James Damore, the “echo chamber memo” guy, just filed a high profile lawsuit against his former employer, Google. He might have the chance to blaze a new trail in California employment law along the way.
Or: Why you don’t really believe that religious liberty should allow what you think it should.
Same cast, brand new season! Burt Likko offers a look at some of the high points of the Supreme Court’s docket for the 2014-2015 Term.
One company begins an experiment in ways to take enlightened management techniques down a notch, conveniently in the middle of union negotiations. Burt Likko offers a few answers to the question, “What could possibly go wrong?”
An employment lawyer entertains a very radical idea. Except it may already be real!
Sometimes the law is a cruel mistress.
A potentially mighty case dies not with a shout, but with a one-sentence memorandum, full of legal formality, signifying nothing.
Religious liberty is only given priority when the stakes don’t matter. That’s because few truly believe that “religious” beliefs have special status.
A collaborative post by Chris and Burt Likko, telling the story of an American writer who deserves to be better-known and better-read.
In which the necessity of a law is politically dismissed because of a massive public misunderstanding by a man with an eerily orange face.
New Mexico’s Supreme Court ruled today in favor of a plaintiff who sued for violation of one of that state’s anti-discrimination laws based on a photographer refusing to take pictures at her same-sex commitment ceremony. Burt Likko presents a digest of the decision.
If you’re not reading Cato Unbound — also known as my real job — you should be. Here’s David Bernstein, offering some new thinking on the old debate between property rights and nondiscrimination: Historically, many of the leading advocates of civil rights for African Americans in the late 19th and early 20th century—for example, Moorfield…
A few months ago, I recommended Jason Kuznicki’s excellent article on America’s history of state-sanctioned racial discrimination. In it, Kuznicki discusses the relationship between government regulations and social prejudice (emphasis mine): In a mobile and egalitarian commercial republic influenced by Christianity, practicing racism ought to be difficult. It becomes much easier, however, when there are…
(cross-posted from my humble blog) To sort of second Neil’s observation about the power of anti-bullying/anti-prejudice norms to “have a broad and beneficial societal impact,” I’m pretty convinced that you can apply the “broken windows” theory of crime to overt prejudice and the treatment of minority groups. That is, and as I’m sure you all…
Via Ta-Nehisi Coates comes this piece by Pat Buchanan that centers around the following allegation: Sotomayor got into Princeton, got her No. 1 ranking, was whisked into Yale Law School and made editor of the Yale Law Review — all because she was a Hispanic woman. And those two Ivy League institutions cheated more deserving…