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New Mexico

EEOC Settles Retaliation Lawsuit Against Staffing Firm for $62,500

Source: Press Release, EEOC
Date: July 15, 2010

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today announced the settlement of a retaliation lawsuit against Adecco USA Inc. for $62,500.

Gay retirees need protection from discrimination

Source: Deb Price, Detroit News
Date: February 12, 2007

A social worker, her partner and children had gotten that financial boost in 2003 when Gov. Bill Richardson signed an order extending benefits to state employees' partners. The change meant Linda, who owns a real estate company, no longer had to buy expensive, bare-bones private coverage. Unlike spousal benefits, partner benefits didn't follow one partner into retirement. Rather than suffer in silence [they] demanded fairness. Their claim is before a court. And New Mexico state lawmakers are weighing legislation to make sure retirees don't lose partner benefits.

LANL: UC offers $12 million to settle

Source: Andy Lenderman, New Mexican
Date: May 20, 2006

The University of California has agreed to pay some Hispanic and female employees at Los Alamos National Laboratory $12 million as part of a settlement proposal resulting from two class-actions lawsuits alleging job discrimination. If [a] District Judge approves the settlement proposal, the money will be shared by female and Hispanic employees who worked at the lab between December 2000 and the present. "We are confident that this settlement will send a message to the current and future operator of Los Alamos National Laboratory, as well as other government contractors, that women are entitled to equal pay for equal work," plaintiff Laura Barber said.

Ex-Morgan Stanley broker files sex-discrimination suit

Source: Lynn Cowan, CNN/Money
Date: December 2, 2004

A former Morgan Stanley broker has filed a sex-discrimination suit, claiming the New York investment bank didn't treat female brokers fairly and fired her after discovering she had participated in a previous sex-discrimination suit. The case, filed in U.S. District Court in New Mexico, seeks class-action status on behalf of female brokers employed at the firm after September 2003. It was filed by Anne P. Kaspar, who previously was a lead plaintiff in a sex- discrimination lawsuit against Merrill Lynch & Co., which was settled in 1998.

Judge upholds Santa Fe's minimum wage law

Source: Dennis Domrzalski, New Mexico Business Weekly
Date: June 24, 2004

A judge in Santa Fe has upheld that city's minimum wage law that requires most private sector employers to pay their employees $8.50 per hour in 2006. The Living Wage law was approved by the Santa Fe City Council in February 2003. It applies to businesses with 25 or more employees, and will raise the minimum wage for most private sector workers to $8.50 an hour in 2006 and to $10.50 an hour in 2008. The current federal minimum wage is $5.15 per hour.

Judge Says BIA Should Have Fired Worker

Source: Associated Press, New York Times
Date: April 22, 2004

The government should have fired a Bureau of Indian Affairs worker with a drinking problem long before he drove a BIA truck the wrong way on a highway, killing four people, a federal judge ruled Wednesday. In a wrongful death lawsuit, Judge William "Chip'' Johnson couldn't immediately assess the damages for the "tragic and senseless deaths,'' and said he would issue a written ruling within 30 days. Johnson found the BIA was negligent for entrusting a vehicle to Lloyd Larson -- a BIA worker with five DWI convictions -- and for keeping him on the job.

Workers Suing Over Man in See-Through Shorts

Source: Reuters, Yahoo News
Date: March 19, 2004

Former employees of Whole Foods Market have sued the natural foods supermarket operator, saying it did not take proper action to prevent a male customer from parading through a Santa Fe store wearing white, see-through biking shorts with no underwear. Closing arguments in the case were held on Thursday. Maria Bautista and seven other plaintiffs are suing under New Mexico's Human Rights Act, saying the store fostered an environment of discrimination and sexual harassment that caused them emotional distress.

U. of Calif. Pays Whistleblower $930,000

Source: Robert Gehrke (AP), Atlanta Journal Constitution
Date: August 20, 2003

A Los Alamos National Laboratory investigator who was fired after he blew the whistle on mismanagement and alleged fraud has been paid nearly $1 million to settle claims that lab managers retaliated against him. Glenn Walp said Wednesday that the agreement adds to the vindication he felt when investigations by the Energy Department verified many of the allegations he raised. Walp and fellow investigator Steve Doran were fired late last November after a memo Walp had written was the basis of a published report saying millions of dollars worth of computers and other equipment were missing. They subsequently voiced objections to lab employees buying thousands of dollars worth of personal items with lab funds. Their firing prompted a series of congressional inquiries and hearings, and Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham ordered a review of management at the lab.

Bradbury Stamm Construction Faces Sex Discrimination Charges

Source: Jason Gil Bear, New Mexico Business Journal
Date: June 30, 2003

One of the state's largest general contracting companies is headed to federal court accused of firing an employee because she was pregnant. Former project engineer Lisa Gunderson filed a complaint against Albuquerque-based Bradbury Stamm Construction (BSC) in the United States District Court of New Mexico on June 20. She is suing for an undisclosed amount in back pay, lost benefits, lost income and attorney fees. The lawsuit alleges Gunderson was notified by the construction company's human resources department manager Ellen Carle in July 2002 that she would not be allowed to take 12 full weeks of maternity leave but would be given time off until a doctor cleared her to return to work. Gunderson alleges her rights under the Family Medical Leave Act were violated.




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