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Judge Says Ellen Pao Owes Ex-Boss $276K

Ruling after landmark Silicon Valley case is tentative

(Newser) - Silicon Valley star Ellen Pao suffered another blow yesterday after a judge tentatively found that she must pay $276,000 to her former employer. Pao famously sued venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers over alleged gender discrimination and lost big in March. A jury found that Pao’s... More »

Female Staffers in DC Face Unusual Gender Hurdle

National Journal: Some say they're not allowed to be alone with the boss, ever

(Newser) - A poll by the National Journal of women who work as congressional staffers has turned up a surprising hurdle they face: Some are never allowed to be alone with a male boss, ever. The idea is to avoid even the hint of impropriety, which might work great for the congressman... More »

Ellen Pao Faces Million-Dollar Dilemma

Former boss will drop pursuit of legal fees if she doesn't appeal decision

(Newser) - Even though Ellen Pao lost her gender-discrimination suit against a former employer, she's still widely hailed as a hero for bringing the boys' club atmosphere of Silicon Valley under a microscope. But now she's got a tough choice on her hands: The venture-capital firm she sued, Kleiner Perkins... More »

'A Female Shouldn't Be President,' Says Female CEO

Cheryl Rios cites 'hormones,' 'biblical sound reasoning'

(Newser) - Cheryl Rios is the CEO of Dallas-based Go Ape Marketing , but some are saying her views on leadership are as primitive as her company's moniker. Rios recently made it clear on Facebook that she doesn't support Hillary Clinton as president—but it's not just Clinton herself that... More »

Ellen Pao Loses, Emerges as Silicon Valley Hero

Supporters think things might finally change for women in tech field

(Newser) - Ellen Pao lost her lawsuit alleging that the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers discriminated against her because she's a woman. But a common theme emerging after yesterday's verdict is that while Pao lost her own battle, she inflicted real damage on the boys-club atmosphere in... More »

Jury Rejects Discrimination Claim in Silicon Valley Case

But jurors still deliberating one count in Ellen Pao vs. Kleiner Perkins

(Newser) - Jurors in a high-profile Silicon Valley case say a prestigious venture capital firm did not discriminate against a female employee. The jury in San Francisco reached a verdict today on three of four counts in the lawsuit filed by Ellen Pao against Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Confusion surrounded the... More »

Ruby Tuesday Sued for Discrimination—Against Men

Only hired women for desirable summer positions, suit claims

(Newser) - An Equal Employment Opportunity Commission attorney calls it "an unusual lawsuit"—because you don't often hear about the EEOC suing on behalf of men who say they've been discriminated against. But that's what's happening in Eugene, Ore., where such a lawsuit has been filed... More »

Teen Sues to Retake DMV Photo With Makeup

Chase Culpepper wears makeup and women's clothing

(Newser) - A 16-year-old in South Carolina wants a driver's license photo redo—but not to look better. Chase Culpepper, who describes himself as "gender nonconforming," says he wears makeup and women's clothing and jewelry every day, and that when he was forced to take off the makeup... More »

Obama Signs Exec Orders to Boost Equal Pay

Twin moves seek to reduce gender pay divide

(Newser) - On National Equal Pay Day, President Obama is taking action to fight the gender wage gap among federal contractors. Today, he signed an executive order requiring the companies to publish their wage data by gender and race, thus pushing them to adhere to laws on equal pay, al Jazeera America... More »

Maybe Obama Needs a Binder Full of Women

Margaret Carlson notes the lack of diversity in Obama's prospective Cabinet

(Newser) - Barack Obama's new Cabinet is coming into focus, and at this rate, it's going to look "more like the Augusta National Golf Club than America," quips Margaret Carlson in a Bloomberg column derisively titled "Obama to Romney: Send Me Your Binders Full of Women."... More »

Goldman Sachs: 'a Frat on Steroids'

Marie Myung-Ok Lee recalls her time at the firm

(Newser) - Goldman Sachs recently released its list of the year's promotions, and women make up just 14% of new lifetime partners. In the Atlantic , Marie Myung-Ok Lee writes of her time as an editor at the firm in the '90s, and notes that it was a lot like the... More »

Dad-Daughter Dances Axed for 'Gender Discrimination'

District also bans mom-son sports events after ACLU steps in

(Newser) - A Rhode Island school district has banned father-daughter dances—and mother-son sports events—because of "gender discrimination" after a challenge by the ACLU. A single mom complained that her daughter was shut out of a dance in Cranston, and the civil rights organization argued in a letter that the... More »

Guy Sues Napolitano for Gender Discrimination

Also says another female official created 'frat house' atmosphere hostile to men

(Newser) - A federal worker who says he lost out on a plum job because he is a man has filed a discrimination lawsuit naming Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano as the sole defendant. What's more, James T. Hayes also alleges that a high-ranking official in Homeland Security's Immigration and... More »

Woman Sues Chick-fil-A for Gender Bias

Meanwhile, Kansas students want outlets off their campuses

(Newser) - As if it didn't have enough controversy on its hands, Chick-fil-A is now facing a gender discrimination lawsuit from a woman who says she was fired so that she could be a "stay-at-home mother," GLAAD reports. In the suit, the woman (who has worked for the restaurant... More »

Strauss-Kahn Lawsuit: He Hates Women

Nafissatou Diallo argues rape part of a pattern of misogyny

(Newser) - Nafissatou Diallo has added a new wrinkle to her lawsuit against Dominique Strauss-Kahn, arguing that he hates women and that his alleged rape of her hence amounted to gender violence, the Guardian reports. "Strauss-Kahn's conduct towards women generally is, and more specifically his sexual assault of Ms. Diallo... More »

Female Workers Hit Walmart With New Class-Action Suits

Colossal nationwide suit split into regional cases

(Newser) - Four months after the Supreme Court decided that 1.5 million past and present female workers at Walmart couldn't be lumped together in a single class-action suit , the first of what promises to be a flood of fresh lawsuits have begun. The original plaintiffs—who say they were denied... More »

In Wal-Mart Case, High Court Ignores Women, Evidence

Dahlia Lithwick on the injustice of Wal-Mart v. Dukes

(Newser) - The Supreme Court’s Wal-Mart ruling doesn’t just set the legal precedent that some companies are too big to sue. The court’s five conservatives—and all but one of its men—also declared that “sex discrimination is simply too pervasive to be a problem,” writes Dahlia... More »

Tennessee Kills Law That Protected Gay Job Applicants

Governor signs bill forbidding local governments from making new rules

(Newser) - Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has signed a law forbidding local governments from creating their own anti-discrimination laws—like, for example the recent Nashville measure banning employers from discriminating against gay and lesbian applicants. A Haslam spokesman says the Republican governor had mixed feelings about “telling local governments what to... More »

Transgender Woman Beaten at McDonald's

Hate crime charge weighed in vicious assault

(Newser) - A cell phone video of two girls beating a transgendered woman so viciously the blows might have triggered a seizure could lead to hate-crime charges, according to Baltimore area officials. The disturbing video shows a prolonged attack of punches, kicks, and dragging by two teen girls in a suburban Maryland... More »

Comic Must Pay $16K for Lesbian Insults: Court

Jokes during amateur's show were discriminatory, says victim

(Newser) - A Canadian human rights tribunal has ordered a stand-up comedian to pay a woman $15,700 after he insulted her and her partner at a show. Lorna Pardy says amateur comic Guy Earle discriminated against her based on gender and sexual preference, the Vancouver Sun reports. The owner of the... More »

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