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Supreme Court to Decide $20 Billion Racial Bias Suit Against Comcast
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The U.S. Supreme Court is weighing an appeal in a racial bias lawsuit filed against Comcast. The $20 billion lawsuit was filed by comedian and producer Byron Allen, who alleges Comcast Corp discriminated against black-owned cable channels. The Supreme Court is set to decide whether the lower court that allowed the lawsuit had reviewed the case under the proper legal standard. The high court's ruling is due by the end of June.
Andrew Chung, Reuters 11/13/2019   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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$100,000 Settlement in Case of Mississippi Tax Collector Accused of Harassment
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A $100,000 settlement has been reached in a sexual harassment lawsuit filed against a Mississippi tax collector. The complaint was filed by a former employee who accused Hinds County Tax Collector Eddie Fair of sexually harassing her while she was employed as a teller. The lawsuit alleges the plaintiff "was subjected to frequent unwelcomed verbal sexual advances and physical contact by Eddie J. Fair."
Jimmie E. Gates, The Jackson Clarion-Ledger 11/13/2019   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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MetLife Former Exec Files Pay Discrimination and Harassment Lawsuit
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MetLife Inc. is facing a gender discrimination and sexual harassment lawsuit filed by a former executive. The former chief administrative officer alleges she was subjected to years of gender-based pay discrimination and was fired after complaining about a lack of diversity. The plaintiff alleges she was told by a colleague that she must " choose between being pretty and being smart because men can’t put you in both boxes." The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in federal court in New York.
Erik Larson, Bloomberg 11/13/2019   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Oregon Climate Change Lawsuit Goes to State Supreme Court
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Two young Oregon residents filing suit against the state over climate change have taken their case to the state Supreme Court. The two plaintiffs and their attorneys argued their case before the Oregon high court on Wednesday. The lawsuit was filed in 2011 when both of the plaintiffs were minors and alleges the state has failed to protect vital resources from the impacts of climate change. One of the plaintiffs is also listed as a plaintiff in a similar case against the federal government.
Kale Williams, The Oregonian 11/13/2019   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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ACLU Files Suit Over Iranian Man's Death in Colorado ICE Facility
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The American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado has filed a lawsuit against GEO Group over the death of a worker at an ICE facility in Aurora. The ACLU filed suit in the U.S. District Court of Colorado over the 2017 death of the Iranian man at the Aurora Contract Detention Facility. According to the lawsuit, the man was a permanent resident of the U.S. but was taken into custody in connection with a 12-year-old drug charge. The lawsuit alleges doctors at the facility cut off the man's prescription of methadone, which he had taken daily for 20 years to manage chronic back pain. He died of cardiac arrest, likely due to methadone withdrawal, alleges the complaint.
Blair Miller, The Denver Channel 11/12/2019   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Three California Educators Charged in Autistic Boy's Death
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Three California educators have been charged with manslaughter in the death of an autistic boy who was restrained at school. The 13-year-old student of Guiding Hands School in El Dorado Hills died after being placed in a facedown restraint by school staff in November 2018. According to the California Board of Education, the child was held down for an hour and 45 minutes. His family filed suit against the school, which was closed in January. The school’s former executive director, former principal and a teacher have each been charged with a felony count of involuntary manslaughter in connection with the boy’s death.
Hannah Fry, LA Times 11/13/2019   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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