Tag Archives: Title VII

Sixth Circuit Rules on $200,000 Back Pay Issue

On Wednesday, the Sixth Circuit issued its decision in Szeinbach v. The Ohio State University. The case centered on Szeinbach’s claim that she was discriminated against while she was employed as a professor with the Ohio State University College of Pharmacy. Szeinbach alleged that she was the victim of discrimination and retaliation stemming from her … Continue Reading

BREAKING: Sixth Circuit En Banc Court Adopts New Standard For Proving Discrimination Under the ADA, But In A Bold Move Refuses To Adopt The Standard Followed By A Supermajority Of Circuit Courts

Earlier today in its en banc decision in Lewis v. Humboldt Acquisition Corp., No. 09-6381 (PDF), the Sixth Circuit unanimously overruled the standard set forth in its 16 year-old decision in Monette v. Electronic Data Systems Corp., 990 F.3d 1173 (6th Cir. 1996), which required a plaintiff bringing a discrimination claim under the Americans with … Continue Reading

Fifth Circuit Follows Sixth Circuit Regarding Title VII’s Compensatory and Punitive Damanges Cap

The Fifth Circuit, recognizing an open question in that Circuit’s jurisprudence, recently elected to follow the Sixth Circuit’s application of the Title VII compensatory and punitive damages cap from Hudson v. Reno, 130 F.3d 1193 (6th Cir. 1997).  In Hudson, a unanimous panel of the Sixth Circuit held that the damage cap in Title VII … Continue Reading

Supreme Court Reverses Two Sixth Circuit Decisions

On January 24, the Supreme Court unanimously reversed two Sixth Circuit decisions. In Thompson v. North American Stainless, LP, the plaintiff and his fiancee were both employed by the defendant.  The plaintiff claimed that the defendant discharged him in retaliation for his fiancee’s filing of an EEOC charge of discrimination.  The Sixth Circuit, in a divided en banc … Continue Reading