A Texas restaurant and bar was just sued by the EEOC. Reason? It fired a waitress because she was pregnant, allegedly telling her that “her baby’s health was at risk” because the bar is a smoking establishment.
On August 8, 2014, Governor Deval Patrick signed into law An Act Relative to Domestic Violence. In relevant part, Section 13 of the law requires employers with 50 or more employees toprovide up to 15 days’ leave in any 12 month period if 1) the employee or family member of the employee is a victim of abusive behavior; and 2) the employee is using leave to seek medical attention, counseling, victim services or legal assistance, to secure housing, obtain a protective order, or appear in court as related to abusive behavior against the employee or a family member.
Think that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has lost interest in prosecuting Fair Housing Act (FHA) discrimination cases? Think again. Earlier this week, DOJ announced that two property owners in Ohio agreed to pay $850,000 to settle lawsuits filed by the DOJ as well as other private parties and Ohio state officials claiming that the defendants discriminated on the basis of race and familial status at properties they formerly owned.
Comic books were never this weird. And certainly not Archies!
However, charges and countercharges of sexual harassment have been aired in the courts for more than 3 years. Male execs who charged that the female CEO had harassed them were themselves just sued by female execs who claim that they were harassed by the men simply for having worked for the female CEO. Got it?
Last week, former NFL punter Chris Kluwe and the Minnesota Vikings reached a settlement of Kluwe’s dispute with the team over what he characterized as the organization’s homophobic environment and release from the team due to his activism on behalf of marriage equality.