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Adverse Employment Actions Based on Sex Stereotyping May Constitute Gender Discrimination

Author: Jessica Sussman

In Chadwick v. WellPoint, Inc. and Anthem Health Plans of Maine, +561 F.3d 38 (2009), the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals held that taking adverse employment action against a female employee based on the assumption that because she was a woman, she would neglect her job duties in favor of presumed childcare responsibilities constituted unlawful sex discrimination.