A state-by-state review of court cases pertaining to workplace rights.
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Age Discrimination Lawsuit Filed against Rapid City
Source: Associated Press, Aberdeen
Date: November 29, 2003
The city of Rapid City has been sued for age discrimination over a job at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court on Monday, alleging that the city gave a job as supervisor of the Civic Center box office to a 31-year-old person with no experience in any related field, contrary to the posted job requirements. The EEOC filed the case on behalf of Gary Abmeyer, who was 55 years old when he was rejected for the job, according to the suit. Abmeyer, now 57, had 15 years of experience in the field and was qualified, the court paper said.
Shareholder Suits Win Reforms
Source: Matt Krantz, USA
Date: August 27, 2003
Shareholders who filed lawsuits claiming they were victims of the excesses of the late 1990s are finally getting revenge ? but not in the way they might have expected. Rather than writing big checks to settle class-action lawsuits against them, companies such as Computer Associates (CA) and Siebel Systems (SEBL) are agreeing to make or maintain serious reforms to their business practices. Experts say those settlements, and others like them expected to follow, show that investors finally have the teeth to extract reforms they've wanted for years: the leverage of possible financial punishment from pending lawsuits.
Female Technical School Employees Allege Pay Discrimination
Source: Joe Kafka (AP), Aberdeen
Date: August 26, 2003
Female teachers at Western Dakota Technical Institute in Rapid City were illegally paid less for comparable jobs than males, the South Dakota Supreme Court was told Tuesday. Veronica Duffy, lawyer for a dozen current and former teachers, said the Rapid City School District has violated the 1963 federal Equal Pay Act. She asked the high court to reinstate a lawsuit against WDTI and the school district.