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November 2012 Archives

Eden Prairie defense firm to pay $100,000 for race discrimination

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced a race discrimination settlement with Alliant Techsystems, Inc., a multibillion-dollar defense and aerospace company founded in Minneapolis. The company, which is commonly known as ATK, has agreed to pay $100,000 to a woman the EEOC believes was not hired because of her race.

If someone directs your daily work, are they a supervisor?

The U.S. Supreme Court will be considering that question on Monday. In this case, the context of the question is race discrimination. The question comes before the high court because previous rulings have made clear that, in cases where a supervisor engages in harassment, the company is liable.

1st Circuit: Starbucks supervisors can't skim baristas' tips

You know those little tip jars often found on the counter at coffee shops like Starbucks? You've probably assumed that any tips are divided among the workers at the end of the shift. Apparently, that isn't quite true.

Flight attendant fired by Magic Johnson files lawsuit

Federal law demands that employers treat their employees equally, regardless of age, race, nationality or religion. Punishment or termination cannot be handed down based solely on these characteristics. Yet one flight attendant claims that this is exactly what happened to her when she was fired from her position on NBA star Magic Johnson's private jet. She has since filed a wrongful termination lawsuit, claiming the basketball star discriminated against her based upon her age.

NBA faces gender discrimination lawsuit

Working mothers in Minnesota have many demands placed on their daily schedules. Meeting work deadlines, being at the school play and home in time for homework and cooking dinner, all play a role. And while it may seem like a lot, the majority of mothers are completely capable of juggling this balancing act, without compromising their work.

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