David L. Woodard

David L. Woodard

Poyner Spruill LLP

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Transgender Issues in the Workplace

Since 2012, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has taken the position that transgender individuals are protected from discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII). The EEOC...more

9/1/2015 - EEOC Employee Restrooms Employer Liability Issues Gender Discrimination Gender Identity Hostile Environment Job Applicants New Guidance Office of Personnel Management (OPM) OSHA Title VII Transgender

EEOC Issues Guidance - Best Practices for Pregnancy Discrimination and Related Issues

Discrimination on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions constitutes unlawful sex discrimination under Title VII. The EEOC recently issued new Enforcement Guidance to ensure employers treat women...more

7/9/2015 - EEOC Employee Rights Employer Liability Issues Enforcement Guidance Pregnancy Discrimination SCOTUS Sex Discrimination Title VII Young v United Parcel Service

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

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

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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