Tag: Sex Discrimination

No Favorable Treatment of ‘Similarly Situated’ Individuals Dooms Gender Discrimination Claim

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 forbids discrimination based on certain protected categories (e.g., gender) in any aspect of employment. Discrimination can present itself in the form of “hostile work environment,” “disparate treatment,” or the “disparate impact” of a particular employment practice. Disparate treatment cases involve claims in which an employee alleges […]

Where’s the Harm? Court Splits on Title VII Liability for Lateral Transfers

Recently, the influential U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. Circuit ruled that denial of a lateral transfer request based on protected status is actionable under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 without proving additional harm, such as a change in pay or benefits. Though circuit courts are split […]

Recent Case Sheds Light on Resignations, Harassment Investigations

Employers sometimes breathe a sigh of relief when an employee resigns, particularly if the individual had performance problems, made discrimination complaints, or engaged in other types of protected activity. But what counts as a resignation in the state? Under what circumstances might a resignation not actually be a resignation at all?

Employer’s Transgender Bathroom Ban Violates Illinois Human Rights Act

A transgender person’s access to the bathroom associated with their new identity has become a hot-button issue in society at large. It was therefore no surprise that an Illinois court was asked to weigh in on the issue. In a landmark ruling, the Illinois Appellate Court for the Second District ruled an employer violated the […]

Pronouns and Misgendering: Answers to Common Questions from Employers

After the U.S. Supreme Court’s Bostock decision in June 2020, which found discrimination because of someone’s transgender status is prohibited under the umbrella of sex discrimination, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued guidance expanding on the practical implications. The guidance highlights one form of harassment that can contribute to creating a hostile work environment […]

Cost of Working From Home Is Still Unclear

Pay equity has become an important issue in California employment law. It is now a concept of both general fairness and discrimination. For example, employers may not ask about prior salary history because it has been linked to discriminatory factors and reliance on it perpetuates that discrimination. Similarly, the California Equal Pay Act (EPA) requires […]

Faces of HR: Allyship is an Action Verb for Ashley T. Brundage

Today, more HR managers and organizations understand the need for diversity and inclusion in the workplace, but we still have a way to go. We must be the change we want to see in the world. This starts with increasing your awareness, respecting one another, listening to one another, and focusing on the power of […]

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Showing Favoritism to Paramour Isn’t Unlawful Sex Bias Under Title VII

Although supervisory favoritism toward a paramour may be unfair and ill-advised, it isn’t illegal sex discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, according to the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals (whose rulings apply to all Washington employers). Facts William Maner worked in a medical research laboratory operated by Dignity Health […]

8th Circuit Denies Relief for Female Employee Paid Less for Choosing to Do More

A female employee wasn’t discriminated against for receiving less compensation than her male coworkers when she voluntarily chose to complete tasks that weren’t required of her, according to the U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals (whose rulings apply to all Nebraska employers), upholding a Nebraska federal district court decision. Facts Barbara Perry, a former employee […]

On the Basis of Sex: Getting a ‘Statute’ is Even Better Than Getting a Golden ‘Statue’

For movie lovers, February is known for the Academy Awards, the star-studded event where Oscars are handed out and the speeches drag on and on. This year, a documentary on Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s work confronting sex discrimination, titled RBG, is up for Best Documentary. Whether the film wins or loses the Oscar, […]