Memo to Directors of Human Resources: what you tell an employee about an adverse employment decision is admissible as evidence in a Title VII case, even if you were not personally involved in the final decision. The Seventh Circuit so holds in a case reversing summary judgment in a pregnancy-discrimination and FMLA case.
The European Parliament recently set forward a proposal to extend its parental leave to include 18 weeks full pay of maternity leave and 2 weeks full pay of paternity leave. See Maternity Leave Revisions Continue to Split EP and Council. While there has been opposition to the amendments in Europe in the face of an economic crisis, Edite Estrela, an MP from perfunctory, recently argued that "maternity should not be seen as a burden on the economy but rather as a service provided to society." In the EU, the current minimum maternity leave is 14 weeks.
A split jury verdict, of a kind now common in Title VII cases, is affirmed in full (in a non-precedential decision) by a 2-1 panel of the Tenth Circuit. The jury rejected the employee's gender discrimination claim, while awarding her $3 million in compensatory damages on her retaliation claim. The district court capped the award at $300,000, as required by 42 U.S.C. § 1981a(b)(3), but added $89,877 in back pay, and the Tenth Circuit remands for an award of attorneys' fees.