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“Take care of your kid situation”—Employers are Failing Working Moms During this Pandemic

Posted August 12th, 2020 by in Gender Discrimination and Harassment.

As many schools go fully virtual this fall, working parents are faced with many questions about caring for and educating children while working.  Working moms also face an additional question: will my boss perceive me as less committed to my work because I am a woman with children?  Unfortunately, too often the answer is “yes.” […]

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What Impact is COVID-19 Having on Women in the Work Force?

According to a policy brief by the UN Secretary-General published on April 9, 2020, “across every sphere, from health to the economy, security to social protection, the impacts of COVID-19 are exacerbated for women and girls simply by virtue of their sex.” The policy brief concludes that of the nearly 2.7 billion workers impacted by […]

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The Equal Pay Act: Equal Total Compensation Is No Defense If Rate of Pay Is Unequal

Imagine this scenario: a corporation runs health spas, each of which is divided into a men’s division and a women’s division that operate on alternate days.  Male managers run the men’s division, while female managers run the women’s division.  Because there are far more female customers interested in spa services, the corporation decides to compensate […]

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Statute of Limitations Under Title IX

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits colleges, universities, and schools that receive federal funding from engaging in sex discrimination.  Like all legal claims, there are strict time limitations (the “statute of limitations”) within which a Title IX claim must be filed.  Because Title IX does not explicitly set a statute of limitations, […]

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Prior Pay Cannot Be Used To Justify Paying Women Less In Ninth Circuit

“In 1963, Congress enacted the Equal Pay Act with a mandate as simple as it was profound: equal pay for equal work.” So begins the opinion in Rizo v. Yovino, a recent Ninth Circuit case holding that prior pay may not be used to justify a pay discrepancy between men and women—even if it is […]

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What Antidiscrimination Laws Protect Volunteer Healthcare Providers in New York?

Posted April 1st, 2020 by in Gender Discrimination and Harassment.

These are extraordinary times for the healthcare system in the United States.  As of this writing, at least 206,233 Americans are known to have been infected with the coronavirus, and at least 4,576 of those individuals have died.  Of the Americans who have tested positive for the virus, at least 83,887 are from New York, […]

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Discrimination and Harassment in Graduate School: What Laws Protect You

Posted March 24th, 2020 by in Gender Discrimination and Harassment.

Graduate school can be an exciting time in a person’s life.  Especially if you start a graduate program immediately after completing college, you can expect to spend the remaining years of your 20s honing your areas of academic expertise, completing a dissertation, and building meaningful professional connections with prominent faculty and staff in your chosen […]

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Working Women in the United States Face Gender Discrimination, According to World Bank Study

Where in the world are working women equal to men? According to an international report released by the World Bank earlier this month, the nations that make this esteemed list are Belgium, Denmark, France, Iceland, Latvia, Luxembourg, Sweden, and Canada. These nations had a perfect “100” score according to the World Bank’s Women, Business and […]

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The Women Fighting For Equal Pay In BigLaw Have a Message For Others on Equal Pay Day: You Are Not Alone.

In honor of Equal Pay Day, four women currently engaged in a gender discrimination lawsuit against the national labor and employment firm Ogletree Deakins opened up about the struggles and rewards of challenging pay discrimination, and the impact of women breaking the silence. As changemakers seeking to reform the entrenched legal industry, plaintiffs Dawn Knepper, […]

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Sexual Harassment is a Form of Illegal Housing Discrimination

Posted March 4th, 2019 by in Gender Discrimination and Harassment.

The Federal Fair Housing Act, along with many state and local laws, prohibits gender discrimination in housing, including sexual harassment. It is illegal for landlords, property managers, real estate agents, and maintenance staff to demand sexual favors in exchange for access to housing or repairs. They also cannot create a hostile environment for tenants based […]

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