Banana Republic Employee Told Her Braids Are ‘Too Urban’

Banana Republic has been accused of being discriminatory to one of its employees, a black woman named Destiny Tompkinshas after her manager would not schedule her for more shifts unless she removed her braids, which he described as “too urban and unkempt.”

As mentioned in NY Daily News, Tompkins posted to Facebook about the encounter at the Westchester Mall store, saying that after a visit from the district manager, who was white, the store manager, also white, told Tompkins she had to remove her braids.

 “I came in and he questioned me about the dress code and immediately, I thought there was something wrong with my outfit but he sat me down and questioned my hair instead,” Tompkins shared on Facebook. “He told me that my braids were not Banana Republic appropriate and that they were too ‘urban’ and ‘unkempt’ for their image.”
She tried to explain the style was meant to be protective for her natural hair because “it tends to become really brittle in the cold” so the manager “recommended that I use shea butter for it instead.”


Louisville Board to Begin Rick Pitino’s Termination

The University of Louisville Athletic Association’s board voted to begin the process to terminate fame coach Rick Pitino “for cause.”

Pitino was placed on unpaid administrative leave last week after he was tied to an alleged scheme to funnel $100,000 to the family of five-star recruit Brian Bowen Jr. with cash arranged by Adidas executive Jim Gatto.

“The board requested of me and authorized me to initiate the process to terminate for cause, as defined in Coach Pitino’s employment contract,” interim president Greg Postel said after the athletic association board’s meeting.

As mentioned in NBC Sports, following an FBI crackdown into college basketball corruption last week, Pitino was placed on unpaid administrative leave after he was allegedly tied to a plan to bring McDonald’s All-American Brian Bowen to Louisville using $100,000 with cash coming from adidas executive Jim Gatto.

According to, attorneys for Pitino officially served a breach of contract notice to Louisville on Monday. Since the school believes it is firing Pitino for cause while only paying for 10 days of additional salary, Pitino is going for a lot more money.

Bayonne Business Administrator Favored “Younger Female Employees”

West New York settled a lawsuit against the town, Mayor Felix Roque, and the current Bayonne Business Administrator Joe DeMarco for $150,000, according to the settlement agreement.

The settlement ends a complaint filed more than two years ago by Lazara Martinez, an accountant for the North Hudson town.

According to the Jersey Journal, the complaint alleged that DeMarco, who previously worked as an administrator in West New York, discriminated against her by denying her a raise because of her age. She was 68 when she filed the suit.

The lawsuit also alleged that the Roque administration penalized her for her lack of political support and that Roque’s unwritten policy was to “reward his political supporters while punishing his political enemies.”

The lawsuit alleged DeMarco favored “younger female employees” and “created a culture of sexism not different from the popular television show ‘Mad Men,’ a show depicting advertising men treating women as sex objects during the 1950’s.”

Whataburger Manager was Pressured to Hire White Employees

Former manager of a Florida Whataburger restaurant filed an EEOC complaint alleging the restaurant violated the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which prohibits employment discrimination because of race.

According to USA Today, Vanessa Burrous alleged she was retaliated against and forced to resign because she would not carry out racially discriminatory hiring practices from higher-ups. Her allegations are contained in a federal lawsuit filed Friday by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against the Texas-based fast-food chain.

The restaurant’s general manager is accused of pressuring Burrous, who is white, to hire white employees but not black ones, according to the lawsuit, Among other things, the general manager, Johanna Risk, directed her to review applications and only interview applicants who had white-sounding names.

In April 2015, Burrous conducted interviews of applicants and hired eight crew members, seven of whom were black. That “infuriated” Risk and intensified her anger against Burrous, leading to repeated reprimands against her, the EEOC’s lawsuit contends.

Mike Cagney Resigns as CEO After Sexual Harassment Allegations

The CEO of SoFi, a $4 billion startup company that provides student loans, personal loans and mortgage refinancing, is resigning immediately following sexual harassment allegations against the company.

According to CNN, the executive shuffle marks an abrupt shift from just four days ago when SoFi said Cagney would step down by the end of the year.

