Sex Discrimination

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A Culture of Inclusion: Transgender-Friendly Workplaces on the Rise

American Airlines, The Coca-Cola Co., Humana, Macy’s and Ford. All among the best-known brands in the world, each a stalwart of American business. All of them are among the most transgender-inclusive companies in the country...more

Eye-Popping Verdict For “The Little Guy” Against Wal-Mart

Last week, a federal jury (after only 3 hours of deliberation) awarded a Walmart female pharmacist... wait for it... $31 MILLION! Maureen McPadden, a 13-year Wal-Mart pharmacist, brought an action alleging retaliatory...more

Company to Pay $115,000 to Settle Sex Discrimination Suit on Behalf of Transgender Employee

As predicted, the news in the Labor/Employment world continues to center on developments in the area of legal rights for transgender employees. On January 21, the EEOC announced a $115,000 settlement of a complaint against a...more

Federal Government Remains Focused on Title IX Compliance

The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently made announcements that signal the government’s continued focus on ensuring that colleges and universities comply with Title IX's...more

Fourth Circuit Court Of Appeals Holds That Gender Normed Physical Fitness Tests Do Not Run Afoul Of Title VII

As we are all aware, Title VII of the Civil Rights act of 1964 prohibits, among other things, discrimination in employment on the basis of sex. This prohibition extends not only to intentionally discriminatory conduct, but...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: January 2016 #4

The U.S. Department of Labor issued its guidance on the joint-employer relationship last week, to much fanfare. The Administrator’s Interpretation takes a strikingly similar approach to that of the National Labor Relations...more

EEOC Suit Against Company That Has Never Hired a Woman Miner Can Proceed

Supreme Court Decision Ends Challenge To Agency Conciliation Process - CHICAGO--Relying upon the Supreme Court's 2015 decision in the case, the Southern District of Illinois on January 19th confirmed that the Equal...more

Deluxe Financial to Settle Sex Discrimination Suit on Behalf of Transgender Employee

Company to Pay $115,000 and Change its Practices Following EEOC Lawsuit - PAUL, Minn. - Deluxe Financial Services Corp. (Deluxe), a Shoreview, Minn.-based check-printing and financial services corporation, has agreed to...more

Five Suggestions to Create a Transgender-Inclusive Workplace

To get ahead of the curve, employers should start adopting more inclusive policies aimed at accommodating transgender employees. To date, 19 states and the District of Columbia have adopted laws prohibiting discrimination in...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: January 2016 #3

On Monday, we celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Dr. King’s legacy was commemorated in many memorials and articles. In one moving message, the CEO of popular messaging app Slack encouraged employees to reflect on what...more

One More Push-Up: Fourth Circuit Okays Gender Differences in Certain Physical Fitness Tests

Can an employer have different physical fitness standards for men and women without running afoul of Title VII? Yes, according to the Fourth Circuit that ruled that the FBI could reject a male agent candidate who failed his...more

The EEOC Continues To Recognize Sexual Orientation Discrimination As Sex Discrimination Under Title VII

On January 6, 2016, the EEOC field an amicus brief in Barbara Burrows v. The College of Central Florida arguing, for the first time, that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects workers against sexual orientation...more

Developments in Employee Benefits Law: Same-Sex Marriage and Title VII’s Protection for LGBT Employees

A number of recent legal changes will have a notable impact on employee benefits law both now and in the future. Some of the most significant of those changes are the U.S. Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage decision in...more

EEOC Pushes to Expand Title VII’s Reach to Sexual Orientation Claims

When you’ve been blogging as long as Jon Hyman (of Ohio Employer’s Law Blog) and I have, your minds seem to work in a similar fashion. For a few days, I’ve been working on a draft of a blog post about the EEOC’s goal of...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: January 2016 #2

Last week, a California judge made news when he threw out a $7.1million jury verdict. The verdict had been handed down in the high-profile age and disability discrimination suit brought by the well-known sports curmudgeon...more

Stanley Martin Companies, LLC Will Pay $45,000 to Settle EEOC Sex Discrimination Suit

Homebuilder Paid Female Purchasing Manager Less than Males for Equal Work, Federal Agency Charged - WASHINGTON - Stanley Martin Companies, LLC, one of the largest homebuilders in the Mid-Atlantic Region, will pay...more

Why The EEOC Believes Title VII Bans Sexual Orientation Bias

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a “friend of the court” brief in a sexual orientation discrimination appeal, arguing that sexual orientation discrimination is “sex discrimination” prohibited by Title VII....more

OFCCP Reminds Us Men Can Be Victims Of Sex Discrimination, Too

The federal Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) recently filed an administrative complaint alleging hiring bias against men against AmeriQual, an Indiana company that manufactures portable meals for the...more

Sexual-Orientation Discrimination: The Lessons for Most Employers Will Be Clear Even if Federal Law Remains Unsettled

Attitudes toward same sex relationships have experienced enormous change in recent years. Perhaps the most dramatic manifestation of this shift is the Supreme Court’s decision this June in Obergefell v. Hodges striking down...more

Age, sex, and sports media

Sports reporter Colleen Dominguez is 54 years old and has enjoyed a successful career in sports journalism including a lengthy stint at ESPN. Dominguez recently jumped to Fox Sports 1 and believes her age and gender are the...more

College Basketball Players Can Bring Sexual Orientation Claim Under Federal Law, And Why Employers Should Pay Attention

In the months since the EEOC’s landmark ruling in Baldwin v Foxx, the looming question has been: Would federal courts adopt the Commission’s position that claims of sexual orientation discrimination were cognizable under...more

7th Cir. Won’t Let EEOC Skip Pre-Suit Conciliation

When CVS fired store manager Tonia Ramos in 2011, it offered her its standard severance agreement that included a broad release of waivable claims, including claims under Title VII, but explicitly preserving the right to...more

Transgender Rights on the Front Page: A Continuing Conversation

A transgendered woman recently filed a complaint with the EEOC against one of the largest health care providers in the nation, and commenced a federal lawsuit alleging sex discrimination in violation of Title VII and sought...more

EEOC’s Request For Another Bite Of The Apple Rejected At “Mach Speed”

We have previously blogged about the impact of the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Mach Mining v. EEOC, No. 13-1019 (U.S. April 29, 2015). As we predicted, the true impact of Mach Mining will not be known until...more

New York Pay Equity Law Expands Basis for Sex-Based Pay Disparity Claims

Beginning in January, workers in New York will find it much easier to plead and prove claims of wage discrimination. Effective Jan. 19, 2016, New York employers will face greater difficulty in defending against claims of sex...more

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