An appreciation of Ann Hopkins, a glass ceiling pioneer

Eric Bachman interviewed by Bloomberg Law about discrimination protections for gig workers/independent contractors

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Given the soaring numbers of people working as independent contractors (gig workers) rather than traditional employees, an important question has emerged about what protections these gig workers have against discrimination. The most familiar federal anti-discrimination law is Title VII.  But this important law protects only “employees,” not “independent contractors” and others working in the gig … Continued

The EEOC’s new, online system for filing employment discrimination charges: what you need to know

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The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) launched a new, online system for filing and tracking certain charges of workplace discrimination on November 1, 2017. “This secure online system makes the EEOC and an individual’s charge information available wherever and whenever it is most convenient for that individual,” said EEOC Acting Chair Victoria A. Lipnic. “It’s … Continued

Lawsuit claims shocking sex harassment against female farm workers

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In a complaint filed yesterday in federal court, the Attorney General of Washington alleged that an agricultural company allowed extreme unlawful sexual harassment against its female employees.  Indeed, the lawsuit claims that “sexual harassment of female farm workers is an occupational hazard….” According to the Washington Attorney General’s investigation, the sexual harassment violated Title VII of the 1964 … Continued