In the latest of our series of posts on employment law stories from around the world this week, we take a look at stories relating to employment law from around the world that have made the news this week. This includes a former New York policeman who has succeeded in his claim for religious discrimination, a coffee shop that has settled a race discrimination case and a Pennsylvania police trooper suing for race discrimination

  1. NYPD Hasidic Recruit Suffered ‘Religious Discrimination’ – Last Friday a New York federal court ruled that the New York Police Department’s actions in firing Fishel Litzman, a Hasidic-religious recruit, over the length of his beard constitute religious discrimination. The ruling has led to expectations that Litzman will be reinstated (Israel National News)
  2. Tenderloin Coffee Shop Reaches Agreement In Discrimination Case – The U.S. Justice Department announced today it has reached an agreement with a San Francisco coffee shop that resolves claims that the café discriminated against a non-citizen worker (The San Francisco Appeal)
  3. MCM Elegante settles religious discrimination lawsuit – 704 HTL Operating LLC and Investment Corporation of America, doing business as MCM Elegante Hotel in Albuquerque, has agreed to settle a religious discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for $100,000 and other relief (The Albuquerque Journal)
  4. PA Housing Authority dismissed from wrongful termination suit – An order of dismissal has been entered in a suit filed by a former employee of the Port Arthur Housing Authority who claimed the director and board members fired him after reporting alleged misappropriations (The Southeast Texas Record)
  5. Comfort Inn wrongful termination suit settled – A lawsuit against Comfort Inn by a former employee alleging wrongful termination was settled and dismissed from Kanawha Circuit Court earlier this year (The West Virginia Record)
  6. Woman gets $70,000 in sexual harassment case against Jupiter tax company – Sarah Wonders did what few women have done: She challenged her employer for not reining in a frat house atmosphere that pervaded her West Palm Beach office, took them to court and won. After deliberating for roughly three hours over two days, a federal jury of five women and three men Thursday awarded Wonders $70,000 (The Palm Beach Post)
  7. Another intern alleges sexual harassment by Supreme Court judge who is being probed – A week after a young lawyer blogged that the Supreme Court judge she was interning for had sexually harassed her, another woman who worked for the same judge has reportedly made a similar claim on Facebook (NDTV)
  8. Former track coach Bev Kearney suing Texas for discrimination – Former University of Texas women’s track coach Bev Kearney has filed a $1 million lawsuit against the school alleging race and gender discrimination and retaliation (USA Today)
  9. Buena pays $250,000 to settle police officer’s lawsuit claiming racial discrimination – The borough has agreed to pay a police officer $250,000 to settle a lawsuit claiming others in the department had harassed and discriminated against him because of his race, then retaliated against him when he complained (
  10. State Trooper Sues for Racial Discrimination – A Pennsylvania State Trooper says he decided to fight back after he was discriminated against by his own department. Holt says his ordeal began when he tried to get transferred to the King of Prussia barracks back in 2011 (NBC Philadelphia)


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