an update for the week of december 4, 2006
today's workplace: the employee rights blog
Gender Stereotyping in the Workplace and the Discrimination it Creates -- Danica Dodds: Stereotypes can be extremely harmful because they can cause a person to mistreat others based on preconceived notions that are untrue. ?[R]esearch indicates that most people are not aware of how stereotyping automatically influences their thinking and, therefore, believe that their perceptions are based on objective observations.? Many people tend to make conscious and unconscious presumptions about other people based on their gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, or age. This article will focus on gender stereotypes, and specifically, the negative effect they have on women in the workplace environment.
this week in the courts
Veitch v. England ?(D.C. Circuit; No. 05-5196)
Decision Date: November 28, 2006
In case where plaintiff, a former Navy Chaplain with conservative evangelical Protestant religious beliefs, alleged that he had been constructively discharged from the Navy for refusing to endorse pluralism and to preach counter to his religious beliefs in violation of his rights to free speech and free exercise of religion, summary judgment in favor of the Navy is affirmed, as: 1) plaintiff may not raise this issue since his resignation was voluntary; and 2) the Navy did not act unreasonably in refusing to permit him to withdraw his resignation.
Roberts v. Ward ?(Sixth Circuit; No. 05-6305)
Decision Date: November 27, 2006
In a case arising from plaintiffs' termination from employment for failing to comply with a state Department of Park's dress code, dismissal of claims alleging federal and state law violations is affirmed over claims that: 1) defendant-commissioner was not entitled to qualified immunity; 2) the state should not have been granted immunity under the Eleventh Amendment; 3) plaintiffs had standing to raise their claim under the Kentucky Civil Rights act; 4) summary judgment dismissing their First Amendment claim was inappropriate; 5) summary judgment should not have been granted with regard to their due process claim; 6) their equal protection claim should also have survived summary judgment; and 7) emails from defendant-commissioner created due process protections that the Parks Department subsequently did not follow.
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