Archive for September, 2013

Bank of America to Pay $2.2 Million in Racial Discrimination Case

Monday, September 30th, 2013

(Motley Fool) A U.S. Department of Labor administrative-law judge has ordered Bank of America (NYSE:BAC  ) to pay almost $2.2 million in back pay and wages to more than 1,100 African-Americans because of race-based hiring discrimination, the Department of Labor announcedtoday.

Judge Linda S. Chapman's ruling awards $964,033 to 1,034 applicants rejected for jobs in 1993 and $1,217,560 to 113 applicants rejected for jobs between 2002 and 2005. Bank of America must also offer jobs to 10 members of the affected class as positions become available.

Judge Chapman rejected Bank of America's attempt to obtain a lower award when the company argued it failed to keep appropriate records, according to the DOL announcement.

The Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs began a routine review in 1993 of Bank of America and found indications of systemic hiring discrimination affecting African-American job seekers at the company's Charlotte, N.C. facilities.

"Our investigators and attorneys prevailed despite decades of stalling tactics," said Solicitor of Labor M. Patricia Smith.

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Latino Or Hispanic? How The Federal Government Decided

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

(Huffington Post) It’s that time of the year when celebrations are held throughout the country to herald the accomplishments of Hispanic Americans.

But, it’s also the time of the year when persons of Hispanic origin revisit the frequently asked question of whether they prefer to be identified by the term Latino or Hispanic.

Last week when I attended the signing of the book Latino Americans by Ray Suarez at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., one of the attendees, a young Peruvian woman, asked that very question of the author.

Since Suarez didn’t address the question of “Latino or Hispanic?” in his much talked about book, he turned the microphone over to me. I’ve been cast as the person that coined the term Hispanic for the federal government ever since the Washington Post interviewed me on the subject in 2003.

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Julie Chen Receives Apology From Ohio TV Station Following Her Plastic Surgery Revelation

Sunday, September 22nd, 2013

(E-Online) The Dayton, Ohio, TV station that Julie Chen said made her feel so insecure about her looks that she went under the knife to make her eyes look bigger has issued an apology.

"We are sorry to hear about what happened to CBS' Julie Chen in 1995 when she was a reporter at WDTN-TV," Joe Abouzeid, WDTN and WBDT president and general manager, said in a statement given to the Dayton Daily News. "The station was under different management and ownership during that time. At WDTN and WBDT, we don't tolerate racism or discrimination of any kind."

On the Sept. 11 episode of The Talk, Chen revealed that she opted for plastic surgery after one of her former bosses told her that her "Asian eyes" would prevent her from getting jobs.

NEWS: Julie Chen speaks out following her plastic surgery confession

"My secret dates back to—my heart is racing—it dates back to when I was 25 years old and I was working as a local news reporter in Dayton, Ohio," Chen told the audience. "I asked my news director [if] over the holidays, if anchors want to take vacations, could I fill in? And he said, 'You will never be on this anchor desk, because you're Chinese.'"

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Restaurant Employee Fired For Facebook Post That Called Native Americans Bad Tippers

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

(Huffington Post) Two employees at a Famous Dave's barbecue restaurant in Bismarck, N.D. were fired this week after a racially charged Facebook post went viral. The post included a photo that shows Famous Dave's employee Andrea Casson 

Last weekend, Bismarck hosted United Tribes International Pow Wow, a festival that attracts tens of thousands of Native Americans to the area, according to The Consumerist.

The employee denies creating the cardboard sign, but she doesn't deny posing for the picture.

"One of my friends that worked there as well came to visit, and she asked me to hold this poster up, so she could send a Snapchat," Casson told KMOT 10.

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Merrill Lynch Set To Pay Largest Racial Discrimination Settlement Ever

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

(Think Progress) Eight years after a group of black financial advisers filed a lawsuit alleging their bosses systematically steered the most profitable business to white employees, Merrill Lynch is preparing to paythe largest racial discrimination settlement ever.

In addition to distributing $160 million among all black investment brokers and trainees who worked at the firm from mid-2001 to the present, the proposed settlement would create a council of black employees within the company to advise executives on how to improve the firm’s internal culture around race. Merrill Lynch spokespeople have not confirmed the proposal, which a lawyer for the plaintiffs shared with the New York Times on Tuesday, but did say the company is “working toward a very positive resolution of a lawsuit filed in 2005.”

