Title VII

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New Report Highlights 16% Gender Pay Disparity Among CFOs

Title VII and, to some extent, Title IX of the Civil Rights Act protects individuals from discrimination on the basis of sex. These laws are usually recourse for either the discriminated employee to fight for injunctive relief or for damages by targeting the specific employer that allegedly committed the discrimination. However, when sex discrimination is … Continue reading »

Sears Wrongful Termination Suit Not Covered by Title VII, 11th Circuit Decides

On March 26, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a district court’s decision to dismiss a wrongful termination suit brought by former Sears employee Janet Brush, who alleged that her termination was retaliation for activity protected under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. In Brush v. Sears Holding Corp., the Circuit Court held … Continue reading »

New Report Highlights Abuse, Strength of Latina Workers

It should come as no surprise that many people in the United States still suffer from employment abuse. What is shocking, however, is that much of this abuse is concentrated within one class of people in the workforce. Latina working women are among the most vulnerable workers when it comes to abuse and harassment. Looking … Continue reading »

TN, GA Want to Add Gun Owners to Non-Discrimination Laws

Many states have taken it upon themselves to supplement Title VII of the Civil Rights Act by passing legislation that prohibits discrimination based on an employee’s or potential employee’s membership in a particular class of people. Many legislatures have added sexual orientation as a pseudo-protected class but states like Georgia and Tennessee want to make … Continue reading »

Paula Deen is in Hot Water Y’all: Employment Discrimination Suit Filed

Paula Deen and her food empire have become iconic over the past decades, producing restaurants, television shows, and the world’s best southern cooking. However, Deen’s reputation as an innocent Georgia mama has been cast into doubt by a recent lawsuit alleging racial discrimination and sexual harassment by a former employee. Lisa T. Jackson, a former … Continue reading »

9th Circuit Blocks Arizona Law Seeking to Limit Same-Sex Partner Benefits

A three judge panel of the 9th Circuit blocks an Arizona law that limited same-sex partner benefits for public employees. The law, instituted as a cost-saving measure, also eliminated health care benefits of heterosexual domestic partners and adult children. The court overturned the law based on the rational that “[w]hen a state chooses to provide … Continue reading »

New Haven Faces a Reverse-Reverse Discrimination Suit

Last month, twenty firefighters, all white except for one Hispanic, won more than $2 million in settlements from the city of New Haven, Connecticut for the (reverse) discriminatory practices of the fire department. The 2009 Supreme Court decision Ricci v. DeStefano found that New Haven did not have a substantial reason to throw out the results … Continue reading »

Supreme Court expands employee anti-retaliation protections

In an 8-0 vote, the Supreme Court upheld the EEOC’s interpretation of the anti-retaliation provision of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by holding that retaliation against close family members almost always qualifies as unlawful retaliation. The Court reached this decision in the case of Thompson v. North American Stainless, LP, where … Continue reading »

Wal-Mart v. Dukes up for SCOTUS cert on November 23, 2010

From the Scotus Blog: Wal-Mart v. Dukes, Docket No. 10-277: Issue: (1) Whether claims for monetary relief can be certified under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23(b)(2) and, if so, under what circumstances; and (2) whether the lower court’s order certifying a class conforms to the requirements of Title VII, the Due Process Clause, the … Continue reading »


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