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Kansas City Verdict - Another Successful "Reverse Discrimination" Claim

Source: Ogletree Deakins, employerslawyer.blogspot.com
Date: January 28, 2011

The outcome of a suit in a Kansas City courtroom supports 'Reverse Discrimination' claim

Appeals Court Rejects $2.1 Million Award in Reverse Discrimination Lawsuit

Source: Mark Morris and Lynn Horsley, Kansas City Star
Date: February 10, 2010

An appeals court Tuesday threw out a $2.1 million verdict awarded to a Northland lawyer who complained she was unfairly bypassed for a judgeship.

Boeing, Spirit targeted in $3B age discrimination lawsuit

Source: Ken Vandruff, Wichita Business Journal
Date: December 19, 2005

A lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Wichita claims age was the main factor in deciding who would get job offers as the Boeing sold its Wichita commercial airplane operations to Onex Corp. A total of 75 former employees are asking for $1.5 billion in punitive damages and up to $1.5 billion in compensatory damages for as many as 300 former Boeing employees who did not get a job offer. "Numerous individuals were told they were too old to get the job done," says Lawrence Williamson of Shores, Williamson & Ohaebosim LLC, the law firm representing the former employees. "We have managers stating, 'This workforce is going to turn into a young workforce.'"

EEOC files sex discrimination case against Newman University

Source: Bill Wilson, Wichita Business Journal
Date: September 21, 2005

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed suit Wednesday against Wichita's Newman University in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, alleging that college administrators discriminated and retaliated against a former dean. The case was filed on behalf of Marla Sexson, a former admissions dean who also handled financial aid at the school. It alleges that the university refused to promote Sexson in 2004 when her female supervisor resigned because the Newman president, Aidan Dunleavy, wanted to replace her with a man.

New age discrimination suits filed against Sprint

Source: Diane Stafford, Kansas City Star
Date: August 16, 2005

Two more age discrimination lawsuits against Sprint were filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Kan. The suits allege that Sprint engaged in the pattern and practice of age discrimination in making layoff decisions after March 31, 2003. One of the new lawsuits, filed in behalf of 11 named plaintiffs, alleges that "employees aged 40 and older have been disproportionately more likely to be terminated...at Sprint than employees under the age of 40." The filing asks the court to allow certain similarly situated former Sprint workers to opt in as plaintiffs in the action.

Jury awards $2.5M in age bias suit against Boeing

Source: Associated Press, Kansas City Star
Date: November 18, 2004

A 59-year-old engineer who accused Boeing Co. of age discrimination has won a $2.5 million verdict in a federal lawsuit claiming he was wrongly denied assignment as a test pilot three years ago. Mario Goico, a veteran pilot who has worked at Chicago-based Boeing's Wichita plant for more than 20 years, argued that bias against his Cuban heritage also contributed to his being passed over for the higher-paying job. The verdict, returned Wednesday by a U.S. District Court jury, includes $1.5 million in punitive damages intended to deter similar behavior. The jury awarded Goico $370,000 in what he would have been paid as a test pilot, $31,000 in back pay and $625,000 for pain and suffering. Senior U.S. District Judge Wesley Brown could lower the award under laws that limit liability.

Woman wins sexual discrimination suit against state

Source: Associated Press, Topeka Capital-Journal, KansasCity.com
Date: June 23, 2004

A former state division director has won her sexual discrimination lawsuit against the [Kansas] Department of Human Resources. Following a six-day trial, jurors agreed Tuesday that Jill M. Crumpacker was unfairly fired from her job in 1998 and awarded her $200,000 in lost wages and for pain and suffering.

Worker Sues Kansas Firm in U.S. Court over Alleged Racial Threats

Source: David Clouston (Salina Journal-KS), Miami Herald
Date: March 29, 2004

It was described afterward as a joke. A co-worker had razzed Jerry Hurde, who in August 2001 was the sole black worker in the paint shop at A-Plus Galvanizing, about being required to shovel sand instead of "working in the big house with the white folks." Soon after, another co-worker grabbed a piece of chalk and, in crudely drawn letters, wrote "Jerry Hurdes wipping post" -- misspelling the word "whipping" -- on a pole outside the paint shop as Hurde watched. Hurde, 40, was not amused. He sees those incidents and others as employment discrimination and is pressing his claim in federal court.

Boeing Wins Big in Bias Suit

Source: Roxana Hegeman (AP), Wichita Eagle
Date: February 26, 2004

A federal judge has handed the Boeing Co. a big win in a sex discrimination case brought by female employees at the company's Wichita plant. Reversing his earlier decision, U.S. District Judge Wesley Clark withdrew class-action status for the bulk of the claims brought by the women. In a ruling made public Wednesday, Clark also issued a summary judgment in favor of Boeing on the plaintiffs' remaining claims of discrimination in overtime pay for hourly female workers. Last April, Clark certified as a class-action the lawsuit brought by salaried female employees who said they were discriminated against in salary and promotions. He also certified a class based on the claims from hourly female workers who said they were withheld from promotions. In Tuesday's ruling, Clark said subsequent evidence does not support the class-action status of those claims.

EEOC Sues Kmart, Claims Disability Bias

Source: Associated Press, Mercury News
Date: July 30, 2003

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed suit Tuesday against Kmart, alleging the company violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by refusing to hire a man because of his mental disability.

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