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 …

Pregnancy discrimination case against AutoZone results in $185M verdict

Federal jury in San Diego awarded nearly $186 million in punitive damages to a store manager at AutoZone after finding that the company retaliated against the pregnant manager, in the end demoting her and firing her. Rosario Juarez, 43, was awarded about $873,000 in compensatory damages and $185 million in punitive damages report Reuters, the Wall Street  Read More …

EEOC’s New Pregnancy Discrimination Guidelines and Fair Employment: Know Your Rights

    Recently, the Wall Street Journal published an op-ed article on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s new guidelines to pregnancy discrimination laws. Suffice to say, the writer of said Wall Street Journal piece found little justification for the new legislation. Instead, he claimed that the new changes were simply another “radical legal interpretation” that  Read More …

Pervasive Cases in Point

To establish a claim of hostile work environment sexual harassment, an employee must prove that the sexual harassment was either sufficiently severe or sufficiently pervasive. It can be difficult to point out what the courts will and will not consider as sufficiently pervasive sexual harassment. The courts have indicated that a sufficiently pervasive sexual harassment  Read More …

What is Sufficiently Severe Sexual Harassment for a Hostile Work Environment Claim?

In order for a hostile work environment lawsuit to be viable, the sexual harassment must be sufficiently severe or pervasive to alter the victim’s employment and create an abusive and hostile work environment. There is no bright line rule for what conduct is sufficiently severe or pervasive sexual harassment to constitute a hostile work environment.  Read More …

What is Sufficiently Pervasive Sexual Harassment for a Hostile Work Environment Claim?

A successful hostile work environment sexual harassment claim must show that the harassment is sufficiently severe of pervasive to alter the victim’s environment into one what is hostile and abusive. The hostile work environment sexual harassment may be either severe or pervasive or both. With respect to the pervasiveness of sexual harassment, courts have held  Read More …

Hostile Work Environment Sexual Harassment

“Hostile work environment” sexual harassment occurs when an employee is subject to unwelcome advances, sexual innuendos, or offensive gender-related language that is sufficiently severe or pervasive from the perspective of a reasonable person of the same gender as the offended employee. Hostile work environment harassment requires, under the law, a link between the hostility by  Read More …

Proving Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

To prove a case of hostile work environment sexual harassment, a sexual harassment victim must prove that: 1. He or she was subject to unwelcome sexual harassment; 2. The harassment was based on his or her sex; 3. The harassment was sufficiently severe or pervasive so as to alter the conditions of employment and create  Read More …