This week, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed its first ever lawsuits against private employers for unlawful sexual orientation discrimination in employment. Although long-anticipated, the lawsuits are part of a major effort by the EEOC to break new ground in the world of employment discrimination, specifically with respect to LGBTQ rights in the workplace. [Read more…]
On December 18, 2014, the United States Department of Justice announced it would begin taking the position that federal employment discrimination law protects employees from discrimination on the basis of gender identity. The announcement represents a shift in policy that means transgender employees in Cleveland, and throughout Ohio and the U.S., have a new and important ally in fighting workplace discrimination. [Read more…]
Today is Equal Pay Day, a day of awareness about sex-based pay discrimination in the workplace. April 8th is chosen because it marks the number of extra days the average woman would have to work into a new year to earn as much as her male counterparts did the previous year. Because women earn, on average, only 77% of men in comparable jobs, it takes a few extra months.
Since today is Equal Pay Day, it’s a good time to consider sex discrimination and the Equal Pay Act in Ohio workplaces when it comes to wages. [Read more…]
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced this week that JPMorgan Chase has agreed to pay $1,450,000 to settle a sex discrimination class action lawsuit. Although the case arises out of JPMorgan’s Columbus, Ohio office, the lessons it offers apply just as much to employees in Cleveland, and elsewhere in Ohio. [Read more…]
The city of Chicago has recently agreed to pay $2 million to settle a class action sex discrimination lawsuit brought by a group of women claiming the City’s firefighter test discriminated against them. Filed in 2011, the lawsuit claimed that the physical portion of the firefighter test discriminated against female candidates by screening them out at a much higher rate than male candidates. [Read more…]
The U.S. Justice Department announced this week that it has agreed to settle a sex discrimination case against the Summit County Sheriff’s office brought on behalf of 21 female deputy sheriffs. Aside from the very fine result achieved for the plaintiffs, the case is noteworthy for a few reasons. [Read more…]