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Wal-Mart To Pay $12 Million In Kentucky Discrimination Lawsuit

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – (AP) Wal-Mart Stores will pay nearly $12 million and change its hiring practices to settle a sex-discrimination suit over hiring at an eastern Kentucky The retail giant reached the deal with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on Monday, when a trial was set...

Female Employees Sue Goldman Sachs, Alleging Sex Discrimination

NEW YORK - Goldman Sachs has engaged in systemic and pervasive discrimination against its female professional employees, according to a lawsuit filed Sept. 15 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York ( H. Cristina Chen-Oster, et al. v. Goldman Sachs, Inc., et al. , No. 10-civ...

Supreme Court: Title VII Forbids Third-Party Retaliation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) An employer may not use third-party reprisal as a means of retaliating against the third party's fiancée, an employee who filed a discrimination claim, and the third-party employee has standing to sue the employer, a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court ruled Jan...

Supreme Court Says Company Can't Fire Employee's Fiancée

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) The Supreme Court says companies can't fire people simply because they are in a relationship with other employees who complain of discrimination. The high court on Monday unanimously ruled for Eric Thompson, who was fired from a North American Stainless plant in Kentucky...

Wal-Mart Sex Bias Case Hits Possible Court Block

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) The Supreme Court appears ready to block a massive sex discrimination lawsuit against Wal-Mart on behalf of at least a half-million women, and that could make it harder for other workers nationwide to bring class-action claims against large employers. The 10-year-old lawsuit....

Lawsuit: Sexy Costumes Led To Firing Of N.J. Casino Servers

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. - (AP) When Kathryn Felici was told that she and other cocktail waitresses at Resorts Casino Hotel were to pose for photos in skimpy new flapper costumes, she thought it was to evaluate the sexy black outfits to make sure they fit and looked right. What the women didn't know....

Group Sues Over Title IX High School Enforcement

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) A group of coaches, parents and others is suing the Education Department over how it determines whether high schools are complying with the federal law that bans sex discrimination in schools. The 1972 law, Title IX, has helped open more academic and sports opportunities for women...

Puerto Rico Company Accused Of Male Discrimination

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - (AP) A U.S. enforcement agency has filed a federal lawsuit accusing a wholesale jewelry and beauty products company of discriminating against men by hiring only women for its managerial positions. Ventura Corporation Ltd. repeatedly discriminated against men from 2004 through...

What Does Independence Day Really Mean?

To most of us, the 4 th of July means a day off from work spent with family and friends, perhaps going to a parade, having a barbeque or watching fireworks. But Independence Day signifies so much more. It not only honors the birthday of our country, but the adoption of the Declaration of Independence...

If you hire only people you have the hots for, is that sex discrimination?

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 if your opportunities are limited by male pattern...

Court Says Lactation Is Related to Pregnancy, Refrains from Saying, "Duh"

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 sex discrimination." I was irked, to say the...

Court Says Lactation Is Related to Pregnancy, Refrains from Saying, "Duh"

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 sex discrimination." I was irked, to say the...

Pregnancy Covered By Florida Civil Rights Act, State Supremes Rule

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 pregnancy discrimination was not discrimination based...

Lawsuit Charges Sex Discrimination, Age Discrimination in ICE Legal Department: Vroom v. Johnson

"Plaintiff is a 59-year-old woman. She has been an attorney in the United States Government for 30 years, the last 26 of which have been with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and its predecessor agency, the U.S. Immigration & Naturalization Service (INS). Plaintiff has had a stellar...

The Supreme Court and the Men Who Lactate

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 tiny little smidgen of truth to the stories, buried...

Company Expands Leave Benefits For Working Mom, But What About the Dads?!

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 reduction in pay for the first six months after returning...

Women Aren’t Lead Counsel as Often as Men – It’s Gotta Be Bias!

“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 be!!!! Anyway, that’s what a couple...

EEOC Says Sexual Orientation Discrimination Is Already Illegal

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 in a long time. That is, the EEOC has issued a decision...

The Women’s Suffrage Movement 95 Years Later & Still Asking: Equality When? [Infographic] #WomensEqualityDay

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 is still a long-standing issue. In fact, it...

Can an Employee Be Fired For Having Too Many Kids?

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 she has a nice nursery right off her CEO office....

Growing Number of States Taking Steps to Fight Gender Pay Inequity

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. But while the gender pay gap has narrowed, more than...

Second Circuit Finds EEOC Investigation Not Subject to Review

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 erred by considering the sufficiency of the EEOC’s...