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Taking Adverse Actions Based on Gender Stereotypes Violates Title VII

Author: Jessica Sussman

In Lewis v. Heartland Inns of America, LLC; Barbara Cullinan; Kristi Nosbisch, +591 F.3d 1033 (8th Cir. 2010), the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals considered whether a female employee who was terminated after being criticized by her superior for her masculine appearance may claim gender discrimination. The 8th Circuit held that an adverse action motivated by sex stereotypes may violate Title VII.