Tag: Supreme Court

Supreme Court Redefines Workplace Discrimination

By Chris Hoenig The Supreme Court, in a pair of decisions handed down on Monday, narrowed the rules and definitions for bringing lawsuits based on workplace discrimination. In a 5-to-4 ruling, the justices restricted the definition of a supervisor to someone with direct hiring and firing powers and the authority…

Supreme Court Punts Decision on Affirmative Action

By Chris Hoenig In a decision that indicates a compromise among the justices, the Supreme Court has elected not to rule on a challenge to affirmative action argued before it late last year. The 7-to-1 ruling from the court provides a small victory for opponents of affirmative action, vacating a…

How Did Texas Teen End Up Challenging Affirmative Action Follow the Money

By Manuel McDonnell Smith Twenty-three-year-old Abigail Fisheris a recent college graduate who has already landed a job in the financial-services industry in trendy Austin, Texas. In today’s economic climate for college graduates, she could be considered among the lucky few to have found employment and be on the way to…

Why the Supreme Court May Not Recognize Same-Gender Marriage

Public opinion polls show Americans increasingly support same-gender marriage. But the Supreme Court justices are waffling, according to yesterday’s oral arguments on California’s Proposition 8. The 80-minute debate not only left judges in a stalemate on whether same-gender marriage was a constitutional right or a legislative decision best left up…

Supreme Court to Hear Prop8, DOMA Cases

The Supreme Court will determine the scope of same-gender marriage in groundbreaking cases it will hear next year. After weeks of anxious waiting by LGBT-rights advocates, U.S. Supreme Court justices declared that they will weigh in on the growing same-gender marriage debate. The court announced on Friday afternoon that it…

New 'Supervisor' Definitions Could Increase Discrimination Lawsuits

Is your pending discrimination case “frivolous” litigation Many racial discrimination and sexual harassment lawsuits could be thrown out as such next year, depending how the U.S. Supreme Court decides to clarify its definition of “supervisor” and “coworker.” Justices recently held an hour-long oral argument to discuss whether a person without…

Ask the White Guy: Racism and Affirmative ActionWhy White Victims Are the Key to the Solution

DiversityInc CEO Luke Visconti thinks affirmative action is going to be killed by the Supreme Courtand explains why white people as victims are central to finding a solution. Question: I would love to see your response to this article, A New Kind of Affirmative Action Can Ensure Diversity. You always…

DOMA Rejected by Federal Court in N.Y.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals today declared in a 2-to-1 ruling that the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional, making it the second court to reject a law that limits the definition of marriage to a legal union between heterosexual couples. A Boston federal court made…