North Carolina has made headlines recently for enacting laws requiring transgender people to use public bathrooms corresponding to their biological sex (as opposed to their gender identity). North Carolina and the United States Justice Department filed competing lawsuits against each other yesterday regarding the legality of the restroom law.
ACLU attorney Gillian Thomas has a new book about the legal history of sex equality in the workplace. After reading today’s New York Times review of the book, it’s definitely at the top of my “to read” list.
Just last week, social media giant Twitter made headlines when one of its teams decided to hold a frat-themed party in the office, paid for by the company. The party was complete with kegs of beer, red plastic cups, beer pong, and a sign written in Greek-themed font that read “Twitter frat house.” While the party itself should have been newsworthy on its own, it became even more so given that in March of this year a former employee sued Twitter for sex discrimination, claiming the company made it difficult for women to obtain promotions and engaged in tactics designed keep women out of higher ranking positions.
Earlier this month, a Florida judge denied an attorney’s request to take short breaks every three hours to pump breast milk during a trial. As will come to no surprise to any mother with experience breastfeeding, the attorney requested the breaks both to avoid physical pain and to provide milk for her baby.