Maryland Court Finds Perceived Discrimination Viable Under Law
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.
Department of Labor Ruling Gives Married Same-Sex Couples Legal Rights
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.
Women have overcome many obstacles within the workplace, but unfortunately gender inequality still continues to rear its ugly head. On average, women working full-time earn just 78 cents for every dollar men earn. And this is a trend that doesn’t seem to be ending any time soon. According to a report released by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (“IWPR”), it will take until around the year 2058 for that gap to be rectified.
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.