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Jourdan Dunn Sounds Off on Racism in the Fashion Industry

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

(Fashionista) Earlier this week fashion activist Bethann Hardison (yes, that’s on her Twitter bioput out a call to action: she sent out letters to the governing fashion bodies in each major fashion city (New York, London, Milan, Paris) stating that it can “no longer be accepted” that designers “consistently use one or no models of color.” The result of using an all-white model cast, she said, is “racism” regardless of the reasoning behind it. She went on to call out every offending designer. (See the full listhere.)

Jason Wu was not among them.

Yesterday five models of color walked his show, including rising star Jourdan Dunn, who hasn’t shied away from speaking out about fashion’s racism problem in the past. Earlier this year, after she wasn’t cast in Dior’s couture show (because of her curves) she tweeted, “I’m normally told I’m cancelled because I’m ‘coloured’ so being cancelled because of my boobs is a minor : )”

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Aaryn Gries’ mom apologizes for ‘Big Brother’ slurs

Sunday, September 8th, 2013

(Los Angeles Times) "Big Brother" contestant Aaryn Gries, whose racial and homophobic slurs have sparked a firestorm — and high ratings — for the CBS reality show, has at least one ally — her mother.

Just days after Gries was evicted from the "Big Brother" house, Elizabeth Owens is speaking out in a statement to The Times, chastising her daughter but declaring that the remarks are not reflective of Gries' upbringing or her true character.

"While I love and continue to support my daughter Aaryn, words cannot describe my disappointment in some of her comments made on 'Big Brother,'" Owens wrote. "These inappropriate comments certainly do not represent the value system under which her father and I have raised her. Aaryn is a young 22-year-old college student that has spent 70 days living in a fish bowl and making mistakes for America to see."

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Why So Few Women And Minorities At The Top? Here’s The Real Reason

Friday, September 6th, 2013

(Forbes) Only 1% of the nation’s Fortune 500 CEOs are black. Only 4% are women. And not a single one is openly gay. After decades of diversity initiatives and inclusion programs, what’s the problem? That was the question Christie Smithof Deloitte Consulting and NYU Law professorKenji Yoshino asked in their new white paper,Uncovering Talent: A New Model of Inclusion.

The report, created for the Deloitte University Leadership Center for Inclusion (which Smith heads), seeks to “redefine the conversation around inclusion,” she says. “Clearly the needle has not moved with regard to the representation of women and minorities in the senior ranks. The initiatives that companies have spent millions on are, at some level, not allowing women or minorities to break the glass ceiling into the executive suite, so we wanted to step back and answer the question ‘what’s going on here’?”

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Latino or Hispanic: Minority Group Say it Makes Little Difference

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

(Hispanic Business) As Latinos transition into the largest minority group in Berks County and the nation at large, how that group is defined remains murky. 

With the confusion, misuse, imposition and appropriation of labels such as Latino, Hispanic and a multitude of others, it may appear that Latinos are in the throes of an identity crisis. 

And although the definitions can vary depending on what government or social agency is using them, manyLatinos see the labels as interchangeable and even insignificant. 

A Gallup Poll released in July showed that 70 percent ofLatinos, or Hispanics if you will, have no preference about which term is used to identify them. In Berks County, for example, there's the Daniel Torres Hispanic Center and also the Berks County Latino Chamber of Commerce. 

Dr. Patricia Foxen, deputy director of research for the National Council of La Raza, a Hispanic civil rights and advocacy group based in Washington, said her organization uses the labels interchangeably, though the issue of ethnic identification is a complex one for Latinos. 

"Ethnic discourse is generally discussed in very black-and-white terms," Foxen said. "But the Latino population is very diverse, constantly shifting geographically and linguistically. 

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Study: Hispanic Teens More Likely To Use Drugs

Monday, September 2nd, 2013

(CBS) Compared with African-American and Caucasian teens, Hispanics are more likely to use illicit drugs such as ecstasy, cocaine, and marijuana.

A new study published by The Partnership at Drug Free Organization says 54 percent of Hispanic teens reported having used illicit drugs while 45 percent of African-American teens and 43 percent of Caucasians teens have used them.

The organization didn’t have a definitive answer as to why the numbers are higher for Hispanics than others, but the study found that a larger number of Hispanic teens have been offered illicit drugs compared to the other ethnic groups.

The study found that 62 percent of Hispanic teens say they have been offered drugs like ecstasy, cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine at least once.  Only 53 percent of Caucasians and 46 percent of African-Americans have been offered the same drugs.

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