Employment Blog

Tesla Worker Wins One of the Largest Racial Discrimination Verdicts Ever
Race Discrimination

On October 4, 2021, a jury in San Francisco federal court awarded Owen Diaz (Diaz) $136.9 million in damages for the race-based harassment he endured working for Tesla, Inc. (Tesla). This is one of the largest individual plaintiff awards for...

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Is Racial Favoritism Legal at Work?
Race Discrimination

You’re probably already well aware that an employer can’t discriminate against you because of your race. But what happens if the racial discrimination doesn’t take the form of an adverse employment action but instead involves treating another employer better than...

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How the New Virginia Laws Impact Employees
In the News, Pregnancy Discrimination, Race Discrimination, Sex Discrimination, Whistleblower

Over the past few months, despite the overwhelming pressure placed on lawmakers and laypeople alike by the COVID-19 pandemic, Virginia has made major strides against discrimination in the workplace. As of July 1, 2020, the Virginia Values Act has gone...

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It’s 2020. Why is Workplace Discrimination Against Black People Still a Problem?
Race Discrimination

  Discrimination and inequality in the workplace are some of the more damaging forms of injustice. They directly impact an individual’s professional opportunities which can also affect that individual’s access to essential resources and overall quality of life. One of...

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NY Woman Fired for Racist Off-Duty Behavior in Central Park: Business and Legal Considerations
In the News, Race Discrimination

  By now you’ve probably heard about Amy Cooper who had a confrontation with Christian Cooper (no relation) in Central Park. In case you haven’t, Ms. Cooper (who is white) called the police on Mr. Cooper (who is black) after...

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Secret Service Settles Race Discrimination Lawsuit for $24 Million
Race Discrimination

The U.S. Secret Service is an elite law enforcement agency trusted to investigate financial crimes. It’s probably best known for its responsibility to protect the President of the United States and other important officials. However, despite being such an honored and...

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The Society for Human Resources Management: 7 Myths About National Origin Discrimination
Age Discrimination, In the News, Race Discrimination, Religious Discrimination, Surviving Workplace Investigations

January 26, 2017 Common National Origin Discimination Myths Myth: Conducting an investigation when allegations of a hostile work environment are made will insulate the company from liability. Fact: Claims still may be brought despite investigations, noted Tom Spiggle, founder of The Spiggle...

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Refusal to Hire Because of Dreadlock Hairstyle Deemed Legal by Appellate Court
Race Discrimination

This blog is a guest post by Spiggle Law Firm partner Phillis h. Rambsy. I cannot escape the topic of hair. As a black woman who works in a “professional services” industry, I often get questions about my hair, ranging...

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Can Employers Use Affirmative Action to Boost Diversity?
Advice, Race Discrimination

Affirmative action—few other topics will result in a more heated debate. However, with the recent Supreme Court decision Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, affirmative action has been declared constitutional, at least to increase diversity in schools. But what...

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