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Restaurant chain agrees to settle age discrimination lawsuit

Workers in Pennsylvania and around the country who are 40 years of age or older are protected against unfair treatment in the workplace by the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is the federal agency tasked with holding companies that violate the provisions of the landmark 1967 law accountable. A case involving these issues was settled when a leading restaurant chain agreed to pay almost $3 million to more than 250 plaintiffs who were allegedly denied employment because they were considered too old.

South Asian castes create workplace discrimination stateside

South Asian immigrants in Pennsylvania have to navigate the race and class divides in this country as well as caste-based discrimination inherited from their cultural homelands. People from South Asian countries like India and Nepal represent one of the largest groups of immigrants. Between 2000 and 2010, their ethnic group grew at the fastest rate in the country. The ancient caste system that is prevalent among these societies prevents many association between different caste members. A survey of 1,200 people conducted by Equality Labs revealed that two-thirds of respondents had suffered caste discrimination in the United States.

Report: IBM job cuts may be related to age discrimination

Many older employees in Pennsylvania and across the country may be concerned about the potential impact of age discrimination on their job search. These concerns may be well-founded in many cases. In a report published by Mother Jones and ProPublica in March 2018, journalists revealed that employees aged 40 and up at IBM had been subject to firings, layoffs and rushed retirement according to leaked documents and personal employee testimony. The report said that 60 percent of IBM job cuts in the U.S. over the past five years involved workers aged 40 and up.

Target offers settlement in discrimination case

Some Latino or black Pennsylvania residents who were denied jobs with Target since May 11, 2006, after a background check turned up a criminal conviction might be eligible for a payout or to apply for a job with the retailer with priority consideration. This was the settlement Target agreed to after a class action lawsuit was filed against the company on April 5. Target made the settlement offer, which must be approved by the court, on the same day.

NFL cheerleader claims discrimination

A professional cheerleader has filed a claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) alleging discrimination by the New Orleans Saints and the National Football League (NFL). Some Pennsylvania residents may be surprised to learn the manner in which at least one pro football organization enforces workplace rules.

Flight attendants file discrimination lawsuit against Delta

Pennsylvania residents might be interested to learn that four flight attendants have filed a lawsuit against Delta Airlines, alleging that the airline engages in anti-Jewish and anti-Semitic behavior. The plaintiffs state that the airline has a pattern of intentional discrimination against both employees and passengers who are Jewish. Two of the flight attendants are described as having an ethnic background that is Jewish/Hebrew/Israeli while the other two say they were disciplined because of their associations with others of that background.

Discrimination still common in American workplaces

According to an analysis of data provided by the Pew Research Center, 42 percent of women who work in the U.S. say they have faced gender discrimination on the job. Pennsylvania readers may be aware of the large number of sexual misconduct allegations that arose during the latter part of 2017 in the entertainment industry, politics and other arenas. The Pew survey was conducted earlier in the year and found that women were nearly twice as likely as men to say they have experienced gender discrimination at work.

Disability discrimination affects employees, employers

Some Pennsylvania employees who have disabilities may be facing discrimination in the workplace. According to a study conducted by the Center for Talent Innovation of white-collar, college-educated, full-time employees, almost one-third of workers have a disability under the expanded federal definition. However, few identify themselves as such to their employers. For almost two-thirds of them, the disability is invisible.

Black and Latinos face significant hiring discrimination

A recent analysis of multiple studies across 25 years indicates what some Black and Latino people in Pennsylvania might already know: Job opportunities can be hard to find for minorities. Researchers from multiple universities reviewed 28 studies dating as far back as 1989. Studies about callbacks from job applications consistently produced a bias in favored of white people. Black job applicants heard back from potential employers at a rate 36 percent lower than white applicants. Latinos fared a little better with a callback rate only 24 percent lower than whites.