The United States Supreme Court issued two employment law rulings Monday limiting the types of issues that may create liability for employers under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The two rulings came down in 5 to 4 split decisions.
Five women have said for several years that the New York City Fire Department has a glass ceiling for women. The five Emergency Medical Service officers claim that promotional opportunities for women within the department are impeded due to discriminatory reasons. The women have been pursuing a sex discrimination lawsuit against the city, arguing that a pattern of discrimination exists in the department.
In today’s economy, employment law issues can involve a wide array of important concepts. Employment contract issues may arise in many different types of industry. People may be familiar with the idea from media reports about contact negotiations between businesses and high level executives at a company. Often, major media personalities (or local broadcast personalities) may hit the headlines over a non-compete agreement dispute with a former employer.
A federal appellate court has ruled that a new mother who wished to express milk after returning from maternity leave may pursue her employment discrimination lawsuit. The trial court had dismissed the lawsuit finding that lactation after giving birth is not sufficiently related to pregnancy, childbirth or a related medical condition.”