Month: March 2015

Religious Groups Support Same-Sex Marriage As a Lesbian Rabbi Shatters a Glass Ceiling

As the Supreme Court prepares to address the constitutionality of same-sex marriage bans, the acceptance of gay marriage continues to blossom across the religious spectrum. Most notably, earlier this month the Presbyterian Church USA — the largest Presbyterian denomination in the U.S., with some 1.8 million members —adopted a definition of marriage that is more inclusive of same-sex marriage. “What a difference a…

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Daily Journal, March 30, 2015 – Courtroom Defeat in Gender Discrimination Case May Still Make Waves

Posted March 30th, 2015. By Phil Johnson and Laura Hautala Daily Journal Staff Writers SAN FRANCISCO – Despite not getting what she wanted to in the courtroom, Ellen Pao’s complaint will have an impact that will echo across the employment law realm, attorneys say. Her defeat won’t mean fewer complaints of discrimination, they said, and may prompt companies to review…

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Q&A with Sunu Chandy

Earlier this year I coordinated a panel with the Women’s Bar Association on pregnancy discrimination.  The panel focused on a question currently pending before the Supreme Court: whether a federal pregnancy discrimination law requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations for pregnant women.  [Bloggers Note: For more information on this check out my interviews with the panelists here and here.] Sunu Chandy, General Counsel…

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Good News For Working Women

It’s not every day that we get to report good news for working women – especially that there is good news for working women coming from the Supreme Court.  Today is one of those days. As we’ve previously written, the Supreme Court was considering the case of Young v. UPS.   That case raised questions about what the Pregnancy Discrimination Act really meant…

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No Anti-discrimination Policy Until Late 2011? Silicon Valley Tech Companies Have a Long Way to Go

As my colleague Yonina wrote recently, Ellen Pao’s trial is well underway here in San Francisco. Ms. Pao, a former junior partner at the high-profile venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KCPB), is now suing KCPB for $16 million in damages as a result of the gender discrimination she alleges went unchecked at KCPB and led to her termination…

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Columbia and Sexual Assault: What About the Workers?

Columbia University recently garnered national attention amid allegations that the University permitted a serial rapist to remain on campus and graduate. The case is horrendous for many reasons, not least of which is the University’s response. I want to set aside the very legitimate questions raised regarding the response as it affects the University’s undergraduate students, and instead focus on…

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The Daily Journal, March 19, 2015 – Trio Of Major Suits Allege Rampant Workplace Discrimination

With workplace sexism a hot topic thanks to the Ellen Pao trial, plaintiffs’ attorneys launched three more blockbuster gender discrimination suits against science and technology giants. A putative class action filed in the Central District of California on Wednesday accuses Valencia’s Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corp., a maker of medical devices to ease spinal pain, of “substantial gender-based disparities in compensation…

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ShowMe50: A Female Executive in Corporate America On a Mission

Grassroots efforts to provide outlets for gender bias concerns have taken various forms, such as the new workplace-rating website InHerSight that Marissa recently blogged about, and the more established online group MomsRising.  Recently, I met a woman – herself a senior manager in a large corporation – who is advocating an approach that might appeal to those women and men interested in effecting change in…

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Sanford Heisler Kimpel Files $50 Million Class And Collective Action Against Boston Scientific Neuromodulation To Combat Discrimination

Posted March 18th, 2015. Two Managers Allege Gender-Based Disparities in Compensation and Advancement In Complaint in US District Court, Central District of California LOS ANGELES, March 18, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Sanford Heisler, LLP, a leading national public interest law firm, today filed a$50 million nationwide class and collective action against the Valencia, CA-based medical device manufacturer, Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation…

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Two Global Directors Of Novartis And Alcon File Individual And Collective Gender Discrimination Case

Posted March 17th, 2015. SANFORD HEISLER KIMPEL SUES FOR $110 MILLION IN FEDERAL COURT IN THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK TO REDRESS CONTINUING VIOLATIONS NEW YORK, March 17, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — David Sanford, Chairman of Sanford Heisler Kimpel LLP, today filed a Title VII and Equal Pay Act case against the pharma giant Novartis and its Alcon division. Sanford Heisler…

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