July 17, 2015 |
Eighty African American and minority ramp workers employed by American Airlines in Philadelphia and Washington have asked U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch to investigate American for alleged racial discrimination, safety and workplace violations, and removal of faulty airline equipment during a federal investigation. The workers, who load and unload baggage and cargo from planes and operate trucks and heavy equipment on the tarmac, sent a complaint letter Tuesday, asking Lynch to look into maintenance improprieties, as well as workplace racism.
July 16, 2015 |
EIGHTY AIRLINE workers in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., have asked the U.S. Justice Department to investigate American Airlines and US Airways, saying bosses routinely use racial slurs, deny minority workers perks and training, delay or botch maintenance and repairs, keep dangerously faulty equipment in use and retaliate against complainers. Attorney Brian Mildenberg filed safety complaints outlining the workers' claims in September with the Federal Aviation Administration and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
July 11, 2015 |
It wasn't Ralph who was Rotten at Rotten Ralph's, a popular bar and eatery in Old City. Instead, according to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, it was Rotten Ralph's general manager, Sharwin Coates, who fired a Muslim server in July 2013 for wearing a hair covering, saying employees couldn't wear "hoodies" at work. The EEOC filed a lawsuit against Rotten Ralph's parent company, Half Shell Inn Inc., in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia on Tuesday, claiming that the company violated federal laws barring religious discrimination when it fired server Tia Rollins.
July 8, 2015 |
Cordish Cos., a Baltimore developer slated to build a casino in South Philadelphia's Stadium District, has been dogged by allegations of racial discrimination against African American guests at nightclubs it runs in Kansas City, Mo.; and Louisville, Ky. Complaints have centered on discriminatory enforcement of dress codes, but also included allegations that managers of Cordish properties paid white men to pick fights with African Americans to...
June 5, 2015 |
A Bucks County employee with multiple sclerosis claims that the county violated her rights when it discontinued a shuttle service that transported disabled courthouse visitors and employees between the county parking complex and the justice center. In an allegation of discrimination brought to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Maria Alff, 56, a receptionist in the District Attorney's Office since 2006, said the county had violated her rights under the Americans With Disabilities Act. On March 16, county commissioners decided to discontinue the service.
May 14, 2015 |
P ATRICIA ARQUETTE made a big deal of the country's male-female pay disparity during her acceptance speech at this year's Oscars. Hopefully, folks in the audience listened, because the American Civil Liberties Union is asking federal and California civil-rights agencies to investigate what it calls "the systemic failure" to hire female directors in the entertainment industry. The ACLU of Southern California and the national ACLU Women's Rights Project said yesterday that they were moved to act after compiling statistical evidence of "dramatic disparities" in the hiring of women as film and TV directors.
April 8, 2015 |
The national controversy that clouded the run-up to a Final Four that concluded Monday night in Indianapolis wasn't the first collision between basketball and civil-rights politics. In Louisiana in 1956, as in Indiana 59 years later, a four-team basketball tournament involving a favored Kentucky team was engulfed in a political storm, though the divisive issue then was race and not sexual preference. And as in Indiana, where a recent religious-freedom law was widely seen as discriminatory against homosexuals, the Louisiana dispute involved changing cultural mores, a conservative legislature, worried civic and business leaders and, ultimately, government intervention that saved the event.
February 25, 2015 |
Entertainment Studios Networks Inc., a California company that calls itself a "100 percent African American-owned media company," has sued Comcast Corp. and Time Warner Cable Inc., claiming the cable firms have engaged in racial discrimination by failing to distribute its cable channels. Also named as defendants in the suit, filed Friday in federal court in Los Angeles, were the Rev. Al Sharpton, the National Urban League, and the NAACP. The suit, which seeks $20 billion in damages, claims that Sharpton and the civil rights groups entered into "sham" diversity agreements with Comcast that worked to the detriment of Entertainment Studios.
January 15, 2015 |
To prevent discrimination in Coatesville schools, district officials agreed Tuesday to continue the reforms they have started, implement others to ensure fair treatment of students and staff, and continue to work with outside agencies, including the U.S. Department of Justice. "It is of utmost importance to us that we move forward in a way that honors and builds up the great strength of the racial diversity in our school district and community," said Cathy Taschner, superintendent of the Coatesville Area School District.
December 31, 2014 |
A FORMER employee of ABM Janitorial Services claims in a lawsuit that he was discriminated against by the company because of his faith, race and disability. Vincent Danao, 49, of Logan, became a Hebrew Israelite in 2007. He said yesterday that after he did so, "I just began getting harassed and everything. " His lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia last month, contends that Danao faced hostility, got dumped with more work, was falsely criticized for his performance and was placed under increased scrutiny after he made his new religion known.