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Fifth Circuit Finds Restriction of Job Responsibilities May Constitute Adverse Employment Action Under Title VII

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 makes it unlawful for an employer to fail to hire or to discharge an individual or otherwise discriminate against such individual “with respect to his [or her] compensation, terms,...more

10/3/2014 - Adverse Employment Action Civil Rights Act Discrimination Employee Rights Employer Liability Issues Title VII

Should Employers Test Applicants’ Integrity? The EEOC Discusses “Integrity Testing”

Employers often associate a lack of integrity with counterproductive workplace behaviors, including theft and workplace violence. As a result, employers may be tempted to subject employees and applicants to so-called...more

12/4/2013 - ADA Civil Rights Act EEOC Hiring & Firing Job Applicants Title VII

Firing of Employee After His Angry Outburst During Mediation Did Not Constitute Retaliation

While the anti-retaliation provision of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 does not prohibit all employer action after an employee has filed a discrimination charge or lawsuit, it precludes employers from taking an...more

8/12/2013 - Anti-Retaliation Provisions Civil Rights Act Discrimination EEOC Hiring & Firing Mediation Retaliation Title VII

Inconsistent Reasons for Termination Allow Pregnant Employee’s Discrimination Case to Proceed to Jury

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals recently overturned a lower court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of a home care agency, holding that a jury should be allowed to determine whether the agency’s reasons for firing an...more

6/27/2013 - Discrimination Hiring & Firing Just Cause Pregnancy Discrimination Termination Title VII

Gender Stereotyping Based on a Person’s Non-Conforming Behavior Violates Title VII

As the U.S. Supreme Court has recognized, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is intended to “strike at the entire spectrum of disparate treatment of men and women resulting from sex stereotyping.” Recently, a federal...more

5/17/2013 - Discrimination EEOC Gender Discrimination Sexual Stereotyping Title VII

Ostracism and Petty Mistreatments May Collectively Rise to the Level of Hostile Work Environment for Light Duty Employee

A female plumber on “light duty” in the city of Chicago’s Department of Sewers filed a lawsuit alleging that her supervisor assigned menial work to her, prohibited her co-workers from interacting with her, and subjected her...more

5/7/2013 - Employer Liability Issues Harassment Hostile Environment Light-Duty Positions Title VII Workplace Violence

Vegan Employee May Proceed with Religious Discrimination Claim

A federal district court in Ohio has refused to dismiss a complaint for religious discrimination made by a hospital employee after the employee was fired for refusing to be vaccinated for the flu. The basis of the refusal to...more

1/17/2013 - Chenzira Discrimination EEOC Federal Rule 12(b)(6) Hiring & Firing Motion to Dismiss Reasonable Accommodation Religious Discrimination Termination Title VII Vaccinations Veganism

EEOC Suggests That Title VII and ADA May Apply to Employment Situations Involving Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

Neither Title VII of the Civil Rights Act nor the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) specifically prohibits discrimination against individuals who may be victims of domestic or dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking....more

11/1/2012 - ADA Discrimination Domestic Violence EEOC Harassment Reasonable Accommodation Retaliation Sexual Assault Stalking Title VII

Federal Appeals Court Resists Categorizing “Sexual Stereotyping” Claim As Violation Of Title VII

Under Title VII, an unlawful employment practice is established when an employee demonstrates that gender is a motivating factor for an adverse employment action. Under that analysis, a number of federal appellate courts...more

8/20/2012 - Discrimination EEOC Gender Discrimination Sex Discrimination Sexual Stereotyping Title VII

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