Nathan Whatley

Nathan Whatley

McAfee & Taft

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Jury slaps AutoZone with $186M verdict for pregnancy bias

Earlier this summer, a California jury awarded nearly $186 million – $800,000 in compensatory damages and $185 million in punitive damages – to a former AutoZone store manager who filed suit against the auto parts retailer...more

8/18/2015 - Bias Compensatory Damages EEOC Jury Awards Pregnancy Discrimination Punitive Damages Reasonable Accommodation

Employee who quit during interactive process cannot pursue ADA claim

A federal appeals court recently decided against an employee who failed to satisfy her obligation to cooperate in the interactive process with her employer when searching for a reasonable accommodation for her disability....more

2/11/2015 - ADA Disability Discrimination Discrimination EEOC Interactive Process Kohls Retailers

Employee fired for failing to cooperate with FMLA leave approval process

Managing employees’ FMLA leave can be one of the most challenging and frustrating responsibilities for an HR department. So what can an employer do when an employee is slow to provide documentation and respond to exam...more

8/13/2014 - Compliance Employee Rights Employer Liability Issues FMLA Hiring & Firing Paid Leave Unpaid Leave

Employer's quick action bars racial harassment claim

Recently, a federal circuit court of appeals overturned a six-figure jury award in a case alleging racial harassment that involved talk of lynching and thinly veiled references to the Ku Klux Klan. Here’s another example of...more

3/6/2014 - Compliance Discrimination Employer Liability Issues Harassment Race Discrimination

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