David L. Woodard

David L. Woodard

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EEOC Publishes Guidance on Employment Rights Related to Religious Garb and Grooming in the Workplace

On March 6, 2014, in an effort to answer questions about how federal employment discrimination law applies to religious dress and grooming practices, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued a...more

3/18/2014 - Civil Rights Act EEOC Religion Religious Clothing Religious Discrimination Title VII Workplace Attire

EEOC Settlement Reminds Employers That GINA Prohibits Requesting Family Medical History

?While the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA) has proven to be the least-litigated of the federal anti-discrimination laws, a recent settlement obtained by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission...more

1/21/2014 - Anti-Discrimination Policies EEOC Employment Application GINA Hiring & Firing Human Resources Professionals Medical Records Posting Requirements

EEOC Settlement Reminds Employers of Responsibility to Protect Employees from Harassment by Third Parties

A Virginia healthcare company, Southwest Virginia Community Health System, recently agreed to pay $30,000 to settle a sexual harassment suit brought against it by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The EEOC...more

10/29/2013 - EEOC Employer Liability Issues Harassment Settlement Sexual Harassment Third-Party

EEOC Background Check Bias Class Action Dismissed

As reported in previous Alerts, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has recently filed suits against several employers including Dollar General and BMW Manufacturing Co. claiming that they improperly used...more

8/20/2013 - Criminal Background Checks Dismissals Disparate Impact EEOC Hiring & Firing

Will Obesity Claims Be the Next Wave of ADA Litigation?

In a new federal lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, Whittaker v. America's Car-Mart, Inc., the plaintiff is alleging his former employer violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)...more

8/5/2013 - ADA American Medical Association Disability Disability Discrimination EEOC Obesity

Adding Bite To Its Bark: EEOC Files First Lawsuits Since Its Updated Guidance On Criminal Background Checks

On April 25, 2012, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued updated guidance on the use of criminal background checks in making employment decisions. The guidance clarified the EEOC’s position that blanket...more

6/25/2013 - Criminal Background Checks Discrimination EEOC Hiring & Firing Title VII

EEOC Publishes Updated Guidance on the Employment Rights of People with Cancer, Diabetes, Epilepsy and Intellectual Disabilities

On May 15, 2013, pursuant to its published goal of providing up-to-date guidance on the requirements of antidiscrimination laws, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued four revised Question and Answer...more

5/29/2013 - ADA ADAAA Disability Disability Discrimination Discrimination EEOC

Pregnancy and Disability Discrimination the Focus of EEOC Enforcement Activity

Since Congress’ enactment of amendments to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 2008, making it easier to establish disability status under that law, the EEOC has directed more of its attention to claims of pregnancy...more

4/30/2013 - ADA ADAAA Disability Discrimination EEOC Pregnancy Discrimination Title VII

Recent Ruling Demonstrates That You Might Find Religion Where You Least Expect It

A ruling from an Ohio federal court warns that a religious discrimination claim can arise from of a set of beliefs that an employer might not ordinarily equate with religion. In Chenzira v. Cincinnati Childrens’ Hospital...more

1/15/2013 - Chenzira Discrimination EEOC Reasonable Accommodation Religious Discrimination Title VII Vaccinations Veganism

Fourth Circuit Upholds Employer-Favorable Religious Discrimination Decision

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals recently affirmed summary judgment in favor of an employer that was sued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) for religious discrimination. In EEOC v. Thompson Contracting,...more

12/31/2012 - Discrimination EEOC Reasonable Accommodation Religious Discrimination Summary Judgment Title VII

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