The Family and Medical Leave Act ("FMLA") requires employers to provide eligible employees with up to twelve weeks of unpaid leave to care for a newborn child (among other reasons), and to offer reinstatement to the employee...more
Given the opportunity, most defense lawyers will remove an employment discrimination case filed in state court to federal court because federal judges are more inclined to grant summary judgment, i.e. a judgment in favor of...more
Last year we reported on the Eleventh Circuit's decision in Zinni v. ER Solutions, Inc. (11th Cir., August 27, 2012), which seemed to signal that a defendant in a Fair Labor Standards Act case cannot moot the case by...more
An employee sends an email to her manager requesting FMLA leave to care for her father "while he deals with issues surrounding his terminally ill brother." The supervisor writes back, "Approved," and the employee takes...more
Mandatory retirement is generally unlawful under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. So when an employer urges an employee to retire, isn't this evidence of age discrimination that an employer should avoid?
An employer's settlement of a Fair Labor Standards Act claim directly with a former employee rather than with the former employee's attorney was invalid and should not have been approved by the federal district court,...more
The Supreme Court has ruled in Vance v. Ball State University that the authority to take tangible employment actions is the defining characteristic of a supervisor, and that without such authority an employee is not a...more