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Ninth Circuit Hears Oral Argument in Gender Bias Case

Whether a gender bias case can proceed as a class action is the question the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in San Francisco, will decide.

Walmart Settles Nationwide Pregnancy Discrimination Case for $14 Million

Walmart, the nation's largest retailer, has agreed to pay $14 million to resolve a pregnancy discrimination class action lawsuit. The complaint alleged that Walmart had a written policy denying pregnant women the same accommodations that it provided for workers with disabilities.

Survey Says Employers are ‘Taking Action on Pay Equity Management’

A majority of employers (60%) are not only conducting analyses to identify and address pay equity issues, but are conducting analyses with the objective of “resolving the root causes” of identified pay inequities, according to “Pay Equity Practices – Survey of C-Suite and Reward Leaders” from WorldatWork and Korn Ferry.

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. And terminating the alleged harasser may have the salutary effects of cutting off liability under federal law and limiting damages under New York State and New York City law by showing that the employer took appropriate steps to ensure that the harassment would not recur.

Sparked by US Women’s Soccer Team, 5 Steps Employers Can Take to Promote Equal Pay

The US Women’s National Soccer team (USWNT) became back-to-back FIFA Women’s World Cup winners this summer with their impressive run in the 2019 tournament in France. The players generated headlines both on and off the field for their swagger, their domination of other teams and their continuing fight for equal pay.

SCOTUS Hears Arguments on Scope of Discrimination Because of Sex Under Title VII

On October 8, 2019, the Supreme Court of the United States heard oral argument on one core question: does the prohibition on discrimination “because of . . . sex” in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 include discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity?

Divided Supreme Court Debates If Title VII Protects LGBT Employees

Does Title VII of the Civil Rights Act protect employees from being fired based on their sexual orientation, transgender or transitioning status? The Supreme Court wrestled with those questions today in two hours of highly charged oral arguments in the most notable employment law dispute on its fall schedule.

Fraternizing May Lead to Your Partner’s Promotion, Your Discharge, and Possibly a Lawsuit

At what point does a company’s application of its anti-fraternization policy become sex discrimination? Last week, a federal court in Alabama found that the answer to this question may be determined by a jury.

U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Arguments on LGBTQ+ Workplace Protections under Title VII

The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear oral argument on October 8, 2019, in three high-stakes cases that will decide whether LGTBQ+ employees are protected from workplace discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Pay Equity Challenges Continue: EEOC Sues Nursing Home for Paying Female Nurse Less

Pay equity challenges continue to make the news in the healthcare setting, primarily in the context of physician pay equity gaps. This month, the journal Pediatrics published data from the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Pediatrician Life and Career Experience Study (PLACE), which included 1,000 physician responses on income and 1,300 responses on household responsibilities.
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