An employer that terminated a female employee who left work early to attend to what an appeals court called an “inherently female” emergency situation must face a jury trial on a gender discrimination claim.
Tag: gender discrimination
Most employers agree that a diverse workplace benefits from the insights and skills of working parents. After all, parents are often the ones who know best how to relate to coworkers, clients, and customers who are also parents. And it’s the working parents who often have mastered the art (science?) of juggling tasks and getting […]
For employers that offered telework as a temporary option in the earlier phases of the COVID-19 pandemic, now is the time to evaluate whether a formal remote working policy is a good fit going forward. While offering telecommuting options may have business advantages such as being a recruiting tool, lowering facility and travel expenses, and boosting morale, there are also legal risks to consider.
The words “sex” and “gender” are often used interchangeably, but there are important distinctions, especially when it comes to employers staying out of legal trouble for sexual harassment or gender discrimination.
Olympic runner Caster Semenya, a woman by her own identification, was born with a unique body. While outwardly female, her body produces an excess of testosterone compared with other women. Olympic authorities have at times attempted to regulate the amount of testosterone in people like Semenya, and the entire situation has raised real questions about […]
Over the Memorial Day weekend, I listened to a five-part ESPN 30 for 30 podcast series entitled Bikram. The series discussed the rise and fall of yoga guru Bikram Choudhury. As an occasional practitioner of Choudhury’s method of yoga, I was somewhat familiar with the accusations of sexual misconduct made against him that ultimately resulted […]
“He looked at me and said ‘I hope you get raped!’ That’s the kind of stuff we’d have yelled at us. Even from our fans, once they get drunk, they yell things, and you’re like, ‘Really?’ It’s part of the job. It comes with it. You’re supposed to take it.” —Longtime Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader
Recent headlines have been littered with numerous stories of sexual harassment, gender discrimination, and rape. Harvey Weinstein. Google. Uber. Silicon Valley. SoFi. Bill O’Reilly and Roger Ailes of Fox News. A whopping 310 accusations against filmmaker James Toback. Mark Halperin. Taylor Swift allegedly being groped by radio host David Mueller. And for real, our 41st […]
by Tammy Binford Arbitration, long a favored method of handling workplace disputes, would be removed as an option in sexual harassment and gender discrimination cases if a new bill introduced in Congress becomes law. Often, employment contracts contain arbitration clauses that require disputes to be settled through arbitration instead of litigation. Also, complaint settlements frequently […]
by Ryan B. Frazier Since the civil rights movement of the 1960s, state and federal laws have been enacted to prohibit employment discrimination against individuals on the basis of their race, ethnicity, age, disability, religion, and gender. Until recently, virtually none of those antidiscrimination laws covered employment discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. […]