Employment Blog

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

The law is not settled as to whether LGBTQ 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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Can a Case Claiming Sexual Orientation Discrimination Be Successful?
Sex Discrimination

Depending on the facts of the case and the applicable law, a sexual orientation case can be successful for employees. An example is one of the first lawsuits the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed claiming that an ex-employee suffered...

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Are LGBTQ Employees Protected From Discrimination Under Title VII?
Sex Discrimination

The legal rights of the LGBTQ community have expanded over the years, most notably in the realm of marriage equality. Those expanded rights have not extended to federal laws covering employment rights, though other legal protections may provide some help....

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Can I Be Fired for Being Too Attractive?
Sex Discrimination

As the law now stands, an employee could be fired for being too attractive—for being too much of a temptation to an employer or supervisor—as ridiculous as that sounds. A recent New York case where that was the finding is...

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If Hillary Clinton Faced This Kind Of Discrimination Applying For Any Other Job, It Would Be Illegal, Literally
In the News, Sex Discrimination

July 28, 2016 Our nation passed a historic milestone when Hillary Clinton formally accepted the nomination of the Democratic Party for president. Americans disagree about how much her gender has helped or hurt her so far in this campaign and...

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Swimsuit Key to Age and Sex Discrimination Lawsuit Filed by Lawyer/Lifeguard
Age Discrimination, Sex Discrimination

Can a discrimination case be based on required clothes? This is the main issue in a sex and age discrimination case pending in New York state court. The plaintiff, a 65-year-old bankruptcy attorney who moonlights as a lifeguard (or a...

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Reporting Workplace Discrimination: Why It’s Important
Age Discrimination, Is It Worth It?, Race Discrimination, Sex Discrimination, Surviving Workplace Investigations

Things are not going well for you at work. Almost every day, you face various forms of unprofessional and harassing conduct from your co-workers. Based on the comments you have heard and the differences in treatment between you and other...

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