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Bill would reverse federal guidance on discriminatory car lending

When you buy a car, there is typically no set price. The final price and terms be negotiated with the dealer, often with little information on the part of the consumer. As a result, it can be easy for unscrupulous dealers to take advantage of people -- and studies have shown that the people being taken advantage of are African-Americans and Hispanics.

Facebook sued for allowing discriminatory housing advertising

In October 2016, the nonprofit investigative journal ProPublica published a blockbuster exposé about housing advertisements on Facebook. Advertisers could tailor their ads to exclude people based on race, gender and other factors that are illegal under the Fair Housing Act, which prohibits discrimination in housing.

Report: Official misconduct occurred in most of 2017 exonerations

According to the National Registry of Exonerations, at least 139 people were exonerated in 2017. These innocent people spent an average of 10.6 years behind bars before their wrongful convictions were overturned. Why are there so many and what do we know about these wrongful convictions?

House bill would make ADA business accessibility lawsuits harder

Today, it's shocking when people with disabilities are prevented from shopping at stores or working with businesses due to accessibility problems. It does still happen, but it is less common now thanks to the Americans With Disabilities Act.

Major study finds racist redlining in mortgage lending nationwide

It has been 50 years since the Fair Housing Act prohibited race discrimination in mortgage lending. Unfortunately, a major new study has found that these harmful and illegal practices continue today, despite an affirmative obligation on lenders to actively solicit business from every segment of their communities.

Does Retirement really mean Discrimination?

Bucholz v. Victor Printing, Inc., 2012 WL 2522969 (D. N.J. 2012) is a case which analyzes the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination ("LAD"). Specifically, Bucholz, the Plaintiff accused his former employer of discrimination on the basis of age. The Defendant, a printing shop, filed a motion for summary judgment following the filing of the complaint, and preliminary discovery. 

An off-color comment does not in itself create a lawsuit.

Del Tinto v. Club Com, LLC et al., 2012 WL 5615257, (W.D.Pa. Nov. 15 2012) is an employment discrimination case. The case examines what is required for a plaintiff to meet the "regarded-as" prong of disability as well as what is necessary for hostile work environment claims. The case came before the court on summary judgment by the defendants, meaning the Court was tasked with deciding whether there were any genuine issues of material fact. 

The Importance of Time in Employment Discrimination.

Highwater v. Animus, CA No.: 12-3206, (E.D.P.A. Oct. 10, 2012) is an employment discrimination case. The main issue analyzed by the court is when an action must be brought to be within the statute of limitations. These issues are not as easy as one would think because the statute begins to run in employment discrimination cases from the point at which the discriminatory act is performed.

Arbitration Agreements and the Employment Relationship.

Wagner v. Open Road Auto Group, No.: A-5312-10T3, (N.J. Super. App. Div. Jan. 10, 2012) is an employment discrimination case which analyzes the impact of arbitration agreements on discrimination claims. Many times, when employment is offered to a person, the employment may be conditioned upon acceptance of an arbitration agreement. In this case, the Plaintiff reported a supervisor's sexual harassment of other employees to a supervisor. After reporting said conduct, he was fired, for what he alleged was complaining to authorities. The arbitration agreement signed during employment stated:

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