Category Archives: Employment Discrimination

The Wal-Mart Effect: Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts Reinstates Punitive Damages Award in Gender Discrimination Action Against Wal-Mart

A plaintiff brings an action against her former employer for discrimination. That action seeks punitive as well as compensatory damages. The plaintiff does not have evidence that the employer acted with knowledge that its conduct violated the terms of the … Continue reading

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“Right Stuff, Wrong Sex: NASA’s Lost Female Astronauts”

Women were more qualified to to go into space than men. Having the wrong gonads kept them grounded. This Wired.com article reports: … In the late 1950s, the United States government contemplated training women as astronauts, and newly released medical … Continue reading

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No “Sex Plus” in the Seventh Circuit: Court Fails to Recognize “Sex Plus” Theory of Discrimination in Title VII Action Against Fire Department

A female firefighter has direct or circumstantial evidence that she was intentionally discriminated against based upon he gender. Undoubtedly, if she brings a Title VII action against the fire department, her action will survive a motion for summary judgment. But … Continue reading

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Female Supervisors Face Significant Sexual Harassment

From Paul Secunda at Workplace Prof Blog: “Probably not a big surprise to many readers out there that female supervisors are still harassed in large numbers, but the fact that this study show that they are harassed more than non-supervisor … Continue reading

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When Breast Milk Production Doesn’t Fit Like a Glove With an Employer’s Schedule

LaNisa Allen was fired from her job at the totes/Isotoner Corporation after she took “unauthorized” bathroom breaks to pump breast milk.  Allen sued for wrongful termination, alleging that she was a victim of sex discrimination on the basis of pregnancy. … Continue reading

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Time Allocation, “Work,” and “Household Activities”

Here‘s this really interesting interactive graph from the NY Times, which purports to show how different demographics spend their time. What’s interesting for feminists is the extent to which women spend less time on “work” and more time on “household … Continue reading

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Wall Street Bias Alleged in Two Class Action Suits

The investment banking and brokerage industry, historically a white male bastion, has been subject to numerous prominent employment discrimination suits over the years. Now the industry may be facing a new wave of litigation by women and people of color … Continue reading

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