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Age Discrimination Case Thrown Out By Eighth Circuit

Generally when a manager says an employee is an "old man" and had "a lot of years in", such comments would raise a red flag indicating possible age discrimination, but in a case ...
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Volunteer Nuns Not Entitled to Protections of Title VII Regarding Religious Discrimination

Are volunteers entitled to the protections of Title VII regarding religious discrimination, retaliation, and harassment? No, according to a recent Sixth Circuit case. The plaintiffs in the case were ...
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Employer's Health Plan Modification May Constitute Age Discrimination

Employers these days are constantly looking for ways to reduce their health care costs. Older workers tend to push up premiums, so why not encourage them to leave so as to get those premiums down? One ...
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Ford Hit With Sexual Harassment and Gender Discrimination Lawsuit

Female workers at Ford Motor Co.'s Chicago plant have accused the company of turning a blind eye to "heinous" acts of gender discrimination, including catcalling, groping and requests ...
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Does Abercrombie's "Look Policy" Constitute Religious Discrimination?

Does an employer's policy regarding how their employees dress constitute discrimination? Abercrombie & Fitch has previously run into trouble for its controversial employee dress code, which ...
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Age Discrimination Claim Survives Even Though Position Offered to Older Worker

It is well settled that if an employer fires an employee over 40 and replaces him with a younger worker, that fact pattern constitutes evidence of age discrimination. But what if the employer first ...
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Braun Electric Settles Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

Garden variety sexual harassment exists in all types of workplaces. Employers will get away with it unless employees take action to stop it. Samara Schmidt took such action and her employer paid the ...
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Circumstantial Evidence of Age or Race Discrimination is Sufficient

Should a cashier who is 54 years old and black be employed by a supermarket whose managers preferred young white employees? What if the evidence of such a preference is just circumstantial? Apparently ...
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Sexual Harassment Happens Even Where Employees Should Know Better

As readers of this blog are aware, sexual harassment can happen in all types of workplaces. But one would expect that employees of a law firm that specializes in employment law would know better. It ...
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Gender Discrimination Happens To Men Too

Sexual harassment complaints are generally made by women, but not always. It can happen to men too. It's illegal no matter who is the victim. Jeffrey Whitney worked at TJX in Massachusetts, which ...
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Favoritism Towards a Paramour is Not Gender Discrimination

If your supervisor gives a promotion to his paramour, passing you by even though you are more qualified, does that constitute gender discrimination or harassment? No, according to a recent 10 th ...
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Microsoft Hit with $2 Million Judgment in Sexual Harassment and Discrimination Case

Inter-office romances can create awkward situations in the workplace, but when they occur between a worker and a supervisor, things can get a lot more complicated, as Microsoft found out the hard way ...
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Lewd Behavior and Comments Support a Sexual Harassment Claim

Under Title VII, for there to be a successful claim for a hostile workplace due to sexual harassment, the behavior must be "severe and pervasive". Just how bad does do the hostile actions ...
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Religious Symbols in the Workplace Lead to Discrimination Complaint

What does it take to prove a hostile work environment claim based on religious discrimination? If you are discouraged from displaying religious objects in your workplace by a supervisor of a different ...
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EEOC Files Two Landmark Transgender Discrimination Suits

Although Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act prohibits employment discrimination based on sex, it makes no reference to transgender individuals, nor does it protect against discrimination based on ...
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New York Mets Hit With Pregnancy Discrimination Lawsuit

The New York Mets had another in a series of bad years, and now it's been made even worse after being hit with a pregnancy discrimination lawsuit filed on September 10. Leigh Castergine, a former ...
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Insensitive Comments Lead to National Origin Discrimination Lawsuit

It's been 70 years since World War II ended, but apparently there are some out there who still don't like Germans. Everybody is entitled to an opinion, but when one's prejudices are ...
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EEOC Settles Age Discrimination Case Only One Week After Suit Filed

In another indication that the EEOC is cracking down on age discrimination, it announced on Monday that it settled an age discrimination lawsuit brought against DSW, formerly known as Designer Shoe ...
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New California Law Requires Workplace Anti-Bullying Training

Is workplace bullying illegal? The short answer is no. However, a new California law signed last week by California Governor Brown takes a baby step in that direction. On its face, the law says ...
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Manager's Remarks Indicating Age Bias Critical to Age Discrimination Claim

A constant theme of this blog is that stray remarks made by an employer can be critical in proving a discrimination case. The remarks, though, need to be made close to the time of the discriminatory ...
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Wall St. Firm Hit By Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

A former employee of a Wall St. financial firm filed a lawsuit last month accusing the company's chief executive officer of sexual harassment and alleging that the firm created and tolerated a ...
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Fast Food Employee Cannot Sue Franchisor for Sexual Harassment

A huge number of workers are employed by franchises such as fast food restaurants or coffee shops. Are the franchisors, who are often based remotely from their retail locations, liable for incidents ...
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Sexual Harassment by Employer's Customers is Illegal Too

The majority of sexual harassment cases arise because an employee is sexually harassed by a co-worker. But sometimes they are brought by an employee who is being harassed by the employer's ...
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Stray Comments Can Be Smoking Gun in Age Discrimination Suits

Age discrimination can be difficult to prove, but if you have evidence that your supervisor said he wants someone younger, you may have the smoking gun you need. Robert Scheick was a 56 year old high ...
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EEOC Taking Aim at Age Discrimination in Acadamia

Age discrimination rears its ugly head not only when workers are terminated because of their age, but also when well-qualified individuals are unable to find a job because they are "too ...
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