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Ninth Circuit Finds Small Government Subdivisions Subject to ADEA

The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) only applies to employers with 20 or more employees. For years, small local governmental units have understood that they are exempt from ADEA jurisdiction based on the actual...more

6/26/2017  /  ADEA , Appeals , Jurisdiction , Public Employees

Fourth Circuit Affirms "Mark of the Beast" Religious Discrimination Verdict

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals (which includes North Carolina and South Carolina) affirmed a $600,000 jury verdict in favor of a West Virginia coal miner who refused to use a new biometric hand scanner installed by his...more

Second Circuit Upholds NLRB Ban on No Recording Policy

Last year, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) surprised many employers when it declared illegal Whole Foods’ policy that prohibits employees from video or audio recording in the workplace. The Board concluded that the...more

Seventh Circuit Title IX Ruling May Impact Transgender Employee Protections

The battles over transgender persons’ civil rights continue nationwide, especially when the controversy involves restroom access. Last week, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals concluded that a Wisconsin school district...more

Fourth Circuit Says FMLA Allows Reinstatement to Equivalent Position Even If Original Job Remains

Employees taking leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) are entitled to be reinstated to their previous job or to an equivalent position. The equivalent position must be the substantially the same in terms of...more

EEOC Charge Does Not Need to Specify Quid Pro Quo Sexual Harassment

For years, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) divided sexual harassment claims into two distinct categories. Hostile environment harassment related to creation of an offensive work environment based on sexual...more

Can Employers Require Medical Confirmation of Pregnancy for FLMA Leave Purposes?

When an employee seeks Family and Medical Leave for a serious health condition, the company routinely gives the employee requesting the leave the DOL medical certification form to be completed by their healthcare provider. In...more

Expletive-Laced Facebook Rant Protected Under Federal Labor Law

Many people have fanaticized about telling their boss what they really think about him or her. Fortunately, most employees have the good sense not to write down what they are thinking about their employer....more

Sixth Circuit Says "Cat's Paw" Theory Applies to FMLA Retaliation Claim

Employers sometimes defend retaliation claims by responding that the person or persons making the adverse employment decision was not aware of the plaintiff’s prior complaint. In the employment discrimination context, the...more

Employer Not Required to Pay for Medical Treatment or Provide Teamwork Structure as ADA Accommodations

A recent decision from the Second Circuit Court of Appeals illustrates the limits of employers’ obligations to accommodate employee disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Stevens v. Rite Aid Corp....more

NC Court of Appeals Says Attempted ADA Accommodation Can Be Terminated Based on Effects on Coworkers

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) encourages employers to engage in an interactive process with disabled employees to determine if there are reasonable accommodations that allow the employee to perform the essential...more

Employer Potentially Liable for Supervisor's Off-Duty Murder of Employee

Most employers know that they can be held liable in some situations based on negligent hiring or retention of an employee who harms a third party. A new decision from the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals cautions employers...more

IRS Asks Employers to Report Phishing Schemes

Every tax season seems to bring with it new attempts by criminals to fraudulently obtain tax refunds. One popular “phishing” scheme involves fraudulent emails that appear to be from a company executive seeking personal...more

Fourth Circuit Upholds Termination of Public Employee for Social Media Comments

A politically divided nation can mean a politically divided workplace. While employers generally hesitate to react to employees’ expression of political views, some comments viewed as extreme, threatening or inconsistent with...more

Seventh Circuit Says Sexual Orientation Protected Under Title VII

On Tuesday, the full Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals concluded that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964’s prohibition against sex discrimination also includes protections against employees being discriminated against...more

Supreme Court Defers to Lower Court Determinations on EEOC Subpoena Powers

In a disturbingly increasing number of charge investigations, employers have faced broad information requests from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), including requests that appear unrelated to the charging...more

Second Circuit Chief Judge Urges Reconsideration of Title VII's Prohibition Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination

Last week’s EmployNews reported an Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals decision in which two of the three judges considering the case concluded that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964’s prohibition against sex...more

President Trump Kills Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Federal Contractor Rule

President Trump signed legislation ending Obama-era federal rules requiring contractors to disclose federal labor law violations as part of the federal contracting process. The rules would have appointed a contracting officer...more

HB2 Repeal Shields Employers From Local Labor Ordinances

On Thursday, Governor Cooper signed into law a measure repealing North Carolina’s controversial HB2 law that limited use of public restrooms and changing facilities to the gender on that person’s birth certificate. While most...more

Mandatory Disclosure of Prescription Drug Use May Violate ADA

When an employee tests positive for illegal drug use or self-discloses such use, many employers condition return to work on the employee’s participation in a substance abuse treatment program. These programs can include drug...more

Tips Cannot Be Used to Satisfy Minimum Wage Requirement for Non-Tipped Work

The hospitality industry continues to battle numerous lawsuits claiming that employers failed to properly compensate employees who earn a portion of their wages through tips. Earlier this month, the Tenth Circuit Court of...more

Split Eleventh Circuit Panel Says Title VII Does Not Prohibit Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex. Perhaps the hottest issue in employment discrimination law today is whether that ban on gender discrimination includes discrimination on...more

Tenth Circuit Rejects Broad EEOC Subpoena in Single Employee Discrimination Charge

The scenario is familiar to employers responding to a Charge of Discrimination filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Even though the Charge only includes claims of discrimination by one person, the...more

Purchaser of Assets in North Carolina Should Not Rely on Assign Ability of Seller's Non-Compete Agreements

We regularly field questions from companies in the process of an asset purchase, asking whether they can obtain an assignment of the seller’s non-competition agreements with its employees. While this question has never been...more

Supreme Courts Dismissal of Transgender Discrimination Case Could Affect Employment Discrimination Claims

Earlier this month, the Trump administration withdrew the Department of Justice’s prior position that Title IX of the Civil Rights Act prohibits schools and other covered institutions from discriminating on the basis of...more

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