Employment Discrimination “Because of Sex”: Then and Now

Production Date: March 06, 2017 Practice Areas: Civil Rights Estimated Length: 5575 minutes


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Since its last-minute addition to Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the provision banning employment discrimination “because of sex” has been in a near-constant state of evolution. Taught by Gillian Thomas, Senior Attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union, and Mariann Meier Wang, Partner at Cuti Hecker Wang LLP, this program introduces the participant to the landmark decisions that still form the basis for Title VII sex discrimination claims, and highlights how they have been interpreted in recent years to address emerging forms of bias. Ms. Thomas and Ms. Meier Wang explore workplace sex discrimination claims in three main areas: pregnancy and motherhood, sex stereotypes, and sexual harassment.

As to pregnancy and motherhood, the course gives an overview of the provisions of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, as well as other federal laws that are implicated in pregnancy discrimination claims, including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), with reference to applicable state and local laws, as well.

As to sex stereotypes, the presenters trace the extensive Supreme Court precedent disapproving employers’ reliance on all manner of sex stereotypes, up to and including its landmark decision in Price Waterhouse v. Hopkins (1989). That ruling’s implications with respect to Title VII claims by LGBT employees are also explained.

Last, Ms. Thomas and Ms. Meier Wang address current standards applicable to sexual harassment cases, including standards for imposing supervisor liability. They further discuss reference to emerging forms of harassment, such as through social media and other electronic media.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Gain a basic understanding of the major precedents governing sex discrimination claims under Title VII, as well as relevant EEOC guidance
  2. Understand the interplay among the PDA, ADA, FMLA, FLSA, and state laws in defining employer obligations toward pregnant and parenting workers
  3. Discuss the broad prohibition on sex stereotypes as criteria for decision making, and how such prohibition is applied to LGBTQ employees
  4. Learn the substantive standards defining sexual harassment, employer obligations in preventing and remedying harassment
  5. Raise awareness of unconscious bias as a motivating factor among employees and decision-makers alike
Robert M.
lakeland, FL

First rate presentation concerning various kinds of Title V11 employer based discrimination

Chris R.
Las Vegas, NV

As someone who does not regularly practice in this area, this seminar was fascinating.

Susan W.
Halifax, NS

Timely. Excellent speakers

David M.

Excellent content from top notch presenters.

Fred J.
Cathlamet, WA

very well done

Samuel S.
Roanoke, VA

Excellent program.

Joseph L.
Casselberry, FL

Excellent. Relevant, well covered.

Lauren S.
Houston, TX

Very informative and very well presented

Michele W.
Western Springs, IL

Great content.

Darryl B.
Brooklyn, NY

Very good program!

Anne R.
Delmar, NY

Great presentation. Chock-full of info.

Kenneth R.
Manhattan Beach, CA

Excellent program!

Susan T.
New Braunfels, TX

Employment cases are excellent

Benjamin H.
Andover, KS

very informative

Kristin T.
Kildeer, IL

extremely thorough discussion of all areas of this type of discrimination. I practice in this area and still learned several new angles to this litigation.

Kellien L.
Trumansburg, NY

The best CLE on Lawline.

Jack S.
Phoenix, AZ

Outstanding survey of the applicable law.

Ellen H.
Jefferson City, MO

Really appreciated this CLE course. It was basic enough for someone who had limited knowledge in this area and gave lots of resources.

Timothy D.
Manhattan, NY


Todd B.
Ashburn, VA

interesting topic.

Susan J.
Chapel Hill, NC

Excellent content and informative written materials.

Christina M.
Pittsburgh, PA

Very well done.

Megan S.
Boston, MA


Eve R.
Columbia, SC

Thank you.

Marlene B.
Pittsburgh, PA

The presenters were easy to understand.

Jeanette C.
Bethesda, MD

The interactive slide presentation was easy to follow. I especially liked that I could minimize the video production and maximize the slides. The downloadable pdf was also helpful. Well done.

Skye R.
San Diego, CA

really good program

Brittany M.
Jersey City, NJ

Enjoyed the subject. Found both speakers to be knowledgeable and jumped in at helpful times to supplement one another.

josh f.
Chicago, IL

presenters were excellent and very knowledgeable.

Thomas H.
Lawrence Township, NJ

The program broke down the law on sex-based discrimination very well. For someone unfamiliar with employment, I found it very easy to follow.

Victoria I.
Fenton, MO

I thoroughly enjoyed this presentation!

Pamela M.
Danbury, CT

wish it was longer

Rita O.
Walnut, CA

I like the two person format and enjoyed the conversational tone of this

Julie A. B.
Hiles, WI

A masterful glide through the straits of employment discrimination "because of sex" with pitch-perfect dialogue. These popular and well-regarded speakers are also attorneys of real distinction who artfully weave intriguing case examples into their relaxed conversation.

Michael S.
Mint Hill, NC

Excellent Presentation!

Diane H.
Charlestown, MA

Excellent program

William S.
Belmont, NC

Thank you for a fine presentation.