Missouri firm Cerner to pay $1.8 million for allegedly discriminating against Asian and Black applicants
- Cerner Corp., a health information technology provider based in Kansas City, Missouri, has agreed to pay $1.8 million in settlements after a Department of Labor evaluation accused it of discriminating against Asian and Black job applicants.
- Cerner allegedly tossed 1,870 Asian and Black job applicants in favor of white applicants with similar qualifications between July 6, 2015 and June 30, 2019.
- As part of the agreement, Cerner will pay the rejected applicants $1,860,000 in back pay and interest, as well as ensure a fair hiring process in the future.
- Cerner reportedly denies the Labor Department’s allegations.
Cerner Corp., a health information technology provider based in Kansas City, Missouri, has agreed to pay $1.8 million in settlements after a Department of Labor evaluation accused it of discriminating against Asian and Black job applicants for years.
Nearly 2,000 Asian and Black applicants reportedly applied to work at five Cerner locations between July 6, 2015 and June 30, 2019, but the company ultimately chose white applicants despite similar qualifications, the evaluation by the department’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) alleged.
California’s Siskiyou County accused of discrimination against Asian Americans in new class action lawsuit
- A federal lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and the Asian Americans Advancing Justice in San Francisco accuses California’s Siskiyou County and Sheriff Jeremiah LaRue of racial harassment against the Asian American community.
- Asian American residents in Siskiyou County have been harassed by deputies through traffic stops, wrongly accused of criminal activity and discriminated against in public meetings, according to the class action suit filed on Wednesday.
- County officials have since denied any racial bias against Asian Americans; however, a controversy surrounding the June 2021 fatal shooting of Soobleej Kaub Hawj, a 35-year-old Hmong farmer, has escalated tensions.
- Siskiyou County is home to fewer than 45,000 people, with Asian American residents only representing 1.6 percent of the county.
California’s Siskiyou County and Sheriff Jeremiah LaRue are accused of racial harassment against the Asian American community in a federal lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Northern California.
The federal lawsuit claims the county and its sheriff engaged “in a sweeping campaign to harass and intimidate Hmong and other Asian Americans.”
- Thai model Rachaya Noppakaroon, who is transgender, said she wasinterrogated for hours at the Dubai airport because her passport stated that she was “male.”
- In a tearful Facebook post on March 16, Noppakaroom detailed a complete timeline of what happened from the moment she arrived in Dubai to when she was forced to return to Thailand.
- “A nightmare while my eyes are open,” she wrote. “We were so determined to perform in Dubai.”
- According to the Criminal Code of Dubai, it is illegal to be transgender or homosexual, and punishable by law with up to 14 years of imprisonment and a fine of approximately $2,700.
- Noppakaroon, who was the 2014 Miss Tiffany’s pageant first runner-up, was attempting to travel to Dubai for a Muay Thai demonstration at the World Expo.
Model Rachaya Noppakaroon detailed on her Facebook the hours of interrogation over her gender she underwent by Dubai’s immigration office.
Thai model Rachaya Noppakaroon, who is also transgender, said she was interrogated for hours at the Dubai airport because her passport stated that she was “male.” Despite having the appropriate paperwork, she was ultimately denied entry and forced to return to Thailand just 19 hours after she arrived.
- Judge Claude Hilton ruled Friday that Fairfax County public schools discriminated against Asian students applying to the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Fairfax County, Virginia.
- The Coalition for TJ, led by students’ parents and represented by the Pacific Legal Defense Foundation, filed a lawsuit against the school in early January for discriminating against Asian students in the admission process.
- The percentage of Asian students at the school dropped from 73% to 54% after revised admission policies were implemented to balance out racial representation at the school.
- One of the rules in the revised admission policies included a “bonus system” which granted student applicants points for “experience factors,” including having previously attended underrepresented schools.
A federal judge ruled on Friday in favor of a parent coalition accusing Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST) in a lawsuit of discrimination against Asian American applicants through its revised admission policy.
STEM-focused TJHSST, located in Fairfax County, Virginia, is currently ranked as the No. 1 high school and No. 5 among STEM high schools in the country by U.S. News & World Report.
Ex-Boston University lecturer accused of assuming Asian students’ ethnicities denies discrimination claims
- Geoffrey Carliner, a retired Boston University lecturer, faced allegations of discrimination against Asian students in his cconomics class, which he denied despite the school’s Equal Opportunity Office (EOO) having reportedly found “preponderance of evidence.”
