“Too many hens in the hen house.” Quaint remark, isn’t it? The problem is, these quaint remarks can end up as evidence of discrimination, as one employer learned to its sorrow in Ford v. E.J. Leizerman & Associates, LLC.
The University of Iowa recently came under a bit of scrutiny from a former law professor there for its all-pink visitors’ locker room as the the co-founder of Minnesota-based called “Gender Justice” called their setup “sexist” and “homophobic.” It’s easy to dismiss the scrutiny something of an oddball legal story, because that’s ultimately what it is, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some lessons—or that this could hypothetically become something more than it currentluy is. Joining me to explain the situation and why it can’t be so easily dismissed is Patrick Smith, attorney with Bradshaw, Fowler, Proctor & Fairgrave in Des Moines and author on the Iowa Employment Law Blog.
In April 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its landmark opinion in AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion, holding that the Federal Arbitration Act preempted California’s Discover Bank rule, which had previously voided waivers of class arbitration in most consumer cases.
Last spring I had the honor of talking about equal pay legislation with Stephanie Thomas on her podcast The Proactive Employer. My counterpart and the star of the show was Lilly Ledbetter.
Utah State Senator Steve Urquhart (R-St. George) is sponsoring a bill that would amend Utah’s employment and housing antidiscrimination statutes to address discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
On February 26, 2013, by a vote of 5 to 3, the Phoenix City Council voted to ban discrimination in employment on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, and disability.
Oh, the Irony! Tenth Circuit Upholds Denial of Class Certification in Nationwide Title VII Gender Discrimination
On January 15, 2012, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit upheld a district court order denying class certification in a nationwide Title VII gender discrimination action in Tabor, et al. v. Hilti, Inc., 703 F.3d 1206 (10th Cir., 2013).
CNN has reported that there are a growing number of male caregivers – and that they are suffering gender discrimination in the workplace.
Let’s play the “law school hypothetical” game for a minute. (I know, not as exciting as a cat being chosen in Monopoly, but bear with me.)
Over the last week, two unrelated stories caught my eye. For employers, they are a reminder that claims of pay inequality based on gender are still something to be concerned about.