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11th Circuit: Sexual Orientation Discrimination is Not Actionable Under Title VII

On March 10, 2017, the Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in Evans v. Georgia Regional Hospital held that sexual orientation discrimination is not actionable under Title VII. In Evans, the plaintiff was a security officer at Georgia Regional Hospital.  During her employment, the plaintiff claimed she was discriminated on the basis of her … Continue Reading

Federal Discrimination Claim Tossed Where Plaintiff Unable to Establish Prima Facie Case

A Louisiana federal district court granted a company’s motion for summary judgment regarding a former employee’s Title VII race discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims.  Cassimere v. Fastorq LLC. Plaintiff, an African-American male, alleged that during his employment, he was, among other things, issued disciplinary write-ups while non-African American employees were not and that the company … Continue Reading

EEOC Issues Updated Guidance on National Origin Discrimination

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently issued updated guidance regarding national origin discrimination for the first time since 2002.  The new guidance defines national origin discrimination as “discrimination because an individual (or his or her ancestors) is from a certain place or has the physical, cultural, or linguistic characteristics of a particular national origin group.”  … Continue Reading

Job Applicants Cannot Bring Disparate Impact Claims Under Age Discrimination In Employment Act

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit recently rejected a claim that applicants  can sue for disparate impact under the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA).  Villarreal v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, et al., 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 18074 (Oct. 5, 2016). The plaintiff alleged that R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company’s recruiting practices … Continue Reading

EEOC Settles Sex-Based Pay Discrimination Lawsuit

On September 22, 2016, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced that it settled a federal sex-based pay discrimination lawsuit with oil company Santmyer Oil operating as SOCI Petroleum, Inc. (“SOCI”) for $50,000.  The EEOC had filed the lawsuit in September 2015 on behalf of Lori Bowersock alleging that the company violated the Equal Pay … Continue Reading
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