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Supreme Court to determine if Title VII prohibits discrimination based on gender identity

This fall the Supreme Court will hear the case of EEOC v. R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes, in which it will decide whether Title VII prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity. The case is on appeal from a 2018 decision of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.  EEOC v. R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes. In Harris Funeral Homes, a former employee of a funeral home was terminated after she transitioned from male to female. The Sixth Circuit ruled that, while transgender status is not specifically protected under Title VII, alleged discrimination based on

Can a Statement Like “How Could I Keep the White Girl?” Bring Down the House? Bet on It!

Ondricko v. MGM Grand Detroit, LLC (6th Cir. Aug. 8, 2012), is a Title VII race and gender discrimination case that has it all – gambling, direct evidence of discrimination, vague employment polices, employer arguments that are directly inconsistent with its evidence, and a big lesson for employers: Don’t lose sight of the ball. Every adverse employment decision can expose an employer to liability if done wrong, even ones against "white girls."

Kimberly Ondricko, a white female, was employed as supervisor with the MGM Grand Detroit casino ("MGM") when she was terminated for allegedly participating in a "bad shuffle." Ondricko …

A Skeptical U.S. Supreme Court Vigorously Questions Certification of a Mammoth Sex-Discrimination Class Action Lawsuit

On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument on Wal-Mart’s appeal of the Ninth Circuit’s en banc decision upholding the certification of a class action gender discrimination lawsuit in Dukes v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. As noted by a number of commentators (among them The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, The Christian Science Monitor, and CNN), the tone of the Court’s questioning indicates that the Court is likely to rule in Wal-Mart’s favor.

This appeal stemmed from a federal court’s certification of a nationwide class of female employees of Wal-Mart who were allegedly subjected to discriminatory pay …