Labor and Employment Law

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Court Says Lactation Is Related to Pregnancy, Refrains from Saying, "Duh"
Posted on 3 Oct 2013 by Donna Ballman

I wrote about a really stupid case out of Texas where a federal court said that "lactation is not pregnancy, childbirth, or a related medical condition," and thus decided that "firing someone because of lactation or breast-pumping is not... Read More

EEOC Says Sexual Orientation Discrimination Is Already Illegal
Posted on 31 Jul 2015 by Donna Ballman

This is my first post (other than the blog carnival ) since I got a concussion. A lot has happened in the interim, so I have a lot to catch up on. This week I want to cover what I think is probably the most important development in discrimination law... Read More

Women Aren’t Lead Counsel as Often as Men – It’s Gotta Be Bias!
Posted on 17 Jul 2015 by Robin Shea

“I like it when the judge calls me ‘honey’ – that means he’s going to grant my motion.” — Quote from real female attorney I know, circa 1990. Does the court system discriminate against women lawyers? Could... Read More

Court Says Lactation Is Related to Pregnancy, Refrains from Saying, "Duh"
Posted on 3 Oct 2013 by Donna Ballman

I wrote about a really stupid case out of Texas where a federal court said that "lactation is not pregnancy, childbirth, or a related medical condition," and thus decided that "firing someone because of lactation or breast-pumping is not... Read More

Second Circuit Finds EEOC Investigation Not Subject to Review
Posted on 14 Oct 2015 by Sheppard Mullin

by Sean Kirby Recently, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held in the matter of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) v. Sterling Jewelers Inc. (“Sterling Jewelers”) , that the District Court... Read More

Can an Employee Be Fired For Having Too Many Kids?
Posted on 4 Sep 2015 by Robin Shea

Yahoo’s CEO Marissa Mayer announced this week that she is expecting twin girls , and Yahoo’s stock reportedly took an immediate dive . ( H8rs! ) Mayer said that she plans to take only two weeks off, and she can probably manage that because... Read More

If you hire only people you have the hots for, is that sex discrimination?
Posted on 18 Oct 2012 by Robin Shea

It's a well-known fact that good-looking people have a better chance of being hired and promoted , and make more money, than less good-looking people. At least, as long as you're not too hot . Generally, there isn't much you can do about it... Read More

The Women’s Suffrage Movement 95 Years Later & Still Asking: Equality When? [Infographic] #WomensEqualityDay
Posted on 26 Aug 2015 by Tracie Morris

Women's Equality Day – proclaimed each year on August 26 to commemorate the granting of the vote to women throughout the country. For women in the United States, while the right to vote was enacted 95 years ago the idea of women’s equality... Read More

Company Expands Leave Benefits For Working Mom, But What About the Dads?!
Posted on 11 Mar 2015 by Doug Esten

The Washington Post’s On Leadership blog reports that global telecomm company Vodafone is establishing a new global maternity leave policy for all 30 of its operating companies: 16 weeks of paid maternity leave, plus a 30-hour work week with no... Read More

Company Expands Leave Benefits For Working Mom, But What About the Dads?!
Posted on 11 Mar 2015 by Jon Hyman

The Washington Post’s On Leadership blog reports that global telecomm company Vodafone is establishing a new global maternity leave policy for all 30 of its operating companies: 16 weeks of paid maternity leave, plus a 30-hour work week with no... Read More

The Supreme Court and the Men Who Lactate
Posted on 11 Feb 2015 by Philip Miles

How's that for a title? You can imagine my surprise when I saw a tweet: How in the world did I miss that!? A friend also emailed me a similar story: Breast-Feeding Mom Loses Discrimination Case Because Men Can Lactate Too . There's some... Read More

Pregnancy Covered By Florida Civil Rights Act, State Supremes Rule
Posted on 23 Apr 2014 by Donna Ballman

This being Florida, I expect bizarre court cases from time to time. However, the Florida Supreme Court has restored my faith (for now) that sanity will eventually reign. Two years ago, the Third District Court of Appeal, which covers Miami, ruled that... Read More

Growing Number of States Taking Steps to Fight Gender Pay Inequity
Posted on 4 Sep 2015 by State Net

by Rich Ehisen When President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act in June 1963, lawmakers believed the measure would ensure the simplest of concepts: that female workers would be paid the same as their male colleagues for doing the same work.... Read More