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New ‘Digest of EEO Law’ Issued by EEOC

Includes Key Federal Sector Decisions, Special Article on Failure to State a Claim - WASHINGTON - The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today announced the latest edition of its federal sector Digest of...more

Domino’s Delivers Key Ruling in Favor of Franchisors

The California Supreme Court recently issued an important victory for franchisors, finding that a franchisor does not stand in an employment or agency relationship with the franchisee and its employees for purposes of holding...more

Effective Discovery Requires Effective Communication

As the Southern District of Ohio recently noted in Brown v. Tellermate Holdings Ltd., “[t]here may have been a time in the courts of this country when building stone walls in response to discovery requests, hiding both the...more

Employment Law Summer Recap 2014: Part 8 of 11 – New York’s Coldest Summer, Especially for Employers Who Utilized Unpaid Interns

It felt like we were in a dream. Or maybe San Diego. Day after day, 82 degrees and little humidity. In a word: pleasant. We know next summer probably won’t be the same, but we sure enjoyed this one. That’s right – this was...more

United States: U.S. Supreme Court Dramatically Expands Whistleblower Law

On March 4, 2014, the U.S. Supreme court in Lawson v. FMR, LLC, 134 S.Ct. 1158, held in a 6-3 decision that employees of a private company that is a contractor or subcontractor of public company are entitled to whistleblower...more

EEOC's Changed Conception of Pregnancy Spawns New Litigation — and Important Reminders for Employers

Earlier this year, we noted that that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) issued somewhat controversial enforcement guidance regarding pregnancy discrimination. It has now become evident that this enforcement...more

Keine Altersdiskriminierung durch nach Betriebszugehörigkeit gestaffelte Kündigungsfristen

Die vom Arbeitgeber einzuhaltende gesetzliche Kündigungsfrist des § 622 Abs. 1 BGB beträgt vier Wochen zum Fünfzehnten oder Ende eines Kalendermonats und verlängert sich gemäß § 622 Abs. 2 Satz 1 BGB bei längerer...more

DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION: Court rules interactive process should have been triggered by a couple of stray comments

I miss my dog … or how to require your employer to let you bring your dog to work. Don’t laugh. A recent federal court decision from Hawaii seriously considered this issue. John Assaturian, a long-time Hertz employee...more

12 Trends in Employment Discrimination Litigation: Proactive Employers See Fewer Claims

Fresh off a presentation on retaliation claims and defense at The American Conference Institute Employment Discrimination Litigation Conference in New York City, Dinsmore employment attorney Mike Hawkins shared 12 key trends...more

Yes, employers, you can win a transgender discrimination suit

A recent decision from a federal court in Georgia provides an excellent illustration about how employers can win summary judgment (dismissal before a jury trial) even in cases as sensitive as those alleging discrimination...more

Shootin’ Blanks: Tennessee Appeals Court Dismisses Officer’s Whistleblower Suit Over Live Ammo’s (Almost) Use

Reminder to Tennessee whistleblowers and employers: a Tennessee Public Protection Act (“TPPA”) suit only works if the purported whistleblower has a reasonable belief that what occurred was actually illegal. To prevail...more

Practical Tips for Dealing with an EEOC Charge

The first step for most disgruntled employees who believe they have been discriminated against is to file a Charge of Discrimination with the EEOC, which is a prerequisite for filing a lawsuit under several discrimination...more

California Supreme Court Overturns 2012 Domino's Decision

On August 28, 2014, the California Supreme Court reversed a 2012 Court of Appeal decision in Patterson v. Domino's Pizza, LLC. The lower court held that franchise operating systems, like Domino's, deprive franchisees of the...more

England and Wales: Tribunal Fees...One Year On

What are they? Since 29 July 2013, a prospective claimant must pay a fee before they can issue a claim in the employment tribunal. The claimant must also pay a further (and much higher) fee at a second stage, usually...more

Employee Taking Protected HIPAA Information Not Protected Under ADEA

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) requires health care providers and other businesses to protect the confidentiality of certain patient information. Last month in an unpublished decision, the...more

EEOC Disability Case Against Sony to Proceed, Federal Judge Orders

Judge Also Refuses to Admit Evidence Sony Collected in Violation of HIPAA - CHICAGO - U.S. District Judge James B. Zagel of the Northern District of Illinois has issued an order denying a motion by Sony for a pre-trial...more

California Employment Law Notes

Franchisor Is Not Liable For Franchisee's Alleged Sexual Harassment Of Its Employee - Patterson v. Domino's Pizza, LLC, 2014 WL 4236175 (Cal. S. Ct. 2014) - Taylor Patterson was hired by Sui Juris (a franchisee...more

If I Was Married Out-Of-State Before Whitewood Legalized Same-Sex Marriage In Pennsylvania, When Is My Official “Date Of Change”...

It may be the case that, before your spouse can qualify under your employee benefit plan, your employer requires you to notify it of a change in marital status within a certain number of days after the marriage. It is always...more

Patterson v. Domino’s Pizza, LLC: Franchisors Are Not Vicariously Liable as “Employers” or “Principals” for Their Franchisees’...

In a significant win for franchisors, the California Supreme Court ruled 4-3 that although Domino’s “imposes comprehensive and meticulous standards for marketing its trademarked brand and operating its franchises in a uniform...more

Though Destruction of Evidence was Egregious, Lesser Sanctions Ordered (New York)

Hawley v. Mphasis Corp., 2014 WL 3610946 (S.D.N.Y. July 22, 2014). In this employment discrimination case, the plaintiff moved for sanctions due to defendant’s alleged discovery violations. The plaintiff claimed that...more

BREAKING: 6th Circuit Will Rehear Ford Telecommuting/Reasonable Accommodation Case

Law 360 reports this morning that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has agreed to rehear the EEOC v. Ford Motor Co. case, which I reported on (and disagreed with) in April. The original decision, holding that...more

Third Circuit Sets Standard for Return to Work Under the Family and Medical Leave Act

On August 27, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit issued an opinion in Budhun v. Reading Hospital and Medical Center reversing the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, which granted...more

August 2014 Monthly Independent Contractor Compliance and Misclassification Update

This month’s headline development are the seismic decisions, issued on August 27, 2014 by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, concluding as a matter of law that FedEx Ground had misclassified over 2,300 drivers...more

Who's in Control Here? California's Supreme Court Establishes New Standards for Potential Franchisor Liability for Employee Tort...

On August 28, 2014, the Supreme Court of California, in Patterson v. Domino's Pizza, LLC, decided whether a franchisor was entitled to summary judgment on the plaintiff's claims that the franchisor was vicariously liable for...more

Three Year Interval Between Harassment Complaint and Failure to Promote Did Not Defeat Retaliation Claim

The more time that passes between an employee’s protected actions and alleged retaliation, the weaker the inference that the two incidents are linked. However, as demonstrated by a Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals case issued...more

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