On December 6, sexual harassment survivor and former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson joined several members of Congress in unveiling new legislation restoring the rights of sexual harassment survivors to hold their workplace abusers publicly accountable in court. Although workplace sexual harassment violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, corporations use forced arbitration provisions in employment contracts and handbooks to silence women and cover-up the illegal behavior of abusers. This bipartisan, bicameral legislation aims to restore workers’ rights by putting an end to the abusive practice of forced arbitration in workplace sex discrimination claims and ensuring every survivor of sexual harassment has a chance to fight for justice in court. [Read more…]
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…]
On June 1, 2015, the United States Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in its suit against Abercrombie & Fitch alleging religious discrimination under Title VII. The Court held that, to prove disparate treatment, a plaintiff need only to show that the plaintiff’s need for religious accommodation was a motivating factor in the employment decision, not that the employer had actual knowledge of the need for accommodation.