Housing Hostility

Discrimination dispute

A Boca Raton, FL community of 700 affluent homes is the location of one of the more recent legal disputes involving alleged discrimination. One of the residents, who identifies as Christian, claims that she has been the subject of religious discrimination within a community that is primarily Jewish. Known as Seven Bridges, the homes are maintained by an HOA. Those living there may enjoy access to tennis courts, a pool, and a clubhouse. The Christian resident, whom is the plaintiff in the case, said she was denied access to these amenities for 330 days following a spat with one of her Jewish neighbors. The plaintiff was also subjected to a $5,000 fine for her part in the dispute. For what she identifies as a hostile housing environment, the plaintiff filed a lawsuit against the HOA for neglecting to resolve the matter. Read more

Resort Slopes to an Agreement

Icy compensation

An upscale Montana ski resort has entered a settlement with several seasonal workers who claimed they were discriminated against and cheated out of their tips and wages. During the winter months between 2017 and 2018, the group of visiting workers from Jamaica maintained positions in the hospitality, food and bar departments as housekeepers, cooks, servers, and bartenders. Despite the promise of potentially receiving between $400 and $600 a night, the workers were not able to collect the full amount of their tips or service charges. The defendants named in the lawsuit, which was filed in 2018, have agreed to pay $1 million in legal fees and compensation to the workers. Read more

Fly with Chick-fil-A

Airport dispute

A Texas law was passed last September 2019 that prohibits government agencies from taking retaliatory or adverse action against individuals or companies that are associated with religious groups.  Chick-fil-A is not only known for its high-quality fast food and long drive-through lines but is also known for closing down on Sundays.  The late founder of Chick-fil-A, A. Truett Cathy, was a Southern Baptist, and the company maintains a culture of religious foundation.  For this reason, a team of conservative activists accused the city of San Antonio of discriminating against Chick-fil-A on the grounds of religion and filed a lawsuit. Read more

Whistleblower Stands Up to AC

Falsifying documents?

In the bootlegging era of the 1920’s, Atlantic City was known for its booming success and questionable corruption.  While AC has experienced an unfortunate decline since the pandemic, the tendencies to engage in unethical activities seem to have withstood the test of time. A former Ocean Casino Resort executive has filed a lawsuit, claiming she was terminated from her position in retaliation for acting as a whistleblower.  She had questioned the submission of paperwork to the New Jersey gaming division, defining it as falsified.  In response to her concern, the director of the state agency suggested that the executive be removed from her position. Read more

An Unforgettable Sound is Fired

Fresh music

As one of the longest running shows on television, The Simpsons is known for its comedic approach to middle-class life, accompanied by an unforgettable animated cast. The series is recognizable by not only the voices of the characters but also the theme song and other compositions played throughout.  Viewers may thank lead composer, Alf Clausen, for his contribution to the series.  The Emmy-winner had worked for his employer since the second season started in 1990.  Unfortunately, Fox cut ties with Clausen in 2017, terminating his employment. Clausen, however, did not take his dismissal lightly and filed a discrimination lawsuit in August 2019. Read more