Race/Color Employment Discrimination

Discrimination based on color – skin pigment, complexion, shade, or lightness or Discriminationdarkness – is illegal. Color is a separate protected category under Title VII, the primary federal law that prohibits workplace discrimination.

Discrimination based on race and color often overlap. Discrimination because of race means race is the reason, or at least a motivating factor, in an employer’s adverse treatment of an applicant or employee. Discrimination based on race or color can also occur when an employer’s neutral policy or practice disproportionately disadvantages employees of a particular race and there is no legitimate business reason to justify the policy or practice.

An employment policy or practice that applies to everyone, regardless of race or color, can be illegal if it has a negative impact on the employment of people of a particular race or color and is not job-related and necessary to the operation of the business.

Remember! It is unlawful to harass a person because of that person’s race or color!

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How to Place a Bid on Legal Bistro

Bid-for-Placement: what does it mean? Why do we need it?

A bid is a sum of money that a lawyer offers for the opportunity of talking to a client, to receive his contact information and discuss his case (the minimum amount you can bid on is 6 law dollars).

It’s important to remember that a lawyer’s bid on a case determines where in the list of competing, “bidding” lawyers their profile will be displayed to the clients, who posted the case. The profile with the highest bid will be displayed first and the lowest, respectively, the last.

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Legal Bistro Elevator Pitch for Lawyers

What is an Elevator Pitch?

An “Elevator Pitch”, also known as an elevator speech or statement, is a short summary used to quickly define a person, product, profession or organization and its Value Proposition.  The name “elevator pitch” conveys that the person who is delivering the message has about the same time that it takes the typical elevator to go from the ground floor the top floor to convince their audience about their proposal.  A well designed elevator pitch should be between 30 and 60 seconds.

How to Write a Good Elevator Pitch

The “Elevator Pitch” on Legal Bistro is five lines (500 words maximum) of text that are displayed to potential clients in what we call the “Short Profile Preview”.  This is the very first thing that a potential client will see about you and your law firm so you should give a lot of thought to what you would like to say.

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Why Consumers Love Legal Bistro

 Do you need a lawyer but are intimidated by the legal process?  Are you concerned that professional legal services may be financially out of reach?  Perhaps English is not your native language and you are having trouble finding a qualified attorney with whom you can effectively communicate.  Don’t worry, if you answered yes to any of these questions you are not alone.

We built Legal Bistro because we were inspired by the contribution that Lending Tree made to the process for finding a mortgage lender.  Lending Tree used the power of the Internet to bring online competition in the mortgage application process. Equally important is that Lending Tree’s website has helped consumers to better understand the process of applying for a home loan. We hope that Legal Bistro can achieve similar results in the legal services market.

When Lawyers Compete, You Win!

The single biggest reason why consumers love our service is because Legal Bistro facilitates lawyers competing online to serve the client.  Our Company motto is that When Lawyers Compete, the Client Wins! Frankly, we believe that both lawyers and consumers win when the competitive playing field has been leveled.

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Why Lawyers Love Legal Bistro

    

Are you happy with the current Return on Investment (“ROI”) for your online legal services marketing dollars?  Are you spending too much of your time qualifying leads? wasting time imagesDo you know anything about the visitors to your law firm’s website besides their IP Address and the date and time of their visit?  More specifically, are you being provided with case specific  facts that will help you evaluate their legal needs?

If you have answered yes to some or all of these questions then perhaps you will appreciate why lawyers love Legal Bistro.

YOU ARE IN CONTROL

You decide what cases you see based on the Practice Groups, Case Types and Tag or Key Words used when defining your Areas of Practice.

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“Innocence of Muslims” Film Trailer to remain on YouTube

The film trailer that has sparked protests around the world, as well as attacks on U.S. diplomatic posts including the one that killed U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens and three other American diplomats is once again making headlines.  On Thursday, a judge denied an emergency injunction request made by Cindy Lee Garcia, an actress who appeared in the anti Muslim film, :Innocence of Muslims”.

According to a Wall Street Journal Blog posting by Alexandra Cheney entitled: Judge Denies Request to Remove Anti-Muslim film Trailer from YouTube, the judge’s actions mean that the 14-minute trailer for “Innocence of Muslims,” which depicts Muhammad as a philanderer who approves of child abuse, can remain online.

Constitutional Reprieve For California Death Row Inmate

On December 01, 1989, Hector Ayala joined his brother Ronaldo on Death Row when a judge affirmed a jury’s recommendation for the death penalty for a drug related killing of three men in a Southeast Dan Diego garage on April 26, 1985.  At the time of the conviction, lawyers for Mr. Ayala alleged that prosecutors struck jurors from hearing the case on the basis of their race.  The judge who presided over he case heard the prosecutors arguments for disqualifying certain jurors but failed to reveal these reasons to either Mr. Ayala or his lawyers.

On Wednesday, August 28th, the U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that the trial judge’s handling of the juror strikes violated Mr. Ayala’s constitutional rights and ordered Mr. Ayala released from custody unless the state decides to retry him.

For further information about this ruling, please refer to the Wall Street Journal Law BlogPosting written by Steve Eder entitled Death Row Inmate Scores Legal Victory in the Ninth Circuit. 

Muslim-American sues Disney for harassment and religious discrimination

According to a recent Yahoo News article written by Lisa Richwine, entitled: Ex-worker sues Disney; Says forbids Muslim head scarf, a 28-year old Muslim restaurant employee sued Walt Disney Co on Monday for harassment and religious discrimination. She said she was fired because she wanted to wear hijab — a Muslim head scarf at work.

Imane Boudlal worked as a hostess at the Storytellers Cafe, a restaurant inside Disney’s Grand California Hotel & Spa at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, according to a complaint filed in federal court.

After two years of work for Walt Disney and Co, Boudlal asked permission to wear hijab while at work. She offered to wear a scarf that matched the colors of her uniform or featured a Disney logo.

However, Disney managers denied her request. They said it would violate the company’s policy for how employees “look” while on the job. The policy also prohibits visible tattoos and fingernails that exceed a quarter of an inch.

So, Boudlal was given the choice of working in a back area which is away from customers or wearing a fedora-style hat on top of her hijab. Boudlal refused that and then she was fired.

Boudlal, a US citizen who was born in Morocco, complained that she was a subject to anti-Arab and anti-Muslim slurs. Her co-workers and supervisors used to call her “terrorist” and “camel”. According to Boudlal, she reported the incidents to the managers but they did not take any actions.

“Disneyland calls itself the happiest place on earth, but I faced harassment as soon as I started working there,” Boudlal said in a statement released by the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California. “It only got worse when I decided to wear hijab.”

Disney said Boudlal had different options for a costume that would accommodate her religious beliefs. She was also offered four different jobs where she could wear hijab.

“Walt Disney Parks and Resorts has a history of accommodating religious requests from cast members of all faiths. Unfortunately, (Boudlal) has rejected all of our efforts and has since refused to come to work,” Disneyland Resort spokeswoman Suzi Brown said in a statement.

The lawsuit seeks punitive damages and an order that states Disney may not prohibit employees from wearing hijabs. It also asks that Disney be ordered to provide anti-harassment training for employees about Muslim issues.