Kind of Quirky: Discrimination Lawsuit over Anti-Discrimination Training “You call it DEI training. I call it woke,” said employee Frank Andrews. “I might not be young – in fact, I’m about ready to retire. But I know what woke means, and this is about as woke as woke can be.” “Frank, it’s mandatory training, and […]
Employee’s Nightmare or Overblown Allegation: A Racist and Vengeful Boss
When performance slides, who’s to blame for termination – an alleged racist or poor performer? “Come in, sit down,” VP of Operations Jerry McNamara said, waving a front-line employee to the empty chair in his office. “We need to talk.” “Happy to do it,” said employee Josh Pace. “I suspect this means we have a […]
Can You Actually Justify A Gender Pay Disparity? See What the Court Says
Employee claims gender pay disparity was the issue; boss says it’s all about experience “I’d love to offer your old position, but it’s not available,” said Manager Billy Harris. “Are you open to another role?” “Possibly. I can’t wait to get back into the swing of things,” said Maria Reyes, an employee who’d taken a […]
Can A White Guy Win a Race Discrimination Suit?
Employer claims qualifying standards go beyond a résumé comparison in the reverse race discrimination suit “What do you mean I didn’t get the promotion?” said Division Manager Dave Sutter, his voice rising in surprise and anger. “I’ve been in this role for decades. Who could possibly be more qualified to step up?” “As it turns […]
Holiday Party Gone Bad: Health Concerns or Religious Discrimination?
Party organizers call ‘Scrooge’ on company for firing them because of religious discrimination “Have a good weekend, Dave. Stay warm. Stay safe,” said Supervisor Eugenia Ratchford as she clicked the automatic starter to her car. Dave Brown, one of her employees, did the same while they stood inside the company doors. “You, too. But won’t […]
Age & Ability: Candidate Claims Those Are Reasons He Didn’t Get Job
Were his age & ability – one advanced, one lessened – the issues in this discrimination case? “Thank you for your patience throughout the process,” Hiring Manager Jenine Lewis said on camera on a Zoom call. “You were a strong candidate, but we’ve decided to go forward without you.” Victor Ramos leaned into his screen […]
Devil in the Details: Does Job Description Save – or Bury – Company in Racial Bias Suit?
Applicant claims racial bias when he doesn’t get another interview “You bring a lot to the table,” said Manager Wendy Renner. “But we aren’t going to move forward to the next round of interviews with you.” “Really,” said Jackson Gunnar. “I can’t imagine you have candidates more qualified than me. I’ve been at the absolute […]
Employee’s ‘Been Around Forever’: How Her Loyalty Leads to ADEA Lawsuit
A few words make all the difference in this ADEA lawsuit “I just can’t believe this,” said employee Ruth Lenahan. “After all these years. The company had been doing so well for so long.” “It was,” said manager Dwayne Reese. “You should know. You’ve been around forever. You’ve seen it all. I just never expected […]
He Makes More Money than Most and Says It’s Pay Discrimination: ‘Wait, What?!’
It’s a question of what’s ‘equal’ in this pay discrimination case “Did you get my email?” said employee James Daniels as he stood in his boss’ doorway. “Why didn’t you respond?” Loretta Swift turned away from her monitor and slipped off her glasses. “James, you sent it 10 minutes ago. I haven’t had enough time […]
‘I Want a Raise!’ 3 Ways to Make Sure a ‘No’ Doesn’t Backfire on You
Supervisor hit with bias claim: Does his defense hold up in court? Sophia got right to the point as soon as she walked into Ron’s office and closed the door: “I want a raise.” Ron’s jaw dropped a bit, but he recovered quickly and said, “I think everyone who works for me wants a raise. Why would […]