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Title VII

Just in Time for the Holidays – Does the ADA Require Braille on Gift Cards?

While litigation regarding accessibility of websites and mobile applications continues to swell, plaintiffs’ counsel are now pursuing new claims in serial litigation. With the holidays quickly approaching, many attorneys have set their sights on gift cards. Between Oct. 24-27, 2019, 33 putative nationwide class action cases were filed in two U.S. District Courts against an…

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Has #MeToo Created a New Claim of Male-Bias Discrimination?

Often—and without much thinking—when an employer faces a claim of sexual harassment, the knee-jerk response is to discipline or terminate the man accused. It is the easiest way to go, especially if the alleged harasser is a mid- or lower-level employee, is not a stellar performer, and involved in a largely he said/she said situation.…

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Employers, Can You Fire An Employee For Being Gay or Transgender?

We will soon see—at least under federal law. What am I talking about? This past week, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) heard oral arguments on three cases in order to decide whether discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or transgender status constitutes discrimination “on the basis of sex.” Let’s…

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Heterosexual HR Manager Loses Discrimination Claim

A heterosexual HR manager fired after writing an angry Facebook post against Target’s policy of allowing transgender individuals to use restrooms according to gender identity could not state a discrimination or retaliation claim, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled. The plaintiff began working in the Louisiana office of Plant-N-Power Services Inc. (PNP) in…

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Employers Beware: Workplace Gossip about Sex May Risk Liability under Title VII

Sexually explicit rumors, affairs to influence promotion, jealous male coworkers, sexist remarks by a high-ranking manager, and ultimate retaliation and termination—an episode of Mad Men? The plot of a new show on Netflix? No. Real sexual harassment—at least according to Evangeline Parker, who filed a claim alleging discrimination under Title VII against her former employer,…

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Supreme Court to Address Sexual Orientation Discrimination

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to consider a trio of cases addressing sexual orientation discrimination next term, answering two contested questions that have split the courts. Specifically, the justices will consider whether Title VII’s ban on sex-based discrimination prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and whether the statute prohibits discrimination against transgender plaintiffs based…

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Reasons Given for Termination Are Critically Important

Proper documentation is an important component of human resource management, an employer victory in a discrimination case shows. In circumstances involving termination, documentation can be of critical significance. Stating the reasons for a termination can, depending on the circumstances, play a pivotal role in the ultimate outcome of a lawsuit. In this case, the employee had…

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