Author Archives: Derek T. Smith, Esq.

Is “Diet” Soda the New Tobacco?

Is “Diet” Soda the New Tobacco? On October 16, 2017, the Derek Smith Law Firm, PLLC filed three class action law suits in New York’s federal court against the beverage giants The Coca-Cola Co., Pepsi-Cola Co., and Dr. Pepper Snapple Group Inc. The Plaintiffs claim that the companies mislead customers with “DIET” drinks containing aspartame… Read more »

Bass Pro settles $10.5 discrimination claim

Bass Pro settles $10.5 discrimination claim HOUSTON, TEXAS – According to Court records, Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World has recently settled a federal lawsuit based on racial discrimination which requires them to pay $10.5 million in damages. The suit alleged Bass Pro had discriminated against minorities in their hiring practices at its stores nationwide. The… Read more »

Famous Chicago Restaurant Chain settles $1.9 million racial discrimination claim

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Chicago Race Discrimination – Rosebud Restaurant’s, Inc. has settled a racial discrimination case for over $1.9 million dollars as a result of their discriminatory policy of refusing to hire African American job applicants. The suit was filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in September of 2013.  The suit charged managers, including Alex Dana, the… Read more »

Sherman, Texas faces fifth employment discrimination claim

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Sherman, Texas | Employment Discrimination – A fifth employee has come forward with a complaint of discrimination against the City of Sherman in Texas.  Former Police Chief Otis Henry’s retirement was announced by City Manager Robby Hefton on December 8th, a retirement that Henry was forced to make.  31-year old Zachary Flores was announced as… Read more »

Can ‘Penis Seats’ on a Train Combat Sexual Harassment?

Mexico City authorities install ‘penis seat’ to fight sexual harassment on Metro trains With sexual harassment at all time highs in Mexico City, the Metro authorities are fighting back in a very odd way, “Penis Seats”. The anatomically correct seats, labelled ‘for men only’, were installed on one of the busiest trains on the Mexico… Read more »

Radio Host sues Station for Sexual Harassment

Veteran Employee accused of Sexual Harassment Florida – A female radio host, Aprille Hinnant, is suing Cox Media Group for sexual harassment at work. According to the sexual harassment lawsuit filed in a Miami federal court, the plaintiff alleged her supervisor, Maestro Powell, sexually harassed and retaliated against her, which developed a hostile work environment…. Read more »

Sexual Harassment unveiled in Apple Headquarters

Women reveals Apple’s Hostile Work Environment California – Clandestine sexual harassment in the Apple Headquarters in Cupertino, CA, has been unleashed through numerous female employees who believe men in the workplace have gone too far with sexual harassment and sexual joking at work. It’s illegal to subject employees to a hostile work environment and decide… Read more »

CEO of ASPIRA accused of Sexual Harassment

Philadelphia Human Relations Commission eliminates CEO of ASPIRA Philadelphia – Sexual harassment allegations have been raised against the CEO of ASPIRA, Alfredo Calderon. According to a new report by Fox 29, former chief academic officer of ASPIRA, Evelyn Nunez, accused Calderon of sexual harassing her and retaliating against her in the workplace. As a result… Read more »

Sexual Assault at Rider University

Male Student expelled after Sexual Assault Allegations New Jersey – Over the past year, sexual harassment and sexual assault has been an ongoing issue in various universities. Rider University is on the list of universities battling sexual assault within their academic community. A male student was accused of sexually assaulting a female student. Prior to… Read more »

Police Chief terminated for the Second Time

Female Police allege Retaliation South Carolina – In 2014, a gay female police chief, Crystal Moore, faced termination due to her sexual orientation and preference. Jarrett Taylor, Latta Town Administrator, was the individual who saved Moore’s job after she was terminated on the basis of her sex. Taylor disclosed a recording of the Mayor stating… Read more »