Category Title VII

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores Inc.

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What Not to Wear: The EEOC Guides Employers on Religious Dress and Grooming Practices

by Elan Cameron On March 6, 2014, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released additional guidance on religious accommodations under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII), specifically on issues of religious garb and grooming in the workplace. The guidance requires employers to make exceptions to their usual workplace policies to […]

California S.B. 292: Sex-Based Harassment Claims No Longer Require Sexual Desire Element

by Daniel Clark In response to Kelley v. Conco Companies, in which the California Court of Appeal affirmed the dismissal of a same-sex sexual harassment claim for lack of proof that the harassment was “an expression of actual sexual desire or intent,” the state legislature approved and Governor Brown signed S.B. 292, which will revise […]

Supreme Court Revisits Title VII

by Eileen Lohmann, Online Editor On June 24, the United States Supreme Court handed down rulings in two cases involving employment discrimination claims under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, each of which resulted in a five-to-four decision for the employer. First, in University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center v. Nassar, a […]

Taylor v. Geitner

Workers who settle Title VII claims against the government cannot sue the government in federal court for breach of the settlement agreement. The plaintiff brought a claim against the federal government for breaching a settlement agreement arising out of the plaintiff’s Title VII claims against the government as her employer. In order to sue the […]

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 […]

Macy v. Holder

Transgender people are covered by a federal prohibition on sex-based employment discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  Mia Macy presented herself as a man when she was offered a job as a ballistics investigator upon a satisfactory background check, but the lab director revoked the offer several days after Macy […]

Bryant v. Salazar

An employer may not take an adverse employment action against an employee for behavior that was caused by the employer’s failure to properly respond to employee’s previous complaints regarding harassment on the basis of membership in a protected class under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  A female employee who was the […]

Game Time for Civil Rights: Gender & Age Discrimination in the Professional Sports Industry is on the Table Again

By Lorna Lunney Less than a month after a major $3 million dollar gender discrimination suit filed against the NBA, the issue is now at the forefront of the NFL with a case filed against Detroit Lions Inc..  Kimberly Doverspike, 49, filed a complaint on October 31 in the Wayne Circuit Court with claims of […]

The Supreme Court To Define Supervisor For Purposes of Title VII

In a case that could have far reaching implications for employers, the Supreme Court has agreed to hear Vance v. Ball State University, a case in which the Court will define “supervisor” for purposes of determining an employer’s liability for harassment under Title VII. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, prohibits employment […]