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February 2018 Archives

Suburban Milwaukee company settles pregnancy discrimination suit

A senior care community in a Milwaukee suburb has agreed to settle a lawsuit filed by a former employee who said she was fired because she was pregnant. In the suit filed in U.S. District Court last August, the woman claimed that California-based Silverado Oak Village in Menomonee Falls violated the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

Oncologist awarded $13 million for gender discrimination, retaliation

The 63-year-old doctor saw a steady increase in the number of women in medicine since she began her work treating cancer patients. That shift in dynamics made it difficult for her to understand or accept the gender discrimination she said she experienced in her 25 years as an oncologist at the University of California Los Angeles.

Jury: Illinois gubernatorial candidate retaliated against staffer

“I am proud of the fact that my staff that works for me is 80 percent female, and I have great relationships,” said the candidate for Illinois governor last fall in Chicago. “Because I build my office on one word: respect. And I think that’s what all women want, and that’s what I am all about.”

Workplace discrimination and retaliation by the numbers

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently announced the numbers the federal agency piled up on behalf of workers nationwide in fiscal 2017. The EEOC said that 84,254 workplace discrimination charges were filed last year that resulted in more than $398 million paid to victims through litigation and voluntary resolution of disputes.

OSHA environmental and nuclear whistleblower protections

One of the greatest fears for potential whistleblowers is the threat of retaliation by their employer. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has numerous statutes in place to protect whistleblowers. In most cases, employers are prevented from terminating or otherwise retaliating against an employee who filed a complaint.

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