Monthly Archives: April 2011

Federal Government Proposes Regulations Requiring Contractors to Hire Veterans

This week the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs issued regulations and inviting comments.  The rules are intended to improve the rate of hiring of veterans by contractors receiving government funds above a certain threshold. The law already prohibits discrimination against veterans and against people in the military reserves. Still, it is always difficult to prove...
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Is the Fourth Circuit Turning the Tide on Discrimination Cases?

Yesterday the Fourth Circuit overturned, partially, an employer win at the trial court.  The case came up in the context of a racial harassment case involving several African-American employees.  In the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v Xerxes Corporation, The EEOC sued on behalf of several named employees and a class of people affected by...
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Supreme Court Will Determine Breadth of Ministerial Exception to Discrimination

The Supreme Court has decided to hear a case involving the extent to which religious employers are free from the laws forbidding discrimination.  In a number of cases, charges of religious discrimination have failed where an employee’s duties have been held to be central to the church’s mission.  For example, preachers have been unable to...
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The Effect of Sex and Race Discrimination Lawsuits

The Institute for Women’s Policy Research published a report analyzing more than 500 consent decrees in discrimination litigation.  Most of these were negotiated by the EEOC or the Department of Justice and focus on court ordered changes to the workplace.  Unlike many private settlements, the terms of consent decrees are often (but not always) public,...
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