James H. Kizziar Jr.

James H. Kizziar Jr.

Bracewell & Giuliani LLP

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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

NLRB Advice on Lawful Employment At Will Provisions Under the NLRA

On October 31, 2012, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Office of General Counsel (G. C.) issued two Advice Memoranda clarifying whether employment at-will language in an employee handbook, applications or other...more

12/8/2012 - At-Will Employment Employee Handbooks NLRA NLRB

NLRB Decision Regarding Confidentiality of Employer Investigations

As a result of a recent ruling by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), non-union employers who have a practice or policy that prohibits employees from discussing ongoing internal investigations of workplace misconduct...more

11/14/2012 - Confidential Employer Investigations NLRA NLRB Non-Union Unions

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