EEOC loses its hairstyle discrimination case

Earlier today, the Eleventh Circuit affirmed the district court’s dismissal of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s lawsuit against Catastrophe Management Solutions. This an important decision concerning the proper scope of Title VII. At issue was whether a business’s policy requiring professional-looking … Continue reading

Weekly litigation report — September 10, 2016

Union access shenanigans from the Department of Labor PLF supports charter schools from death by limbo Environment and the right to intervene in lawsuits Property rights: Loss in Knick v. Scott Township Beer drinkers must register to drink? Adverse anti-discrimination … Continue reading

Federal courts and the duty to decide

Sometimes federal courts will dodge the Constitution rather than defend it. That happened with our constitutional challenge to Montana’s discriminatory school regulations. Yesterday, in Armstrong v. Kadas, we filed a brief asking the Ninth Circuit to remind the district court of its duty to exercise its jurisdiction–especially … Continue reading

Weekly litigation report — July 23, 2016

The fight for Edmund Lee goes to the appellate court This week PLF filed its notice of appeal in E.L. v. Interdistrict Choice Corporation.  Last Friday, the district court dismissed Edmund’s case, holding that he lacked standing to bring his claim, and … Continue reading

Edmund’s fight against discrimination continues

Today a federal court issued an extremely disappointing decision dismissing our lawsuit, which sought to give our client, third-grader Edmund Lee, Jr., the same opportunity to attend Gateway Science Academy as his white neighbors. As a result, Edmund will now have … Continue reading

“Ban the box” laws and disparate impact liability

Pacific Legal Foundation opposes disparate impact, a form of liability that brands an act (e.g. an employer’s hiring practice) as discriminatory just because it does not produce the “right” racial result. There are many objections to disparate impact liability, but chief … Continue reading

Disappointing decision in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin

In a 4-3 decision, the Supreme Court ruled that the University of Texas’s use of race in its admissions process does not violate the Constitution. Justice Kennedy wrote the Court’s opinion. The decision is what you’d expect from an opinion … Continue reading

PLF files brief in North Carolina voter ID case

In 2013, on the heels of the Supreme Court’s Shelby County decision that ended federal preclearance of voting laws, North Carolina enacted an omnibus election reform bill that set off a partisan firestorm in the state and on editorial pages … Continue reading