Workplace Discrimination

The Takeaway

A Fight to End Pregnancy Discrimination at Work

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Pregnancy discrimination is not a new issue within the office, but attorney Gillian Thomas says it is becoming more commonplace as more women enter and remain in the workforce.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Social Media and the Office

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Will new laws protect what you say on social media while you're at work - even if you're dissing your boss? Steven Greenhouse, author of The Big Squeeze: Tough Times for the American Worker, says you might be able to share more than you think.

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The Takeaway

Supreme Court Rules in Favor of 'Ministerial Exception'

Friday, January 13, 2012

In a unanimous decision on Wednesday, the Supreme Court ruled that churches and religious organizations are exempt from employee discrimination laws when hiring or firing their own employees and leaders. Many are heralding this decision as key in reinforcing the separation between church and state, while others worry that this will allow these organizations far too much power. The initial complaint that motivated Hosanna-Tabor Church v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission stemmed from a teacher at an elementary school who felt she was being fired for pursuing a disability claim. 

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The Takeaway

Is Pregnancy a Disability?

Friday, January 06, 2012

In a presentation to the American Association of Law Schools on Thursday, Jeannette Cox, an associate professor at the University of Dayton School of Law, argued that pregnancy comes with physical limitations on par with conditions now protected under a new amendment to the Americans with Disabilities Act. These include the inability to do prolonged lifting, sitting, standing or walking or driving. While some are outraged by the assertion, Cox sees it as a way for women to get more legal protections at their workplace.

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