks reinstatement, damages, back wages and an order for the company to post proper notices around its premises Read More

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Amazon Settles Lawsuit Over Improper COVID-19 Safety Protocols

Amazon recently announced a settlement in a lawsuit filed by a former employee who claimed wrongful termination related to his reporting improper COVID-19 safety protocols. Settlement details, including the amount of money being paid out, were not immediately available to the public. Case background The employee, David J. Bailey, claimed Amazon retaliated against him for Read More

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Employee Requests for Reasonable Accommodation Must Be Taken Seriously

Employees have the right to request reasonable accommodations in the workplace for particular conditions they have. Employers, then, must take those requests seriously if they are to avoid legal issues. An example One recent example of a case dealing with this issue centered on a plaintiff, a Mr. Burnette, who worked in a call center Read More

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