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Judge dismisses class action against Family Dollar   (access required)

A U.S. District Court judge in Charlotte has dismissed a class-action lawsuit that accuses the Family Dollar discount-store chain of discriminating against female employees. The plaintiffs in Scott v. Family Dollar Stores, Inc. failed to meet the standard for class claims set by the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Dukes v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., Judge Max O. Cogburn Jr. determined in a Jan. 13 order.

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Labor & Employment – Discrimination – ADA – Partial Waiver of Immunity (access required)

Lee-Thomas v. Prince George’s County Public Schools A school board employee in Maryland can sue the board under the Americans with Disabilities Act for an alleged failure to accommodate her hearing disability, as the state has waived its 11th Amendment immunity for claims of $100,000 or less; the 4th Circuit upholds the district court decision allowing the claim to go forward.

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Labor & Employment – Civil Rights – Discrimination – Exempt Religious Organization — Religious Harassment – Brethren Dress Code (access required)

Kennedy v. St. Joseph’s Ministries Inc. A Catholic nursing-care facility is an exempt religious organization under Title VII. It cannot be sued by a geriatric nursing assistant who alleged religious harassment after she refused to abandon her Church of the Brethren dress code that called for long skirts and hair covering.

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Labor & Employment – Discrimination – Sexual Harassment – Municipal – Public Employees (access required)

Okoli v. City of Baltimore A woman whose boss, head of a Baltimore aging agency, “forcibly kissed her, fondled her leg, propositioned her, asked sexually explicit questions, described sexual activities he wished to perform and then, after she spurned the advances and filed a harassment complaint, fired her,” stated claims for hostile environment, quid pro quo harassment and retaliation, and the 4th Circuit vacates summary judgment for the employer and remands the harassment suit.

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Labor & Employment – Discrimination – Constitutional – First Amendment Viewpoint – Free Speech – Sociology Professor (access required)

Adams v. Trustees of the University of N.C.-Wilmington (Lawyers Weekly No. 001-072-11, 29 pp.) (Agee, J.) No. 10-1413, April 6, 2011; USDC at Greenville, N.C. (Howard, J.) 4th Cir. Click here for the full text of the opinion. Holding: The ...

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