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IHOP Restaurants Sued by EEOC For Sexual Harassment

Conduct Included Simulated Sex Acts, Solicitations for Sex, and Physical Threats, Federal Agency Charges - ST. LOUIS - Two related International House of Pancakes (IHOP) franchises violated federal law when the male...more

EEOC Sues S&C Electric Co. for Age and Disability Discrimination

Employer Fired Employee After 52 Years of Service Rather Than Returning Him From Medical Leave, Federal Agency Charges - CHICAGO - S&C Electric Co. in Chicago unlawfully fired an employee on the bases of age and...more

EEOC Sues Malcolm S. Gerald & Associates for Sexual Orientation Discrimination

Collection Company Subjected Employee to Repeated Harassment Based on His Sexual Orientation, Federal Agency Alleges - CHICAGO - Collection agency Malcolm S. Gerald & Associates violated federal law by subjecting an...more

Department of Labor Releases New Pregnancy Discrimination Poster

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Last week I talked about the new state law regarding pregnancy discrimination that is going into effect on October 1, 2017. In that post, I mentioned a new notice that was required to comply with the law....more

Interference On The Defense? Tenth Circuit Reinstates EEOC’s Formerly Dismissed Claim

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: After a federal district court dismissed the EEOC’s unlawful-interference claim against a private college that had sued a former employee for allegedly breaching a settlement agreement by filing an EEOC...more

Failure to Complain About Sexual Harassment Over Long Period of Time Dooms Later Claims

In most cases in order to demonstrate a hostile working environment due to sex, a plaintiff must show multiple incidents of harassment over a period of time. However, in some situations, allegations of harassment that occur...more

Federal Appeals Court Affirms Six-Figure Jury Verdict in Pregnancy Discrimination Act Claim

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

A recent decision issued by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit serves as a cautionary tale for employers quick to deny employees’ requests for accommodations after returning from maternity leave. The Pregnancy...more

Magnum, SMH

by FordHarrison on

Who could possibly sully the sainted memory of Thomas Magnum, fictional private investigator and iconic 1980s bon vivant? All 45 of these guys, apparently....more

OFCCP Holds First of Three Compliance Assistance Town Hall Meetings

As we previously reported, the OFCCP announced in August that it would hold three “compliance assistance” town hall meetings. The first was held on September 19, 2017, at the Department of Labor’s Headquarters in Washington,...more

2017 Labor & Employment Legislative Update: The End is Near!

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Governor Jerry Brown has till October 15 to approve bills the Legislature sent to his desk by its Friday, September 15, deadline, including bills that would require employers to ”show us the money” for...more

Federal Education Secretary Announces Plans to Revamp Title IX Directives

by Barley Snyder on

The U.S. Department of Education recently announced plans to “revoke or rescind” current guidance addressing enforcement of Title IX. Secretary Betsy DeVos said earlier this month the department plans to review and...more

Salary History Inquiry Bill Down But Far From Out

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

On June 28, 2017, HB 2462, an amendment to the Illinois Equal Pay Act, passed both chambers of Illinois General Assembly. The bill would have made an employer’s inquiry into an applicants’ wage, benefits, and other...more

No Summer Breaks for the EEOC

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

As many of us settle into September, with fond memories of our summer vacations, do not think that the federal agencies were on a hiatus. In fact and despite predictions that the EEOC under the new administration would be...more

EEOC Sues City Sports for Race And National Origin Discrimination

Sports Fashion Chain Refused to Hire or Promote African-Americans and Hispanics Into Management Positions and Harassed Black Employees, Federal Agency Charges - CHICAGO - City Sports, a chain of sports fashion stores with...more

Keep Identifying Information out of Job Applications and Advertisements

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Certain job advertisements have drawn media scrutiny in recent weeks, including dozens of postings seeking applicants with a “neutral” accent for language teaching, sales, and IT support jobs. Another trend, in the opposite...more

California Legislative Wrap-Up – Next Stop: Governor’s Desk!

by Fisher Phillips on

The Legislature worked into the wee hours of the morning Saturday as it hit its deadline to pass legislation and send bills to Governor Brown for signature or veto....more

Blocked Shot? Employer Runs into Religious Issues with Mandatory Flu Vaccines

If you require your employees to get a flu shot, what do you do with the ones who refuse on religious grounds? As with so much in employment law, it depends. In Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Mission Hospital, a...more

All Star Priority Staffing Sued by EEOC For Disability Discrimination

Phoenix Staffing Agency Subjected Applicants to Invasive Pre-Offer Medical Questionnaire And Screened Applicants on the Basis of Their Responses, Federal Agency Charges - PHOENIX - All Star Priority Staffing, LLC, a...more

Clear and Convincing: DOE v. Jackson, Devos, and the future of campus sexual misconduct investigations

On September 7, 2017, Betsy DeVos, the Secretary of Education, announced that the United States Department of Education intended to revisit the “Dear Colleague” letter that the Department’s Office for Civil Rights, or “OCR,”...more

Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act Takes Effect April 1, 2018

by FordHarrison on

A new Massachusetts law, the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, will expand existing legal protections for pregnant employees beginning April 1, 2018. Most notably, employers will be required to provide reasonable accommodations...more

Words Matter: The Third Circuit Clarifies That a Single Racial Slur in the Workplace May Be Enough to State a Hostile Work...

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Telling African-American employees “that if they had ‘n—– rigged’ the fence, they would be fired” may be enough, standing alone, to state a hostile work environment claim....more

New California Regulation Protects Transgender Employees

by Payne & Fears on

The California Fair Employment and Housing Council (“FEHC”) recently adopted amendments to the existing regulation on sex discrimination which address transgender identity and expression. Some changes are subtle, including a...more

Employment News - September 2017 #2

by Hogan Lovells on

Uplifting – injury to feelings compensation must be increased by 10% - After a number of conflicting decisions in the EAT, the Court of Appeal has confirmed that injury to feelings discrimination compensation awarded in...more

EEOC Issues New Guide to Assist Federal Agencies to Provide Personal Assistance Services (PAS)

Provides Answers Agencies May Have Regarding PAS Programs - WASHINGTON - The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today announced the release of a Questions and Answers Guide to assist federal agencies to...more

Equal Pay Class Action Lawsuit Against Google

by Fisher Phillips on

Google, Inc. (“Google”) is the latest high profile employer in an onslaught of class actions by female employees alleging systemic discrimination in pay against women. Coupled with the Office of Federal Contract Compliance...more

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