Axes and Alcohol

A federal court in New York denied a hatchet-throwing bar’s request for a temporary injunction to prevent the state from enforcing Covid-19-related restrictions that allow it to continue to serve food and alcohol but do not permit axe throwing. The court ruled the bar cannot succeed on its equal protection claim because it isn’t “sufficiently similar” to bowling alleys and casinos, which are currently allowed to operate.

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Passport Application

A transgender man’s equal protection claim related to the denial of his passport application can continue, a federal court in Nevada ruled. The State Department’s policy requiring a doctor to certify a transgender passport applicant’s gender change discriminates against the man, who could not sumit such a certification because his hormone therapy has been overseen by a nurse practitioner and he cannot afford additional treatment for his transition.

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Judge Rejects Equal-Pay Claims by US Women’s Soccer Team

The U.S. Women’s soccer team’s gender discrimination lawsuit deflated Friday when a federal judge in Los Angeles granted U.S. Soccer Federation summary judgment, finding women earned more in cumulative pay and rejecting claims women would have earned more under the men’s team’s pay structure.

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Equal Protection

A federal court in Wisconsin ruled that two black pastors may pursue their equal protection claims against two sheriff’s deputies who asked them if they had guns or drugs in their car while they were legally parked on the side of a highway while waiting for a tow truck after their boat trailer got a flat tire. The pastors have adequately alleged that they were intentionally discriminated against and treated differently than a similarly situated white woman. 

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Boards of Directors

A federal court dismissed a suit against a 2018 California law that requires publicly traded corporations to include at least one woman on their board of directors. A shareholder of OSI Systems claimed the law impairs his right to vote for the company’s board of directors but the court ruled he failed to identify a concrete injury under the Equal Protection Clause.

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