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EEOC Files Lawsuit Against Hawthorn Suites, Alleging Sexual Harassment and Retaliation

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently filed a lawsuit against the owner of a Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham, a hotel near the airport in Kent, Washington. The lawsuit alleges the owner of the hotel violated federal law by allowing a manager to sexually harass a pair of housekeepers and retaliate against one who Read More

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EEOC: Frito-Lay Illegally Fired Worker Based on Their Religion

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently filed a lawsuit against Frito-Lay, Inc., the PepsiCo subsidiary based in Texas, on the basis of illegal discrimination. EEOC claimed the company violated federal law after firing a recently promoted sales representative because of his inability to perform training on Saturdays, due to his religious beliefs as Read More

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Pennsylvania Teacher Blows the Whistle on School’s Insufficient COVID Protocols

A teacher at H.D. Berkey Elementary School in New Kensington, Pennsylvania recently submitted an anonymous letter to Action News 4 in Pittsburgh containing concerns about the New Kensington Arnold School District’s COVID-19 safety protocols. Some of the specific concerns addressed in the letter included: Students being placed three to five feet apart, rather than the Read More

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OSHA Whistleblower Complaints Becoming More Common Across the United States

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports an increase in whistleblower complaints, particularly over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic and many of which are related to the pandemic itself. For the time from February 18 through May 31, there were 4,101 whistleblower complaints filed with the agency, an increase of 30 percent over Read More

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Presbyterian Healthcare Settles EEOC Race Discrimination, Retaliation Claim for $150,000

Presbyterian Healthcare Services, a healthcare organization that operates Lincoln County Medical Center and its emergency services unit in New Mexico, paid $150,000 and provided other relief to settle a race discrimination and retaliation lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Case background The Lincoln County Medical Center allegedly discriminated against a black Read More

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Wells Fargo Pays $7.8 Million to Settle Race, Sex Bias Claims

Wells Fargo agreed to pay $7.8 million to settle national claims that it routinely discriminated against black and female job applicants, a violation of antidiscrimination laws. According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, the national banking institution discriminated against more than 34,000 black applicants for various roles, and 308 Read More

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OSHA: Carrier Must Reinstate Driver Who Blew the Whistle on Safety Concerns

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) ordered a California trucking company to reinstate a former truck driver it fired after raising safety concerns about overweight hauling. The instructions from OSHA also required JHOS Logistics and Transportation Inc. to pay the driver nearly $200,000 in back wages, plus an additional $25,000 in punitive damages and Read More

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Worker Alleges Wrongful Termination after Warning Superiors Over COVID-19 Safety Precautions

Katrina Bryant, a former worker at a construction site for a new Amazon warehouse in Boardman, Oregon, alleges she was the victim of wrongful termination after she raised concerns to superiors over safety measures to prevent COVID-19 spread. Allegations in the case Bryant was tasked with safety compliance at the construction site, with duties including Read More

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Server Claims to Have Been Wrongfully Fired After Getting Tested for COVID-19

A former server from a Charleston, South Carolina restaurant filed a lawsuit against the business, claiming he was fired after leaving work to get tested for COVID-19. According to Justin Mackie, the employee in question who worked at Coconut Joe’s, he experienced symptoms (including shortness of breath) at work, and left to get screened due Read More

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San Diego Woman Alleges Wrongful Termination over Childcare Issues During Pandemic

A San Diego woman, Drisana Rios, claims she was fired from global insurance firm HUB International due to the difficulties she was having with managing childcare for her two young children while working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Rios was an account executive for the firm, and claims she was subjected to regular harassment Read More

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