direct 2 lawyers-blog-newsIn the latest of our series of posts on employment law stories in the news this week, we take a look at ten headlines from around the world related to employment law that have made the news in the last week. This includes a payout of over $1 million dollars to a US firefighter in a race discrimination claim, Cheryl Cole landing a payout from the X Factor over her dismissal and an age discrimination claim made by an English fire chief

  1. Next L.A. fire chief’s other challenge: race and sex discrimination – In addition to 911 dispatch problems, L.A.’s next fire chief will face a legacy of discrimination that has cost the city millions. Over the last year, payouts in bias-related lawsuits have climbed, the federal government has stepped up its response to employee discrimination complaints, and an internal City Hall battle has raged over voter-imposed reforms intended to combat misconduct in the ranks (The LA Times)
  2. Mercy Hospice to Pay $60,000 to Settle Disability Discrimination Lawsuit – Mercy Hospice, a Troy, Mich., provider of in-home hospice care for terminally ill patients and a member of Trinity Home Health Services, will pay $60,000 to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency announced today (The National Law Review)
  3. LAFD firefighter wins $1.1 million racial discrimination verdict – A civil court jury on Monday returned a $1.1 million verdict against the City of Los Angeles, finding in favor of a black firefighter who said he had been discriminated against during a nearly three-decade career because of his race (The LA Times)
  4. Former Wis. officer alleges racial discrimination – A former Neenah police officer has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit, alleging racial discrimination. In the lawsuit, Renee Porter, the department’s lone black officer, said others who had comparable rule violations weren’t fired (NBC 15)
  5. Employee awarded $749,000 for age and disability discrimination claims – SHARON Warehime worked as a claims adjuster for Farmers Insurance for four years. In June 2006, at the age of 61, she was terminated after coming back from a medical leave of absence due to work-related stress. She sued Farmers for discrimination and retaliation. A Fresno jury awarded her $749,000 in damages (The Asian Journal)
  6. 2 ex-interim directors at Carlow University settle age discrimination case – Two former interim directors at Carlow University, who sued in June alleging age discrimination, have settled their cases, according to court documents filed today (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)
  7. Cheryl Cole Lands American X Factor Payout – Cheryl Cole has won a payout from the makers of X Factor USA over her abrupt exit from the talent show. The singer was dropped after recording just two episodes over concerns that American viewers would not understand her Newcastle accent (Sky News)
  8. Former employee sues General Glass Company, alleges age discrimination – A Putnam County man is suing General Glass Company Inc. after he claims he was discriminated against because of his age (The West Virginia Record)
  9. Age claim hearing for former Grampian fire chief David Dalziel – The former chief fire officer for Grampian is to claim at an employment tribunal that he was the victim of age discrimination. David Dalziel, 62, held the Grampian post for eight years until it was amalgamated into a single service (BBC)
  10. State settles age, race discrimination suit – A 71-year-old Big Island man who sued the Department of Education for race and age discrimination will get $30,000 under a settlement with the state. James Johnson of Puna alleged he went to more than 60 teaching job interviews but was bypassed each time because he was “old,” “white,” and “male” (Hawaii News Now)

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