Category Gender

Equal Pay Debate Continues in the Midst of Legislative Stall

by Samantha Serna The Equal Pay Debate gained momentum on April 8, 2014 as President Obama marked the 51st Anniversary of the 1963 Equal Pay Act by signing into law an executive order aimed at addressing unequal pay. The Executive Order, “Non-Retaliation for Disclosure of Compensation Information,” applies certain provisions of the Paycheck Fairness Act […]


Fifth Circuit to Weigh in on Sexual Stereotyping Claims Under Title VII

By Carter Meader The Fifth Circuit has granted the EEOC’s petition for rehearing en banc for Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Boh Brothers Construction Co., No. 11-30770.  The announcement comes approximately nine months after the original Fifth Circuit panel overturned a verdict in favor of the Plaintiff, Kerry Woods.  The Fifth Circuit en banc panel […]

Felicia Coleman v. Ray Mabus, Secretary of the Navy

The Navy improperly dismissed Complainant Coleman’s claims of harassment and discrimination because the agency failed to address the pattern of harassment and instead focused on each detailed incident individually. Coleman, a female Police Officer at the Navy Yard facility in Washington DC, submitted a complaint to the Navy detailing a pattern of harassment and discrimination […]

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The Gender Pay Gap and the Paycheck Fairness Act

By Staffer Angela Bouliakis Currently, federal law prohibiting job discrimination includes: Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964,which prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin and the Equal Pay Act of 1963 (EPA), which protects men and women who perform substantially equal work in the same establishment from […]


Gender Discrimination in the NBA: A Demonstration of a Larger Problem

Fitting into this election season’s discussion of women’s rights, the NBA is facing a three million dollar gender discrimination suit. Longtime NBA employee Brynn Cone is suing the National Basketball Association, Inc., NBA Entertainment, Inc., and NBA Properties, Inc., alleging she was underpaid, under-promoted, and ultimately forced out of the organization because of her gender, […]

Paycheck Fairness Act Failed To Pass In The Senate

On June 5, 2012, Senate Democrats fell 8 votes shy of the 60 votes needed to proceed to a vote on the Paycheck Fairness Act (S. 3220).  The Act, as written would, among other things, amend the Equal Pay Act to allow employees to recover punitive damages for gender discrimination and would require employers to […]

Senate Democrats Call On Congress to Pass the Paycheck Fairness Act

On May 23, 2012, a group of Senate Democrats, led by Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) along with various interest groups called on Congress to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act (S. 797 and H.R. 1591) which was introduced in 2011 by Senator Mikulski and Representative DeLauro (D-CT) in 2011 and would update the Equal Pay Act. […]

Women’s Employment is Pivotal in 2012 Election

The state of the economy is always a pivotal issue in a Presidential election year, and this year is no different.   Candidates are well aware of this and as we draw closer to the November election each candidate has begun to devote more time to stump speeches that address topics ranging in scope from taxes […]

District Judge Allows Sex Discrimination Class Action Against Bayer to Proceed

Last week, New Jersey U.S. District Judge Dennis Cavanaugh denied Bayer Corp.’s motion to strike class allegations and partially dismiss Barghout’s (plaintiffs’) amended second complaint in a $100 million sex discrimination suit. Despite presenting a strong legal analysis regarding potential problems with class certifications, Judge Cavanaugh ruled that Bayer’s argument (that the allegedly amorphous claims […]

Akin Gump Claims Firing Not Race-Based, Second Circuit Will Hear Complaint

Former Akin Gump attorney Tameka Simmons filed a Title VII employment discrimination lawsuit alleging race discrimination and employment retaliation against her employer in December 2010 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. In her complaint, Simmons alleges that Akin Gump used her to promote its diversity and gave her stellar […]