The number of people filing charges with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, alleging that they had been discriminated against by their employer, has dropped steadily each of the past four years. Just over 4,000 charges were filed in the 2014 fiscal year, a 23 percent drop since 2010. The drop was evident over all the types of discrimination claims tracked by the EEOC.
Van Kampen Law in the News
IREDELL COUNTY, NC – Two survivors of domestic violence who sued the Iredell County Sheriff and one of his deputies finally got what they wanted: Deputy Ben Jenkins has been dismissed from the force.
CHARLOTTE, NC — Denise Lockie a survivor from the Miracle on the Hudson said she was wrongfully terminated after she was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder after the plane crash. She was returning home to Charlotte from a business trip when her plane went down in the Hudson River.
CHARLOTTE, NC – The big story on the national stage this week, continues to be the Supreme Court’s ruling that some businesses do not have to cover certain kinds of contraception. Justice Ginsburg stated in her dissent that the recent exemption creates a slippery slope concerning religious beliefs and the health of employees.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The man who spoke out for U.S. airline pilots has decided to sue the union he once represented. Mike Cleary worked as a union president for almost four years.
When Cleary was preparing to leave, the pilots’ association refused to pay him for more than 100 days of vacation he earned. Cleary’s attorney Josh Van Kampen, filed the lawsuit.
GASTON COUNTY, NC – A Gaston County paramedic and breast cancer victim is suing county officials on allegations that they failed to protect her from vicious sexual harassment.
An employment law attorney for Abigail Wilson filed the lawsuit in Gaston County Superior Court, citing negligence and battery against the co-worker who is accused of abusing Wilson.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A Native American beauty queen is suing her former employer over claims they tried to cover up alleged sexual harassment and battery. Attorney Josh Van Kampen commented that his client filed in Charlotte because she feared she could not get a fair trial in her home town of Pembroke, which is about two hours southwest of Charlotte.
ANSON COUNTY – Alleged charges against an Anson County teacher, Patricia Frost, accused of slapping a student have been dismissed, but she is still suspended from her job. “I have always expected to get my job back. This is just another step towards that,” said teacher Patricia Frost.
ANSON COUNTY, NC – An Anson County teacher still fights to get her job back after she was suspended without pay for allegedly slapping a student. Patricia Frost admits to slapping Johnathan Smith, 18, but only as a defense for herself after she says he refused to pull up his pants and cursed her out.
STATESVILLE, NC – A second woman has said she was sexually harassed by the former head of police agency’s domestic violence unit, Richard Jenkins III. Lisa Mangiardi says she sought help from the Iredell County Sheriff’s office for a domestic violence issue and that is when Richard sexually propositioned her and began stalking her.
IREDELL COUNTY, NC — A Kannapolis woman is suing the Iredell County sheriff and a deputy after she said the deputy threatened and sexually harassed her and still kept his job. She filed the civil complaint against the two men on Wednesday. “Just because you are an abused woman doesn’t mean you lose your right to speak,” said Suzanne Wick.
Jason Myers says the three-day hospitalization that followed his suicide attempt was the wake-up call he needed to treat what he characterizes as “a major depressive disorder.” He’s now suing Roush Fenway for wrongful termination, claiming in a June 2 filing in Cabarrus County Superior Court that the organization violated the Family Medical Leave Act by firing him.