Peter Felsenfeld

Peter Felsenfeld

Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP

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6th Circuit: Telling Supervisor to Stop Harassing Conduct Is Protected Activity Under Title VII

A company cannot fire an employee in retaliation for complaining to supervisors about sexual harassment, the Sixth Circuit recently held in Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. New Breed Logistics, No. 13-6250 (6th Cir....more

4/28/2015 - Civil Rights Act EEOC Hiring & Firing Retaliation Sexual Harassment Title VII

Court Shoots Down ADA Discrimination Claim Premised on Employer's Alleged Embarrassment

It would never occur to most employers that "embarrassment" could serve as the grounds for a disability discrimination claim, but that's exactly what an employee attempted to argue in Lester v. City of Lafayette. In this...more

3/30/2015 - ADA Adverse Employment Action Disability Discrimination Discrimination Hiring & Firing Municipalities Termination

Use of Criminal Background Checks Upheld by Federal Judge

In a rebuke to the Obama Administration, a federal judge has held that an employer may use criminal history as a hiring criterion without violating a job applicant’s civil rights....more

8/27/2013 - Criminal Background Checks EEOC Hiring & Firing

It’s Just Lunch Agrees to Pay $900,000 to Settle Discrimination Suit

The dating service It’s Just Lunch USA, LLC (“It’s Just Lunch”) will pay $900,000 to settle a suit alleging that the company discriminated against men....more

7/26/2013 - Dating Services Discrimination EEOC Gender Discrimination Hiring & Firing Job Applicants Retaliation Settlement Termination

EEOC Sues Toys “R” Us On Behalf of Deaf Job Applicant

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) has sued retailer Toys “R” Us for failing to provide an interpreter to assist a deaf job applicant during an interview....more

3/28/2013 - ADA Disability Discrimination Discrimination EEOC Hiring & Firing Job Applicants Reasonable Accommodation Toys R Us

Employers May Violate Federal Law By Refusing To Hire Union Organizers

Here’s a challenging scenario for employers: An individual applies for a job. The employer becomes aware that the applicant is a union volunteer who will likely try to organize the workplace if hired....more

3/15/2013 - Aerotek Hiring & Firing NLRA NLRB Unions

ObamaCare’s Whistleblower Protections Go Into Effect

Though President Obama and Congress established broad requirements in the Affordable Care Act (aka ObamaCare), they tasked federal agencies with filling in myriad blanks regarding implementation. The agency rules that are...more

3/1/2013 - Affordable Care Act FLSA Hiring & Firing OSHA Retaliation Termination Whistleblowers

Employers May Not Engage In Coercive Surveillance of Unions

An employer risks violating federal labor laws by monitoring employees’ union activities, or even creating an impression of surveillance....more

2/25/2013 - Anti-Union Actions Hiring & Firing NLRB Surveillance Unions

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