After filing a lawsuit alleging sex discrimination against the giant retailer Wal-Mart, four Wisconsin women received a disappointing decision from the judge as they fought for employee rights. Stating that there wasn't enough evidence of differences between male and female pay for there to be a violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the judge granted a summary judgment to the defendant.
An employee in Wisconsin who is concerned about religious discrimination in the workplace may find a current lawsuit involving the supermarket chain Food Lion insightful. Religious discrimination is covered by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and employees with sincere religious beliefs are required to be given reasonable accommodations. In the Food Lion case, an employee reportedly initially received this appropriate consideration when he worked in a store in Winston-Salem. However, the accommodations were not made at the Kernsville store to which he was later transferred. He was allegedly fired in 2011 due to his inability to work on Sundays.
Wisconsin employees may want to pay close attention to an employment discrimination case involving a major retailer. A Target employee in Houston, Texas, has sued the company for racial and disability discrimination as well as retaliation. He is asking for punitive and compensatory damages, reinstatement and attorney's fees.
Wisconsin employees may be affected by new legislation designed to protect pregnant women from job discrimination. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission updated 30-year-old doctrines to clearly articulate that any form of discrimination against pregnant women at the workplace is to be considered illegal and constitutes sexual discrimination. The chairwoman for the EEOC says that the agency continues to receive an alarming amount of claims alleging overt or subtle discrimination against pregnant employees.
Wisconsin readers may be interested in a new executive order that President Barack Obama is planning to sign. Once signed, the order will ban federal contractors from discriminating against individuals based on their gender identity and sexual orientation.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a lawsuit against Wisconsin Plastics Inc., seeking punitive damages and lost wages for employees who were reportedly discharged for having poor English skills. The lawsuit was filed on June 9. The agency claims that speaking English was not a skill required for performing their job effectively.
A U.S. District Court judge has ruled that an investigation into the employment practices of an Indian tribal casino located in Milwaukee can proceed. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is looking into allegations of age discrimination made by a former employee of the casino. The ruling allows the EEOC to enforce an August 2013 subpoena that requested information to investigate the claim.
Wisconsin employees may be interested in one whistleblower's story of discrimination in the government agency where she works. Hers and other claims of unfair treatment have sparked a Congressional investigation into the matter.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a suit against a Wisconsin Merry Maids franchisee for allegedly firing a worker for being pregnant. The woman was a two-year employee of the franchisee, V&B LLC, and had continued to perform her responsibilities even while pregnant. She was a team captain on one of the cleaning crews and had a perfect work record.
Tammy Baldwin, a member of the U.S. Senate from Wisconsin, has introduced new legislation called the Fair Employment Protection Act, which would require zero tolerance for workplace discrimination. According to Senator Baldwin, women in the workplace are disproportionately affected by discrimination. Senator Baldwin is joined in introducing the proposed bill by Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Congressman George Miller (D-CA) and Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA).