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Tag Archives: Employment Discrimination

Superintendent’s response to criticism not clearly unlawful (access required)

Where a plaintiff brought gender bias and retaliation claims against a school superintendent, alleging his response to her criticisms was different from his response to males who questioned his decision making, the superintendent was entitled to immunity on the § ...

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Unwanted contact, comments back hostile environment claim (access required)

Where the plaintiff, who had only recently turned 18, alleged she was subjected to a co-worker’s unwelcome physical contact and comments sexualizing her gender and referencing her physical appearance, she has stated a claim of a hostile work environment. Background ...

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Airline failed to reemploy pilot, violated USERRA (access required)

Although the pilot was not cleared to fly, an airline nevertheless violated the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act, or USERRA, by not reemploying him “promptly” in an alternative position. Background As Thomas Harwood neared completion of a tour ...

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Hostile environment based on comments about anatomy (access required)

Allegations that co-workers stared at the plaintiff’s breasts frequently over a multi­year period, in addition to making comments about her breasts and suggesting she was a “lezzie,” could lead a reasonable jury to find that plaintiff was subjected to severe ...

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Repeated requests for date no basis for hostile environment (access required)

Where a pharmacy employee alleged the CEO repeatedly asked her for a date and discussed his desire to marry and provide for her, her allegations were insufficient to sustain a claim for a hostile work environment. Background Allison Coates began ...

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Former controller fails to demonstrate wage discrimination (access required)

Significant differences between the plaintiff and her comparator doomed her sex-based wage discrimination claims under both the Equal Pay Act and Title VII. Background Shelly Lee, a former employee of Belvac Production Machinery Inc., brought suit against the company seeking ...

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Jury’s $50K FMLA retaliation verdict overturned (access required)

Although the jury found for the plaintiff on her claim under the Family and Medical Leave Act, and awarded her $50,000, the evidence was not enough to permit a reasonable jury to conclude the company’s proffered rationale for firing her ...

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Suit claims age discrimination by bank (access required)

Allegations that Carter Bank & Trust has marginalized older employees, stripped them of duties and responsibilities, denied training and promotional opportunities provided to younger employees and made comments reflecting age animus were sufficient to withstand a motion to dismiss disparate ...

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Rudeness insufficient for hostile environment claim (access required)

Although a pharmaceutical sales manager alleged the head of commercial operations was “noticeably rude” to her and caused her colleagues to comment about his behavior, Title VII does not create a general civility code in the workplace. Her hostile work environment ...

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