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2017: The Year America Started to Address Its Sexual Harassment Epidemic

2017 will be remembered as the year America recognized and started to deal with its sexual harassment epidemic. Every few days bring a new story of women reporting sexual harassment by powerful male bosses. Unfortunately, studies dating to the 1970s…
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Wage Discrimination Based on Race or Gender

Employees are supposed to be free from compensation discrimination based on race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, or disability. These rights are protected by the Equal Pay Act of 1963, and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Ye…

Women of Wal-Mart Lose - Supreme Court Rules

The allegations were too vague and the evidence too weak to make a case for common injury, which was essential to include all female employees employed since 1998 in a sweeping sex discrimination lawsuit against Wal-Mart. So said the Supreme Court…
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Supreme Court Rules: Employers Can be Held Liable for Unlawful Discrimination under USERRA Using Cat's Paw Theory of Liability

“Cat’s paw” theory is used to describe a situation where in one uses another to accomplish his or her purpose. It is based on a 17th Century French fable, “The Monkey and the Cat,” about a devious monkey persuading an…
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Workplace Retaliation Protections Extended by Supreme Court

A unanimous Supreme Court ruling was handed down yesterday. Employers can be sued if they retaliate against a relative or close associate of a worker who filed a discrimination claim. Retaliation is when employers punish a worker for complaining ab…

US Supreme Court to Review Wal-Mart Class Action

The United States Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether the largest employment lawsuit in United States history should proceed as a class action against the world’s largest retailer. The lawsuit was brought by Betty Dukes, a store greete…
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