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Race Discrimination

Tesla Worker Wins One of the Largest Racial Discrimination Verdicts Ever

On October 4, 2021, a jury in San Francisco federal court awarded Owen Diaz (Diaz) $136.9 million in damages for the race-based harassment he endured working for Tesla, Inc. (Tesla). This is one of the largest individual plaintiff awards for racial harassment cases in the United States.  There are likely thousands of racial discrimination employment …

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How the New Virginia Laws Impact Employees

Over the past few months, despite the overwhelming pressure placed on lawmakers and laypeople alike by the COVID-19 pandemic, Virginia has made major strides against discrimination in the workplace. As of July 1, 2020, the Virginia Values Act has gone into effect, along with additional similar pieces of legislation, altering the Virginia Human Rights Act …

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It’s 2020. Why is Workplace Discrimination Against Black People Still a Problem?

  Discrimination and inequality in the workplace are some of the more damaging forms of injustice. They directly impact an individual’s professional opportunities which can also affect that individual’s access to essential resources and overall quality of life. One of the hardest hit by discrimination is the black community. Institutionalized and informal racism has hindered …

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NY Woman Fired for Racist Off-Duty Behavior in Central Park: Business and Legal Considerations

  By now you’ve probably heard about Amy Cooper who had a confrontation with Christian Cooper (no relation) in Central Park. In case you haven’t, Ms. Cooper (who is white) called the police on Mr. Cooper (who is black) after a dispute arose concerning Ms. Cooper’s dog being off a leash in violation of park …

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Secret Service Settles Race Discrimination Lawsuit for $24 Million

The U.S. Secret Service is an elite law enforcement agency trusted to investigate financial crimes. It’s probably best known for its responsibility to protect the President of the United States and other important officials. However, despite being such an honored and respected agency, the Secret Service hasn’t had the best track record with respect to its …

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The Society for Human Resources Management: 7 Myths About National Origin Discrimination

January 26, 2017 Common National Origin Discimination Myths Myth: Conducting an investigation when allegations of a hostile work environment are made will insulate the company from liability. Fact: Claims still may be brought despite investigations, noted Tom Spiggle, founder of The Spiggle Law Firm in Arlington, Va., Nashville, Tenn., and Washington, D.C., though investigations may as a …

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Can Employers Use Affirmative Action to Boost Diversity?

Affirmative action—few other topics will result in a more heated debate. However, with the recent Supreme Court decision Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, affirmative action has been declared constitutional, at least to increase diversity in schools. But what about in the workplace? Can employers use affirmative action to increase the diversity of their …

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