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The perfume may cost a fortune, but the owner is a racist.So claim two former female employees at a retail shop who have claimed in a federal lawsuit that the owner is a racist who called all African-Americans thieves and used a code word to alert security when black or Hispanic customers came into the store. The phone is ringing, was the signal for an unwelcome customer,and shouted out by the owner when a person of color entered the store, according to the lawsuit.The two female plaintiffs are seeking $2 million in damages in the suit claiming the owner of violating their civil rights and firing them for complaining about her racism against customers and employees.As an experienced Baltimore Attorney I have reviewed many cases of workplace discrimination and have completed same with favorable results.

The plaintiff who is Hispanic also claims her boss wouldn’t let her serve white customers because her skin was too dark.The last ten months were torture and she was afraid to speak to a black customer. The plaintiff said she was forced to keep quiet about her black boyfriend and told him to hide when he came to pick her up so the boss wouldn’t see him.The last straw was when the boss accused her of being friends with a black customer who was caught shoplifting in another store location.She said when she and the other plaintiff finally complained about the racism their boss fired them and accused them of stealing $20,000 worth of merchandise.They deny stealing anything. The defendant insists she’s not a racist and blamed the suit on disgruntled employees who got caught looting her store. She said mostly all of her workers are from minority groups, and says that she welcomes black customers.She admitted they do use the verbal code to protect her employees when somebody suspicious enters the stores. But insists it’s not aimed only at black customers,but she did comment that each time her stores were robbed they were all African American.The defendant who said she is of a Lebanese background and claims to have had a black boyfriend in the past. The women’s discrimination complaint with the state Division on Human Rights was dismissed for administrative reasons barring pending complaint and a lawsuit at the same time.The defendant is a veteran of the fashion industry and learned the trade working for a major designer. She rose to become the company’s director of international training and has 2 stores.If you or a loved one has been the victim of workplace discrimination please contact me or visit one of my offices in either Rockville or Baltimore today.

An Insurance Corporation manager veteran sued the United States health insurer charging it unfairly blocks female employees from higher-paying jobs and promotions.The lawsuit which was filed in U.S. District Court,asks for $100 million in damages and requests class action status.The plaintiff who is a 14 year veteran of the insurance company charged that the company denied her a promotion because she came across as too aggressive in an interview and proceeded to take away her largest territories after she complained.As an experienced trial attorney I have reviewed many cases of discrimination and completed same with favorable results.

The suit further contends that the company uses its employee evaluation systems to block female workers from assuming higher paid positions by forcing their rankings into a bell curve. In effect,the company bars female employees from better and higher-paying positions which have traditionally been held by male employees and charges the company with violating the U.S. Civil Rights Act and also state laws which ban gender discrimination.The company vigorously denied the claims and says they are committed to diversity and equal opportunity and state that their policies expressly prohibit discrimination and they intend to defend against the complaint. A gender discrimination case last year was awarded against a major drug company in which the company paid $175 million to settle after a jury awarded $250 million in damages.The suits reflect a culture where for decades Americans have talked about the problem of gender discrimination in the workplace without making much progress towards solving it. In the United States women are paid only about 75 percent of what their male peers earn according to a White House report of 2009 data.
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A major electronic retail store agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit accusing the largest U.S. electronics retailer of job discrimination and agreeing to pay a total of $200,000 to the nine named plaintiffs and $10 million for legal fees and court costs.The lawsuit was filed in District Court in by eight current and former employees and one job applicant. The plaintiffs accused the retailer of infractions such as denying desirable job assignments and promotions and transfers to African-American, Latino and female employees.As an experienced trial attorneyI have reviewed many cases of workplace discrimination and have completed same with favorable results.

The retail company agreed to a four-year consent decree, during which it would implement comprehensive affirmative relief addressing the hiring, assignment, promotion and exempt compensation claims.The lawsuit also agreed to place someone in the position to oversee the implementation of processes designed to improve diversity in management and to post its non-discrimination, anti-harassment and anti-retaliation policies on an internal company website.The terms provide extensive relief that will advance the goal of equal employment opportunity for African Americans, Latinos, and women at the major electronic retailer.The case is a classic civil rights case to change company policies and practices and to improve the way a company operates.
The Judge is expected to consider preliminary approval of the accord court papers show.
The U.S. Supreme Court will rule whether a gender bias lawsuit against a major retailer may continue to proceed as a class action, on behalf of a group believed to exceed 1.5 million current and former female workers.The imminent major retailer gender bias ruling may have affected the timing of the settlement in this case.
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