Wed, 03/15/2017

Brown Bag Materials from March 15, 2017 discussion about Disparate Treatment

Section 201 of the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 (“CAA”), 2 U.S.C. § 1311, extends the protection of several employment discrimination statutes to legislative branch employees.  Employing offices are prohibited from discriminating against employees or applicants based on their membership in protected classes:  race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age (over 40), or disability.  One of the most common legal theories raised by plaintiffs in cases arising under this section of the statute is disparate treatment – i.e., that the employing office engaged in intentional discrimination by taking an adverse employment action against them because of their membership in one or more protected classes.