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Gender Discrimination And Appearance Policies

Can you be fired for gaining a few pounds? According to the New Jersey Supreme Court, apparently the answer is yes. The issue arose based on the practice of an Atlantic City casino of firing cocktail waitresses if they gained more than 7 percent of their body weight. A group of "Borgata Babes" eventually tired of being embarrassed and harassed as part of regular weigh-ins and filed turned to the law to put a stop to the discrimination. Unfortunately, the practice was condoned by the court system based on the notion that the casino applies the rule to both male and female employees. That ignores the fact that there is no evidence that the men who work as bartenders are weighed as frequently, or even at all.

Gender Discrimination Suit Against Princeton University Settled

The Employment, School Discrimination and Civil Rights trial law firm of Costello & Mains, LLC in Mt. Laurel, NJ is pleased to announce the settlement of litigation commenced against Princeton University which alleged that Princeton was discriminating on the basis of gender in its Summer wrestling program. The suit, filed on August 4, 2015 on behalf of high school wrestler Rebecca Pizuto by her father, Joseph, contended that Rebecca had attempted to attend a Summer wresting camp offered for Middle School and High School wrestlers. She was informed by the University that the program was not open to female wrestlers despite the fact that no such gender-based rule appeared anywhere on the University's Summer wrestling camp website. The lawsuit was filed pursuant to the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination in Mercer County under docket number L-1760-15.