U.S. Women’s Soccer Team Sues U.S. Soccer for Gender Discrimination
U.S. Women’s Soccer Team Sues U.S. Soccer for Gender Discrimination
Twenty-eight members of the world champion United States women’s soccer team significantly escalated their long-running fight with the country’s soccer federation over pay equity and working conditions, filing a gender discrimination lawsuit on Friday.
The suit in United States District Court in Los Angeles, comes only three months before the team will begin defense of its Women’s World Cup title at this summer’s tournament in France. In their filing and a statement released by the team, the 28 players described “institutionalized gender discrimination that they say has existed for years.The discrimination, the athletes said affects not only their paychecks but also where they play and how often, how they train, the medical treatment and coaching they receive and even how they travel to matches The players involved stars like Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe and Carli Lloyd and their teammates include some of the most accomplished and best known female athletes in the world members of a team that has been a leading force in women’s sports for more than a generation.
U.S. Women’s Soccer Players’ Legal Complaint Against U.S. Soccer
The court filing of the lawsuit brought by U.S. Women’s Soccer players against the United States Soccer Federation alleging violations of the Equal Pay Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. (PDF, 25 pages, 0.23
PM’s counsel questions defamation suit’s maintainability
The lawyer for Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday requested a local court to return the defamation lawsuit filed by former MPA Fauzia Bibi against his client over the horse-trading charge, insisting it isn’t authorised to hear the case.
The premier’s counsel, Babar Awan, filed an application with additional district and sessions judge Shah Waliullah Hamid Hashmi under Order 7 Rule 10 of Code of Civil Procedure saying the news conference addressed by his client on the matter was held in Islamabad and not in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and therefore, the case wasn’t maintainable.
The court directed the plaintiff’s counsel, Syed Gufranullah Shah, to file a written reply to the application and fixed Dec 12 for the hearing into the case.
The former MPA, who was elected on PTI’s ticket on a seat reserved for women, has filed the lawsuit for the recovery of damages to the tune of Rs500 million for defaming her through leveling ‘baseless’ allegations against her by Mr Imran in a news conference accusing her of selling her vote in the Senate elections.
The lawsuit was filed in June this year under the Defamation Ordinance 2002. The only defendant in the lawsuit was PTI chief Imran Khan, who later became the prime minister.
Mr Babar Awan contended that the news conference in question was addressed in Islamabad, whereas the committee constituted for taking action against the plaintiff was also constituted there.
He added that as the cause of action arose there and therefore, it was not in the jurisdiction of the court to deal with the case.
Following several hearings into the case, the court had decided on Oct 24 to begin ex-parte proceeding against Prime Minister Imran Khan over his failure to respond to the court’s summons despite repeated notices.
However, Mr Babar Awan later submitted his power of attorney (wakalatnama) on behalf of the prime minister and requested the court to recall its order of conducting ex-parte proceedings against his client.
Plaintiff Fauzia Bibi said in the March 3 Senate polls, she had followed the direction with effect to vote for all candidates of her party nominated for general and reserved seats for women and technocrats.
She added that Imran Khan later accused her through media of being involved in horse-trading.
The plaintiff said she clarified her position by taking oath on the Holy Quran and denied the allegations and that she even replied to the show cause notice issued by the PTI Secretariat to her on the defendant’s directives.
Why Elon Musk Could Lose Defamation Suit Over Calling Thai Cave Rescuer A Pedophile
After Elon Musk apologized for his tweet calling Vernon Unsworth, a Brit who took part in the Thai-cave rescue this past summer, a “pedo guy,” the Tesla CEO emailed Buzzfeed, called him a “child rapist” and wrote, “I f*cking hope he sues me.”
This week, Unsworth filed a defamation lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Central District of California, alleging Musk caused him “worldwide damage” and that his tweets, which reached Musk’s 22.5 million followers before being deleted, were part of a “campaign to impugn” him. Unsworth is requesting damages in excess of $75,000.
Musk may have a bigger fight on his hands than he had anticipated, though, because Unsworth’s claim is strong even under California defamation law’s strict actual malice standard — and also because Unsworth’s attorney L. Lin Wood has already promised to file a similar lawsuit in London.
Leading Up to the Lawsuit
In June, the dramatic rescue of a boys’ soccer team and their coach made international news after they were trapped in the Tham Luang Nang Non cave system in northern Thailand. Unsworth is an experienced caver who knows the underground passageways well and volunteered to aid in the operation, which ended in the successful retrieval of the team and coach in July.
During the course of the rescue, Musk publicly promised to build and supply a mini-submarine that would be able to navigate the narrow tunnels of the caves and rescue the children and their coach. This device, however, was never used.
