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Procter & Gamble Sued For Alleged Discriminatory Employment Practices Against Some Immigrants

Jul 17, 2017 / Press Release /
(MIAMI, FL) – Procter & Gamble illegally denied qualified applicants paid internships because of their immigration status, according to a lawsuit filed today in federal court. The suit, brought by MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund) and Outten & Golden LLP on behalf David Rodriguez, a former college student who was granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA, alleges that the consumer product giant violated federal law that prohibits discrimination based on alienage. Young immigrants who qualify for DACA are authorized to remain in the United States...
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Workers Sue Over Workplace Discrimination, English-Only Policy

Jun 16, 2017 / Press Release
Workers allege national call center fostered a hostile work environment and retaliated against them for speaking Spanish Two former employees have filed a lawsuit against two nationwide debt collection companies, accusing these companies of discriminating against Spanish-speaking employees by forcing them to comply with an English-only policy and fostering a hostile work environment in which Latinas were routinely mocked and subjected to racist comments. The workers, who are Latina, allege that they were ridiculed and admonished for speaking Spanish with Spanish-speaking American Express...
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Lawsuit Alleges Bank Improperly Denied DACA Students Loans

Mar 7, 2017 / Media Coverage /
Student loan lending may be big business for traditional banks, but for Wells Fargo, the hits keep coming. Just months after the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau fined Wells over its student loan servicing practices, the San Francisco-based bank is facing a lawsuit filed by the Mexican American Legal Defense Fund. The suit contends Wells denied borrowers loans due to their immigration status. The lawsuit, launched in late January, is taking on new meaning given President Trump’s shift in immigration policies and his directive to deport an increasing number of undocumented immigrants...
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Outten & Golden LLP: Trump Immigration Ban Destabilizes Families, Workplaces

Amidst the chaos created by President Trump's executive-order immigration ban last weekend, several Outten & Golden LLP attorneys volunteered at airports around the country to assist affected foreign travelers and their families. Juno Turner , a partner in Outten & Golden's New York office, joined other lawyers at Terminal 4 of JFK Airport in New York late Saturday night and again on Sunday. Gail Lin , a firm associate in Los Angeles, heard news reports of the ban and rushed to the LAX Bradley International Terminal on Sunday afternoon. Both Ms. Turner and Ms. Lin are immigrants and...
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Wells Fargo Sued For Discriminatory Lending Practices Against Certain Immigrants

Jan 30, 2017 / Press Release /
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Wells Fargo & Co. illegally denied qualified applicants, including a college student, loans because of their immigration status, according to a federal lawsuit filed Monday. The suit, brought by MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund) and Outten & Golden LLP on behalf of a college student who was granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA, and the California League of United Latin American Citizens, alleges Wells Fargo violated federal and state laws that prohibit discrimination based on alienage and immigration status. “All...
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Walmart Settles Discrimination Suit Over Benefits for Same-Sex Spouses

Dec 2, 2016 / Media Coverage
Walmart announced on Friday that it had settled a lawsuit that accused the company of discriminating against gay and lesbian employees when it denied health insurance benefits to same-sex spouses. Under the deal, Walmart will set aside $7.5 million, mostly to compensate employees affected by the denial of spousal benefits during the three years before Jan. 1, 2014, when the company changed its policy. More than 1,000 people may be eligible. But the agreement also signals how legal doctrine on discrimination against gays and lesbians is rapidly changing, making it increasingly likely to be...
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Jacqueline Cote and Walmart Announce Class Settlement Over Health Insurance Benefits for Same-Sex Spouses of Walmart Associates

Dec 2, 2016 / Media Coverage
Former Walmart associate Jacqueline Cote and her lawyers filed a motion today asking the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts to grant preliminary approval of a class action settlement in Cote’s action that challenged Walmart’s lack of health insurance benefits for same-sex spouses of Walmart associates prior to 2014. The case is known as Jacqueline Cote v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc ., No. 15-cv-12945-WGY (D. Mass.). The $7.5 million proposed settlement would pay for claims by Walmart associates in the United States and Puerto Rico that they were unable to obtain health insurance...
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EEOC’s Laundry Worker Sex Harassment Case Left Intact

Oct 1, 2014 / Media Coverage /
A New York federal judge refused Wednesday to toss hostile work environment claims from Suffolk Laundry Services Inc. workers who said they were repeatedly sexually harassed, leaving intact a case being pursued by several women and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. U.S. District Judge Margo K. Brodie also rejected a claim from the commercial laundry's owners — Walter and Cathy Sullivan — that they couldn't be held individually liable for the hostile work environment claims leveled in the intervenor complaint the current and former workers lodged in March 2012, less than two...
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Discrimination Claim Lodged Against Northwestern Mutual

Jul 17, 2014 / Media Coverage /
Employing the rarely used Civil Rights Act of 1866 as its basis, a Mexican-born college honors graduate claims in a putative class action against Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co. that the insurer engaged in alienage discrimination when it rejected him for a job even though he has legal status to work in the United States. Ruben Juarez, 25, who graduated summa cum laude with an accounting degree from the City University of New York and has been accepted to pursue a master’s degree at Fordham University, contends a Northwestern Mutual recruiter expressed interest in hiring him until she...
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Northwestern Mutual Faces Nation’s First Alienage Discrimination Lawsuit, According to Job Applicant’s Legal Team

A class action lawsuit accuses insurer Northwestern Mutual of illegally rejecting qualified non-U.S. citizen job candidates without permanent resident visas, a legal team of Outten & Golden LLP and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund ( MALDEF ) announced today. Filed in New York federal court, the first-impression alienage discrimination lawsuit alleges that Northwestern Mutual blocked Ruben Juarez, a 25-year-old honors college graduate, from receiving a financial representative internship in violation of 42 U.S.C. § 1981. A resident of Yonkers, N.Y., Mr. Juarez...
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