Gender Bias

  • This opinion piece by Legal Momentum's Executive Vice President and Legal Director, Penny M. Venetis, calls for FIFA to include an end to gender bias in much-needed reforms.
  • High-ranking officials of FIFA, the governing body of international soccer, have been indicted for corruption. FIFA's illegal activities don't stop there, however. Rampant gender bias exists at every level of FIFA, from the top down. This multi-billion dollar powerhouse deliberately excludes and discriminates against women. It's time for that to end.
  • If you have never had to deal with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”), you may be happily unaware that it’s the federal agency that investigates and enforces federal employment anti-discrimination laws. If the EEOC investigates a complaint and finds that discrimination did occur, then it is supposed to try to “conciliate” the case—work with both sides to reach an agreement that ends the discrimination.
  • In a development reminiscent of the well-known schoolyard taunt, the U.S. Marines are seeking to eliminate the so-called “girl pull-up” from the fitness tests they have been using for new female recruits. Under the old standard, formally known as the “flexed arm hang,” female recruits were required to hold their chins above the pull-up bar for at least 15 seconds. Under the new standard, implementation of which is presently delayed, they must do at least three pull-ups in order to pass the Marines’ basic fitness test.
  • This article explores problems women of color face at every level and in every aspect of the judicial system, as litigants, witnesses, defendants, employees, lawyers, and judges. The article summarizes concerns detailed in depth in NJEP's When Bias Compounds: Insuring Equal Justice for Women in the Courts curriculum. Trial Magazine, August 1999, at 21.
  • Determined if the First Amendment justifies a commercial business’s refusal to serve a customer in a protected group.