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posted Friday, January 18, 2019 - Volume 47 Issue 03
ACLU and sex discrimination in the workplace
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ACLU and sex discrimination in the workplace

NEW YORK (January 17, 2019) - This week, the ACLU took action against two major companies that our clients allege have participated in sex discrimination: McDonalds and Chili's. Additionally, we are awaiting news from the Supreme Court about cases that consider whether or not federal workplace discrimination law protects LGBTQ people from discrimination on the basis of sex.

On Monday, ACLU is joining [sic] the Fight for 15 and private firms in the McDonald's sexual harassment litigation. At this stage, we are seeking additional plaintiffs to expand the scope of [Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)] charges and prepare for a potential lawsuit filing. As recently as May 2018, 10 women working in McDonald's restaurants stretching from California to Florida filed EEOC charges of discrimination alleging a wide range of unchecked harassment, perpetrated by supervisors and co-workers.

On Wednesday, the ACLU filed an EEOC complaint on behalf of Meagan Hunter, alleging that she was denied a promotion at Chili's because she needed to 'dress more gender appropriate.' Meagan, a lesbian, asked why she could not wear a chef-style coat like the one her general manager wore and was told, 'it's for boys.'

The Supreme Court is considering whether or not to take three cases that ask if LGBTQ people are protected under Title VII prohibitions on sex discrimination [in the workplace]. In one of the cases, that of Aimee Stephens, the ACLU has been involved since Stephens first filed a complaint with the EEOC.

Courtesy of the ACLU

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