Discrimination lawsuit involving 7 apartment complexes settled
An agreement has been met with the owners of seven Michigan apartment complexes to resolve allegations that they discriminated against families with children in violation of the Fair Housing Act.
DOJ SUING APARTMENT COMPLEXES FOR SINGLE PARENT DISCRIMINATION (Nov. 20, 2015)
The lawsuit from back in November of 2015 alleged that the defendants discriminated against families with children by prohibiting them from renting one-bedroom units in the defendants’ apartment complexes.
Defendants: Rental Manager Sudi Hopper, and the corporate entities that own the complexes Parkside East Inc., Holt Manor Inc. and Kelly Manor Inc.
Allegations were based on evidence from the Fair Housing Center of Southeastern Michigan, which had testers posing as prospective residents contact the defendants and ask to rent one-bedroom apartments.
Testers who claimed to have children were told that they were not allowed in one-bedroom units. The Fair Housing Center also filed a lawsuit, that was resolved separately.
Cabinet nod to Bill ending discrimination with HIV+ people
The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved amendments to the HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Bill, 2014, to legally bar discrimination with affected persons and disclosure of their status without consent.
The HIV and AIDS Bill, 2014, was drafted to safeguard the rights of people living with HIV and affected by HIV.
The new changes seek to address HIV-related discrimination, strengthen the existing programme by bringing in legal accountability and establish formal mechanisms for inquiring into complaints and redressing grievances.
It says persons living with HIV, AIDS will have equal rights to residence, jobs and education and bars termination of employment of affected people due to their infection.
India has 21 lakh people living with HIV. The new Bill is aimed at meeting the HIV eradication target of 2030 as cited in the sustainable development goals.
Are ‘discrimination arising from disability’ claims an easy route to employment tribunal wins?
The number of employment tribunal claims for discrimination arising from disability appears to be rising. John Charlton looks at what is behind the trend, and asks how future developments could affect the way employers manage disabled people at work.
Discrimination arising from disability was introduced in the Equality Act 2010 to prevent disabled people being treated “unfavourably because of something arising in consequence” of their disability. Anecdotally, it appears that the number of discrimination arising from disability claims is rising, so are employees adopting it as a relatively easy route to success in employment tribunals?
Joanna Marshall, employment solicitor at Charles Russell Speechlys thinks this is the case. “One of the reasons [for the rise] is because case law appears to be making it increasingly easy for claimants to be successful in bringing this type of claim,” Marshall says.
“In the recent case of Risby v Waltham Forest the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) held that the casual link between the unfavourable treatment and the disability does not have to be very strong in order to make a discrimination arising from disability claim. Therefore, even where the link between the individual’s conduct and their disability is seemingly tenuous a tribunal might find there is sufficient to constitute discrimination. This has significantly broadened the scope of discrimination arising from disability.”
Ex-Tesla engineer sues company over alleged age discrimination
Former engineer at Tesla, Thomas Flessner, 69 years old, filed suit against the company in California federal court claiming he was treated unfairly by colleagues and ultimately fired because of his age. Flessner’s suit alleges that he was originally a contract hire who was hired full time by the company in 2012 as a materials engineer, but was marginalized by the team of people he worked with because of his age. He says his supervisor, Paul Edwards, criticized him repeatedly for getting his work done more slowly than his colleagues.
According to Fusion, Flessner alleges that he worked just as hard as anyone else on the team and that the younger members did not complete their tasks any faster than he did. He felt he was under additional pressure because he was always trying to dispel the myth that older people were slower or had a harder time adapting to technological changes.
Paul Edwards is named repeatedly in the complaint, which alleges he singled Flessner out by canceling meetings with him, ignoring his contributions, and criticizing him more sternly than his coworkers. Things got worse for Flessner after a health emergency caused him to need time off from work for medical reasons. In February of this year, he was fired.
Why black workers who do everything right still get left behind
We’ve known for a while that black Americans aren’t making economic progress. A recent report from the Economic Policy Institute, a left-leaning think tank, shows that the black-white wage gap is now the widest it has been since 1979. What’s more interesting, though, is how inequality has been increasing, and for whom.
It used to be that low-skilled black workers suffered the greatest disadvantage relative to their white counterparts. But there has been a strange reversal in the past 40 years. EPI finds that the black-white wage gap has become wider — and is widening faster — among those with more education.
This chart illustrates the history of the wage gap among men with less than 10 years of job experience. The early years are the most crucial in a person’s career, and also the most sensitive to fluctuations in the job market.
In 1980, black men entering the job market with just a high school diploma earned 15 percent less than similar white men on average. In contrast, black men with bachelor’s degrees or more earned only 5 percent less than similar white male college graduates.
College, in other words, once seemed a surefire route to something approaching racial equity. Nowadays, the picture is more complicated.
West Ham accused of discrimination by chairman of women’s team
West Ham have promised to take over the club’s ladies team after accusations that they had been discriminated against.
Stephen Hunt, the chairman of the West Ham Ladies team, has lodged a formal complaint with the Football Association after complaining that the club had failed to provide funding and they were forced to buy their own kit.
“West Ham need to be fined until they start to act like a 21st century club,” Hunt told BBC Sport.
Having initially transferred the running of the women’s side to a third party, West Ham responded with a statement that promised they would now assume control of the team.
“Supporting, nurturing and facilitating the women’s game is very important to West Ham United, a club with strong community principles and a dedication to equality in sport,” it read.
