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Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: September 2016 #4

Last week, 21 states filed a lawsuit challenging the Department of Labor’s new overtime rules. Within hours, another suit was filed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and business groups. The lawsuits contend that the Department...more

Lenders Take Note: U.S. Supreme Court to Decide Scope of Right to Sue Under Federal Fair Housing Act

The federal Fair Housing Act (“FHA”) outlaws discrimination in lending based not only on race, color and national origin, but also religion, sex, disability and familial status. Across the country, courts are grappling with...more

Is the SBA’s 8(a) Minority Business Development Program Constitutional?

The constitutionality of small business programs has been a significant topic of debate over the past few years. The U. S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit recently upheld the constitutionality of the Small Business...more

From sports and entertainment to politics and social justice—when worlds collide in your workplace

It’s everywhere. Whether you like it or not, you can’t escape it. While the topics of politics and social justice are undoubtedly important discussions to have in our country, the reality is that they now seem ever present....more

Anti-SLAPP Applies to Concealment Claim

Suarez v. Trigg Laboratories Inc., Court of Appeal, Second District, Division 4, California, September 7, 2016, Case No. B26511 - The California Court of Appeal for the Second District holds that anti-SLAPP statute...more

Arizona Sheriff’s Criminal Contempt Charge Reinforces Importance of Compliance with Civil Orders

President Andrew Jackson is reported (likely inaccurately) to have flaunted a Supreme Court decision by retorting, “John Marshall has made his decision; now let him enforce it!” Any litigant who has been on the receiving end...more

Torts –Civil Rights – “Bright Line” Rule on Standing

Rebecca Osborne v. Bruce Yasmeh, et al. - Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District (July 28, 2016) - In California, two overlapping laws, the Unruh Civil Rights Act (Civil Code § 51) and the Disabled Persons Act...more

Minister or Not? Gay Bias Case Turns on Employee’s Role

Seyfarth Synopsis: A federal judge has allowed a discrimination lawsuit to proceed against the Archdiocese of Chicago. The plaintiff alleges that his engagement to another man resulted in his termination. The church sought...more

EEOC Loses Landmark Transgender Discrimination Case

Seyfarth Synopsis: In one of the first two ever transgender discrimination cases brought by the EEOC, a federal court in Michigan granted the employer’s motion for summary judgment, finding the employer met its burden in...more

Consistent Enforcement of Drug Policies Key to Avoiding Disparate Treatment Claims

Following termination stemming from a positive drug test for marijuana, a Native American female, appearing pro se, filed a federal lawsuit against her former employer, Mohave County’s Public Works Department. She alleged...more

Lessons in dealing with an “equal opportunity” harasser

A new opinion released by the Tenth Circuit provides practical tips to employers dealing with multiple employee complaints alleging generalized harassment and/or discrimination throughout the workplace....more

Guns and Motorcycle Clubs Oh My! – What’s an HR Manager To Do?

Seyfarth Synopsis: A couple of Circuit Court decisions last week may cause some trepidation for your company’s HR managers as they shuffle through the off-duty activities of company employees that get brought onto the...more

Ninth Circuit Holds Section 1983 First Amendment Retaliation Claim Not Necessarily Precluded By Age Discrimination in Employment...

On August 5, 2016, the U.S Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) does not preclude a First Amendment retaliation claim under section 1983 of the federal Civil Rights...more

Recognizing and Managing Disparate Impact Issues

The law recognizes two forms of unlawful discrimination. The most familiar is disparate treatment, in which an employee’s protected class status is a motivating factor in an adverse employment action. A less familiar, and...more

A look at the legal issues in the transgender bathrooms debate

On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court signaled that it may take up the question of whether and to what extent educational institutions are required to permit transgender individuals to use the bathroom that corresponds to...more

Conservative Expression May Be Unlawful Harassment, EEOC Says

Is wearing a “Don’t Tread on Me” cap to work a form of racial harassment? According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, it could be, even though the EEOC acknowledges that the Gadsden Flag “originated in the...more

Banks Appeal Fair Housing Act Case to Supreme Court

In September 2015, the Eleventh Circuit ruled that the City of Miami had sufficient standing to sue Bank of America and Wells Fargo over lending practices that were alleged to be racially discriminatory. On June 28, 2016,...more

Transgender Student Files First Discrimination Suit Against Wisconsin School District

Last Tuesday, the Kenosha Unified School District (“KUSD” or “the District) became the first Wisconsin school district to be sued under federal law by a transgender student alleging the District and its representatives have...more

Politics in the Workplace: What Must Employers Allow?

Everyone has experienced both "workplace politics," in which Type A employees claw their way to the top at the expense of co-workers, and "politics in the workplace," in which employees discuss candidates for office and...more

Busting Employment Law Myths

Employment lawyers get to hear lots of great stories and lots of client opinions. That’s part of why we love our jobs. Many of the stories describe goofy or inappropriate employee behavior – and some include goofy or...more

ATF Final Rule 41F – Background Checks for Responsible Persons

Seyfarth Synopsis: Going forward, ATF’s new rule on applications by a trust or legal entity to make or transfer NFA firearms, requires that they be submitted on new forms — including background checks. The Bureau of...more

Natasha Baker Breaks Down Fisher II on Law360

On June 23, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its long-awaited decision in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin (Case No. 14–981)(Fisher II), ending nearly eight years of litigation involving UT’s use of race as a factor...more

Serial Plaintiffs Are Filing Waves of Title III Disability Cases

Hotels, restaurants and retail establishments have been flooded with new lawsuits filed by serial plaintiffs that allege that a property (a place of public accommodation) is in violation of Title III of the Americans with...more

Fifth Circuit Says Texas May Challenge EEOC Criminal Background Check Guidance

In 2012, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued an Enforcement Guidance stating when employers’ use of criminal background checks to exclude applicants from jobs violates Title VII. The Guidance states the EEOC’s...more

ACLU Suing To Limit The Scope Of The Computer Fraud And Abuse Act And Promote Research Of Online Discrimination

On June 29, 2016, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit against Loretta Lynch in her official capacity as the United States Attorney General to challenge the constitutionality of a provision of the Computer Fraud...more

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