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Can Ethnic Restaurants Hire Based on Race?

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I love sushi. And Mexican food. At the local Cleveland sushi restaurant I go to, all the wait staff is of Asian descent. At my favorite Mexican restaurant, virtually all the staff is of Latin or Hispanic descent. I’ll bet you found the same to be true the last time you went for sushi or Mexican. Why is this? And is it legal for a restaurant to hire only people of the same ethnicity as the food it serves? That employment discrimination issue was the topic of a podcast by Freakonomics last week. [Read more…]

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Employees of Subcontractors can sue for Racial Harassment

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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit recently issued an important decision regarding the rights of subcontractor employees to sue the general contractor or business owner for workplace racial harassment. The case, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Skanska USA Building, Inc., (Case No. 12-5967; 6th Cir. December 10, 2013), could have an important impact for Cleveland area employees who perform work that benefits multiple employers at the same time. More on that below. [Read more…]

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Paula Deen Serves Up Spicy Testimony in Race Discrimination Case

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TV chef Paula Deen has given us a “piece of cake” employment law blog topic. Deen and her brother have been sued for race discrimination and sexual harassment by a former employee of a restaurant the pair own. Reports of Deen’s recent deposition testimony have been slathered across the news like gravy on a chicken-fried steak. [Read more…]

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Pro Soccer Club Sued for Reverse Race Discrimination

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Two white former coaches for MLS soccer team Chivas USA have sued the team for national origin discrimination and reverse race discrimination, claiming the team fired them because they are white and not of Mexican ancestry. The case is a good reminder that employees are protected from discrimination, even if they belong to a typically “majority” group. [Read more…]

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Bolek Besser Glesius Obtains $264,315 Fee Award for Clients

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A federal judge in Akron has awarded $264,315 in attorneys’ fees to two of our clients in a race discrimination, national origin discrimination, and retaliation case against the Spitzer car dealership organization. The Court awarded the fees as a sanction for discovery abuses by the Spitzer defendants and their lawyers that interfered with our clients’ right to a fair trial. [Read more…]

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Race Discrimination in Healthcare Based on Patient Preference

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A recent case from a Michigan hospital provides a poignant reminder that companies cannot use the racism of customers to discriminate against employees on the basis of race. In Cleveland, where we have a vibrant healthcare industry, the case should be a lesson to hospital systems, nursing homes, and to healthcare workers themselves that employees are to be judged on their merits and abilities, not their skin color. [Read more…]

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