Landmark Jury Verdict: University of California Ordered to Pay $7.2 Million for Wrongful Termination of African American Police Officer

San Francisco, California – A jury has awarded a $7.2 million verdict against the University of California over the termination of a Black police officer. The officer, who served with the university for seven years, claimed that his firing was a result of racial discrimination. The officer, whose identity is being kept confidential, alleged that he faced a hostile work environment due to his race. He claimed that he had been treated unfairly and had experienced racial slurs and derogatory comments from colleagues and superiors. In addition, he said that he was subjected to differential … Read more

African Coffee Farmers Face Uncertainty as European Market Demand Declines

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia – African smallholder coffee farmers are facing a potential loss of income due to new mandatory rules established by the European Union (EU). The rules, implemented in 2023, aim to prevent the importation of commodities, such as coffee, palm oil, and cocoa, that originate from deforested land or involve labor and/or human rights abuses. To avoid heavy fines, companies must prove compliance by the end of 2024. Tsegaye Anebo, the general manager of Ethiopia’s Sidama Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union, expressed concern over the impact of the new EU regulations. He stated that … Read more