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A&P Loses Reverse Race Discrimination Case

By |2007-07-25T15:29:15+00:00July 25th, 2007|Categories: Title VII|

The Baltimore Sun reports that NJ-based supermarket chain A&P has been found liable for unlawfully discriminating against a white employee, or so-called "reverse discrimination."  The plaintiff, John Sullivan, claimed that he was demoted and replaced by a black employee on the basis of race discrimination.  A federal jury agreed.  Post-trial motions that will determine the [...]

Supreme Court Restricts Title VII Filers

By |2017-02-02T17:51:47+00:00May 29th, 2007|Categories: Title VII|

Today, in a 5-4 decision, with the majority opinion by Justice Samuel Alito (NJ born and bred) and  a dissent authored by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (NJ's via a professorship at Rutgers Law School), the United States Supreme Court decided an important issue of procedure dealing with EEOC filing requirements in Title VII cases.  We've posted previously on Ledbetter [...]

“Dirty Jew” Slur Is Not Discriminatory

By |2007-02-26T15:19:50+00:00February 26th, 2007|Categories: Religious Discrimination|

The New Jersey courts recently revisited the question whether offensive language in the workplace violates the Law Against Discrimination.  In Taylor v. Metzger, the best-known example of such conduct, the Supreme Court held that a single instance of referring to an African-American worker as a "jungle bunny" created a hostile work environment.  Now, in Cutler v. Dorn,  the Appellate Division has [...]

EEOC Takes on Land O’ Lakes

By |2006-09-26T14:55:36+00:00September 26th, 2006|Categories: Title VII|

The EEOC has filed suit against Land O'Lakes, the dairy cooperative. The case stems from LOL's practice of requiring its departing employees, in their separation agreements, to promise not to file a discrimination complaint with the EEOC. According to the separation agreement, if the employee filed a complaint, severance benefits would be forfeited. The suit [...]

Supreme Court Clarifies Retaliation Standard

By |2006-06-27T09:02:09+00:00June 27th, 2006|Categories: Title VII|

Burlington Northern & Santa Fe Railway Co. v. White has become this Supreme Court term's most important employment law decision. It has already drawn considerable comment from the legal blogosphere's early responders, nicely collected by Carolyn Elefant here. The question that was decided by the court was one that had separated the federal courts of [...]

Sex Discrimination – Manager Spying on Employee

By |2006-05-05T22:19:57+00:00May 5th, 2006|Categories: Gender Discrimination & Sexual Harassment, Title VII|

What do you get when you cross a peeping tom manager with a persistent rash? If you're Jill Cottrill and Mary Combs, you get thrown unceremoniously out of court, that's what. Unfortunately, Cottrill and Combs had to sue in federal court in Missouri. It's unlikely that they would have fared so poorly if they had [...]

Religious Discrimination: Of Course You Get Sundays Off . . . Don’t You?

By |2006-04-25T22:16:12+00:00April 25th, 2006|Categories: Religious Discrimination, Title VII|

This is a tale from New York, not New Jersey, but Garden State employers should pay attention. Bradley Baker was employed by Home Depot. He was a full-time employee who worked 40 hours per week and received full benefits. Through religious instruction that he obtained before getting married, he became more strictly observant of his [...]

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