- A student claimed that the professor was “making [Asian students] feel uncomfortable, offended and unable to participate fully or attend class.”
- After an investigation into the student’s claims was initiated by the EOO, Carliner emailed his students asking them to contact the investigator regarding his behavior in class. Although 26 students out of the class of 64 emailed the EOO, only two students confirmed the claims made against Carliner.
- “Based upon these facts and logical factors, I can assure that Professor Carliner’s mistake is not an act of discrimination but simply a misidentification of one specific student,” an Asian student reportedly wrote.
- The EOO did not provide details about the investigation in an effort to “[protect] the integrity of the investigative process and involved parties’ privacy.”
Boston University’s Equal Opportunity Office (EOO) found evidence to support the claim that retired Boston University lecturer Geoffrey Carliner discriminated against his Asian students, an allegation Carliner continues to deny.
A student from Carliner’s Economics of Less-Developed Regions class claimed that the professor was “making [Asian students] feel uncomfortable, offended and unable to participate fully or attend class,” according to The Daily Free Press.
- The San Francisco Board of Supervisors released a resolution apologizing for the "systemic and structural discrimination" the city imposed against the Chinese American community over the past 150 years.
- The resolution, filed by Supervisor Matt Haney in November, was prepared by three local undergraduate and high school students: Drew Min of UC Berkeley, Dennis Casey Wu of Lowell High School and George Tilton-Low of Stanford University.
- The resolution was announced on Tuesday, coinciding with the celebration of the Lunar New Year.
- San Francisco’s apology comes months after earlier formal apologies made by three other California cities — Antioch, San Jose and Los Angeles — last year.
San Francisco has formally apologized for its historical discrimination and violence against the Chinese community, becoming the fourth city in California to do so.
On Tuesday, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors revealed its unanimous support of a resolution that recognizes the city’s discriminatory policies implemented against residents of Chinese descent, reported the San Francisco Chronicle.
- Former NBA player Sonny Weems was subjected to racial discrimination after a game between the Guangdong Southern Tigers and the Liaoning Flying Leopards last Thursday when angry fans called him the n-word and told him to “get out of China.”
- The anger stemmed from a fight Weems had with Flying Leopard member Han Dejun in the third quarter of the game.
- The Chinese Basketball Association (CBA), Southern Tigers and Flying Leopards condemned the fans’ behavior a day after the game. Han and Weems were both suspended and received a fine for the fight.
Sonny Weems, a former NBA player who now plays for the Guangdong Southern Tigers in the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA), was subjected to racial discrimination when fans shouted the n-word at him after a recent game.
The incident occurred after the game between the Southern Tigers and the Liaoning Flying Leopards last Thursday when Weems, 35, encountered enraged fans who hurled racial slurs at him as he was exiting his team’s bus, CNN reported.
An Asian food court stall in Illinois has gone viral on TikTok after an employee refused to serve two Black sisters because of his alleged encounter with another Black person earlier that day.
What happened: TikTok user @labellamonay shared the incident on Sunday, and the clip has been viewed more than 1.1 million times at the time of this writing.
A video of an elderly Indian woman crying and demanding justice after she was kicked out of a bus for smelling like fish has sparked online backlash after going viral.
The fish vendor: Selvam, the 65-year-old fish vendor from Kanyakumari’s Vaniyakudi village, boarded a government bus on the way home on Dec. 6; however, the bus conductor forced her to deboard because of her fish odor, reported The Indian Express.
Canada Goose sparks controversy in China for ‘bullying’ customers with alleged discriminatory return policy
A popular Canadian luxury winter clothing brand has angered consumers and protection groups in China over its alleged discriminatory return policy.
No refunds: Just months after being fined 450,000 yuan (around $70,000) by Chinese regulators for misleading advertising, Canada Goose has sparked another controversy following a customer’s online complaint that the company declined to refund her 11,400 yuan ($1,790) jacket, reported South China Morning Post.
AAPI group warns against California’s plan to redistrict San Gabriel Valley, splitting of Asian vote
The Center for Asian Americans United for Self Empowerment (CAUSE) is calling upon AAPI communities to join them in protest of California’s redistricting draft maps.
Press release: On Tuesday, CAUSE released a statement in which they expressed their concerns over the California Citizens Redistricting Commission’s draft maps of the San Gabriel Valley (SGV).
Republican Gov. Larry Hogan announced his plans to begin community and law enforcement initiatives that will work to combat Asian American discrimination throughout the state.
Announcement: Hogan announced his plan to implement anti-discriminatory initiatives at a press conference on Monday.