The Supreme Court unanimously ruled Monday that employers cannot fire workers in retaliation for cooperating in investigations of sexual harassment under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. The case, Crawford v. Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County (see PDF), involved Vicky Crawford, an employee who had worked for a Tennessee school system for thirty years when she was dismissed after participating in an internal sexual harassment investigation.
In the court's opinion, Justice David Souter wrote that "nothing in the statute requires a freakish rule protecting an employee who reports discrimination on her own initiative but not one who reports the same discrimination in the same words when her boss asks a question."
Crawford’s attorney, Ann Steiner, told the Associated Press that the ruleing "means from this point on no matter who instigates an investigation or conversation about harassment, if someone communicates that they’ve been harassed, they'll be protected under the retaliation provisions" of Title VII.
9/12/2014 Violence Against Women Act Turns 20 - Saturday will be the 20th Anniversary of the groundbreaking federal Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).
Passed in 1994, VAWA was the first piece of federal legislation to specifically address domestic violence and sexual assault as crimes and to provide federal funding to improve local response to violence against women, including training and resources for law enforcement and judges.
President Barack Obama on Tuesday issued a proclamation commemorating the VAWA anniversary. . . .
9/12/2014 Indiana Woman Charged With Feticide For Premature Delivery - An Indiana woman has been charged with feticide after she delivered prematurely and sought hospital treatment.
Purvi Patel, 33, sought help at an emergency room for vaginal bleeding where it was discovered that she had delivered prematurely at home. . . .