Can You Take Back a Job Offer if He Becomes a She?
Posted on March 23, 2016
the situation You are interviewing a number of candidates for a vacant position. One particular candidate stands out and he seems like he will be the best fit. After you offer him the job, he tells you that he is a transgender and will be presenting as a female by the time he begins to […]
Does Harassment Based on Sexual Orientation Count as Sex Discrimination?
Posted on March 9, 2016
the situation One of your supervisors has been making offensive comments to a gay employee about his sexual orientation fairly frequently. The employee complains to you, but you don’t take it seriously and thus, don’t take any action. The employee then quits. Could you face a possible claim under Title VII?
Drop and Give Me Thirty (Or Fourteen If You’re a Woman)—Is This Discrimination?
Posted on January 27, 2016
the situation Physical fitness is a necessary component for certain jobs in your organization and so you develop a physical fitness assessment for prospective employees. Based on a thorough analysis of gender norms and abilities, you determine specific standards—which are different for men and women. A male is unable to complete one of the tasks […]
Can a Temp From a Staffing Company Bring a Title VII Claim Against You?
Posted on December 30, 2015
the situation You engage a temporary staffing company to provide you with some temporary laborers to help during a particularly busy time period. Under the arrangement with the staffing company, you pay the staffing company only and they pay the temps. You are not responsible for setting the pay rate, paying the taxes, or getting […]
Differing Discipline for Facebook Comments May be Discrimination
Posted on October 2, 2015
In today’s digital culture, employers are well advised to have social media policies which hopefully prevent employees from posting things that reflect poorly on the employer. But the question of how to apply some of these policies is unfamiliar territory. For example, how do you determine what kinds of comments warrant discipline? And how do […]
EEOC Cracks Down on Pre-Hire Employment Assessments
Posted on August 28, 2015
Earlier this week, the EEOC announced that Target has agreed to pay $2.8 million dollars to resolve a charge of discrimination related to the use of employment assessments that disproportionately screened out applicants for certain positions based on race and sex. The EEOC took the position that the tests violated Title VII because they were […]
Stray Remarks by De Facto Decisionmaker Support Discrimination Claim
Posted on July 31, 2015
When is an employer liable for “stray” remarks? How connected do the stray remarks need to be to the adverse employment action? Earlier this summer, the Second Circuit reversed a district court’s award of summary judgment to an employer on a discrimination claim involving stray remarks in a denial of tenure case where the remarks […]
EEOC Rules– Sexual Orientation Discrimination Equals Sex Discrimination under Title VII
Posted on July 24, 2015
On July 15, 2015, the EEOC clarified that, at least for claims made against the federal government, all complaints of discrimination based on sexual orientation constitute sex discrimination claims under Title VII. Baldwin v. Foxx, Secretary, Dept. of Transportation, EEOC Appeal No. 0120133080. The case involved David Baldwin, an air traffic controller who filed an […]