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  • Historic LGBT Ruling

    May 20, 2017 On April 4, 2017, eight judges on a Chicago appellate court ruled to protect LGBT employees from discrimination in the workplace under the 1964 Civil Rights Act, making this the first decision of its kind. An Indiana federal district court will rehear the case. According to Gregory Nevins, a lawyer from the […]

  • Huntington Beach Safeway discrimination lawsuit

    May 10, 2017 On April 10, 2017, Deirdre Harris, a 42 year-old African-American woman, from Huntington Beach, filed a civil rights lawsuit against Safeway and its subsidiary Albertson’s. The lawsuit claims that a store manager allegedly failed to take steps to correct or apologize for a checkout employee’s actions after the cashier incorrectly assumed Harris […]

  • VA Hospital Lawsuit Award Arizona

    April 30, 2017 Steven Harold Cooper received an award for $2.5 million dollars after U.S. Magistrate Judge Michelle Burns concluded that the substandard care Cooper received at the Carl T. Hayden VA Medical Center led to his stage-IV prostate cancer, unnecessary physical and mental suffering and loss of dignity and life satisfaction. Cooper, now 46 […]

  • Robot kills factory worker lawsuit

    April 20, 2017 Wanda Holbrook, a Grand Rapids resident and 12-year veteran of an automotive factory, died when a robot’s arm malfunctioned and pressed her head into a fixture on July 7, 2015. The Ventra Ionia Plant used robots to weld plates onto truck bumpers, and one robotic arm swung into the 57-year-old woman’s area, resulting […]

  • Supreme Court jury racial bias

    April 10, 2017 In February 2017, the Supreme Court ruled 6-2 in favor of awarding a Mexican-American Texas death row inmate a new sentencing hearing. The reason for the change was that one of the jurors was heard to say during deliberations that the defendant must be guilty because Mexican men “take whatever they want.” In […]

  • $56 Million awarded in CalTrans lawsuit

    March 31, 2017 In February 2017, a 26-yr.-old man received $56.5 million in a jury lawsuit award from the California Department of Transportation after he was paralyzed while working construction by Highway 101 in Eureka on Aug. 30, 2011. A 1997 Acura plowed into the worker who was partially hidden in a hole off the […]

  • To pay or not to pay trainees

    March 20, 2017 When Kathryn Otico spent 10 days at the Oakland International Airport training to work for Hawaiian Airlines, she expected to be paid for her time. But when training ended, Otico learned that Hawaiian Airlines had no intention of paying her. Otico became so upset that she filed a lawsuit against Hawaiian Airlines […]

  • Trump revokes transgender laws for schools

    March 10, 2017 Despite pressure from the Department of Education and the newly appointed Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, President Trump recalled protections for transgender children who want to use the school bathroom that matches their gender identity. The Justice Department joined civil rights officials from the Education Department arguing for continued choice by students when […]

  • Damages awarded in Califronia teen's wrongful death

    February 28, 2017 At the end of a lengthy trial in the Compton Superior Court, a California family received a $26 million award in damages for the wrongful death of their teenage son, Mason Zisette. The deliberating jury handed down the largest verdict in California concerning a minor’s death. Mason Zisette received an invitation to […]

  • Microsoft PTSD Lawsuit

    February 20, 2017 In a lawsuit filed in late December 2016, two former Microsoft employees allege the development of post-traumatic stress disorder from reviewing and reporting content such as child pornography, bestiality and murder. While Microsoft concedes the work is difficult, the company contends the position safeguards the internet experience of users. As such, Microsoft […]

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