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Harris v. Hutcheson: Scant Protections Against Weight Discrimination

Only one state in the entire country bans weight discrimination–Michigan.[i] While legal protection and case law remain scant on the subject, research shows time and again the impact of weight discrimination. Studies consistently find that people who are described as overweight or obese are discriminated against at every stage of employment, from hiring, compensation, and promotion to discipline and discharge.[ii]…
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Uber Settlement Evades Interesting Answers to Technology Centered Legal Questions

Recently, Uber found itself in yet another reputation-damaging scandal. But instead of the routine matter of major investors asking a long-time CEO to resign, this scandal was a bit more law centered—and a lot more interesting. This scandal resulted from Waymo’s claim against Uber that it had stolen and inappropriately used trade secrets for self-driving vehicles.[i] The trouble all started…
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What Does it Mean to Discriminate “Because of . . . Sex”?

By Cora Allen
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 makes it illegal for employers to discriminate against their employees “because of . . . sex.”[i] In the half-century since the passage of Title VII, the definition of “sex” discrimination has broadened significantly. Originally, under the Act, “sex” referred just to biological sex.[ii] Eventually, this was expanded to include discrimination based…
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“Uber v. Drivers”: The Battle for Employee Classification

The peer-to-peer ridesharing industry has been booming since Uber first went live in San Francisco in 2010. Presently, Uber has spread to more than 700 cities worldwide,[i] and is estimated to have more than two million active drivers.[ii] The ease and popularity of Uber’s services have inspired a remarkable amount of competition: in the United States, companies like Lyft, Wingz,…
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Say Goodbye to Shopping Malls: America’s Shift Towards Technology and Ease

Despite 94% of American consumers who say that they believe doing business within their local communities is important, 2017 ended with a staggering number of over 6,700 brick and mortar stores closing.[i] Famous brands such as Walgreens, Nike, and Footlocker have decided to eliminate physical locations and shift their sales to the online market. With online retailers such as Amazon…