Employment Blog

LinkedIn: What ‘Fire and Fury’ Tells Us About Being a Woman in Trump’s White House
Equal Pay, Sex Discrimination

January 10, 2018 Imagine that a tell-all book came out which alleged that the CEO of a major American company referred to his top assistant as a “piece of tail” and another top official used the most vile word that...

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Is It Really Harder for Women to Earn Promotions in the Corporate World?
Sex Discrimination

If you work for a large corporation, you’ve probably noticed how the general working population is a fair mix of men and women, but as you go up the corporate ladder, you find fewer and fewer women. It’s not your...

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Does JPMorgan’s Parental Leave Policy Lead to Sex Discrimination?
Sex Discrimination

Paid parental leave is a luxury in the United States. We previously wrote about the sad state of paid parental leave in our blog post “The Case for Paid Parental Leave in the United States,” where we discussed some of...

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The Washington Business Journal: Workplace advances (or lack thereof) in Greater D.C.
In the News, Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment

July 7, 2017   I reached out to Tom Spiggle, who heads up an eponymous Arlington law firm that specializes in employment rights. Here’s what he said, edited for space and clarity, about how companies can do a better job...

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Military Breastfeeding Policies: Can I Serve My Country While I’m Nursing an Infant?
Family Responsibilities Discrimination, Pregnancy Discrimination, Sex Discrimination

Regardless of whether you’re a mom who’s thinking of joining the military, a servicewoman who’s thinking of becoming a mom, or anywhere in between, you may have wondered how you can blend these two wildly different roles in your life....

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Do Law Firms Discriminate Against Female Attorneys?
Sex Discrimination

Lawyers should be upstanding people who not only know the law but also follow it. We may represent clients who break the law, but we ourselves would like to be seen as law-abiding, good citizens, just like everyone else (if...

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Does Federal Employment Law Forbid Sexual Orientation Discrimination?
Discrimination, Sex Discrimination

The law is not settled as to whether gay employees can legally be discriminated against due to their sexual orientation, though most courts have ruled that such discrimination is not covered by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of...

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Can an Employer Fire a Pregnant Employee Due to Concerns About Fetal Health?
Pregnancy Discrimination, Sex Discrimination

Employers, especially those whose employees are exposed to dangerous situations or toxic chemicals, may fear being sued if workplace conditions result in birth defects, premature birth, or miscarriage of a fetus carried by a pregnant employee. These employers, if they...

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Can Women Escape Discrimination by Advancing Their Careers?
Sex Discrimination

Any employee, in any position, may face discrimination in the workplace. Generally, however, the more people there are “above” you who make decisions affecting you, the greater the chance that someone will perceive you as an outsider or treat you...

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Can Transgender Employees Be Discriminated Against?
Sex Discrimination

There are legal protections for transgender employees. The main federal law banning employment discrimination, Title VII, has been interpreted as prohibiting employers from discriminating against transgender workers (though the statute does not have explicit language stating that). Maryland and District...

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