Supreme Court Again Chips Away at Protection From Discrimination

Let’s say that my boss decides I’m too old to do my job, blogging about stuff. By law, he couldn’t fire me because of my age. But he’d still like to find a way to get rid of me. He stops giving me assignments, and tells everyone it’s because I’m old and slow. I complain to him and others about his unequal treatment, and in retaliation, he moves me to the group that waters our plants. I quit and sue. …

How Far Will Protection From Discrimination Slip?

A case argued this month before the U.S. Supreme Court could make it more difficult to win discrimination suits, four years after another decision greatly weakened the 1967 Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA). The current case is about national origin, not age, but groups, including AARP, have filed “friend of the court” briefs because they see important civil rights issues in play. (Update: Read our post on the Court’s decision, June 24, 2013) In University of Texas Southwestern Medical …