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Workplace Lawsuits After Epic Systems

The case of Epic Systems Corp v Lewis (2018) was decided at the Supreme Court level, with the holding effectively barring workers with similar grievances from classing together during arbitration. This has made the environment much more difficult for workers who do experience unfair treatment on the job, and it is a good idea to…

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Accommodating “Sincerely Held” Beliefs

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination based on religion. More precisely, though, it requires that “sincerely held” religious beliefs be accommodated, as long as it is not an undue burden on the employer to do so. This can create a lot of questions, especially for an employee who believes they…

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4th Circuit Reverses Dismissal Of Sex Discrimination Suit

The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, which has jurisdiction over South Carolina, handed down a ruling in February 2019 which may be a boon to women dealing with sexual harassment at work. The case, Parker v Reema Consulting Services (2019), reverses a lower court’s dismissal of the plaintiff’s sex discrimination claim based on rumors being…

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Myths About Racial Discrimination in Employment

In this day and age, the issue of racial discrimination is front and center in many discussions for people across the political spectrum. However, there are many different misconceptions that still circulate about the issue of race discrimination specifically in the context of employment. If you believe that you have been discriminated against due to…

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National Origin Discrimination In 2019

It is a truism to state that the tense and volatile political climate in recent years has at least partially been driven by decisions related to immigration. Much ink has been spilled over the treatment of those who are not U.S. citizens, and what rights they have compared to those born in the United States.…

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What Is Family Responsibilities Discrimination?

Data from the Pew Research Center shows that of 41 countries considered “first world” nations, only the United States does not grant a single day of paid parental leave after the birth of a child. This is only the beginning of what many see as unfair and out-of-touch policies and beliefs regarding parents and their…

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Disparate Impact Discrimination 101

When most people discuss discrimination, they think of active, hostile and open mistreatment of someone based on their race, gender, or other visible characteristic. However, in reality, a large proportion of discrimination incidents are over what is called disparate impact, which is when a policy may not have been written to be discriminatory, but the…

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What Is “Cat’s Paw” Discrimination?

There are multiple ways to discriminate against someone. Some of the most insidious ways are when innocent actors are manipulated into acting in a discriminatory way. This is referred to as ‘cat’s paw’ discrimination, because a ‘cat’s paw’ with no bad intentions is positioned into the bad act, leaving the person with discriminatory intent in…

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What Is Religious Discrimination?

Religion (or the right to have none) is a very personal and serious matter to many in the United States. While the U.S. Constitution protects the free exercise of religion, there are always exceptions to this grant, and perhaps the most visible is in the workplace. Depending on the specific situation, employers are permitted to…

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Employment Discrimination In The Public Sector

While traditionally, government employers are held to higher ethical standards for how they treat their employees, this does not mean that discrimination does not occur in the public sector. If you are a state or federal employee, and you are mistreated, you do have recourse. Here’s what you need to know about employment discrimination the…

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