A Racial Discrimination Lawsuit Against Tesla Will Move to Trial

A labor discrimination case against Tesla is expected to move to trial next week.

According to Bloomberg, about 10,000 people work in Tesla’s Fremont, California plant. While the city and its surroundings are among the most diverse in the United States, some Tesla employees have claimed the company does not treat its workers equally.

Owen Diaz, a Tesla contractor, filed a lawsuit against the company several years ago. In it, Diaz—who is African-American—claimed factory management regularly harassed him and other minority workers. Diaz says that some shift supervisors regularly used the “n-word” while speaking to and about Black employees.

Diaz says that other Tesla workers were abusive, too. Diaz claims that co-workers told him to “go back to Africa,” and drew racist caricatures and sketches inside bathroom stalls and on the sides of cardboard boxes.

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A Judge Moves Forward With the Boy Scouts Bankruptcy Case

A Delaware judge on Tuesday began a key hearing that could determine whether the Boy Scouts of America can emerge from bankruptcy later this year with a reorganization plan that would compensate thousands of men who say they were sexually abused as children.

The Boy Scouts, based in Irving, Texas, sought bankruptcy protection in February 2020, seeking to halt hundreds of individual lawsuits and create a fund for men who say they were molested as children by scoutmasters and others. Although the organization was facing 275 lawsuits at the time, it’s now facing some 82,500 sexual abuse claims in the bankruptcy case.

Judge Laura Selber Silverstein convened the hearing to consider whether a disclosure statement outlining the latest reorganization plan contains sufficient details to ensure that abuse claimants and other creditors can make informed decisions on whether to accept or reject it.

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The SEC Is Probing Activision for Discrimination Allegations

Activision Blizzard, one of the world’s most high-profile video game companies, confirmed a regulatory probe and said it is working to address complaints of workplace discrimination.

The Santa Monica, California, company said Tuesday that it is complying with a recent Securities and Exchange Commission subpoena sent to current and former employees and executives and the company itself on “employment matters and related issues.”

The Wall Street Journal had reported Monday that the SEC was investigating how the company had treated complaints of sexual misconduct and workplace discrimination and had subpoenaed senior executives including CEO Bobby Kotick, a well-known tech billionaire who is Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s ex-boyfriend. An SEC spokesman declined to comment.

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ABM Janitorial Services Faces a Discrimination Complaint From the U.S. Department of Labor

The U.S. Department of Labor filed an administrative complaint against ABM Janitorial Services following a compliance evaluation that alleged systemic racial discrimination against Black and a smaller number of white applicants for cleaning positions at their Baltimore and Alexandria locations, according to officials.

“No one should be denied an opportunity to work based on race. The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs will vigorously enforce the law to ensure that companies doing business with the federal government meet their equal employment opportunity obligations,” said Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs Director Jenny R. Yang.

The complaint, filed on Sept 15., alleges that from at least 2015 until the present day, ABM Janitorial Services has discriminated against Black workers for cleaning positions at all three facilities and white workers at one of the facilities. Additionally, the complaint alleges that the ABM failed to document hiring decisions properly — masking its discriminatory hiring practices.

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A Chicago Suburb Will Pay Reparations to Black Homeowners

When Morris “Dino” Robinson tried to refinance his house in Evanston, Illinois, in January, he was shocked to learn his first appraisal was $100,000 lower than a previous appraisal in 2017.

Robinson then sought a second estimate. It determined that the value of his home in Evanston’s fifth ward – a predominantly African-American part of town – had actually increased by $75,000 in that four-year span.

He signed the paperwork based on that appraisal last month, frustrated but not that surprised by the $175,000 swing in his property’s value.   

The first appraisal “risked the equity of my home,” said Robinson, who is Black and is the executive director of the Shorefront Legacy Center, a nonprofit that archives the history of Black residents in Evanston and nearby north Chicagosuburbs. “Therefore, it jeopardized my net worth,” he added. “This is an ongoing and frustrating process for people like me that needs to end.”

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The DOJ Files an Appeal to Block Purdue Pharma’s Bankruptcy Plan

A division of the Justice Department that serves as a watchdog over the federal bankruptcy system filed an appeal late Wednesday seeking to block the controversial Purdue Pharma bankruptcy plan.

William Harrington, who serves as U.S. trustee for the Justice Department, also filed documents requesting an “expedited stay” to prevent implementation of the settlement.

The deal, which Judge Robert Drain approved Sept. 1, granted sweeping immunity from opioid lawsuits to members of the Sackler family who own the drug company.

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A Teacher Faces a $1 Million Lawsuit After Cutting a Student’s Hair

The father of a 7-year-old Michigan girl whose hair was cut by a teacher without her parents’ permission has filed a $1 million lawsuit against the school district, a librarian and a teacher’s assistant.

The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in federal court in Grand Rapids against Mount Pleasant Public Schools, MLive.com reported. It alleges that the biracial girl’s constitutional rights were violated, racial discrimination, ethnic intimidation, intentional infliction of emotional distress and assault and battery.

Jimmy Hoffmeyer, who is Black and white, said that in March his daughter arrived home from Ganiard Elementary with much of the hair on one side of her head cut. Jurnee said a classmate used scissors to cut her hair on a school bus, Hoffmeyer told The Associated Press in April.

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Aetna Is Accused of Discriminating Against LGBTQ People Seeking Fertility Treatments

Health insurance company Aetna has been sued for allegedly discriminating against LGBT people in a case in which a claimant says they were required to pay more out of pocket for fertility treatment coverage than straight couples.

Plaintiff Emma Goidel filed a class-action lawsuit in Manhattan in which she claimed that she and her spouse had to pay $45,000 for fertility treatments due to the fact that Aetna requires same-sex couples to pay for treatment out of pocket before they are eligible for coverage.

While straight couples who are trying to conceive through intercourse can receive coverage from Aetna simply by saying that they have tried for six or 12 months, couples of other sexual orientations or genders who cannot conceive through intercourse must initially pay out of pocket for six or 12 months of intrauterine insemination (IUI), according to the complaint.

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Advocates File a Federal Lawsuit to Close Nevada’s Legal Brothels

A national advocacy group and a Nevada lawyer have filed a sweeping federal lawsuit aimed at convincing a judge the nation’s only legal brothels are dens of illegal sex trafficking and unconstitutional slavery.

The case filed Friday in Las Vegas by the National Center on Sexual Exploitation names the governor, state attorney general and city and county officials as defendants, along with a brothel in Nye County and hip-hop music figure Jamal “Mally Mall” Rashid.

Rashid, 46, is serving a 33-month federal prison term after pleading guilty to operating a prostitution business disguised as a Las Vegas escort enterprise. Attorneys who represented him in that case did not immediately respond to a message about the lawsuit.

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A Prostitution and Money Laundering Case Against the Founders of Backpage.com Is Declared a Mistrial

A federal judge on Tuesday declared a mistrial in the case involving prostitution and money laundering charges against founders of the classified site Backpage.com, noting that none of the defendants have been charged with child sex trafficking, despite it being mentioned several times by prosecutors during the trial. 

Judge Susan Brnovich for the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona said that repeated references to child sex trafficking by both prosecutors and witnesses brought by the government “is something that I can’t overlook and will not overlook,” according to The Associated Press. 

Brnovich had said before the start of the trial that while she would permit evidence indicating that individuals were trafficked on the website, prosecutors could not focus on specific details of alleged abuse. 

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