In Arsham v. Mayor and City Counsel of Baltimore, the court found that Elie Arsham, a Persian (modern-day Iranian) woman, who was perceived to be from India, stated a viable cause of action under Title VII for national origin discrimination based on her perceived heritage.
In a final ruling, the Department of Labor has enabled workers in legal same-sex marriages to take job-protected leave, under the FMLA, to care for seriously ill spouses, even if the state in which the couple resides does not recognize same-sex marriage.
Though the amount of EEOC claims filed nationwide in fiscal year 2014 was down from 2013, the number of retaliation claims increased. In 2014, retaliation claims rose to their highest percentage ever at 42.5%. The second most common allegation, race discrimination, remained at a steady rate from 2013 at about 35%.
In Department of Homeland Security v. Robert J. MacLean, the U.S. Supreme Court found that a federal air marshal’s disclosure of air security plans were protected under the Federal Whistle Blower Protection Act and were not prohibited by law.