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December 29th, 2004

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01:09 pm - Maybe I just shouldn't come back...
...and in further WTF? news of the US legal system, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that employers who require female employees – but not male ones – to wear make-up to work are not practicing sex-based discrimination. Somehow. (The full opinion is here.)

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Date:December 29th, 2004 02:26 pm (UTC)
Not to mention this wretched state of affairs. "Gee, same-sex marriages are legal in one state? Guess we can interpret benefits however we want now!"

Maybe I'll just join you across the pond. Any interest in founding a community of American expatriates over there?
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Date:December 29th, 2004 04:59 pm (UTC)
I can be legally required to smear tinted, rendered cow fat over my face for a job? And yet you couldn't be?

And you can be required to wear your hair "teased, curled, or styled every day", while I simply can't wear my hair "below [the] top of [my] shirt collar". Better and better...


I couldn't agree more: it's insane. The plaintiff still has a chance to appeal to the US Supreme Court, and I really hope she does. I can't see any merit to the majority view expressed in the court's opinion.

Got any room on the couch over there in a sane country?

Well, while I've been here, the Law Lords – Britain's equivalent of the Supreme Court – have ruled that indefinitely imprisoning foreign "terrorist suspects" without trial is against the law. And the Labour government has pretty much shrugged its shoulders and said, "Bah, we're going to keep doing it anyway." So I'm not sure the UK is really all that much saner. At least in the US, there's a Bill of Rights for the government to ignore...
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Date:January 1st, 2005 01:33 pm (UTC)
I misspoke. The next court of appeal is actually the full 9th Circuit, not the US Supreme Court. And this page claims that the plaintiff is indeed appealing the decision. I hope that's true, and that the full court has the sense to reverse this judgment.
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Date:December 29th, 2004 05:07 pm (UTC)
My response to this was too long, so see my own journal posting instead. Short form: the bartender's lawyer was stupid.

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