Orlando Employee Files a Federal Discrimination Lawsuit Against the City

DiscriminationDavid Gillespie, filed a federal discrimination lawsuit against the city on Tuesday, seeking an injunction to stop the alleged discrimination, compensation and unspecified punitive damages. As mentioned in Orlando Sentinel, the lawsuit says he was assigned triple the workload of fellow investigators, who were black, for less pay, and that he was asked to delay a medical leave he needed for hip replacement surgery.

“We take any allegations of discrimination or harassment seriously,” said city spokeswoman Cassandra Lafser. “We launched an extensive internal investigation into allegations of this raised by the employee. The result of that investigation found no evidence of unlawful discrimination or harassment.”

Gillespie has worked for the city for more than 10 years. He was rehired in 2011, after being laid off amid budget cuts during the Great Recession in 2008.

The lawsuit alleges that Newton told him, after he was rehired, that she didn’t want him back because he was white. Gillespie first filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which in January notified him that he had the right to file his own lawsuit.

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Westchester County to Pay Former Employee $380K Over Firing

Getting FiredWestchester County will pay an ex-employee $380,000 to settle a lawsuit after she claimed she was fired because of a political feud.

As mentioned in Lohud, Dhyalma Vasquez, who worked for the Department of Social Services, said in a 2013 suit that she was targeted because of her affiliation with the county Independence Party, which was tussling with County Executive Rob Astorino.

The county Board of Legislators approved the settlement at their meeting March 20. Vasquez will get nearly $85,000 in damages, $150,000 in backpay and $115,000 in attorney fees.

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Livonia, Mich., to Pay $84,750 to Settle a Sex Discrimination Lawsuit

Gender Discrimination

Country Fresh LLC, a milk manufacturer in Livonia, Mich., will pay $84,750 to settle a sex discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Oppor­tunity Commission (EEOC).

According to Insurance Journal, the EEOC’s lawsuit alleged that Country Fresh violated federal law by failing to promote a woman to a supervisory position because of her sex. According to the suit, Country Fresh denied the employee promotions to positions such as production supervisor. She had worked in various production jobs throughout the plant, had decades of experience, and was repeatedly bypassed for promotions while men were promoted.

The EEOC filed suit (Case No. 2:16-cv-11551) in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan after first attempting to reach a voluntary settlement through its conciliation process. The consent decree settling the suit, in addition to the monetary relief, prohibits any similar discrimination in the future and requires Country Fresh to train its supervisors, managers and human resources representatives on sex discrimination.

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DoorDash to Pay Class Members $3.5 Million to Settle Lawsuit

MisclassifiedDoorDash will pay class members of the lawsuit $3.5 million, following the court’s approval. According to Tech Crunch, the company has also agreed to pay an additional $1.5 million in four years or when one of three things happen: DoorDash goes public, the company is profitable for a full year or some other company acquires DoorDash at double its current valuation.

In September 2015, Cynthia Marciano and Evan Kissner both separately filed lawsuits against DoorDash, alleging that DoorDash misclassified them and other delivery workers as independent contractors, and therefore violated certain provisions of the labor code.

“We firmly believe that the autonomy and flexibility Dashers love is made possible by, and consistent only with, their status as independent contractors,” DoorDash General Counsel Keith Yandell wrote on the DoorDash blog. “That said, we feel that this settlement represents a fair compromise, addresses valuable Dasher feedback, and makes changes that will further cement Dashers’ status as independent contractors.”

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Los Angeles Employers Must Comply With New “Ban the Box” Ordinance

Los Angeles CityThe City of Los Angeles Bureau of Contract Administration (BCA) is offering resources for the Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance (FCIHO) also referred to as the “Ban the Box” ordinance. The “Ban the Box” refers to the question on job applications regarding previous criminal records and a box for applicants to respond by checking yes or no, and often with details.

The new law, restricts employers to perform a criminal history check on job applicants until after the employee has been conditionally offered the job.

LA’s Ban the Box Ordinance states that an employer cannot withdraw the job offer unless it can show a written assessment, that the criminal conviction is a direct risk to the requirements of the job. The process requires that the applicant be given five days to reply to the written assessment. If the applicant responds, the employer is then required to reassess by taking into consideration the information submitted by the applicant.

