Sexual Harassment -- Sexual Favoritism

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    According to previous decisions by the U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals (whose rulings apply to all Iowa employers), "Title VII [of the Civil Rights Act of 1964] does not prohibit discrimination against homosexuals." Congress also has repeatedly rejected legislation that would extend Title VII's coverage to sexual orientation. So can an employee...
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    This is an issue that is not going to go away. A claim of same-sex harassment is judged in essentially the same way, with one distinction, as a case in which an employee has alleged harassment by a person of the opposite gender. Prior to a U.S. Supreme Court decision in 1998, same-sex harassment wasn't even considered a claim. Let's see how a...
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    This is an issue that is not going to go away. A claim of same-sex harassment is judged in essentially the same way, with one distinction, as a case in which an employee has alleged harassment by a person of the opposite gender. Prior to a U.S. Supreme Court decision in 1998, same-sex harassment wasn't even considered a claim. Let's see how a...
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    If your organization's anti-harassment policies aren't protecting against new 24/7 threats, your organization could be next on the EEOC's hit list. From quid pro quo to "textual harassment" to after-work behavior, there are several new "subtle" forms of sexual harassment occurring in today's work environment -- both during -- and after office...
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    The Supreme Court of Rockland County has held that one instance of sexual favoritism (i.e., appointing a woman with whom the director of hospitals had a romantic relationship to a position) may not violate the county's equal employment opportunity (EEO) policy. Facts Jovita Catalan, a Rockland County employee,...
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    In the following case, the Eleventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta decided whether preferential treatment based on a consensual sexual relationship between a supervisor and an employee constitutes a cognizable sex discrimination case under Title VII. The court held it did not. Facts of the case Paul...
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    Gender discrimination is unquestionably illegal under both state and federal civil rights laws. However, gender discrimination can take many forms, and such claims may be proven using a variety of evidence, including proof of disparities between women and men and proof of sexual stereotyping. A recent decision issued by the Second...
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    The Internal Revenue Service (IRS), like other federal government agencies, possesses massive amounts of information, much of it sensitive and personal. The Privacy Act of 1974 was enacted in part to protect the information contained in federal government files. The need to safeguard personal information is heightened in...
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    Despite all we hear about sex in the workplace, one type of employment decision based on sexual relations between the supervisor and the employee is not illegal: when a supervisor promotes his lover over other, more qualified employees. Facts Dorothy Taken and Tawana White are two women who worked for the...
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    If a male supervisor promotes the person with whom he is romantically involved over other female employees who applied for the same position, has he engaged in sex discrimination? The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals recently answered "no" to this question and affirmed the judgment entered by the district court in favor of the...
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