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Sleeping to the Top: Recognizing a Sex-Based Stereotype

Published July 8th, 2019 -

In February, the Fourth Circuit ruled on Parker v. Reema Consulting Services., holding that rumors in the workplace that a female manager received a series of promotions because she was sleeping with a male manager constituted sexual harassment under Title VII... More »

July 3rd, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary—July 3, 2019

Published July 3rd, 2019 -

On Tuesday, the New York Times reported that a group of prominent Republicans will file an amicus brief urging the Supreme Court to rule that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination against gay men, lesbians, and transgender people i... More »

June 5th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary—June 5, 2019

Published June 5th, 2019 -

The New York Times reports that approximately 11,000 airline catering workers will vote this month on whether to take a first step towards a labor stoppage. Airline catering workers are among the lowest-paid workers at airports. Many make minimum wage, or less... More »

April 23rd, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary —April 23, 2019

Published April 23rd, 2019 -

The Supreme Court announced yesterday that it will decide next term whether federal employment discrimination laws protect LGBT employees. The Court granted certiorari in three cases: Bostock v. Clayton County; Altitude Express, Inc. v. Zarda; and R.G. & G... More »

March 27th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — March 27, 2019

Published March 27th, 2019 -

A group of labor unions on Tuesday secured a temporary injunction blocking portions of the lame-duck laws that Wisconsin Republicans passed to limit the powers of Gov. Tony Evers and Attorney General Josh Kaul following the election victories of the two Democr... More »

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Religious Freedom for All, and Accommodation for Some

Published March 15th, 2019 -

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects employees from discrimination based on religion. With respect to religion, 42 USC 2000e(j) requires an employer to “reasonably accommodate” an employee’s beliefs and practices. But while an employer will alway... More »

March 14th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — March 14, 2019

Published March 14th, 2019 -

Yesterday Democrats in both the House and the Senate reintroduced the Equality Act, a bill that would bar discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity in employment, housing, and public accommodations.  Forty-four business groups, inclu... More »

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Is New Prime a Poison Pill for Title VII?

Published January 22nd, 2019 - and

The Supreme Court’s opinion in New Prime Inc. v. Oliveira is rightly being heralded as a victory for workers. The Court, after all, has finally found a mandatory arbitration agreement that it won’t enforce. But it seems odd that this Supreme Court would hand w... More »

November 8th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary — November 8, 2018

Published November 8th, 2018 -

In its first opinion of the term, the Supreme Court unanimously (8-0) ruled in favor of the employees in Mount Lemmon Fire District v. Guido, holding that the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) applies to all public employers regardless of employee he... More »

October 26th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary — October 26, 2018

Published October 26th, 2018 -

While the U.S. Department of Justice filed a brief to the Supreme Court this week arguing that Title VII’s workplace discrimination protections do not extend explicitly to transgender or transitioning workers, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s Acti... More »

August 3rd, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary — August 3, 2018

Published August 3rd, 2018 -

The Massachusetts legislature this week passed a new bill that would limit the use of noncompete clauses in that state. The new law, which still must be signed by Republican Governor Charlie Baker, would allow employers to prevent their workers from moving to ... More »