Landmark Federal Appeals Court Decision Holds Employee Sex Discrimination Violates Civil Rights Act

Landmark Federal Appeals Court Decision Holds Employee Sex Discrimination Violates Civil Rights Act

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has ruled that discriminating against employees on the basis of sexual orientation violates the Civil Rights Act. This ruling is a landmark victory for gay rights advocates who have been pushing to expand workplace protections for years. [Read more…]

He Said What?: Tackling Unprofessional Conduct Towards Women Attorneys

He Said What?: Tackling Unprofessional Conduct Towards Women Attorneys

The Northern District’s Women Attorneys Advocacy Project presented a program on December 6th entitled “He Said What?: Tackling Unprofessional Conduct Towards Women Attorneys.” Lieff Cabraser employment practice group chair Kelly M. Dermody was joined by other leading figures in the Bay Area legal community: District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers, Paul Grewal of Facebook Inc., and Annette Hurst of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe for a roundtable discussion on gender bias and discrimination in the legal realm. [Read more…]

Kelly Dermody Discusses Trend Toward More Pay Equity Lawsuits By Professional Women with NY Law Journal

Kelly Dermody Discusses Trend Toward More Pay Equity Lawsuits By Professional Women with NY Law Journal

Pay Equity Class Actions Increase in Number As Professional Women Voice Their Gender Bias Concerns

Women are fed up with a work environment where they routinely get less compensation and fewer promotions than men, and they are taking a stand. A legal stand. The ongoing increase in awareness around the disparity between male and female salaries, bonuses, stock options and promotion opportunities is seen as one of the primary forces behind the spread of lawsuits filed by aggrieved women seeking equality and fair treatment in the workplace. [Read more…]

Judge Denies Microsoft’s Attempt to Throw Away Gender Bias Claims

Judge Denies Microsoft’s Attempt to Throw Away Gender Bias Claims

As reported by Law360, U.S. District Judge James L. Robart has denied Microsoft’s bid to dismiss certain discrimination claims in the lawsuit brought against the tech giant by a group of former and current female technical employees at the company. The employees have accused Microsoft of discriminating against female workers via its “stack ranking” employee evaluation process, which they argue has a disparate and negative impact on women. Last month, Judge Robart criticized Microsoft for not following court orders, in his view improperly prolonging the case because of inaction by the tech company’s legal team. [Read more…]