$150,000 For A Hair: A New Settlement

The case involved a hair – that now costs $150,000.

A steel company made an oral job offer to an applicant, contingent upon his successful completion of a pre-employment drug test which required a hair follicle sample.  However, the applicant was a member of the Nazirite sect of the Hebrew Israelite faith, which forbids the cutting of […]

“The Linchpin” For Businesses: Your HR Department

By: Amy Epstein Gluck

“A good HR office is the linchpin for an employer’s effective system for learning about harassment and then responding quickly and effectively,” said Chai Feldblum, commissioner of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”), the agency that enforces federal workplace discrimination laws, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title […]

Beauty Bias In The Workplace

“Don’t think that your looks affect your job prospects, huh? Merit is all that counts – and you’ve got that covered, right?

So why, then, did Mr. and Ms. America get those great jobs – and not you?

Could it be … ‘beauty bias?’”

I discuss this in my new Above The Law article, which is entitled “Pretty […]

Pretty People Always Win -Beauty Bias In The Workplace

My new Above The Law article “Pretty People Always Win,” begins:

“Don’t think that your looks affect your job prospects, huh? Merit is all that counts – and you’ve got that covered, right?

So why, then, did Mr. and Ms. America get those great jobs – and not you?

Could it be … ‘beauty bias?’”

Read all of my […]

Brutal Physical Assault And Racial Slurs = $325,000 Settlement

Physical attack?  Racial slurs such as the N-word?

Another horrendous case of workplace racial harassment.

Many times in the last decade I have chronicled such cases, especially where racial slurs such as the “N-word” are used, or nooses are placed in the workplace.  These extreme cases seemed to have abated somewhat in the last couple years.  Call […]

Groundbreaking Decision On Sexual Orientation!

In what today’s New York Times rightfully called “a significant victory for gay rights,” the full federal appeals court in Chicago, in an 8 to 3 decision, did what its sister court in NYC failed to do: it held that Title VII forbids employment discrimination based upon sexual orientation.

By this decision, it reversed a prior […]

ALERT! Court of Appeals In Chicago Finds Title VII Includes Sexual Orientation

While the federal court of appeals in NYC dithered and punted last week by issuing a decision of woulda coulda shoulda – the federal court of appeals in Chicago actually did something of landmark status today:  it confirmed that sexual orientation is covered by  Title VII.

More on the decision tomorrow!

 

Military Vet With PTSD Called “Psycho” By Boss:  EEOC Files Suit

We have recently seen a couple of cases of military veterans who were refused employment as truck drivers based upon a disability.  A refusal to permit a reasonable accommodation for a disability violates the Americans With Disabilities Act (“ADA”).

A recently filed suit by the EEOC in Florida alleged that a trucking company refused to hire […]

“Texas Roadhouse Too-Downhome-To-Discriminate”- Settles For $12 Million 

When we posted this headline in early February that seemed to be the defense to an EEOC systemic age discrimination lawsuit against the 500-outlet chain of steakhouses which was then in its 4th week of a jury trial in Boston, according to an article by Peter Gosselin.

“Y’all don’t think we’d do that, do ya?”

The EEOC claimed […]