Exceptions to the conviction exemption as stated by Los Angeles Bureau of Contract Administration include:

  • Where the employer is required by law to obtain information regarding a conviction of an applicant.
  • Where the applicant would be required to possess or use a firearm in the course of the employment.
  • If the applicant has been convicted of a crime that is prohibited by law from holding the position sought by the applicant
  • Where the employer is prohibited by law from hiring an Applicant who has been convicted of a crime.

Conservative Commentator Tomi Lahren sues The Blaze and founder Glenn Beck for Wrongful Termination

Employment ContractConservative commentator, Tomi Lahren is suing former boss Glenn Beck and former workplace The Blaze, alleging wrongful termination.

The lawsuit filed in Texas Friday, alleges that Beck and The Blaze terminated Lahren and cancelled her nightly talk show because of her pro-choice comments on “The View” last month.

“I can’t sit here and be a hypocrite and say I’m for limited government but I think the government should decide what women do with their bodies,” she stated on “The View.”

As reported by CNN, Lahren, who is a vocal supporter of President Donald Trump and arguably one the most notable names at The Blaze other than Beck himself, was suspended — along with her show — for a week following those comments.

According to the suit, Lahren then received a call from The Blaze that “her employment was terminated” and “she would have no more shows.”

Chili’s Manager Sexually Harassed Her, And Her Coworkers Blamed Her

Sexual HarassmentEmily Houser was sexually harassed for two years by Chili’s manager. When Houser put in her two weeks’ notice and contacted corporate headquarters, they relocated Chili’s manager and coworkers harassed her for the manager’s transfer.

Houser told Buzzfeed “over a two-year period, it just kind of escalated into him providing me with gifts of significance and money and flowers and cards and things that I wasn’t really accepting of, things that made me extremely uncomfortable because I was not sure what he expected of me from these gifts.”

Davidson was a popular manager and the staff likely blamed her for his transfer, Houser said. “On his last day, at this party, the general manager of our store as well as him were both there laughing and cutting cake with everyone,” she said.

One of the workers who made the “F*ck Emily Houser” cake posted it on Instagram, and several workers commented “#teamjosh.”

Previously, when someone got fired, the staff often trash-talked that person behind their back — though in the context of Houser’s harassment, what once could have been casual workplace gossip took on the form of something more sinister.

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Third Fox News Employee to Join Racial Discrimination Lawsuit

DiscriminationA third Fox News Employee has joined a lawsuit accusing the Fox news network of racial discrimination. According to an amended complaint, Monica Douglas, a manager in the credit and collections department at Fox News, was “subjected to the same racially discriminatory treatment” that plaintiffs Tichaona Brown and Tabrese Wright claim to have endured at the hands of a longtime senior Fox News executive, former Comptroller Judith Slater, who is white.

As Market Watch mentions, the amended complaint accuses Slater of mocking Douglas’s hair, kicking her in the buttocks and referring to her Brooklyn home as the “murder capital of the world” because a lot of black people live there. In addition, the suit claims Slater mocked Douglas’s appearance following her treatment for breast cancer.

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Ex-employee Accusing Snap Inc of Firing Him After Speaking Out

SnapchatSnap ex-employee is in a legal fight over the reason he was let go by the Snapchat-maker.

As mentioned in the LA Times, Anthony Pompliano’s attorney asked a judge Tuesday to unseal court filings that purportedly show how Snap misrepresented usage of its app to investors and the public. The specific details remain redacted until a ruling on whether they constitute trade secrets protected from disclosure.

Pompliano, a member of Snap’s user growth team for three weeks in 2015, has accused Snap of luring him with allegedly dodgy data and firing him for speaking out about them internally. He’s seeking a court order to bar Snap from distorting the reasons for his firing when the company is called on by any of his prospective employers.

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New French Law Gives Employees “The Right to Disconnect”

France’s new “right to disconnect” law mandates that a company with 50 employees or more cannot email an employee after typical work hours. According to True Activists, the country gives its employees 30 days off a year and 16 weeks of full-paid family leave; this latest initiative is only making France more popular.  According to BBC News, the new “right to disconnect” law will mandate that a company with 50 employees or more cannot email an employee after typical work hours. The amendment is largely a result of studies showing that people have an increasingly difficult time distancing themselves from the workplace.

Benoit Hamon of the French National Assembly states: “All the studies show there is far more work-related stress today than there used to be, and that the stress is constant. Employees physically leave the office, but they do not leave their work. They remain attached by a kind of electronic leash— like a dog. The texts, the messages, the emails — they colonize the life of the individual to the point where he or she eventually breaks down.”

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