Cagney’s departure follows a lawsuit from a former employee who claimed he was fired from the financial startup after reporting incidents of women being harassed by their managers.

“Recently … the focus has shifted more toward litigation and me personally,” Cagney wrote in a note to employees on Monday announcing his stepping down. “The combination of HR-related litigation and negative press have become a distraction from the company’s core mission.”

Huntington Ingalls Refused to Hire Hearing-Impaired Man

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed a lawsuit against shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Incorporated for refusing to hire a pipefitter after discovering his hearing impairment. The company is also accused of not providing the man with a reasonable accommodation during the hiring process.

As mentioned in Press News, Stanley Dowdle, an experienced pipefitter, failed the hearing portion of the test, and was denied a job at Newport News Shipbuilding. EEOC says failing to hire the man is a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

EEOC officials said they filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Newport News this month after not being able to reach an agreement with the shipyard.

“Employers must remember their obligation to provide a reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities — even at the hiring phase — unless doing so would cause an undue hardship,” EEOC Charlotte District Office attorney Lynette Barnes said in a news release. “Allowing him to use his hearing aids for the purpose they were intended for wouldn’t be an unusual or burdensome request.”


Jessica Biel’s Restaurant Sued for Withholding $400K from Restaurant Employees

Lawsuit Accuses Google of Discriminating Against Women in Pay and Promotions

Google, which is already under federal investigation over alleged gender discrimination, has just been hit with another lawsuit claiming it systematically pays women less than men.

The legal action by three female employees seeks class-action status to cover all women employed by the Mountain View search giant in the past four years, as mentioned in The Mercury News.

“Google has discriminated and continues to discriminate against its female employees by systematically paying them lower compensation than Google pays to male employees performing substantially similar work under similar working conditions,” said the lawsuit, filed Thursday in California Superior Court in San Francisco.

“Google has channeled and segregated, and continues to channel and segregate, women on the basis of their sex into lower compensation levels and into less-compensated and less-favorable job ladders and levels than men with equal or lesser qualifications and/or men performing substantially similar work,” the lawsuit said.


The Federal Court Rules in Favor of Alabama Breastfeeding Cop

An Alabama police officer won her discrimination case against the state police department after she was demoted and denied accommodations that allowed her to breast-feed when she returned from maternity leave.

According to People, Stephanie Hicks was an investigator in the narcotics division before transferring to the less-hazardous pharmaceutical unit for the duration of her pregnancy. When she returned from maternity leave, Hicks received multiple write-ups for minor infractions, and was demoted from an investigator to the patrol unit, which left her with a lower salary, no car and a requirement to work on nights and weekends.

In addition, Hicks was obligated to wear a bulletproof vest that hurt her milk production and made it tough to pump. Her department said her only options were to go without a bulletproof vest or wear a specially fitted one that had gaping holes and would inadequately protect her. Hicks quit and first filed the lawsuit in 2013.

Judge Calls for $212K in Pay Back Wages to Immigrant Workers

Two restaurants and an employment agency have been charged with mistreating and underpaying immigrant workers who are in the country without authorization.

The decree issued by Judge John Zee calls for a total $212,500 in back wages and penalties to be paid out to several employees of Hibachi Sushi Buffet in Cicero, Hibachi Grill Buffet in Elk Grove Village and Jiao’s Employment Agency in Chinatown.

As stated in the Chicago Tribune, the consent decree — in which the judge oversees and monitors the execution of the settlement — requires the businesses to change their employment practices. The decree calls for the employers to keep records of employees’ hours and wages, provide training on employment discrimination laws, develop and implement an anti-discrimination policy, and provide training. In addition, if the employers provide lodging, they are to ensure it is free of cockroaches and other vermin, includes utilities, such as heat and running water, and contains a working bathroom, among other conditions.

“These employment agencies and restaurants exploited workers through inhumane working conditions and discrimination, violating both the state’s wage laws and their civil rights,” Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, who filed the original lawsuit, said in an e-mailed statement. “These court-enforceable settlements will ensure that the restaurants and employment agencies comply with the law by changing their practices, treating all employees equally, and paying them what they have earned.”