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Thompson v. City of Waco, Texas, No. 13-50718 (September 3, 2014)

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Fifth Circuit Declines to Clarify When an Employment Action is "Adverse" Enough to Support a Discrimination Claim

Ogletree Deakins • March 12, 2015
When presented with an employment discrimination claim, one of the early questions any agency or court must answer is whether the claimant has suffered an “adverse employment action.” Simply stated, even if a discriminatory motive can be shown, is the harm suffered by the claimant significant enough to support a viable discrimination claim? This question arises regardless of whether the complaint is made under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), or other state or federal employment law. Not every slight, indignity, or inconvenience experienced in the workplace is sufficient to meet this standard, but where does one draw the line?

Fifth Circuit Finds Restriction of Job Responsibilities May Constitute Adverse Employment Action Under Title VII

Ogletree Deakins • October 02, 2014
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 makes it unlawful for an employer to fail to hire or to discharge an individual or otherwise discriminate against such individual “with respect to his [or her] compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment” because of a protected characteristic, including race.