Unsworth appeared on CNN and criticized Musk’s mini-submarine offer, calling it a “PR stunt” and suggested Musk could “stick his submarine where it hurts.” These comments prompted Musk’s tweet that referred to Unsworth as “pedo guy,” slang for a pedophile. Musk doubled down in a subsequent tweet, “Bet ya a signed dollar it’s true.”
Musk later deleted those tweets and apologized, claiming his words were “spoken in anger after Mr. Unsworth said several untruths & suggested I engage in a sexual act with the mini-sub,” but he never retracted allegations of pedophilia.
In late August, the controversy arose again when Musk essentially dared Unsworth to bring a lawsuit, tweeting, “You don’t think it’s strange he hasn’t sued me?” And then came the Buzzfeed emails, which included the claim that Unsworth had moved to Thailand to marry a 12-year-old bride.
California Defamation Law
Defamation is the publication of a false statement that damages someone’s reputation or livelihood. California recognizes “defamation per se,” in which a statement is defamatory on its face; one example of this type of defamation is a statement that someone is guilty of a crime.
Public figures in California must show that the speaker of the alleged defamatory statement acted with actual malice, “that state of mind arising from hatred or ill will toward the plaintiff,” with the knowledge that the statements are false or actions that show a reckless disregard for their falsity. This standard is high and rightfully so because it works to protect the freedom of speech.
Elon Musk sued by British cave diver for defamation
A British cave explorer on Monday sued Elon Musk for defamation, alleging that Musk made “unlawful, unsupportable, and reprehensible accusations” when he called the man a pedophile on Twitter.
The explorer, Vernon Unsworth, filed the suit in federal court in Los Angeles. It asks for $75,000 for compensatory damages and an unspecified amount for punitive damages, and it says a second lawsuit will be filed in the United Kingdom for reputational damage suffered there.
“Mr. Unsworth brings this action to hold Musk legally accountable for his wrongdoing and to vindicate his reputation,” the suit said.
A representative for Musk said they had not yet seen the lawsuit and had no immediate comment.
Musk, chief executive of automaker Tesla and rocket company SpaceX, began attacking Unsworth in July after Unsworth criticized Musk’s attempt to assist the rescue of a youth soccer team from a Thai cave.
Unsworth has been exploring caves since 1971 and has periodically visited Thailand since 2011, according to the lawsuit. He dives there and shares a house with his significant other, a 40-year old owner of a nail salon, the suit says.
Though Musk apologized, he also appeared to goad Unsworth into filing the suit.
“You don’t think it’s strange he hasn’t sued me?” Musk wrote in reply to another Twitter user on Aug. 28.
Musk welcomed the threat of a lawsuit in an Aug. 30 email to BuzzFeed News, telling the news organization, “I f—— hope he sues me.”
The filing of the suit coincides with a scheduled announcement by SpaceX later on Monday, revealing the name of a person who has paid to travel around the moon.
The lawsuit says he is not a pedophile, has never raped anyone and is not a child sex-trafficker, and it says Musk’s comments otherwise “were published with actual malice,” a key factor in U.S. defamation law.
Unsworth has suffered emotional distress as a result of the accusations, the suit says.
“Elon Musk has practically been begging to be sued for libel on his claims,” said Chip Stewart, associate dean and professor of journalism at Texas Christian University, who focuses on law and digital media. “Now he’ll get his day in court.
“It’s not hard to imagine a jury finding presumed damages here,” Stewart said. “And if Unsworth can show malice, again not hard to imagine, probably punitive damages, too.”
Lawsuit Accuses the Italian Fashion House Etro of Discrimination
A former employee of the Italian fashion house Etro, a family-owned brand known for its lush textiles and boho deluxe aesthetic, filed a lawsuit against the company and its leadership this week that says they have discriminated against employees on the basis of race, gender and age for more than two decades.
The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in New York State Supreme Court by Kim Weiner, who spent about 25 years at Etro and performed various functions for the company, including a significant amount of work on human resources issues. The lawsuit said she was fired in late June after taking a stand against the company’s biased practices.
The suit comes as the fashion world undergoes a period of self-examination in response to models’ allegations of sexual harassment by prominent photographers, as well as reports that reveal a dearth of female executives at the top of fashion brands.
Less trend-driven (or driving) than some of its peers, Etro is one of a handful of independent, global Italian luxury houses still in family hands. Now under the leadership of the second generation of Etros, the company does not disclose its annual revenue, but reports estimate it at $372 million.
The suit detailed various times that Ms. Weiner said she witnessed members of the Etro family — including its patriarch and the company’s founder, Gerolamo Etro, known as Gimmo — requesting that employees be fired based on their race, age or appearance. In one instance, the suit said, Mr. Etro called an employee “fat and ugly” before demanding that she be let go.
