Tag Archives: discrimination

Should Black Lives Matter Apparel Be Allowed At The Workplace?

The Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement has attracted thousands of supporters in recent months. As sports returns to TV, we’re seeing players wearing shirts promoting this social justice cause, some even replacing player names with the names of victims of racial violence. But what happens when employees wear BLM shirts, masks, or other apparel to […]

Supreme Court Upholds Religious Exemptions From Discrimination Law

In a decision considered a victory for religious employers, the U.S. Supreme Court gave religious organizations broader ability to hire and fire employees without violating federal anti-discrimination laws. In the 7-2 decision, the court expanded the “ministerial exception” that precludes courts from hearing disputes brought by employees who have vital religious responsibilities, an exemption based […]

Casting Your Corporation: What Employers Can Learn From “Hamilton” Producers

One of the hottest shows on Broadway is Hamilton, a hip-hop musical about the life and times of Alexander Hamilton that features people of color playing notable characters like Hamilton, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and other of their contemporaries. The use of a diverse cast to portray America’s beginnings is an important element of the […]

What Did the Fifth Circuit Do During the Summer? Three Surprising Employment Law Decisions

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has a reputation for being hostile to employment law claims. But according to Texas Lawyer, three cases over the summer indicate that the reputation may be undeserved. The first, fittingly enough, concerned the reputation of a Houston police officer. In Zamora v. City of Houston, Christopher […]

The Confederate Flag at the Office: Free Speech or Hostility?

The tragic shooting in Charleston in June has sparked discussion of a number of sensitive topics, including whether displaying the Confederate flag — a symbol of pride for the self-proclaimed white supremacist shooter — is a matter of free speech. Unsurprisingly, the issue has come up in the context of employment law. Do employees have […]