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May 2012 Archives

Kroger Loses Motion to Dismiss Race Discrimination and Sex Harassment Lawsuit

In an Order released today by the U.S. District Court in Houston, The Kroger Company lost its motion for summary judgment on a race discrimination and sex harassment case. [caption id="attachment_781" align="alignright" width="300"] © AP Photo/David Koh[/caption] The case was brought by Angella Ayissi, a long-time cashier who works at Kroger. The papers on file in her case state that Kroger management allowed an employee at their Sugar Land, Texas store to constantly say the word, "nigger" and other racially and sexually hostile words. She states that this went on for years before Kroger ever took any action. Lawyers for Kroger tried to get the case dismissed, but on May 29, 2012, Judge Nancy Atlas denied their motion, except for a retaliation claim, and ordered that the case proceed to jury trial at the end of July. Our law firm has been representing Ms. Ayissi from the outset, and we were very pleased with the judge's 17 page Order allowing this case to be decided by the jury. Many times the judges dismiss these cases, but in this case, the judge found that Ms. Ayissi raised genuine issues of material fact and that Kroger would have to stand trial. __________________________________________________________________________________________________ About the author: Bruce Coane is an attorney who specializes in labor and employment law, and, immigration law, with offices in Florida and Texas. He may be reached at [email protected], 713-850-0066 or 305-538-6800.

Employer Background Checks - Video by Attorney Bruce Coane

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cmgrwHL9Xug In this video, Attorney Bruce Coane speaks about criminal background checks that are done by employers when individuals apply for jobs. These individuals often question if they have a case when they are not hired or when they are fired because of an arrest history. Unfortunately, most states, including Texas, have no state law about criminal background checks in employment, so most of the time, they will not. However, this year, the EEOC came out with guidance about these checks, and how the criminal justice system affects Hispanics and blacks, in particular. As a result, it is quite possible to bring claims to court for race discrimination after a criminal background check has been conducted. Although the EEOC guidelines only references these specific races, it could apply to anybody, as the EEOC investigates complaints of discrimination based on age, race, sex, national origin, religion and disability. To see the EEOC Enforcement Guidance, click the link below. www.eeoc.gov/laws/guidance/arrest_conviction.cfm

H-1B Work Visa Denials: The Solution

Many foreign workers are finding it difficult to renew or obtain an H-1B working visa. Employers are also becoming frustrated at being unable to get visas for their workers. H-1B denials are becoming commonplace, as are massive RFE's (Requests for Evidence).When all else fails, and that includes the hopeless appeal, I "appeal" such cases to the federal courts. Many times, such an appeal to federal court succeeds, either because the U.S. Attorney agrees to settle, or because the judge issues a favorable decision for the company and employee.There is no reason for employers and workers to give up and drop the case, when there is a federal judicial system, willing to exercise jurisdiction, and consider the merits of the H-1B claim.__________________________________________________________________________________________________About the author: Bruce Coane is an attorney who specializes in labor and employment law, and, immigration law, with offices in Florida and Texas. He may be reached at [email protected], 713-850-0066 or 305-538-6800.

War On Undocumented Women

Too bad that politics has to interfere with this important immigration law that has been on the books for almost 20 years.Read this article from The Huffington Post.__________________________________________________________________________________________________About the author: Bruce Coane is an attorney who specializes in labor and employment law, and, immigration law, with offices in Florida and Texas. He may be reached at [email protected], 713-850-0066 or 305-538-6800.

Background Check Guidelines Issued By The EEOC

The EEOC has issued guidelines about criminal background checks which are causing qualified applicants to lose-out on good jobs. As a lawyer who represents workers, I applaud this guidance from the EEOC, however, it really seems to be a stretch of the law. Hopefully, Congress would take some action to limit the use of such checks, in a way that the guidance suggests. A fair employer could give the applicant the opportunity to respond, or the employer could agree that a DUI from 30 years ago really isn't relevant to a receptionist's job. Unfortunately, many large employers have a "zero tolerance" policy when it comes to arrests. See Attorney Bruce Coane speak about this topic on YouTube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cmgrwHL9Xug__________________________________________________________________________________________________About the author: Bruce Coane is an attorney who specializes in labor and employment law, and, immigration law, with offices in Florida and Texas. He may be reached at [email protected], 713-850-0066 or 305-538-6800.

Immigrant Workers Arrested at Waste Management Facility

In an immigration raid last week, just a few miles from our Houston office, the Houston Chronicle reported that officials arrested 16 workers at a Waste Management facility. The company stated the workers were not their employees, but third party temporary workers.No doubt the company would make that argument since the law provides employer sanctions for hiring undocumented workers. Even in a situation where the employer claims the workers are independent contractors, there can be penalties if the employer knew the workers were undocumented.The 16 workers are from El Salvador, Honduras and Mexico. Generally, such workers are not immediately deported (unless they waive their rights), but rather they go through deportation proceedings which can take years. Moreover, if eligible, they can be awarded a green card by the immigration judge.The government conducts these raids from time to time and arrests individuals who appear to be foreign and undocumented. An employer is required to get I-9 forms with proof of legal status completed for all workers, including Americans, but  not for  contractors. There are serious civil and criminal penalties for violating the law.__________________________________________________________________________________________________About the author: Bruce Coane is an attorney who specializes in labor and employment law, and, immigration law, with offices in Florida and Texas. He may be reached at [email protected], 713-850-0066 or 305-538-6800.

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