James G. Ryan

James G. Ryan

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Wal-Mart Accused of Gender-Discrimination Because of Anti-Gay Insurance Policies

In Cote v. Wal-Mart Stores, Wal-Mart is facing the possibility of a class action suit from a former employee who claims that the company’s denial of healthcare benefits to her same-sex spouse amounts to sex discrimination....more

8/4/2015 - Civil Rights Act Class Action Discrimination EEOC Employee Benefits Employment Discrimination Gender Discrimination Health Insurance Same-Sex Marriage Sexual Orientation Discrimination Spouses Title VII Wal-Mart

Second Circuit Rejects Ledbetter Application to Job Bias Cases

In a recent case, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (“Second Circuit”) narrowed the scope of extended time limits offered by the Lilly Ledbetter Pay Fairness Act of 2009 (the “Ledbetter Act”). By way of...more

8/4/2015 - ADA Demotions Disability Disability Discrimination Discrimination EEOC Employment Discrimination Lilly Ledbetter Statute of Limitations Trains Wage and Hour

The Sixth Circuit Finds Complaints to Harassing Supervisor Constitute Protected Activity Under Title VII

A recent U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit (“Sixth Circuit”) decision could have major implications for employers within its jurisdiction. In EEOC v. New Breed Logistics, No. 13-6250, 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 6650, the...more

8/4/2015 - Compensatory Damages EEOC Employment Discrimination En Banc Review Harassment Hiring & Firing Popular Protected Activity Punitive Damages Retaliation Sexual Harassment Title VII Wrongful Termination

Supreme Court Rules Against Abercrombie & Fitch in Religious Discrimination Case

In a previous blog post we discussed the facts, and potential consequences of a pro-plaintiff holding in Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Abercrombie & Fitch Store, Inc. As a brief recap, in 2008, Samantha Elauf, a...more

7/9/2015 - Abercrombie & Fitch Disparate Impact Disparate Treatment EEOC EEOC v Abercrombie Hiring & Firing Reasonable Accommodation Religious Discrimination SCOTUS Title VII

The Pregnancy Discrimination Act – Granting Equal Rights to Being Treated Poorly?

In 1978 Congress enacted the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (“PDA”) to amend Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to prohibit sex discrimination on the basis of pregnancy. Why then in 2014, over forty-five years later, is...more

12/9/2014 - Certiorari EEOC Employer Liability Issues PDA SCOTUS Sex Discrimination Title VII Young v United Parcel Service

Supreme Court Narrows Scope Of Employer’s Liability For Title VII Claims Against Co-workers

On June 24, 2013 in the case Vance v. Ball State University, the Supreme Court defined the scope of supervisory status as it applies to harassing co-workers under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”). ...more

7/18/2013 - Adverse Employment Action Civil Rights Act EEOC Harassment Hiring & Firing Retaliation SCOTUS Supervisors Title VII Vance v. Ball State University

Are Courts Reluctant To Grant Summary Judgment In Hostile Work Environment Cases?

The Second Circuit has recently reiterated its hesitancy to permit summary judgment in hostile work environment claims that present ambiguities as to the sufficiency of plaintiff’s case. In Rivera v. Rochester Genesee Reg’l...more

2/4/2013 - Discrimination EEOC Evidence Hostile Environment National Origin National Origin Discrimination Race Discrimination Retaliation Summary Judgment Title VII

Supreme Court Decides Kloeckner v. Solis

On December 10, 2012 the U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision in Kloeckner v. Solis holding that “[a] federal employee who claims that an agency action appealable to the MSPB violates an antidiscrimination statute...more

1/25/2013 - Administrative Appeals Appeals Civil Service Reform Act Discrimination DOL EEOC Federal Employees Judicial Review Merits Systems Protection Board Mixed Motive Cases SCOTUS Split of Authority Subject Matter Jurisdiction Termination

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