sex discrimination

Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Fired Fiancee

By a unanimous 8-0 decision, the Supreme Court ruled Monday that anti-discrimination laws forbid employers from firing the fiancee of an employee as retaliation for her complaining about sexual discrimination. Just as interesting as the ruling is why the pro-business wing of the court came down on the side of the employees.

Citigroup Sued for Gender Discrimination

Female employees of Citigroup are paid less, get fewer promotions, but fired first, according to a gender discrimination lawsuit brought by six women against the bank yesterday. The bank responded, saying that the women's allegations are "inacurrate" or "incomplete."

Why Are So Many Women Leaving Wall Street?

A lawsuit filed by three women who have accused investment bank Goldman Sachs of sex discrimination underscores a surprising trend on Wall Street: Despite a growing movement toward equality in the business world, financial services has become an increasingly male-dominated industry.

Legal Briefing: A Roundup of Labor-Related News

Labor Day isn't just about rounding out the summer season with a nice three-day weekend, of course. It's a "national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country", notes the Labor Department, and has been a national holiday for over 100 years. In that vein, here's a roundup of recent labor-oriented legal news:

Legal Briefing: Novartis Settles Sex Discrimination Case

Pharmaceutical giant Novartis lost a huge gender discrimination case in May, and faced $250 million in punitive damages, plus possibly hundreds of millions more in compensatory damages. Rather than deal with years of appeals, both sides settled Wednesday for $152 million.

'Too Sexy' Banker Coverage Misses the Point

DailyFinance's legal correspondent Abigail Field has avoided weighing in on the Debrahlee Lorenzana case -- until now. But its time to look at the facts: Whether the Citigroup banker was "too sexy" isn't the point. The question is, did Citigroup create a hostile, discriminatory workplace?

Legal Briefing: Did Sexist Closing Argument Hurt Novartis?

Novartis Pharmaceuticals was found guilty of sex discrimination and slapped with $250 million in punitive damages. The jury may have felt the drugmaker's closing argument, which was laced with sexist stereotypes, illustrated the plaintiff's point.

Legal Briefing: Did Novartis Punish a Rape Victim?

Among the most startling pieces of testimony in the Novartis sex discrimination trial was an account of woman's rape by a man connected to her boss. More shocking was the company's alleged response. Even in a case the law says must be decided on dry statistics, such devastatingly emotional testimony is likely to color the verdict.

Legal Briefing: Novartis Sex Discrimination Trial Begins

For 10 years, Working Mother magazine included Novartis on its list of the 100 best places to work, but if the 5,600 women suing the pharmaceutical giant for sex discrimination win their $200 million case, it's hard to imagine it making the list again. The trial starts today.