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Supreme Court Agrees to Consider Pregnancy Accommodation Obligation

On July 1, the U.S. Supreme Court granted review of a case from the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals (which includes North and South Carolina) that may resolve a circuit split with regard to employers’ obligations to provide...more

Supreme Court to Review EEOC’s Charge Conciliation Obligation

Under Title VII and related federal civil rights laws, if the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission finds cause to believe that an employee’s rights have been violated, the agency is required to attempt to negotiate a...more

8th Circuit to Determine Scope of Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Claim

The United States District Court for the District of Nebraska has certified a question for interlocutory appeal to the Eighth Circuit in the case of Bussing v. COR Clearing, LLC (8:12-cv-238). The question involves whether...more

Designating Your Same-Sex Spouse as the Sole Beneficiary in Your Will

Estate planning can be a very stressful time for all married couples, especially when children and other relatives need to be considered. However, under normal circumstances, one need not be overly concerned with the...more

Seventh Circuit Says One Use of “N-Word” Does Not Create Hostile Work Environment

Under Title VII, single acts of verbal abuse typically do not rise to the level of legally actionable harassment. Only when these behaviors are repeated over a discrete period of time will courts consider them to create a...more

Second Circuit Finds Possible Pretext in Vague Justification for Non-Transfer

On July 14th, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit vacated an award of summary judgment for the defendants in Abrams v. Department of Public Safety, State of Connecticut, et al., Case No. 13-111, holding that...more

Act Now Advisory: Japanese Parent Company May Be Liable for Employment Decisions of Its US Subsidiary

The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently decided a case that should be taken into consideration when Japanese (and other foreign-based) companies determine the level of active involvement that their parent...more

Obesity can be a disability: AG gives opinion in ECJ case

As we reported in Be Aware on 1 July, the ECJ was recently asked in the case of Kaltoft v Kommunernes Landsforening to consider whether obesity should be regarded as being a disability for the purposes of disability...more

A Private Claim Under the New Jersey Civil Rights Act Requires the Presence of State Action, New Jersey Supreme Court Holds

In two companion cases, Perez v. Zagami, LLC, A-36-12 (May 21, 2014), and Cottrell v. Zagami, A-5-13 (May 21, 2014), the New Jersey Supreme Court confirmed that the New Jersey Civil Rights Act (NJCRA) offers no private cause...more

New Jersey Supreme Court Upholds Termination of Whistleblowing RN, Confirming Narrow Reading of CEPA

In Hitesman v. Bridgeway, Inc., A-73-12 (June 16, 2014), a registered nurse was fired after he complained to management about the rate of infectious diseases among patients, reported his concerns to governmental agencies, and...more

Statute of Limitations Waiver in Employment Application Enforceable Against ESL Immigrant, New Jersey Appellate Division Holds

On June 19, 2014, the New Jersey Appellate Division continued recent willingness of New Jersey courts to enforce employment applications that shorten the statute of limitations for employment-related claims, this time...more

Court Recommends Supervalu/Jewel-Osco Be Held in Contempt for Violations of EEOC Consent Decree in Disability Case

Federal Agency Obtains Relief for Three Jewel Employees Denied Accommodation, Court Calls for Extension of Decree and Appointment of Special Master - CHICAGO - Federal Magistrate Judge Michael Mason has entered a...more

Employer’s Refusal to Rescind a Resignation Does Not Amount to Unlawful Retaliation, District Court of New Jersey Holds

The United States District Court for the District of New Jersey recently held that an employer’s refusal to rescind a resignation does not amount to unlawful retaliation under 42 U.S.C. § 1981 (which follows the same standard...more

Fifth Circuit Issues Important Ruling on Affirmative Action in Higher Education

Earlier this week, in Fisher v. University of Texas, a divided panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit upheld the constitutionality of the undergraduate admissions program at the University of Texas at...more

Supreme Court Protects Whistleblowing Employees of Mutual Fund Adviser

Whistleblowing law continues to develop, with a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision holding that, despite ambiguous statutory language, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 protects employees of private companies serving as...more

SEC Charges Hedge Fund Adviser with Engaging in Prohibited Principal Transactions and Retaliating Against Whistleblower

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC or Commission) issued a cease and desist order on June 16, 2014 (the Order) against Paradigm Capital Management, Inc. (Paradigm) and its founder, Director, President and Chief...more

When can a mandatory retirement age be justified?

In Seldon v Clarkson Wright & Jakes, the EAT decided that a partnership's mandatory retirement age (MRA) of 65 for partners was a proportionate means of achieving the partnership's legitimate aims of workforce planning and...more

Background Check Lawsuits: If It’s Not One Thing, It’s Another

As we previously have written, employer use of criminal records and background checks with respect to applicants and employees has been the subject of challenge on the grounds that such checks tend to discriminate against...more

CEPA Roundup

In recent weeks, New Jersey’s primary whistleblower statute—the Conscientious Employee Protection Act (“CEPA”)—has been the subject of increased judicial scrutiny. In Hitesman v. Bridgeway, Inc., 214 N.J. 235 (2014),...more

Sex Discrimination--No debate. Decision to hire male professor not gender discrimination

Famous college football player and coach Bear Bryant is credited with saying, “I didn’t have a thing to do with picking a coach, and didn’t want to. But I didn’t think they’d pick one I didn’t like.” Bryant’s statement...more

California Employment Law Notes - July 2014

"Unauthorized Alien" Who Provided False SSN Can Proceed With Disability Discrimination Lawsuit - Salas v. Sierra Chem. Co., 2014 WL 2883878 (Cal. S. Ct. 2014) Vicente Salas worked on Sierra Chemical's production...more

Wells v. Xavier University: Investigating Campus Sexual Assaults and The Perils of Predetermination Under Title IX

The recent wave of Title IX complaints filed with the United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights [“OCR”], claiming that colleges and universities were either ignoring or mishandling reports of sexual...more

U.S. Supreme Court Denied Petition Seeking Review of Fourth Circuit’s Interpretation of Wal-Mart v. Dukes

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court denied Family Dollar Stores, Inc.’s petition for writ of certiorari seeking review of the Fourth Circuit’s decision in Scott, et. al. v. Family Dollar Stores, Inc., No. 12-1610 (4th Cir....more

DOL Wants FMLA to Cover Same-Sex Couples

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is seeking to extend coverage of the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to same-sex couples following a Supreme Court ruling that federal benefits cannot be limited based on a...more

Trends in New Jersey Employment Law - July 2014

In recent weeks, New Jersey's primary whistleblower statute—the Conscientious Employee Protection Act ("CEPA")—has been the subject of increased judicial scrutiny....more

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