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Nov 10, 2023

Jury awards $1.2M to De Niro’s ex-assistant

NEW YORK — A jury awarded more than $1.2 million to Robert De Niro’s former personal assistant Thursday, finding one of his companies responsible for subjecting her to a toxic work environment. While the jury found De Niro was not personally liable for the abuse, it said his company, Canal Productions, engaged in gender discrimination […]

Aug 28, 2023

Yale settles lawsuit over students’ mental health, studies

Yale University is settling a federal lawsuit that said the Ivy League school discriminated against students with mental health disabilities, including pressuring them to withdraw. The settlement agreement between Yale and an alumni and student group was announced Friday. Yale says it will modify its policies regarding medical leaves of absence, including streamlining the reinstatement process for[...]

Mar 30, 2023

TIPPING THE SCALES:Female attorneys in the Carolinas are closing the gender parity gap — but work remains

In 1970, Victoria Eslinger, a first-year law student at the University of South Carolina, approached a Senate clerk with her application to serve as a page.  “He leaned down and looked at me and said, ‘Well, you’re a girl,’ and I said, ‘Yes sir,’” Eslinger said. “He said, ‘Well, we don’t hire girls. If you were […]

Aug 25, 2022

‘Single nugget of misconduct’ : Evidence of pretextual firing saves ADA claim 

By Nick Hurston  An employee who routinely received above-average performance reviews and received the highest rating possible in her last two reviews before her termination will have her discrimination case heard by a jury.   The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals vacated the dismissal of the employee’s discrimination claim after finding enough evidence to send […]

Oct 29, 2021

Former hospital executive wins $10M in discrimination case

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A former top executive in a North Carolina-based health care system who claimed in a lawsuit that he lost his job because he is a white male was awarded $10 million by a federal jury on Tuesday. In his 2019 lawsuit, David Duvall said he lost his job as senior vice […]

Feb 23, 2021

Black North Carolina firefighters file discrimination suit

WINSTON-SALEM (AP) — A group of Black firefighters in North Carolina has filed a lawsuit against their city and their fire chief, alleging that he has not made an effort to prevent racial discrimination, harassment and retaliation within his department. The lawsuit filed in a North Carolina federal court on behalf of Black members of […]

Jun 29, 2020

Ethics committee to weigh proposals for anti-discrimination language

  The Ethics Committee of the North Carolina Bar is preparing to discuss three proposals that would add anti-discrimination language to the state’s Rules of Professional Conduct. During a special meeting of the ethics committee on June 26 that was livestreamed via YouTube, the committee expressed overwhelming support in principle for the move but debated […]

Jan 29, 2020

‘Reverse discrimination’ lawsuits becoming an increasing concern

When Arne Wilberg, a former YouTube employee, sued Google in March 2018, it was not your typical employment discrimination lawsuit. Wilberg accused the company of favoring women and minorities in its internal hiring policies, in turn discriminating against white and Asian men. Earlier that year, former Google engineers James Damore and David Gudeman alleged that […]

Jan 23, 2019

Waiting period for suits by fed workers starts with complaint

The 180-day waiting period that federal employees must adhere to before filing a discrimination lawsuit against their employer begins upon filing an initial complaint, and not upon each subsequent amendment to that complaint, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled. In a matter of first impression, the court also unanimously held that the […]

Oct 2, 2018

Employment Discrimination – Back pay is mandatory legal remedy under ADEA

The district court held that Baltimore County violated the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, but denied the EEOC’s request for back pay damages, concluding it had discretion to deny a request for such damages. The 4th Circuit disagreed, holding that back pay damages were a mandatory legal remedy under the ADEA. Background The district court […]

Jun 25, 2018

‘Bathroom bill’ fight returns to a North Carolina courtroom

WINSTON-SALEM (AP) Transgender plaintiffs who think the compromise that replaced North Carolina’s so-called “bathroom bill” is still discriminatory are heading back to court. A federal judge will hear arguments June 25 from lawyers representing Republican legislative leaders who say the case should be dismissed because the plaintiffs can’t prove the new law is harming them[...]

Nov 1, 2017

Labor & Employment – Race Discrimination Claim – Payment of Wages – Tort/Negligence – Wrongful Termination

Raynor v. G4S Secure Solutions (USA) Inc. (Lawyers Weekly No. 004-023-17, 14 pp.) (Frank Whitney, C.J.) 3:17-cv-00160; W.D.N.C. Holding: Plaintiff’s 2017 claim that he was not paid incentive pay based on work he did in 2014 may not be timely for purposes of his Title VII race discrimination claim, but – since his incentive pay […]

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