Monthly Archives: June 2016

Anchorwoman’s Termination and Discrimination Lawsuit

A former news anchor for WTAE news, Wendy Bell, is suing her former employer for discrimination. After Bell covered a mass shooting at a backyard barbeque in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania, she made a controversial post on her professional Facebook page. Bell, who is white, claimed it was a call to action on the perceived black-on-black crime epidemic in the U.S.; many decried her comments as racist and demeaning. Bell’s attorney filed a federal lawsuit on her behalf, claiming her race was a factor in the news station’s decision to terminate her employment. The lawsuit alleges her employment would not have been terminated if she were black. Labor lawyers may be able to assist individuals facing discrimination in employment. Employees in the Kansas City area experiencing mistreatment, such as racial discrimination, racial prejudice, or harassment at work, can contact a law firm near them to better understand their rights. While workers’ protections can vary by state, it is important to note that Missouri law protects workers of all races.

Link: http://www.kansascity.com/news/nation-world/national/article85036662.html

Source: By Katie Mettler; From The Washington Post

Remembering Our War Heroes

Memorial Day, a time for remembering the people who died while serving in our armed forces, recently passed but it is important to remember our war heroes throughout the year. Some may be familiar with the Tuskegee Airmen, racial pioneers who broke the color barrier among Army aviators in World War II. Jesse Leroy Brown was the U.S. Navy’s first African-American pilot, who broke the color barrier in the Navy, alone. Growing up in the 1930s, Jesse Leroy Brown wrote a letter to President Franklin D. Roosevelt asking why there weren’t any black men flying in the military. He was assured that one day that would change and Jesse Leroy Brown decided that change would start with him, in an America deeply divided by color. Being subjected to racial prejudice, racial inequality and segregation in the South didn’t stop him from enrolling at a predominantly white college. Upon entering their U.S. Navy program and being warned that the Navy would never accept a black pilot, he became the U.S. Navy’s first African-American pilot. Race did not prevent him from forging friendships; these alliances were vital during service in the Korean war, but also extended beyond their military years. Unfortunately, in 2016, racism and discrimination still persist and racial issues are present both inside and out of the workplace. Employment discrimination and harassment at work are serious issues that workers in many different fields face. There are laws against discrimination and employers don’t always follow them. A labor lawyer may be able to help. If you are an employee in the Kansas City area suffering from mistreatment on the job, please consider contacting an attorney at the Bullman Law Firm for a free consultation.

Link:  http://www.cnn.com/2016/05/27/us/brown-hudner-devotion-korean-war/index.html

Source: By John Blake; From CNN

Policing Scandals: Is There A Remedy?

Racial inequality and racism and discrimination continue to plague the citizens of Chicago and the Chicago Police Department. Millions of dollars have been spent due to police misconduct: false arrests, perjury, racial bigotry and discrimination, excessive force, and unjustified killings. Families of people victimized by city cops continue to see others suffer from the ongoing racial issues in the city, racial prejudice, and racial discrimination. The installation of dashcams in more police cars, the implementation of programs such as a ‘task force on police accountability’, and laws against discrimination have not fixed the structural racism or lowered the alarming and disproportionate statistics that highlight the mistreatment of Chicago’s black citizens. While the article below highlights the damage discrimination in policing does to citizens and a community, discrimination still affects individuals in their places of work, their place of residence, and even their schools. Many employment attorneys are present in cities such as Chicago and Kansas City. At the Bullman Law Firm in Kansas City, Missouri, a labor lawyer may be able to help you if you are an employee suffering from discrimination in the workplace. Employers should be held accountable for race discrimination and harassment at work and should create an environment where workers feel safe. If you feel unsure about what rights you have and if there are protections in place, call a law firm near you today.

Link: http://www.thenation.com/article/is-there-hope-for-the-chicago-police-department/

Source: By Norm Stamper; From The Nation