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KY women alleged hiring discrimination by Walmart. Retail giant to pay $20 million.

Source: Bill Estep, Lexington Herald-Leader
Date: August 5, 2020

Retail giant Walmart will pay $20 million to settle allegations of discriminating against women who didn’t get jobs filling orders at the company’s grocery distribution centers.

Walmart To Pay More Than $11.7 Million To Settle EEOC Sex Discrimination Suit

Source: EEOC, EEOC
Date: March 2, 2010

Kentucky Distribution Facility Denied Jobs to Female Applicants on a Systemic Basis, Federal Agency Charged

Ryan's Family Steakhouse Pays $500,000 for Race Bias, Sex Discrimination and Retaliation

Source: EEOC, EEOC
Date: June 16, 2009

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today announced a class litigation settlement under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act for one half million dollars and significant remedial relief in a case against Fire Mountain Restaurants LLC, doing business as Ryan's Family Steakhouse (Ryan's).

McDonald's Settles After Discrimination Allegations

Source: WLKY - Louisville, WLKY - Louisville
Date: May 7, 2009

Thirty McDonald's restaurants will soon receive diversity training after two men filed a complaint saying a restaurant employee made several anti-gay slurs toward them last summer.

TSA ordered to pay $1.15 million

Source: Kay Stewart, Courier-Journal
Date: January 11, 2006

Betty Younis claimed she spent the last 11 weeks at her job for the Transportation Security Administration assigned to an isolated office with nothing to do and was fired because she filed a sexual discrimination complaint. Yesterday, a federal jury decided that the agency should pay Younis $1.15 million for retaliating against her for filing the complaint and for causing her emotional distress. But the jury rejected her sexual discrimination claim. The jury's award includes $500,000 in lost pay and $650,000 for emotional distress, although that amount is expected to be reduced to $300,000 because of a legal cap. Because the award was for a civil-rights violation, the agency will have to pay Younis' legal fees in addition to the jury's award.

Man's suit claims sexual harassment by female co-worker

Source: Jason Riley, Courier-Journal
Date: October 19, 2004

A Louisville man who worked at a local Wal-Mart has sued the company, claiming he was sexually harassed by a female co-worker and then fired when he complained. In his lawsuit, David Brown claims he repeatedly told his supervisors about the allegedly "offensive and obnoxious conduct" by the woman, but instead was retaliated against and fired because Wal-Mart did not want to deal with the problem. Sexual harassment lawsuits filed by men are much less frequent than those by woman, but are increasing, according to statistics from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Muslim man accuses airport contractor of job discrimination

Source: Associated Press, AccessNorthGa.com
Date: July 19, 2004

A Muslim man claims in a federal lawsuit that an Atlanta-based contractor at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport denied him a security job based on his religion and national origin. Ahmed Mohamed filed the discrimination suit in U.S. District Court in Covington against Air Serv Corp., an Atlanta-based contractor to Delta Air Lines. Mohamed, a native of Mauritania, said he initially filed a complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission after he applied for a security job checking airline cabins but was offered a janitorial position instead.

Setting Aside of Bias Award Upheld

Source: Jessie Halladay, Louisville Courier-Journal
Date: February 27, 2004

The Kentucky Court of Appeals has ruled that a Jefferson County circuit judge was correct in setting aside a 2001 jury award of $762,000 for a sheriff's deputy who alleged that he had been discriminated against and demoted because he is African American. In the decision released by the Appeals Court last week, the justices ruled that Deputy Steve Yancey had failed to prove during the trial that he had been subjected to a hostile work environment or had been demoted because of his race by then-Sheriff James Vaughn. Yancey filed suit against the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department in 1996. It stemmed in part from a 1994 incident when Yancey, then a lieutenant, was demoted to deputy after a verbal altercation with a Louisville police officer outside a bar. Yancey also alleged that under Vaughn's direction at the sheriff's department, the work environment was hostile to African Americans because racial slurs were used openly.

