Amber K. Dodds

Amber K. Dodds

Bracewell & Giuliani LLP

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California Supreme Court "Green Lights" Class Action Waivers in Arbitration Agreements

On June 23, the California Supreme Court in Iskanian v. CLS Transportation, a case involving state wage and hour claims, recognized that the U.S. Supreme Court's 2011 Concepcion decision effectively invalidated the California...more

7/1/2014 - Arbitration Class Action Class Action Arbitration Waivers CLS Transportation Employer Liability Issues Employment Contract Federal Arbitration Act Iskanian Mandatory Arbitration Clauses PAGA Trucking Industry Wage and Hour

Thinking about Hiring Interns? New Case Reminds Employers of Rules on Interns

Following similar decisions involving Hearst Corporation and Viacom, a federal judge in the Southern District of New York recently granted conditional certification of a potential nation-wide class of approximately 3,000...more

5/21/2014 - Class Action Class Certification Employee Rights Employer Liability Issues Employer Mandates FLSA Hearst Hiring & Firing Internships Minimum Wage Misclassification Unpaid Interns Unpaid Overtime Viacom Wage and Hour Warner Music Group

Now is Not the Time to “Man Up”-- Gender Stereotyping Can Be Same-Sex Harassment

Big Bob supervises an all-male make-ready crew. The team gets along well— they get their work done but have fun doing it. The guys banter throughout their shift, calling each other inappropriate names, telling dirty jokes,...more

11/6/2013 - Bullying Gender Discrimination Harassment Sexual Stereotyping

Supreme Court strikes down Defense of Marriage Act: What are the changes for employers?

On June 26, 2013, the United States Supreme Court held that Section 3 the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which prevented the federal government from recognizing state-granted same-sex marriages, was unconstitutional because...more

10/15/2013 - DOL DOMA Employee Benefits Equal Protection ERISA Fifth Amendment FMLA IRS Same-Sex Marriage SCOTUS US v Windsor

Supreme Court Strikes Down Defense of Marriage Act: What Are The Changes for Employers?

On June 26, 2013, the United States Supreme Court held that Section 3 the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which prevented the federal government from recognizing state-granted same-sex marriages, was unconstitutional because...more

9/26/2013 - DOMA Employee Benefits Marriage Same-Sex Marriage SCOTUS US v Windsor

Accommodating religious beliefs in the workplace: What are the limits?

Sikiru Adeyeye requested approximately four weeks of leave from work to participate in his father’s funeral ceremony in Nigeria. In his request, Adeyeye explained that he had to attend the “funeral rite” and that it was “very...more

9/6/2013 - EEOC Employee Rights Religion Termination Title VII Undue Hardship

Is obesity a disease? The American Medical Association says “yes”; the Americans with Disabilities Act says . . .

In June 2013, the American Medical Association (AMA) declared obesity a disease. The president of the AMA gave several reasons for this declaration “[R]ecognizing obesity as a disease will help change the way the medical...more

8/21/2013 - ADA American Medical Association Classification Disability EEOC Obesity

Heard it through the grapevine: The National Labor Relations Act’s tight grip on employer confidentiality policies

One of your top workers, Emily Employee, comes to you distraught: She can no longer take Carla Co-Worker’s harassing comments about Emily’s religion. Some of the comments Emily relayed to you sound pretty bad and would result...more

7/8/2013 - Confidential Information Confidentiality Confidentiality Agreements Employer Mandates Investigations NLRA NLRB

What You Say Can and Will be Held Against You: ADA Confidentiality Requirements Extend Beyond Termination of Employment

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires any information regarding employees obtained through a medical inquiry to be kept confidential. Such information must be recorded on separate forms and kept in a confidential...more

12/31/2012 - ADA Disability Discrimination EEOC Medical Records

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