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MEDIATION CAN BE AN EFFICIENT AND EFFECTIVE ALTERNATIVE TO FILING A LAWSUIT

Mediation is a confidential and informal alternative to filing a sexual harassment or discrimination lawsuit. The two parties in an employment dispute meet to resolve their differences with the help of a neutral mediator. The mediator encourages the two parties to communicate their perspectives and concerns, and works with them to reach a satisfactory agreement…. Read more »

KLEINER PERKINS CASE SHINES SPOTLIGHT ON GENDER DISCRIMINATION IN SILICON VALLEY

Recently, a jury heard arguments in a gender discrimination case against one of the most prominent venture-capital firms in Silicon Valley, Kleiner Perkins. The plaintiff, Ellen Pao, filed the case against the firm, claiming that a married colleague pressured her into having an affair with him, and retaliated against her by excluding her from meetings… Read more »

CAN MUSLIM WOMEN BE DENIED EMPLOYMENT BECAUSE SHE WEARS A HIBAJ?

On February 25th, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in a discrimination case brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) against retailer Abercrombie & Fitch. The EEOC claimed that Abercrombie unlawfully discriminated against a Muslim job applicant, Samantha Elauf, who wore a hijab during a job interview. After Elauf’s interview, the hiring manager recommended… Read more »

HOSTILE WORK ENVIRONMENT: THE TOXIC WORKPLACE SYNDROME

On more than 50 occasions over a period of several years, a Chrysler employee of Cuban-Jewish descent was the target of hostile and belligerent, anti-Semitic, anti-Cuban and homophobic attacks consisting of messages spray painted on the walls in his work area and placed in his tool box. The aggression later escalated to vandalism and death… Read more »