Saudi Women Drive in Defiance

Who can drive and under what restrictions? Should women be allowed to drive alongside men? While the answers to these questions may be obvious to some, they are what have animated the protests in Saudi Arabia over women’s access to cars and driver’s licenses. Driving has long been associated with freedom and independence. On Saturday,  Read More …

U.S. Supreme Court Ruling Impacts Women’s Rights

By a five-to-four decision, the U.S. Supreme Court in Coleman v. Court of Appeals of Marylandruled on March 20, 2012 that state workers cannot sue for money damages if their employers deny them medical leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”). This ruling puts state workers and their families at risk when workers  Read More …

What is Gender Discrimination and Disparate Treatment?

Gender discrimination in the workplace occurs when an employer discriminates in hiring or in treatment of employees based on their sex, childbirth, medical conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth, or gender. Disparate treatment is a form of sexual discrimination based on gender stereotypes. The California Fair Employment and Housing Act and the United States Title  Read More …

Female Coders Allege Gender Bias at Facebook

Data shows that code written by female engineers at Facebook was rejected more often than code written by men.  Some female engineers are crying foul play, stating that the data confirms their beliefs that female employees’ coding faced more scrutiny than male employees’ coding.  Facebook attributes any gap to an engineer’s rank, not gender. However,  Read More …

Are Counselors Bound to Report Sexual Harassment Incidents on Campus under Title IX?

By Timothy Broderick, Lawyer at Broderick Saleen Law Firm Confidential communications with bona fide psychological counselors are protected under the university policy as well as under the ethical rules of confidentiality for psychologists. A major exception to the confidentiality for communications to psychologists is if the counseled party is a threat to themselves or others.  Read More …

Confidentiality for a Potential Title IX Claim is Not Guaranteed

By Timothy Broderick, Attorney at Broderick Saleen Law Firm If a victim of sexual harassment at a university such as Stanford requests confidentiality in making a report of sexual harassment, the university will give “serious consideration” to the request. The policy at Stanford is that only in rare circumstances will the university proceed to a  Read More …

Strict Title IX Reporting Requirements

By Timothy Broderick, Lawyer at Broderick Saleen Law Firm Under Title IX, universities such as Stanford are obliged to implement policies that employees, including student staff, must report all Title IX related concerns so that notification ultimately is given to the Title IX coordinator. The Stanford policy says all Stanford University employees, including student staff,  Read More …

Twitter is accused of gender discrimination

In the wake of the much-publicized Pao v. Kleiner Perkins trial, the national spotlight is newly focused on the issue of gender discrimination and bias in the tech world. The latest big name tech company to be named in a suit is Twitter, which is facing a class action lawsuit for sexual discrimination. Former software  Read More …

Court Upholds Large Attorneys’ Fees Award Against UPS in Gender Discrimination Case

In the case of Muniz v. United Parcel Service, Inc., the Ninth Circuit District Court upheld an attorneys’ fees award of almost $700,000 against Defendant UPS.  UPS argued that such a large attorneys’ fees award was not fair in a case where the Plaintiff, Kim Muniz, was awarded $27,280 in damages at trial after the  Read More …

Gun Companies Add More Marketing to Women

Gun companies are increasing their marketing to women through products such as pink Flash Bang Bra holsters and tight “compression” shorts with built in gun holders. Some online gun retailer sites also offer bullet jewelry or jokey T-shirts with slogans like “P.M.S. (Packing’ My Sidearm)”. The Wall Street Journal reports that such marketing is coming  Read More …

Women’s Progress in Careers

Despite having to face sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace, women are making progress. The Wall Street Journal reports that women account for a third of the nation’s lawyers and doctors, a major shift from a generation ago when those professions were occupied almost exclusively by men. The Wall Street Journal article goes on  Read More …

The Difference Between Sexual Harassment and Gender Discrimination

The California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) and the United States Federal law in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act (Title VII) prohibit gender discrimination in the workplace and harassment based on the sex of an employee. Harassment is conduct that is not necessary for the performance of a supervisory job, but is instead outside  Read More …

Sexual Favoritism and Hostile Work Environment

Sexual favoritism can create a hostile work environment, even for those who are not sexually propositioned. California law provides that plaintiffs may establish the existence of a hostile work environment, even when they themselves have not been sexually propositioned. Widespread favoritism based upon consensual sexual affairs may imbue the workplace with an atmosphere that is  Read More …

What is Gender Discrimination and Disparate Treatment?

Gender discrimination in the workplace occurs when an employer discriminates in hiring or in treatment of employees based on their sex, childbirth, medical conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth, or gender. Disparate treatment is a form of sexual discrimination based on gender stereotypes. The California Fair Employment and Housing Act and the United States Title  Read More …