A federal judge has just ruled that a female attorney whose superiors told
her she was just “not that pretty” can bring a claim for sex
bias against her employer, the city of Evanston.
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According to the facts in
Tober-Purze v. City of Evanston the female attorney – Elke Tober-Purze – was subjected to
derogatory comments while she was employed by the City of Evanston. In
addition to being told she wasn’t all that pretty, her superiors
told her that previous hires had been “just gorgeous” and
wore “tight sweaters” and “short skirts.” She
was then fired 3 days after the city learned that she filed a compliant
with the Illinois Department of Labor.
One of the supervisors also told Tober-Purze and her other female co-workers,
“it’s been all downhill since women got the vote.” The
superior also told them to get rid of magazines featuring female attorneys.
Tober-Purze filed claims of sex bias as well as age discrimination and
While the court did not conclusively determine whether these comments could
be considered “sex bias” Judge John W. Darrah found hat she
and other female attorneys in Evanston could plausibly state a case of
disparate treatment in violation of Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights
Act. Because the city replaced Tober-Purze and other age-protected employees
with significantly younger attorneys, the judge also advanced her Age
Discrimination in Employment Act claim.
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