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Exxon Mobil Accused Of Anti-Gay Bias In 'Groundbreaking' Complaint

Exxon Mobil Accused Of Anti-Gay Bias In 'Groundbreaking' Complaint

NEW YORK -- One after another, major U.S. corporations have updated anti-discrimination policies to protect gay, lesbian and transgender workers, drawing plaudits from gay-rights groups. There's one prominent exception: Exxon Mobil Corp. Read More »

Disabled Plant Workers Awarded $240 Million In Shocking Abuse Case

Disabled Plant Workers Awarded $240 Million In Shocking Abuse Case

John Schultz, The Quad City Times/Associated Press By Ryan J. Foley IOWA CITY, Iowa -- An Iowa jury on Wednesday awarded a total of $240 million to 32 mentally disabled Iowa turkey processing plant workers for what government lawyers described as years of around-the-clock abuse and discrimination by the Texas... Read More »

Weather Channel Anchor Says She Was Fired Because Of Military Service

Weather Channel Anchor Says She Was Fired Because Of Military Service

The internet is full of tributes to Maj. Nicole Mitchell, "weather babe," who for seven years was a familiar face on the Weather Channel. But Mitchell is far more than just a "Hot Girl of the Weather Channel." She's been a military reservist for two decades, now serving as a member of the elite "Hurricane... Read More »

'Price Is Right' Model Brandi Cochran's $8.5 Million Award Overturned

'Price Is Right' Model Brandi Cochran's $8.5 Million Award Overturned

A judge has overturned an $8.5 million verdict awarded to a former "Price is Right" model in a pregnancy discrimination case and ruled a new trial is necessary. Judge Kevin Brazile ruled Tuesday that he didn't properly instruct the jury that ultimately came to a 9-3 decision in Brandi Cochran's favor last year,... Read More »

Can You Be Fired For Calling In Sick -- Even With A Doctor's Note?

Can You Be Fired For Calling In Sick -- Even With A Doctor's Note?

I recently received this question from a reader: Q: I have missed about a week and half of work due to being really sick. I can barely talk and have no voice. Keep in mind here my job is a telesales rep. I call people all day. Are they legally able to fire me even though I have a doctor's note every day I... Read More »

Transgender Job Seekers Face Uphill Battle

Transgender Job Seekers Face Uphill Battle

By Blake Ellis Rebecca Juro, 50, has been unemployed for the last four years and she can't help but think it's because she's transgender. She has applied for almost 100 jobs and has gone on close to 20 interviews, but there have been no offers. No one says they aren't hiring her because she's transgender. But... Read More »

The Real Reason There Are So Many Long-Term Unemployed?

The Real Reason There Are So Many Long-Term Unemployed?

The average unemployed American now spends 35 weeks job-hunting, an amount almost double what it's been at any point before the Great Recession. And one thing that everyone agrees on: Even though more and more companies are hiring, people who have been unemployed for six months or more aren't getting those... Read More »

Maria Waltherr-Willard: Teacher Cites Phobia Of Children In Discrimination Suit

Maria Waltherr-Willard: Teacher Cites Phobia Of Children In Discrimination Suit

By Alyssa Newcomb An Ohio high school Spanish and French teacher has sued her school district, claiming it discriminated against her because of her disability -- specifically, a phobia of young children -- her sex and age. Maria C. Waltherr-Willard, who has no children of her own, had been employed by the... Read More »

Transgender Teacher, Mark Krolikowski, Sues After Being Branded 'Worse Than Gay'

Transgender Teacher, Mark Krolikowski, Sues After Being Branded 'Worse Than Gay'

By Russell Goldman A transgender teacher is suing a New York City Catholic school after more than 30 years working there, claiming that it wrongfully terminated him for growing out his hair, painting his fingernails and being "worse than gay." In a lawsuit, Mark Krolikowski, 59, alleges that after 32 years... Read More »

How Employers Mistreat Workers -- Legally [VIDEO]

How Employers Mistreat Workers -- Legally [VIDEO]