The suit also asserted that the company’s leaders would sabotage employees who had fallen out of favor and intentionally make their work lives miserable to try to drive them out. In one such incident, the suit said, Ippolito Etro — Mr. Etro’s son and chief executive of Etro U.S.A. — and Francesco Freschi, Etro’s general manager, told Ms. Weiner they had been intentionally humiliating one employee in front of his colleagues for more than two years “in an attempt to get to him to quit.”
Salk Institute Settles Two Gender Discrimination Suits
The Salk Institute for Biological Studies has settled two of three gender discrimination lawsuits leveled at it by female scientists, according to a joint statement released by those involved yesterday (August 7). Both scientists still work at the Salk.
The settlement discussions began a few weeks ago. Salk President Rusty Gage and the two scientists, Vicki Lundblad and Kathy Jones, say in their statement, “Those productive conversations have led to a resolution of all claims between these parties that will enable us to put our disagreements behind us and move forward together at Salk for the collective good of the Institute and science.”
According to Nature, neither the statement nor Deborah Dixon, the lawyer for Lundblad and Jones, gave any details on the settlement made on August 6.
The third lawsuit, filed by Beverly Emerson, now a former employee of Salk, is still pending. According to Science, her lawyer Alreen Haeggquist of the firm Haeggquist & Eck says, “Dr. Emerson intends to proceed until justice is fully achieved.” A San Diego court will be holding a hearing for Emerson’s case on August 17.
All three scientists had alleged that higher-ups at Salk created obstacles in funding and promotion paths and belittled their work. At a July women in science meeting, Emerson spoke about the systemic nature of discrimination, according to The San Diego Union-Tribune. “It’s not a matter of one person being harassed by the bad guy down the hall,” Emerson said. “That is a severe dysfunction of the culture, and it’s based on the reward system of the organization.”
A defamation lawsuit filed involving key Flint water crisis figures
A prominent figure in the Flint water crisis is suing several people who worked together with him to reveal the city’s lead tainted tap water.
The relationship between Virginia Tech professor Marc Edwards and several prominent Flint activists has been deteriorating for years.
The suit names activists Melissa Mays and Paul Schwartz, as well as former Edwards’ research associate Yanna Lambrinidou as defendants.
Originally, Edwards and the defendants worked together on Flint’s water issues. But their disagreements over the quality of the city’s drinking water have created a widening divide.
Paperwork filed with the court claims defendants Mays, Lambrinidou, and Schwartz entered into an ongoing civil conspiracy to attack and damage Edwards’ professional reputation. The suit claims Edwards has been subjected to numerous negative written and verbal false statements,
In May, the activists asked a variety of academic and professional groups to conduct an investigation of Edwards’ work in Flint.
Edwards filed the defamation lawsuit in state court in Virginia.
Attorney William Moran represents defendants activists Melissa Mays and Paul Schwartz, as well as former Edwards’ research associate Yanna Lambrinidou.
“We will be removing the case to federal court in Roanoke, Virginia,” says Moran.
NRA’s Marion Hammer sues 5 men, claims she was target of ‘hate and vitriol’
The federal lawsuit describes the 79-year-old grandmother as a nationally renowned civil rights advocate” and seeks $2 million in damages.
Marion Hammer, the National Rifle Association’s influential Tallahassee lobbyist, filed federal and state lawsuits Friday seeking more than $2 million in damages from five men she says have targeted her over her Second Amendment advocacy following the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.
Describing Hammer as “a 79-year-old grandmother and nationally renowned civil rights advocate,” the federal lawsuit filed in U.S. district court in Tallahassee contends four men have made her the focal point of “hate and vitriol” through phone calls, emails and other communications.
The federal lawsuit said the conduct of the defendants — Lawrence “Lol” Sorensen of California, Christopher Risica of Connecticut and Howard Weiss, and Patrick Sullivan, whose places of residence are unknown — has caused emotional distress, humiliation, shame, and embarrassment and raises concerns the attacks “can quickly escalate into actual violence.”
“There is a marked difference between speech and harassment, and there are clearly delineated bounds of human decency that no person can cross by using fear, intimidation, and threats of violence to lash out at and try to silence those with whom they disagree,” the 31-page federal lawsuit said.
“The defendants have transcended mere criticism and employed threats, harassment, and personal abuse to try to humiliate and intimidate Hammer in a manner that is utterly intolerable in a civilized community,” the lawsuit added.
The second lawsuit was filed later in the day in Leon County circuit court against Brian Fitzgerald, who is identified as a 66-year-old resident of Miami-Dade County. Each lawsuit seeks “in excess” of $1 million in damages.
The NRA has come under heavy criticism from gun-control advocates since the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 students and faculty members dead. The Second Amendment group also filed a federal lawsuit against the state in March, hours after Gov. Rick Scott signed into law a school-safety measure that included new age-related gun restrictions.