When does a complaint to a supervisor equal “protected activity” in a retaliation lawsuit?

When does a complaint to a supervisor equal “protected activity” in a retaliation lawsuit?

Employees routinely talk with their supervisors about work-related issues and problems.  In the context of a retaliation lawsuit, a key legal question is often whether the complaint to the supervisor should be considered a “protected activity.” The Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit recently took this question head on in Crawford v. Chipotle Mexican Grill, … Continued

The difference between illegal retaliation and unfair (albeit lawful) treatment

Retaliation claims are the single most common type of complaint received by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). But what exactly constitutes retaliation as opposed to simply unfair treatment? As the EEOC defines it, retaliation comprises a narrower set of circumstances than the everyday definition of retaliation. Cases litigated in court under Title VII … Continued

Why can’t the tech industry decode the glass ceiling for women executives?

Despite the tech industry’s reputation for fostering innovative concepts and novel ways to approach challenges, the industry still has not been able to solve the persistent glass ceiling that prevents women from being promoted into a proportionate share of executive positions. For example, according to a comprehensive survey by the AnitaB.org, even though women account for … Continued

In Memoriam – Bob Childs

A friend and trusted mentor, Robert (Bob) Childs, Jr., passed away last week and his memorial service is being held today in Alabama.  I worked with Bob from 2001 to 2008 and he taught those of us lucky enough to work with him the importance of tenacity, perseverance, civility, and humor.  Bob left behind many … Continued

Leading discrimination lawyer issues guide to “Shattering the Glass Ceiling: Tips for Combatting Promotion Discrimination”

Despite significant gains made by women and minorities across corporate America, a stubborn glass ceiling prevents them from advancing to the most powerful and highest paying positions in the workplace.  For example, a recent study found that in 2017, the number of female Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) among Fortune 500 companies dwindled to just 5.4% … Continued

Pew survey sheds new light on glass ceiling discrimination in STEM jobs

A new survey by the Pew Research Center illuminates the ongoing glass ceiling faced by female employees in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. The survey results are consistent with an earlier study regarding female scientists about which the Glass Ceiling Discrimination Blog previously posted. Key findings of the survey According to the survey’s findings, … Continued