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5885 Landerbrook Dr.
Cleveland, OH 44124
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Phone: (216) 464-3004
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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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Workplace Discrimination on the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act

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Today marks the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the law banning employment discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, and national origin. For those of us who devote their careers to eliminating discrimination in the workplace—and really for all Americans—it is an important day. [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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