Legal Issues

Same-Gender Marriage Amicus Brief

25 DiversityInc Top 50 Companies Sign Brief in Support of Same-Gender Marriage

They join 354 other businesses/organizations in urging the Supreme Court to strike down the remaining 13 state bans on same-gender marriage.

CEO, Chairman Personally Liable Retaliation Case

March Legal Roundup: CEO, Chairman Personally Liable in Retaliation Case

What led a court to rule that a wrongly fired employee can collect damages from either the company or from the company’s CEO and its Chairman?

Conversion Therapy Fraud

Conversion Therapy Is Fraud: N.J. Judge

In a first-of-its-kind ruling, a New Jersey Superior Court judge says that providers of conversion therapy who advertise that homosexuality can be cured are committing consumer fraud.

Disney People With Disabilities

Disney Parks Sued for Disability Discrimination

More than two dozen individual lawsuits allege that Disney’s Disability Access Service program violates the Americans With Disabilities Act.

Police Officer Verbal Abuse Communications Issues ADHD

November Legal Roundup: Does ADHD Excuse Verbal Abuse?

A police sergeant blamed his communication issues on ADHD. Did a court let him off the hook because of the Americans With Disabilities Act?

Honeywell corporate cholesterol wellness screenings

Companies Can Fine You for High Cholesterol, Smoking

A federal court is allowing companies to charge you more for your healthcare if you can’t pass or won’t take a wellness screening. We’ve got all the details here.

October legal roundup

October Legal Roundup: Is Employee With Down Syndrome Entitled to Blanket Protection?

How did a court rule on whether an employer is required to accommodate the profane outbursts of an employee with a disability?

California expands supplier diversity program to LGBT-owned businesses.

Big News for LGBT-Owned Businesses

A first-in-the-nation move by one state is working to expand opportunity for LGBT-owned businesses. What is being done and what state is stepping up?

New York State Sues Bank for Racist Mortgage Practices

A Buffalo-based bank is being investigated by the New York attorney general for "redlining" Black neighborhoods in one of the country's most segregated areas.

Rachel Brothers Not Black Enough

Woman Fired Because She Is ‘Not Black Enough’

What was said and done to Rachel Brothers, who is biracial, that convinced an arbitrator to award damages in her discrimination complaint?

Marriage Equality Amicus Brief

Four Top 50 Companies Sign Amicus Brief Supporting Marriage Equality

Cummins, Marriott, Target and WellPoint very publicly make their position known on same-gender marriage.

Legal Roundup: Can a Straight Man Be Fired for Being Too ‘Sensitive,’ ‘Feminine’?

July Legal Roundup: Can a Straight Man Be Fired for Being Too ‘Sensitive,’ ‘Feminine’?

The man’s supervisor at a fitness center wanted him to be “sexually loose, promiscuous and predatory.” He sued for sex discrimination under Title VII.

Bag of Potato Chips

June Legal Roundup: Fired for Eating a Bag of Potato Chips?

An 18-year employee’s known diabetic condition was not enough to prevent her employer from accusing her of theft.

Can You Be Fired for an Interracial Relationship?

March Legal Roundup: Can You Be Fired for an Interracial Relationship?

A worker was harassed and ultimately fired because of an interracial relationship. What did the courts say about the employer's responsibility?

February Legal Roundup

February Legal Roundup: Is ‘Something Is Wrong’ Enough Notice of a Disability?

How explicit do you have to be for your employer to know that you have an ADA-defined disability?

Nicole Maines

Transgender Teen Gets Historic Court Victory

The ruling from a state Supreme Court has school administrators nationwide reviewing their policies. What did the courts say?

A roundup of legal cases involving discrimination lawsuits.

January Legal Roundup: Can a Religious Object Be a ‘Dangerous Weapon’?

What is a kirpan, and why was a Sikh IRS agent fired for wearing one to work?

Supreme Court’s Dangerous Mix-Up of Diversity and Affirmative Action

Supreme Court’s Dangerous Mix-Up of Diversity and Affirmative Action

Are affirmative action and diversity the same? The Supreme Court wrongly thinks so in the Michigan university-admissions case.

Legal Roundup: Must you act American?

December Legal Roundup: Must You Act ‘American’?

Did a court allow an immigrant employee's discrimination case? What was the legal answer when faced with a real-life case of the "living dead"?

Poor job performance reviews negate a discrimination lawsuit over a promotion.

November Legal Roundup: Poor Performance Overrides Edge in Experience

Older white man’s uneven work history precluded a discrimination case after he was passed over for someone 30 years younger.

Update on sexual harrassment and other legal cases about discrimination in the courts.

October Legal Roundup: ‘You’re Not That Pretty’

What are the legal ramifications when a female employee is told she is not attractive by a male supervisor?

Abercrombie & Fitch is again found to have violated anti-discrimination laws.

Abercrombie Discriminated Against Female Muslim Employee, Says Judge

Federal court ruling sets up liability trial and possibility for big damages … again.

A legal roundup of discrimination cases going through the courts.

September Legal Roundup: Is Employer Liable for ‘Creepy’ Coworker?

What did the courts say after a town ignored an employee's harassment complaints against a coworker until the victim had already quit her job?

August Legal Roundup: How Did Employer Discover Medical-Leave Fraud?

An employee was investigated after appearing in a newspaper article in which she suggested taking time off work to write a book.