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“The case concerns Elysa Yanowitz, a regional sales manager who alleges she received negative job reviews after she refused to fire a perfume saleswoman whom her boss considered unattractive. A state appeals court had ruled Yanowitz could sue for retaliation based on alleged sexual discrimination against the sales clerk she refused to fire.”
Actually, I think the boss said the saleswoman was “not hot enough.” The San Jose Mercury News carries the tale (via the AP) here.
“An online chat room may be open to the public, but it is not a place of public accommodation for purposes of federal civil rights claims, a federal judge has ruled. Saad Noah sued Internet giant AOL Time Warner Inc. for refusing to protect him from comments against his Islamic religion. A federal judge in Virginia dismissed the claim on May 15. Noah v. AOL Time Warner Inc., No. CIV.A. 02-1316-A (E.D. Va.),” the ABA Journal reports here.
UPDATE: The Recorder has a similar article, but theirs says “it’s come to a head because of a feud between Lerach and Weiss over the handling of the WorldCom litigation.”