Thursday, March 5, 2015

U.S. Department of Education Finds NYC Public School System in Violation of Title IX, Thousands of Girls Missing Opportunity to Play Sports

Investigation of largest public school system in country triggered by Title IX complaint filed by National Women’s Law Center

February 24, 2015
(Washington, D.C.) In response to a complaint filed by the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) in 2010, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR) has found that the New York City Department of Education (the District), which operates the public schools in New York City and is the largest educational system in the United States, has violated Title IX, the federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in education, by failing to provide high school girls with equal opportunities to play sports as boys.

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High Stakes for Women in Case Before Supreme Court Today

King v. Burwell could affect seven million women, women of color most affected

March 04, 2015
(Washington, D.C.) Today, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in King v. Burwell, a case that threatens the financial help the Affordable Care Act (ACA) provides to middle- and low-income individuals for purchasing health insurance. This case, which would eliminate the availability of tax credits in the 37 states that rely on the federal government to operate their health insurance marketplaces, could have a potentially devastating impact on women, especially women of color, according to the National Women’s Law Center.

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Socioeconomic Gaps in Virginia Higher Ed

March 4, 2015
Like their peers across the country, Virginia public institutions have responded to state funding reductions in recent years by raising tuition.

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Noodles Asian Bistro Sued by EEOC For Pregnancy Discrimination

Restaurant Fired Employees Because of Pregnancy, Federal Agency Charges
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Noodles Asian Bistro, Inc., an Asian restaurant located in Bartlett, Tenn., violated federal law when it fired two female servers because of their pregnancies, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit filed today. The EEOC also alleged that Noodles Asian Bistro failed to post and keep posted the notice of non-discrimination rights as required by federal law.

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Windmill Farms Nurseries to Pay $40,000 to Settle EEOC Sexual Harassment Lawsuit and Retaliation

Female Agricultural Worker Was Subjected to Sexual Harassment by Crew Leader and Fired for Complaining, Federal Agency Charged
Tampa, Fla. - Windmill Farms Nurseries, Inc., a plant material wholesaler and nursery located in Zolfo Springs, Fla., will pay $40,000 and furnish other relief to settle a sexual harass­ment lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency announced today. The EEOC charged the company with subjecting a female employee, Sheila Aguilar, to sexual harassment and retaliation by her immediate supervisor, crew leader Alvaro DeSantiago.

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Savi Technology Will Pay $20,000 to Settle EEOC Pregnancy Discrimination Lawsuit

Company Rescinded Job Offer to Applicant One Day After Learning She Had Recently Given Birth, Federal Agency Charges
ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Savi Technology, Inc., an Alexandria, Va.-headquartered provider of sensor-based analytics, software and hardware, will pay $20,000 and furnish significant remedial relief to settle a federal pregnancy discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency announced today.

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EEOC Sues S&B Industry for Disability Discrimination

Fort Worth Cellphone Repair Facility Refused to Hire Two Hearing-Impaired Applicants Because of Their Disability, Federal Agency Charges
DALLAS - S&B Industry, Inc., a Fort Worth cellphone repair facility, violated federal law by denying employment to two hearing-impaired applicants because of their disability, the U.S. Equal Employ­ment Opportunity Commission charged in a lawsuit it filed today.  The EEOC's suit also alleged that S&B Industry violated the law by denying the two applicants a reasonable accommodation during the application process.

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