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The 4th Circuit CoA Holds that Discrimination in the Offers of Severance Agreements can be Actionable Under Title VII

In Gerner v. County of Chesterfield, Karla Gerner was a twenty-five employee of the county whose position was eliminated in a reorganization. She was offered a severance agreement that included three months of pay, which she rejected. The county then… Read More
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4th Circuit CoA Rules on Attorneys Fees in Unsuccessful Title VII Suit

The EEOC v. Great Steaks, Inc., EEOC accused Great Steaks of subjecting female employees to a sexually hostile work environment. Although at the start of the case the EEOC asserted its claim on behalf of seven or eight claimants, that number diminish… Read More
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4th Circuit CoA Ruled that Federal Employees are Barred from Bringing Title VII Suits in State Court

In Bullock v. Napolitano, Willie Bullock was a former employee in the federal air marshal program and sued the Department of Homeland Security for racial discrimination under Title VII. He filed suit in North Carolina superior court and the defendant… Read More
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Title VII’s Religious Entity Exemption at Issue Before 4th Circuit CoA

In Kennedy v. St. Joseph’s Ministries, Inc., Villa St. Catherine is a tax-exempt religious organization that operates a nursing care facility under the direction of the Daughters of Charity, a religious order within the Roman Catholic Church, and m… Read More
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Fourth Circuit Rejects FLSA Retaliation Claim for Job Applicant

The Fourth Circuit recently issued a troubling 2-1 decision in Dellinger v. Science Applications International Corp. The majority (Judges Niemeyer and Keenan) held that under the anti-retaliation provision for the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA, the… Read More
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Fourth Circuit Supports Sex Harassment and Retaliation Claims

The Fourth Circuit recently issued an excellent decision in Okoli v. City of Baltimore. This case presents claims under Title VII action for sexual harassment and retaliation (termination) for reporting the harassment. Amazingly, the trial court dism… Read More
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Supreme Court Issues Important Decision in Discrimination Case

In Staub v. Proctor Hospital, the US Supreme Court just issued an important unanimous decision in this military-service-based discrimination case. This case concerns the so-called “cat’s paw” theory of liability, under which one sup… Read More
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Patterson Harkavy Defeats Summary Jugment in Sexual Harassment Case

In the case of Pascoe v. Furniture Brands International, Judge Frank Whitney in the Western District of North Carolina denied the defendants’ motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s claims of sexual harassment today. The case will now… Read More
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Supreme Court Endorses Associational Retaliation Claim

Late last month, in Thompson v. North American Stainless, the Supreme Court unanimously concluded that firing a worker’s fiancé in retaliation for a sex discrimination claim filed by the worker is itself unlawful retaliation under Title VII. The a… Read More
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EEOC Sees Increase in Discrimination Claims

In the past year, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has seen 7.2 % in discrimination claims being filed with agency. Coverage here. The EEOC handles charges under Title VII, the ADA, the ADEA, the Equal Pay Act, and GINA. EEOC Chair… Read More
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