March 2016

Getting to the Root of the Problems in Ferguson, Missouri

The Economic Policy Institute Examines the Public Policies at the Root of the problems in Ferguson, Missouri What is racial discrimination? The Missouri Human Rights Act defines race discrimination as offensive conduct, such as racial…


What Obama’s Recent Supreme Court Nominee Could Mean for Labor Law

While President Obama’s recent Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland, is probably best known for his prosecutorial work in high-profile domestic-terrorism cases (OKC bombing and Unabomber), he’s also had a hand in a number of important…


Pregnancy Discrimination

In fiscal year 2015, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission received 3,543 discrimination charges based on pregnancy. The EEOC is a federal agency that is responsible for enforcing federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination. EEOC Pregnancy Discrimination…


Sexual Harassment in Public Housing

A federal sexual harassment lawsuit alleged that maintenance men at the Baltimore public housing project traded sexual favors in return for much-needed repairs. One young mother felt like she had no choice but to give…


Discrimination in the Workplace Causes Stress

Greater than half of adults in the U.S. say they have experienced discrimination in the workplace. USA Today: Discrimination Leads to Stress In fact, almost 70% of adults say they have experienced some form of…


Iowa Senate Votes to Protect Transgender People From Hate Crimes

Iowa Senate votes to protect transgender people from hate crimes. While the Iowa Senate measure likely does not have enough support to pass it the Iowa House, the bill is an attempt to enhance punishment…


Important Legal Decision Affecting Employment Rights in Missouri

The Missouri Human Rights Act makes it illegal for an employer to retaliate against an employee for filing a charge of discrimination. Retaliation in Missouri The Missouri Human Rights Act states that it is an…


Campus Sexual Assault, Retaliation Against Whistleblowers

When a University of Oregon professor stood up for a female student who reported sexual assault allegations against three basketball players, the University retaliated against her by threatening her job. Another female professor at the…


Sexual Assault Tribunals and Student Sex Offenders

Universities Sued for Conducting Sexual Assault Tribunals to Prosecute Student Sex Offenders In recent years, more than 20 lawsuits have been filed against universities for conducting disciplinary hearings to punish students who have been accused…


Female Executive at Yahoo Sued for Sexual Harassment

A female executive at Yahoo was sued for sexual harassment by a former female software engineer. When she filed a complaint, the former software engineer alleged sexual harassment, emotional distress and wrongful termination. The complaint…


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