Category Archives: Gender orientation discrimination

Senate Passes the Employment Non-Discrimination Act

Legislation to outlaw employment discrimination against people on the basis of their sexual orientation has been proposed many times since 1994.  This year may see its passage, though.  With more states approving gay marriage, and prominent politicians on both sides of the aisle approving of the notion of equal rights for gay citizens, the time...
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Maryland Requires Accommodations for Pregnant Workers

After a busy and eventful session, the Maryland General Assembly has convened for the year.  Several new employment related bills were passed by both houses, and are expected to be signed into law by the Governor. One new law is titled the Pregnancy Fairness Act (HB804/SB784).  Its genesis lies in a recent Fourth Circuit case involving...
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Wal-Mart Faces Historic Class Action Suit Alleging Systemic Sex Discrimination

Wal-Mart is hoping the Supreme Court will take on its efforts to avoid trying a half million or more sex discrimination cases in a single lawsuit.  On Monday, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals allowed the class action suit to go forward.  Fittingly, given Walmart’s status as the largest private employer in the country, it’s...
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Increasing Diversity by Abandoning Discrimination

Many organizations, including employers, give lip service or even thoughtful consideration to “diversity.”  Some conservative acquaintances (including one parent) find this word an opening for a diatribe on what is wrong with the modern world.  Add “politically correct” to the mix and you may have ruined that nice dinner party. But increasing the representation of women...
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