“The day-to-day management of West Ham United Ladies FC was transferred to a third party some time ago, and unfortunately it is an arrangement that has simply not worked.
“Mr Hunt has refused to align with West Ham’s principles throughout his tenure as chairman and has, on a number of occasions, threatened the club.
“The club have been working for some time on plans to take West Ham United Ladies FC ‘in house’ and, in light of Mr Hunt’s most recent deeply concerning comments, we will now be seeking to do so at the earliest opportunity.
“We will, of course, seek to maintain the current West Ham United Ladies FC squad personnel where possible, and provide them with the best possible support and management moving forward.
Report urges overhaul to keep black kids out of children’s aid
Committee studying Ontario’s child welfare system focuses on “enormous human suffering caused by systemic racism.”
A system that “undermines the stability of African Canadian families and can, in fact, destroy them” needs sweeping reforms, says a hard-hitting report on reducing the number of black kids in the care of children’s aid.
The two-volume report, obtained by Torstar News Service ahead of its release, is called “One Vision One Voice: Changing the child welfare system to better serve African Canadians.” It demands that every aspect of child protection in Ontario be transformed by “anti-black racism” structures and practices.
The report was triggered by an ongoing Torstar investigation, which revealed that 42 per cent of children in the care of the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto were black, in a city where only 8 per cent of children are black.
“Throughout the consultations, participants reminded us of the enormous human suffering caused by the systemic racism in the child welfare system,” says the report, written by a committee struck by the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies and funded by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services.
“We can’t tinker with the system while African Canadian children and families continue to suffer.”
The committee, made up of 18 African Canadian community leaders, calls for changes to provincial child protection laws, the children’s ministry, Ontario’s 47 privately run children’s aid societies, and to the way educators, police and medical staff refer children suspected of being at risk of abuse or neglect.
“The goal is to achieve equity in outcomes for African Canadian children and families,” the report says.
The report is to be released Thursday at a daylong Toronto symposium of black community leaders and children’s aid society officials from across the province. Children’s Minister Michael Coteau, also responsible for anti-racism in Ontario, will address the gathering.
The committee, led by children’s aid diversity expert Kike Ojo, called Toronto’s rate of disproportionality “extreme.”
JPD Chief sounds off on sexual, racial discrimination suit
Jackson Police Dept. Chief Lee Vance comments on a lawsuit against the city of Jackson and police department officials alleging a commander used his position to gain sexual favors.
Jackson Police Department Chief Lee Vance did not hold back on Thursday when he responded to questions about a sexual and racial discrimination lawsuit brought against his department by a former JPD officer.
Tina Bianchini, a former Jackson Police Department officer who is white, is suing the city of Jackson and city police department officials on a basis of racial discrimination claiming to have been fired after a domestic violence dispute with another officer she was then engaged to. Bianchini allegedly got into a shouting match with her fiance, Aaron Allen, an officer on Yarber’s security detail, and she alleges it turned physical.
Bianchini’s initial affidavit indicates Allen choked her, broke two of her teeth and tried to throw her out a window. Allen said she kicked him in his head and struck him in his arms, chest and neck.
On Tuesday, Bianchini amended her federal complaint filed in June to include sexual discrimination and details about an alleged consensual sexual relationship she claims she had with JPD Commander Tyree Jones, who was her superior.
The filing alleges when Bianchini ended the relationship in December 2014, Jones allegedly “refused to assist Bianchini in landing a position in the Crime Scene Investigations Department, a position he promised her during their consensual relationship.”
Donald Trump Sued For Sexual Discrimination Against Women
American presidential candidate, Donald Trump sued for sexual discrimination against women.
In the past, the Democratic presidential candidate has been here has been criticized by some as being sexist.
Hillary Clinton during the recent presidential debate raised questions about how horrible Trump was to former Miss Universe Alicia Machado.
The billionaire businessman turned politician now faces a lawsuit filed by former employees at one of his golf courses.
Included in the suit are statements that Trump wanted women fired for being unattractive and replaced with better-looking women.
According to the statement, it was not that anything was wrong with the work performance of the women.
Rather that Trump didn’t want them there because they didn’t look good enough for him.
One of the employees was Haley Strozier, a former catering director at the golf course.
In her statement, Strozier claimed she was ordered to fire women specifically because Trump didn’t find them attractive.
Strozier claimed one colleague who was “highly competent and professional” was ordered by the Vice President of the company to be fired because she was overweight.
Montini: No, you can’t discriminate, court tells Phoenix business
Presidential politics is a murky leaden fog that blocks out even the most brilliant ray of sunshine, so you may not have noticed that the forces of discrimination lost a battle last week.
The war is far from over, but for the time being businesses in Phoenix cannot discriminate against certain individuals under the guise of protecting their freedoms of speech and religion.
This began a few months back when attorneys from Alliance Defending Freedom sued the city of Phoenix on behalf of Joanna Duka and Breanna Koski, self-described evangelical Christians and co-owners of Brush & Nib Studio.
They challenged the city’s non-discrimination ordinance, which prohibits public accommodations from discriminating against persons based on sexual orientation, gender and more.
An attorney for the business said at the time the lawsuit was filed, “Joanna and Breanna learned that the Phoenix law prohibits businesses from ‘discriminating’ based on sexual orientation and from communicating any message that ‘implies’ people are ‘unwelcome’ because of sexual orientation. Although the two young women happily create art for everyone regardless of sexual orientation, Phoenix interprets its law to require them to create art for events, like same-sex wedding ceremonies, that are completely at odds with their religious beliefs.”