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Lewis v. Heartland Inns of America, L.L.C., 8th Cir., No. 08-3860, Jan. 21, 2010

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Court Revives Hotel Worker's Gender Stereotyping Claim.

Ogletree Deakins • April 05, 2010
A federal appellate court recently reinstated a gender stereotyping case brought by a hotel front desk employee who claimed she was fired for not having the "Midwestern girl look." According to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, "[c]ompanies may not base employment decisions for jobs . . . on sex stereotypes."

Adverse Employment Action Based on Gender-Related Non-Conforming Behavior and Appearance is Impermissible.

Ogletree Deakins • January 27, 2010
Under Title VII, an unlawful employment practice is established when an employee demonstrates that gender is a motivating factor for an adverse employment action. Under that analysis, the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld the Title VII claims of a female hotel desk clerk who was fired after a company decision-maker complained that the employee lacked the pretty and “Midwestern girl” look desirable in a front desk employee.

Adverse employment action based on gender-related non-conforming behavior and appearance is impermissible.

Ogletree Deakins • January 25, 2010
Under Title VII, an unlawful employment practice is established when an employee demonstrates that gender is a motivating factor for an adverse employment action. Under that analysis, the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld the Title VII claims of a female hotel desk clerk who was fired after a company decision-maker complained that the employee lacked the pretty and “Midwestern girl” look desirable in a front desk employee.