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What to Expect When Your Employees Are Expecting

Does an employer have to provide a modified work schedule to a pregnant employee with morning sickness or light duty to a pregnant employee with lifting restrictions?The answer depends on who you ask. Most federal courts say...more

No Coverage for the Cantankerous? The Ninth Circuit Goes "Retro" In Finding "No Disability"

In Weaving v. City of Hillsboro, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit waxed nostalgic by reversing a jury and lower court finding that a police officer with Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) had a...more

Update: District Court Finds First Amendment Does Not Protect Former Guidance Counselor’s Sexually-Explicit Book

The Northern District Court of Illinois found that Rich Township High School District 227 did not violate the free speech rights of former guidance counselor and girls’ basketball coach Bryan Craig when it dismissed him based...more

Termination of Police Officer Whose ADHD Limits Ability to Get Along With Others Does Not Violate ADA, Ninth Circuit Says

In Weaving v. City of Hillsboro (--- F.3d ----, C.A.9 (Or.), August 15, 2014), the federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals was asked to decide whether, consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”), the city...more

District Court Allows ERISA Section 510 Retaliation Claim to Proceed

A federal district court in Pennsylvania concluded that Irene Najmola, a former employee of Chester County Hospital, sufficiently pled a retaliation claim under ERISA section 510 by alleging that her employment was terminated...more

Trends in New Jersey Employment Law - August 2014

LAD Roundup - In recent weeks, New Jersey's primary employment discrimination statute—the Law Against Discrimination (LAD)—has been the focus of judicial scrutiny....more

Whistleblower Antiretaliation Provision Does Not Apply Outside the U.S.

The Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled today that the Dodd-Frank Act's prohibition on retaliation against whistleblowers does not apply extraterritorially. In affirming the dismissal of the case on...more

False Filing Still Protected

A policy against making bad faith complaints of discrimination or harassment is no protection for an employer. Recently, an employee – jointly employed by the Army and a private employer – filed a complaint of age...more

Fenwick Employment Brief - August 2014

Partial-Day Leave Deductions Lawful for Exempt Employees - A California court of appeal recently confirmed that employers may require exempt employees to use accrued leave for partial-day absences, even if shorter than...more

Sun Tzu — And the Art of Defending an Employment Discrimination Claim

Sun Tzu’s seminal work “The Art of War” has long been required reading in leading business schools. As a definitive work on strategy, the impact of “The Art of War” crosses a great many sectors. In its most basic sense, Sun...more

Alleging panic attacks due to mistreatment at work, employee’s HRTO application dismissed for duplicating court action

Employees may not raise the same human rights issue before the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario and the courts, a recent HRTO decision confirms. The employee had commenced a court action in which he claimed that he was...more

A Lesson on the ADA: Engaging in Good Faith in the Interactive Process is Essential

Understanding the mandates of the Americans with Disabilities Act and similar state and local laws is easy: employers cannot discriminate against individuals with disabilities. However, navigating the reasonable accommodation...more

U.S. Supreme Court to Address the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, Even as EEOC Issues Its Own Guidance on the Same Subject

Pregnancy discrimination has generated a lot of press this summer. On July 1, the Supreme Court agreed to hear Young v. United Parcel Services, Inc., which raises fundamental questions about the protections pregnant women are...more

Court Throws Out "Me Too" Harassment Claims

One might think displays of Confederate flags and nooses, racial slurs and evidence of malicious graffiti and epithets is enough to establish a racially hostile work environment. However, a recent ruling by the U.S. Court of...more

Colorado Federal Court Walks Back Rejection of ADEA Waiver in RIF Case

In a previous post we discussed Foster v. Mountain Coal Company LLC, the District of Colorado’s decision invalidating a waiver of an employee’s claims against his employer under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA)...more

Secretary of the Commonwealth Issues Notice of Three Proposed Constitutional Amendments

WE, the people of Pennsylvania, have been governed by five different iterations of the state constitution since December 12, 1787, the day of our statehood. Each of those versions is the product of a state constitutional...more

10 Tips for Preventing Third-Party Harassment and Discrimination

Workplace harassment is a serious issue, whether it involves unwanted sexual advances or derogatory remarks about a person's race or skin color. Employment laws hold employers responsible for ensuring that the workplace is...more

Timing Is Everything: Employee Can Advance Pregnancy Discrimination Claim

On the heels of the EEOC’s recent guidance on pregnancy discrimination, a federal court has determined that an employee who was terminated based on future pregnancy-related job restrictions may proceed to trial on her...more

Employment Law: August 2014

California Supreme Court Weighs In On Commission Wages - Why it matters: Employers in California that pay commission wages should familiarize themselves with a new decision from the California Supreme Court limiting...more

Tenth Circuit Addresses Circuit Split Regarding Accrual of Constructive Discharge Claims

On July 28, 2014, the Tenth Circuit joined the Seventh and D.C. Circuits in holding that some discriminatory act leading to an employee's constructive discharge claim must have occurred within the limitations period. The...more

Expanding Employer Responsibilities in Ontario Regarding Employee Parent and Family Obligations

A recent decision of the Federal Court of Appeal in connection with a decision of the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal has attempted to clarify the obligation of an employer to accommodate employee needs in the context of...more

New Jersey Appellate Court Upholds Contracts Curtailing the Time for Employment Claims: Lessons for Employers

Employers know that there are numerous laws, both state and federal, that allow employees to sue for perceived violations of their rights. Those laws provide not only a dizzying array of theories of liability but also a...more

The Supreme Court Extends SOX Whistleblower

On its face, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (“SOX”) is concerned with the conduct of publicly-traded, not privately-held, companies. SOX, after all, grew out of the scandalous and widely damaging failures of public companies...more

NJ Appellate Courts Permit Employers to Shorten Statute of Limitations Period Through Employment Applications

A New Jersey Appellate Court recently held that a provision in an employment application shortening the statute of limitation from two years to six months was enforceable under New Jersey law. As a result, the employee’s...more

You can’t fix stupid: Employment law edition

Homo sapiens is fired for teaching about homophones (and his sister is a known thespian rumored to have dramaturgical aspirations). A teacher at a private language school in Utah says that he was fired by the director for...more

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