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Explainer: Emotional distress damages in employment discrimination cases

Both federal and Wisconsin law prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of race, disabilities, age, religion, gender, sexual orientation and national origin. A recent Forbes column by employment law attorney Eric Bachman stated that in these cases, "the most obvious form of damages is lost pay if the employee is forced to leave the company."

Former head of diversity accuses WeWork of racial discrimination

A few years ago, WeWork was one of the hottest names in commercial real estate, leasing co-working office space in dozens of major U.S. cities to start-ups, tech companies and others. Its bright arc of ascension came to a sudden stop about a year ago, however, when the company's business practices came under intense public and investor scrutiny after announcing its IPO.

Former Milwaukee health official settles race discrimination suit

Patricia McManus got off to a rocky start as interim Milwaukee Health Commissioner after her appointment in early 2018 after she told a local radio audience that "the science was still out" on whether vaccines cause autism. The Journal Sentinel reported at the time that "her comments drew sharp criticism from several experts in the field."

Wisconsin police department settles race discrimination lawsuit

Wisconsin is bordered in the east by Milwaukee and Lake Michigan and in the west by the Mississippi River and La Crosse. According to news reports, the city recently settled a former police officer's race discrimination lawsuit for $83,000.

Part II: Age discrimination could become tougher to prove

In a previous Milwaukee employment law blog post, we wrote about Babb v Wilkie, an age discrimination case heard in January by the U.S. Supreme Court. The lawsuit was filed by a Veterans Affairs pharmacist (Babb) who alleged she was denied an opportunity to advance her career on the basis of age and gender discrimination.

Part I: Age discrimination could become tougher to prove

Two years ago, an AARP study found that nearly two out of three workers age 45 and above had seen or experienced workplace age discrimination. More than 90 percent of those who had witnessed or experienced age discrimination said they believed that it was common.

Pregnancy discrimination: AutoZone verdict put employers on notice

AutoZone Auto Parts has several of its more than 6,000 stores nationally in the Milwaukee area. Several years ago, the giant car parts retailer was hit with a pregnancy discrimination lawsuit after a woman was demoted after announcing to co-workers that she was pregnant. She was then fired from her AutoZone job after she filed the suit.

Wisconsin employer accused of age discrimination

One of the most important protections of workplace rights can be found in the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA). It prohibits employers from discriminating on the basis of age against workers and job applicants in matters such as wages, promotions, termination of employment and hiring.

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