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Appeals court rules that LGBT employees are a protected class

A federal appeals court recently ruled that the 1964 Civil Rights Act protects workers from discrimination based on sexual orientation. The ruling is the first recognition of such rights extending to LGBT employees.

How do I know if I'm being discriminated against?

Are good working relationships better for employers or employees?  After all, good relationships between employees and supervisors can be helpful for productivity. When employees are satisfied with their jobs they tend to work better. What employer wouldn’t want that?

What we can learn from Carmelo Anthony's experience

We rarely discuss sports on this blog, but the situation brewing between New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony and Phil Jackson, the team’s president of basketball operations gives us a high profile workplace scenario that is worth discussing.

Don't let social media doom your case before it gets started

If you love social media, you’re certainly not alone. Websites that enable us to share our feelings and our lives in real time (in some instances) have become a ubiquitous, ingrained part of our culture. So just as it is easy to share how much we like ice cream and new outfits, we can vent our frustration with what is going on in our lives.

Will sexual orientation be a protected class under Title VII?

There is a legal conundrum making its way through federal appellate courts throughout the country surrounding the extent of the protections guaranteed under Title VII: Can a sexual orientation discrimination clam proceed under Title VII?

Three things to consider before a settlement conference

If you are in the midst of an employment discrimination lawsuit, chances are that a some point you will be invited to (or ordered to attend) a settlement conference. This is an opportunity for the parties to sit down and get to the heart of the issues to see if the case can be resolved. Judges relish these opportunities for parties because of the high cost of litigation and it provides a chance for people to resolve their differences quickly.

What to know before bringing a discrimination lawsuit

It is normal for employees to want solid working relationships with their supervisors; especially around this time of year (when annual reviews are made).  Think of it; a healthy relationship is not only good for productivity, it may also open up advancement opportunities that may not be available in adversarial employer-employee relationships.

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