Sex Discrimination Retaliation

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Tools for Preventing and Addressing Discrimination in the Workplace

Combatting the five most common forms of workplace discrimination. Workplace discrimination, in any form, can poison company culture, stifle innovation and depress morale. But the harmful effects go much further. It can spell...more

Former Harvard Professor Files Title IX Lawsuit After Being Denied Tenure

Over the past year, an exceptional number of colleges and universities have been accused by both complainants and accused students of mishandling complaints of sexual misconduct in violation of Title IX. Now, in a somewhat...more

A Lesson From Twitter Sex-Bias Lawsuit: Post Those Jobs!

Shortly before Ellen Pao lost started a “conversation” about sex discrimination in the tech industry, yet another lawsuit was filed alleging sex discrimination in the tech industry. ...more

Justice Department sues university in Oklahoma on behalf of transgender professor

One of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s stated 2015 priorities is applying Title VII’s sex discrimination protection to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals. This focus is illustrated by a recent...more

What Employers Can Learn from Ellen Pao v. Kleiner Perkins

Kleiner Perkins emerged victorious last week in their former employee Ellen Pao’s heavily publicized sex discrimination lawsuit when the jury handed down a defense verdict after days of deliberation. Pao filed suit in...more

Justice Department Files Lawsuit Alleging that Southeastern Oklahoma State University Discriminated Against Transgender Woman

WASHINGTON - The Justice Department announced today the filing of a lawsuit against Southeastern Oklahoma State University (Southeastern) and the Regional University System of Oklahoma (RUSO) for violating Title VII of the...more

Is Summary Judgment Unavailable for Sexual Harassment Claims? The Impact of the Walker v. Mod-U-Kraf Ruling on Sexual Harassment...

In modern employment litigation, the employer’s ultimate goal is to prevail at summary judgment, thereby avoiding the expense of trial and the unpredictability of a jury. A recent decision from the Fourth Circuit Court of...more

ALERT: Danger Zone - Employer Hit with Huge Pregnancy Discrimination Act Verdict

In a stunning employment verdict, a California jury awarded $185 million in punitive damages and $873,000 in compensatory damages to a former AutoZone store manager who claimed the auto-parts retailer mistreated her based on...more

EEOC Sues Mel-K Management Company for Race- and Sex-Based Harassment and Retaliation

Manager Hurled Racial and Sex-Based Epithets at Workers, Fired a Harassment Victim for Complaining, Federal Agency Charges - CLEVELAND - Mel-K Management Company violated federal law by subjecting a class of employees...more

Former JSU Women’s Basketball Coach Receives Additional Award in Wrongful Termination Suit

In August, a judge awarded former Jackson State University (JSU) head coach, Denise Taylor, $200,000 in damages for “emotional pain and suffering” she endured during her employment. Taylor was the head women’s basketball...more

Seapod Pawnshops Charged by EEOC with Sex, Race and National Origin Harassment and Retaliation

Owner Tormented Workers, Fired Those Who Complained, Federal Agency Charged - NEW YORK - Seapod Pawnbrokers, a chain of pawnshops in Brooklyn and Queens, N.Y., violated federal law when its owner harassed workers...more

OFCCP Announces Timeline for Issuing Proposed Rules on President Obama’s Compensation Agenda

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) plans to issue proposed rules implementing President Obama’s recent executive actions on the compensation practices of federal contractors. ...more

EEOC Roundup

Employment is heavily regulated in the U.S., where it is illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person's race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or...more

New Jersey Court Rules Individual Can Be Criminally Prosecuted for Taking Confidential Information to Support Civil Whistleblower...

In 2010, the New Jersey Supreme Court created a qualified privilege for an employee taking documents to support an employment discrimination suit. However, this past December, in State of New Jersey v. Ivonne Saavedra, the...more

Sixth Circuit Affirms Skyline Chili’s Summary Judgment On Terminated Employee’s Age, Sex and Retaliation Claims Because Employee...

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit recently affirmed a summary judgment granted to Skyline Chili, Inc. on claims of age and sex discrimination, and retaliation, brought by a terminated employee. Skyline showed...more

Six Lessons for Franchisors on Avoiding Liability Under Title VII

Restaurant franchisor Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc. (BWW) and Buffalo Wild Wings International Inc. were sued in Arizona's federal district court on charges of Title VII violations....more

Oregon Court of Appeals Continues Debate About Status of Wrongful Discharge Claims In Oregon in Kemp v. Masterbrand Cabinets, Inc.

Last week the Oregon Court of Appeals issued its opinion in Kemp v. Masterbrand Cabinets, Inc., holding that the plaintiff’s common law wrongful discharge claim was not precluded by the statutory remedies then available under...more

Help at Home, Inc. to Pay $302,500 to Settle EEOC Lawsuit Charging Sexual Harassment, Retaliation

Company Terminated Three Women When They Complained of Sexual Harassment by Their Female Manager, Federal Agency Charged - ST. LOUIS - Help at Home, Inc., a Chicago-based home healthcare provider that also does...more

It's Just Lunch to Pay $900,000 to Settle EEOC Lawsuit for Sex Discrimination Against Men

Federal Agency Charged Dating Service With Refusing to Hire Men and Retaliating Against a Manager Who Opposed the Discrimination - FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. - It's Just Lunch USA, LLC, a Hallandale Beach-based company that...more

SelectCare Benefits Network Sued by EEOC for Same-Sex Sexual Harassment and Retaliation

Female Patient Advocate Was Subjected to Sexual Harassment by Female Supervisor, Retaliated Against for Complaining, Federal Agency Charged - AUSTIN, Texas - SelectCare Benefits Network, Inc., an Austin-based broker of...more

Jury Rules for EEOC in Sexual Harassment Case Against the Finish Line

Manager Abused Teen Employees, Federal Agency Charged - NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A U.S. District Court Jury has found that a 38-year-old general manager at The Finish Line, Inc.'s Cool Springs Galleria store in Franklin,...more

Metro Special Police & Security Services, Inc. Sued by EEOC for Sexual Harassment and Retaliation

Male Supervisor Subjected Male Employees to Sexual Touching and Comments, Federal Agency Charges - CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Metro Special Police & Security Services, Inc., a Charlotte-based provider of private security and...more

ABC Cake Shop & Bakery in Albuquerque Settles EEOC Sexual Harassment Suit for $220,000

Owner Harassed Numerous Female Workers, Including Teens, and Forced Some Women to Quit, Federal Agency Charged - ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The ABC Cake Shop & Bakery in Albuquerque, which is owned and operated by Early Bird...more

EEOC Alerts Employers to Potential Title VII and ADA Rights of Employees Who Experience Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault or...

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently issued a “Questions and Answers” document regarding the application of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)...more

Dads Need Lovin' Too! Father Can Proceed with FMLA Retaliation Claim in "Macho Culture" Lawsuit

Dads need lovin' too. So says a federal court judge, who has allowed a father to proceed on his FMLA retaliation claim after the employee alleged that his employer's "macho man" culture was a culprit in his ouster. ...more

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