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Sixth Circuit Rejects EEOC’s Expert Evidence In Proposed Pattern Or Practice Class Action Litigation

After a string of recent cases in which the agency has been forced to pay employer attorneys’ fees for bringing frivolous claims, the most recent zinger came from the Sixth Circuit last week in EEOC v. Kaplan Higher Education...more

A Check on the EEOC Attack on the Credit Check

We have written a few times about the EEOC’s closer inspection of background checks and the use of criminal records in employment decisions because of their potential adverse impact on classes of applicants. The EEOC has also...more

Testing the Boundaries of the Faragher/Ellerth Defense in Sexual Harassment Cases

In 1998, the U.S. Supreme Court created a defense for employers accused of permitting a supervisor to engage in unlawful sexual harassment of an employee. In two seminal cases, the Court held that an employer is not...more

Daughter’s Facebook Post Leads to Costly Breach by Father of a Confidentiality Clause in His Settlement Agreement With Former...

A recent decision by a Florida appeals court, Gulliver Schools, Inc. v. Snay, stands as a stark reminder of the perils of trying to maintain confidentiality in the age of social media where news can travel faster than the...more

EEOC Dealt Setback On Credit Check Claim

Over the last couple years, the EEOC has been taking aim at companies that use credit checks as part of the application process, arguing that excluding applicants based on credit checks has a disparate impact on minority...more

Did the EEOC Try Hard Enough to Resolve Your Case Before Filing Suit?

In March, 2014, three powerful business groups urged the U.S. Supreme Court to consider an important issue at stake for employers in Mach Mining LLC v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission—can courts review the adequacy of...more

Fourth Circuit Affirms Sanctioning of EEOC for Unreasonable Lawsuit Brought Against Employer Six Years After Charge Filed

Employers involved in litigation under Title VII and related federal civil rights laws understand that a prevailing plaintiff is entitled to collect his or her attorneys’ fees. These employers may not be aware that in more...more

SCOTUS Ruling Increases Private Company Risk – Imminent Need for Business Ethics Training

In an important ruling on March 4, the Supreme Court expanded the whistleblower protections outlined in the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX). Originally only applied to whistleblowers at public companies, the Justices decided in a...more

Retirement Benefits: Which Way Does the Whistle Blow?

The Issue: A terminated employee makes a claim against the employer for damages. The company says it fired him for stealing from the company. He says it was in retaliation for reporting law violations by the employer (that...more

Supreme Court Expands Scope of Sarbanes-Oxley Whistleblower Protections

The Issue: My company is not publicly traded, but provides services to companies that are. Do Sarbanes-Oxley whistleblower protections extend to our employees? The Solution: Yes. ...more

Fourth Circuit Affirms Sanctions Against the EEOC In Action Fraught with Delays

Many employers who have dealt with the EEOC in large cases suffer frustration over inexplicable delays combined with at times unreasonable requests for information and/or relief. In a recent case from the Fourth Circuit, that...more

Releases of Liability: Do's and Don't's for Employers

Employers often use waivers and releases of claims in agreements with former employees, either as part of a separation agreement at the time employment ends or in a settlement agreement after a former employee has raised...more

TRICARE Complaint Dismissed Against Florida Hospital

On March 28, 2014, the OFCCP withdrew its jurisdictional Complaint against Florida Hospital of Orlando after several years of litigation. OFCCP alleged it had jurisdiction to conduct an audit because the Hospital...more

Undocumented Worker Case Before California Supreme Court

The California Supreme Court has decided to hear a case that could impact the ability of undocumented workers to collect back wages or sue employers for discrimination in California, and may prove instructive in other courts...more

Whistleblowing in Afghanistan Allegedly Elicits Retaliatory Response

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia ruled in September 2013 that Mike Elder proffered sufficient evidence to continue with his False Claims Act action against DRS Technologies, Inc. (DRS)....more

Employment Law

PAGA Suit Belongs in State, Not Federal, Court Says Ninth Circuit - Why it matters: A wage and hour suit brought under California’s Private Attorney General Act (PAGA) belongs in state , not federal , court, the Ninth...more

A Review of Recent Whistleblower Developments

In a ground-breaking decision, on March 4, 2014, the United States Supreme Court held in Lawson v. FMR LLC, 571 U.S. __ Case 12-3 (Mar. 4, 2014), that §1514A of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 provides a right of action for...more

Lawson and Doral Expand Whistleblower Protections

Two recent decisions interpreting the Sarbanes-Oxley Act have significantly expanded the protections available for federal whistleblowers and increase the potential liability for public companies and private companies that...more

Second Circuit Holds That EEOC Charge Does Not Toll State Law Tort Claims

Castagna v. Luceno, No. 13-0796-CV (2d Cir. Mar. 5, 2014): In a case of first impression, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals joined the Seventh and Ninth Circuits, and a majority of district courts, holding that filing...more

Ventress III Provides Another Tool for Airlines: Ninth Circuit Says Federal Aviation Act Preempts Pilot’s State Law Employment...

On March 28, 2014, the Ninth Circuit strengthened its Federal Aviation Act (the “Act”) preemption jurisprudence, holding that state law claims for retaliation and constructive termination are preempted under the Act when they...more

Pre-termination discussions: Do recent developments in protection really help employers?

Pattie Walsh, Location Head of our London office, comments: In July 2013, in the spirit of allowing employers to engage in more open and frank conversations with their employees, the Government introduced a new regime of...more

(Not) April Fools Day – Changes To The Canada Labour Federal Code Effective April 1, 2014

For those federally regulated employers that are governed by the Canada Labour Federal Code (the “Federal Code”), there are some substantive changes coming of which you should take note....more

Message to Employers: Stick to your story

A decision by a federal court in Oklahoma City reminds employers that when terminating an employee for a legitimate business reason, an employer does not need to sweeten the pot with additional reasons for termination –...more

California Court of Appeal Holds Employer Cannot Shorten Statute of Limitation on California Discrimination and Retaliation Claims

Can employers enter into binding agreements with employees to shorten the statute of limitations on discrimination and other employment claims? A California Court of Appeal decision answered that question with a resounding...more

Arbitration Agreements and Whistleblower Protections

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 directed the SEC to establish a “bounty program” for certain individuals who voluntarily provide the SEC with original information that leads to successful...more

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