SPRINGFIELD -- A Hampden Superior Court jury has awarded $1.9 million in damages to a former Baystate Medical Practices pediatrician born with cerebral palsy who claimed he was fired over his disability and age. Dr. Francis J. Duda, 73, filed the employment discrimination lawsuit in September 2015, according to court records. The jury trial, held before Judge Michael K. Callan, began June 5. "We're delighted," said attorney Tani E. Sapirstein, who represented Duda. The lawsuit sought damages for lost wages and emotional distress, legal costs, and damages for discrimination based on age and handicap. Sapirstein said the jury's award included $773,000 in compensation and $1,146,000 in punitive damages. The jury found in Duda's favor on the disability claim but not on the age claim, Sapirstein said. "We are disappointed with the verdict," said Vanessa L. Smith, vice president and chief general counsel for Baystate Health. "Baystate Medical Practices … [Read more...] about Former Baystate pediatrician Francis Duda wins $1.9M in employment discrimination lawsuit
The Faculty Senate voted on 28 resolutions on Monday. Katherine Nails/THE REVIEWThe Faculty Senate voted on 28 resolutions on Monday. BY Katherine NailsManaging News Editor In what appeared to be a bizarre roleplay exercise, faculty members sat in Gore Hall’s swivel chairs, laptops open and iClickers in hand, as they chatted and ate the handfuls of candy and miniature bags of Goldfish that were provided. On Monday, the Faculty Senate gathered for their last scheduled meeting of the semester, where they voted on positions for next year and presented awards to faculty members, among other agenda items. Matthew Robinson was elected president in an uncontested bid. Lynnette Overby was elected vice president over one opponent, and both Dannagal Young and Jacqueline L. Fajardo were elected as members at large. Awards were given to faculty members for Excellence in Teaching, Excellence in Advising and Excellence in Scholarship Mid-Career. In addition to this, the Jon Olson Faculty … [Read more...] about Faculty Senate votes on proposed graduate college, non-discrimination policy – The Review
Jack Jenkins and Emily McFarlan Miller Religion News Service Published 3:40 p.m. UTC Jun 19, 2018 More than 600 United Methodist clergy and laypeople have signed a formal denominational complaint against fellow United Methodist Attorney General Jeff Sessions, condemning his role in the Trump administration’s “zero-tolerance” policy of separating children from their parents along the U.S.-Mexico border. The charges include child abuse, immorality, racial discrimination and “dissemination of doctrines contrary to the standards of doctrine of the United Methodist Church.” The complaint was sent Monday afternoon to two churches, one in Alabama and the other in the Washington, D.C., suburbs, said to be affiliated with the chief lawyer of the U.S. government. “We, the undersigned laity and clergy of the United Methodist Church, issue a formal complaint against fellow United Methodist layperson Jefferson Beauregard Sessions,” reads … [Read more...] about 600 United Methodists file complaint against Sessions for child abuse, discrimination
After years of battling Apache Junction's city council and zoning officials, the Pakistani owner of a Western-themed bar, restaurant, and entertainment venue is now suing for racial discrimination.Mehmood Mohiuddin, the owner of the Hitching Post Saloon, argues that he's been subjected to unreasonable zoning requirements that white business owners don't have to contend with."Mohiuddin has also learned that over the years, City officials referred to him as sand-nigger, camel jockey and terrorist including Defendant [city clerk Kathleen] Connelly," the lawsuit states.The complaint also says that "during his tenure, former Mayor [John] Insalaco bluntly told Mohiuddin that [he] 'did not belong here' and that 'this was their town' and referred to Mohiuddin with racial epithets behind Mohiuddins back."Apache Junction is a city of 35,000 people located east of Mesa. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that 89.5 percent of the population is white. Mohiuddin … [Read more...] about Hitching Post Owner Sues Apache Junction for Racial Discrimination
opinion Glenn Reynolds Opinion columnist Published 8:14 p.m. UTC Jun 18, 2018 I wrote four years ago that it looked as if Asian applicants to Harvard were getting the "Jewish treatment" — that is, being subjected to quotas, and rated down on “soft” qualifications, so as to keep their numbers lower than their objective qualifications would warrant. This is what Ivy League schools did to Jewish applicants for much of the 20th century, because Jewish applicants were seen as boring grinds who studied too hard, and whose parents weren’t rich enough or connected enough to contribute to the schools’ flourishing. The Ivy League eventually ended its quotas for Jews, suspiciously at about the time that there were enough rich and well-connected Jews to benefit the Ivy League. But now it’s doing the same thing to Asians. At least, that’s the charge made in a lawsuit charging Harvard with racial discrimination against … [Read more...] about Why is Harvard discriminating against Asian Americans? ‘Diversity’ is no excuse for racial bias.