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Supreme Court Justices Appear Divided Over LGBT Workers’ Rights

The U.S. Supreme Court appeared divided over whether federal anti-discrimination law protects gay and transgender employees, as the justices heard arguments in a clash that will define the workplace rights of millions of people. The two-hour session Tuesday suggested that …

Oregon Worker Lawsuit Says She was Fired After Heavy Corpse Fell on Her

A Portland, Ore. cremation worker who says she was sexually harassed and fired after reporting she sustained a back injury when a heavy corpse fell on her has filed a lawsuit seeking $900,000. The Oregonian/OregonLive reported that the sex discrimination …

Microsoft Internal Findings Say Gender Bias at Washington Tech Giant Rarely Founded

Microsoft Corp.’s investigators concluded that fewer than 1 percent of gender-discrimination complaints made internally were “founded,” according to data unsealed in an ongoing class-action lawsuit. The disclosure covers almost 120 complaints made from 2010 to 2016 by U.S. female employees …

Civil Rights Ruling Protecting Gay Employees Likely Headed to Supreme Court: View

Everyone agrees that under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, employers are forbidden from discriminating on the basis of sex. Are they also forbidden from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation? In a momentous decision earlier …

Farmers Insurance Facing Possible Class Action by ‘Hundreds’ of Female Attorneys

An attorney representing a woman suing Farmers Insurance for discriminatory practices was set to file a motion on Thursday seeking class action status in a suit she says could potentially encompass 300 female attorneys. The attorney also added five new …

Suit Charges Wal-Mart with Discrimination Against Gay Employees Over Health Benefits

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. was accused of discriminating against gay employees in a lawsuit that pits the biggest U.S. retailer against rights activists just weeks after same-sex marriage was legalized nationwide. In a proposed class-action complaint, Wal-Mart employee Jacqueline Cote says …

Woman Who Lost Silicon Valley Sex Suit Appealing Verdict

A woman at the center of a high-profile gender bias lawsuit against an elite Silicon Valley venture capital firm filed an appeal of a jury verdict against her. Alan Exelrod, an attorney for plaintiff Ellen Pao, filed the two-page notice …

Texas City Hit With Police Sex Discrimination Suit

The Justice Department sued the city of Corpus Christi on Tuesday, alleging the Police Department discriminated in hiring women by using a physical ability test few female applicants have been able to pass. Federal prosecutors say only about one in …

Women Allege Sexual Bias, Harassment at Kentucky’s Maker’s Mark

Five women are suing Maker’s Mark Distillery Inc. in federal court, claiming discrimination and sexual harassment. All of the women have worked on the bottling line, dipping the bottles of bourbon whiskey in red wax. Their suit claims the company …

Small-Town Cafe Banter Becomes Defamation Lawsuit in Texas

Bennie Dale Morris used to be a regular at Frank’s Place — eating meals and drinking coffee several times a day at the smoke-filled cafe — until the restaurant owner’s joking around got a little too personal. In fact, Morris …