Norfolk Southern Corp. is a federal contractor that has reached an agreement with the U.S. Department of Labor to pay almost $500,000 to 2,086 African-American job applicants in order to resolve claims of race-based hiring discrimination.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) conducted a routine compliance evaluation, and found

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Attorney Tiffany Schmidt pregnant with her third daughter Josee.

According to the Department of Labor, “Women now make up nearly half of the U.S. labor force. Three out of four women entering the workforce will experience at least one pregnancy while employed. Every year, thousands of women file charges of pregnancy

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently unveiled a new on-line statistical resource for private employers. It provides private sector workplace discrimination charge statistics for each of the 50 states, covering fiscal years 2009-2011. Discrimination charges are broken down into ten categories based on the nature of the claim, and includes the percentage of both

Our Minnesota state legislature is currently considering adding a new protected class status to the age, race, gender, disability and other protected classes covered under both state and federal laws. The new protected class being considered is the unemployed.

A bill recognizing unemployed status as a protected class was introduced in the Minnesota Senate last month, and

It seems like I have been blogging a lot recently about discrimination cases, but new and interesting cases keep coming across my desk. Here is yet another. Earlier this spring, the Minnesota Court of Appeals interpreted a 22-year old amendment to the definition of “marital status” under the Minnesota Human Rights Act (MHRA). The court