Ky. Company, EEOC Reach Deal on Racial Harassment Suit

Source: Associated Press, Star Telegram
Date: February 25, 2004

A northern Kentucky company must pay $30,000 and set up new procedures to deal with racial harassment complaints as part of a lawsuit settlement with a federal agency. Newport-based G.E. Capital Information Technology Solutions reached the agreement Wednesday with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the federal agency said in written statement. The EEOC handled the lawsuit on behalf of three black, female employees of the company.

Two Former Workers Win Suit Against State Lottery

Source: Associated Press, Courier Journal News
Date: February 18, 2004

A Jefferson Circuit Court jury has awarded $2.8 million to two former Kentucky Lottery employees who claimed they endured racial discrimination on the job. Penny Diamond, the plaintiffs' attorney, said Ursella Riles and James Maddox claimed they were excluded from meetings and subjected to racial harassment while working in the lottery's marketing department. The jury returned the verdict Monday night after a two-week trial. Maddox was awarded $1.5million and Riles $1.3million.

Woman Alleging Discrimination Loses on Appeal

Source: Bruce Shreiner (AP), Louisville Courier Journal
Date: January 23, 2004

A divided Kentucky Supreme Court yesterday upheld a verdict against a woman who claimed that discrimination cost her a manager's job with the public housing authority in Lexington. But in the same case, the justices reversed a Court of Appeals ruling supporting a verdict against the woman on claims that her employer retaliated after she filed the complaint. The case, dating to 1987, pitted Sandra C. Brooks against the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Housing Authority. Brooks, who is African American, interviewed for a job as assistant housing manager. A lower-paying clerk's job also was available. Brooks agreed to be considered for both jobs but preferred the manager's job. She eventually was offered the clerk's job, which she accepted.

Ex-Jefferson Principal Sues Over His Demotion

Source: Chris Kenning, Courier Journal [Kentucky]
Date: November 14, 2003

A former Jefferson County Public Schools principal sued the district yesterday, saying he was the victim of reverse race discrimination during a 2001 demotion. Mark Hartman, who is white, was removed as principal of Lincoln Elementary two years ago because of the school's poor performance, according to the lawsuit filed in Jefferson Circuit Court. The lawsuit alleges that some black principals, whose schools also were underachieving, were not reassigned or removed.

Lawsuit Charges Arab Bias

Source: Jeanne Houck, The Kentucky Post
Date: October 27, 2003

A federal judge will hold a status hearing Nov. 4 in a lawsuit filed by two Arab-American Muslims against an Alexandria car dealership, saying they were fired after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks because of their race and religion. Arif and Rana Safi, who are brother and sister, said in a lawsuit filed last year in U.S. District Court in Covington that they also were humiliated by their former superiors at Kerry Chevrolet in Alexandria, one of whom told them "if Bin Laden shaves his beard, they will never catch him because you all look alike.''

Supercuts Agrees to Settle Racial Bias Case for $3.5 Million

Source: D.E. L?Ger, Miami Herald
Date: August 14, 2003

A former Supercuts manager, who complained to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission about a plan to reduce the number of black employees at the hair salon chain, paved the way for a $3.5 million settlement announced Wednesday. Richard Quick, of Melbourne, was a regional manager in charge of 76 Supercuts stores in Florida, Georgia, Tennessee and Puerto Rico when he balked at a Supercuts directive ''to balance the platform'' by trimming the number of black workers employed by the Minneapolis-based chain and was fired, the EEOC said.

Federal Judge Upholds Jury's $510,000 Discrimination Award

Source: James Malone, Louisville Courier Journal (KY)
Date: July 15, 2003

A federal judge has upheld a jury's $510,000 award to a Graves County man who said he was twice denied jobs at the West Kentucky Telephone Rural Cooperative because of his race. "The evidence of discrimination in this case was not extremely strong, but it was adequate to support the verdict," U.S. District Judge Edward Johnstone wrote in a ruling released Monday. The ruling had the effect of dismissing the telephone co-op's motion to stay an enforcement order requiring it to pay the award. But the judge urged both sides to conduct settlement talks aimed at avoiding an appeal and stayed enforcement until July 25, or when settlement talks are concluded.

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