Happy Hump Day! Welcome to Women in law Wednesday. A post dedicated to news, cases, potential suits, and studies involving women and law. Have suggestions ? Please comment!
- Shackling Pregnant Prisoners in Labor Found to be Cruel: Seems like common sense to me, however the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Cir. recently held in Nelson v. Norris that forcing a woman to endue labor with her legs shackled to the hospital bed constitutes cruel and unusual punishment. In some ways this case is historic however as Rachel points out, “five of the eleven circuit court judges dissented, mak[ing] clear both how far we have come and how far we still have to go to ensure the civil and human rights of all pregnant women (the dissent in Friday’s opinion saw no “clearly established” constitutional violations in shackling Ms. Nelson during labor.)” Want more? Want YouTube more?
- Haddad v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.: Should punitive damages be allowed in gender discrimination suits? The answer is now yes, but as usual, it depends.
- Is Gender Fatigue Keeping You from Discussing Discrimination at Work?: Interesting article that discusses how we address gender discrimination at work when people are so sick of talking about feminism.
- The Constitution and Sexuality: For all those out there who believe that we have come so far as a society I urge you to reconsider. Unfortunate.
- An interesting child custody case: Update on a woman who lost custody of her son after her judge saw photos of her participating in a SubGenius holiday. SubGenius is an adult-rated parody of Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ. Interesting…
- Judging Women: An interesting study comparing male and female judges using empirical and anecdotal methods.
- No More Rape By Contract!: The Franken amendment withholds contracts from defense contractors “if they restrict their employees from taking workplace sexual assault, battery and discrimination cases to court.” Good work Franken!
- New Oklahoma Abortion Law Requires Online Disclosure: Excuse me? Seriously? What the hell!
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