Most workers have had times in their careers when they felt they weren't being treated fairly by their employer. But the question remains: Is it illegal, and if so, what can I do about it? As part of AOL Jobs' web video series, "Lunchtime Live," employment lawyer and AOL Jobs blogger Donna Ballman fielded... Read More »

Discrimination Against Foreign Accents: A Growing Problem

Discrimination Against Foreign Accents: A Growing Problem

SALT LAKE CITY -- A Utah truck driver alleges that FedEx fired him because of his Russian accent, even though he offered to appear before corporate higher-ups to demonstrate his English-speaking abilities. Ismail Aliyev has filed a federal discrimination lawsuit against the Memphis, Tenn.-based shipping... Read More »

Domestic Workers Suffer Dismal Pay And Abuse, National Study Finds

Domestic Workers Suffer Dismal Pay And Abuse, National Study Finds

Federal agents descended on a sprawling 34-bedroom New York mansion in May 2011. They found an Indian immigrant woman there who told them that for 5½ years she had been caring for the children of the manor for 17 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year -- at 85 cents an hour. At night she slept... Read More »

8 Ways Employers Can Discriminate Against Workers -- Legally

8 Ways Employers Can Discriminate Against Workers -- Legally

Tthere are many forms of employment discrimination that are perfectly legal but may also have an illegal effect. Read More »

Feds Cut Way Back On Probes Of Worker Harassment, Discrimination Cases

Feds Cut Way Back On Probes Of Worker Harassment, Discrimination Cases

When it comes to enforcing the nation's labor laws, the agency responsible for investigating charges of discrimination and harassment has no shortage of work. Workers routinely file complaints with Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which then investigates them and decides whether to bring suit against... Read More »

7 Signs Of Discrimination Against Veterans At Work

7 Signs Of Discrimination Against Veterans At Work

While American troops are overseas, fighting for their country, many people back home have "Support Our Troops" bumper stickers, hang yellow ribbons, and pray for their safe return. But once veterans return stateside, many find their employers aren't jumping up and down to have them come back to work. Veterans... Read More »

Panera Franchisee To Pay Up to 300 Black Workers To Settle Discrimination Suit

Panera Franchisee To Pay Up to 300 Black Workers To Settle Discrimination Suit

By Joe Mandak PITTSBURGH -- An Ohio franchisee who runs several western Pennsylvania Panera Bread stores has agreed to pay more than $76,000 to settle discrimination claims by current and former black employees. Chief U.S. District Judge Gary Lancaster on Monday told attorneys for Guy Vines, the black... Read More »

Arizona Judge Jacqueline Hatch Apologizes For Chiding Sex Abuse Victim

Arizona Judge Jacqueline Hatch Apologizes For Chiding Sex Abuse Victim

An Arizona judge, who when sentencing a man for groping a woman, also told the victim that if she hadn't been in the bar that night, she wouldn't have been groped at all. Read More »

Government Cracking Down On Workplace Racism

Government Cracking Down On Workplace Racism

WASHINGTON (AP) - It started with allegations of hangman's nooses, graffiti and racist comments targeting a handful of black workers at a trucking company warehouse in Chicago Ridge, Ill. Four years later, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission had turned the case into a major class action lawsuit... Read More »

Ex-Worker, Imane Boudlal, Sues Disney For Not Letting Her Wear Muslim Head Scarf

Ex-Worker, Imane Boudlal, Sues Disney For Not Letting Her Wear Muslim Head Scarf

A former Disneyland employee who says she was forbidden to wear a Muslim head scarf at work has filed a lawsuit against the Walt Disney Co. for discrimination. The federal suit was filed Monday in Los Angeles on behalf of Imane Boudlal, who began working as a hostess at a Disneyland Resort cafe in 2008, but... Read More »

Perfume Retailer Laurice Rahme Hit With $3 Million Race Bias Lawsuit

Perfume Retailer Laurice Rahme Hit With $3 Million Race Bias Lawsuit

In today's workplace, it's simply not acceptable to openly mistreat co-workers or customers because of their skin color. That's led some to devise subtle, inventive methods to discriminate, if you believe some workers' allegations -- as in the case of Laurice Rahme, owner of the fashionable Bond No. 9 perfume... Read More »

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