Monday, July 7, 2014

That is SO last week

It has been almost 37 years since Meritor Savings Bank v. Vinson established a federal claim for sexual harassment and alerted employers to the risk of allowing such behavior to occur in the workplace.  Some things don’t seem to change, however, no matter how many warnings the courts issue.  Last week, one of the people behind the “hookup” app Tinder sued the company for sexual harassment.  In the suit, the former head of Tinder’s marketing alleged that she was routinely subjected to “atrocious sexist behavior.”  This is just the latest in a series of high profile companies – like American Apparel and Cartoon Network – to be targeted by sexual harassment allegations.
In other developments:
  • The Supreme Court issued its long-awaited Hobby Lobby decision, granting closely-held companies the ability to opt out of covering contraceptives in their health insurance programs.
  • The Supreme Court will also decide what pre-suit conciliation efforts the EEOC must take before filing a claim.
  • The Department of Labor announced it would issue guidance to make clear that transgender discrimination is “based on sex” and therefore prohibited under Title VII.
  • Walgreens and the EEOC settled a disability discrimination case in which a diabetic employee was terminated for taking a $1.39 bag of chips; Walgreens agreed to pay $180,000.
Posted by: Kate Bischoff