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EEOC says sexual orientation protected under Title VII

The last few years have seen a dramatic expansion of rights to persons on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. In 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court found unconstitutional the heterosexual definitions of “marriage”...more

Pay Equity Legislation Aims to Eliminate Wage Disparities Between Genders in Massachusetts

In a hearing before the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development on Tuesday, July 21, roughly two dozen lawmakers and a wide range of business officials, advocacy groups, non-profit leaders, and academics testified...more

Equality Act of 2015 Seeks New Workplace Protections for Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

Yesterday, companion bills were introduced into the House and Senate seeking the passage of the Equality Act of 2015, which would prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, gender identity, and sexual orientation. The...more

When Political Discourse “Trumps” Workplace Rules

You thought Donald Trump was all over the place before. The golf courses, beauty pageants and reality shows paled in comparison to what we have seen and heard in 2015. Jumping into the ring of this election cycle’s...more

July 2, 2015 Womble Legislative Update

Premature Fireworks on Jones Street - We know it’s only July 2nd, but thanks to the fight over Greensboro City Council Redistricting we have fireworks! On the eve of the Legislative Summer Recess a carefully crafted...more

Connecticut Extends Workplace Harassment and Discrimination Protections to Unpaid Interns

On June 22, 2015, Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy signed into law a new statute that extends workplace harassment, discrimination and retaliation protection to unpaid interns. Historically, it was unclear whether an...more

DOL Presents: The Ghost of Violations Past

On May 28, 2015, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued proposed guidance for President Obama's infamous Executive Order 13673 – "Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces" (the Order). Although the stated purpose of the Order is "to...more

New York City Passes Ban-the-Box Legislation Affecting Private Employers

On June 10, 2015, the New York City Council passed the NYC Fair Chance Act (the Act) in a landslide vote. Sponsored by New York City Council Member Jumaane Williams (D-Brooklyn), the Act amends the New York City Human Rights...more

US Marshals Whistleblowers Claim Officials Use Freedom of Information Act for Retaliation

Multiple whistleblowers have come forward from the U.S. Marshals Service, claiming that leadership within the agency uses requests under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to retaliate against individuals because they...more

Blacklisting Proposed Rule and DOL Guidance Could Have Serious Repercussions for Those Doing Business with the Federal Government

On May 28, 2015, the Federal Acquisition Regulatory (FAR) Council published in the Federal Register its highly anticipated Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) regarding the so-called "blacklisting" procedures ordered by...more

Connecticut Restricts Employer Access to Personal Social Media, E-mail and Online Retail Accounts of Employees and Applicants

On May 19, 2015, Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy signed into law a new statute restricting an employer’s ability to gain access to social media, e-mail and other personal online accounts of employees and job...more

“I Don’t Want to Be Alone Anymore” – Refusing to Meet with Female Subordinates One-on-One

I confess that when I first heard the story last week that some Capitol Hill lawmakers were refusing to meet alone with female subordinates, I didn’t pay much attention to it. Lawmakers just being lawmakers....more

New York City Prohibits Discrimination Based on Credit History

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio recently signed into law the Stop Credit Discrimination in Employment Act. It amends the New York City Human Rights Law to prohibit employers from requesting or using an individual's...more

EEOC Officials Field Pointed Questions During Senate Committee Hearing

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's enforcement strategies and ligation history came under fire from Republican members of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions on Tuesday. During the hearing...more

Transgender Complaints on the Rise: What Should Employers Do?

The President, the EEOC and the Justice Department have announced that gender identity discrimination is prohibited sex discrimination under Title VII. Since these declarations, the number of lawsuits alleging gender identity...more

EEOC Issues Long-Awaited Proposed Rule on Employer Wellness Programs

On April 18, 2015, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued a proposed rule on the treatment of employer wellness programs under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The proposed rule amends the ADA...more

Legislation Proposed to Ban Mandatory Arbitration Clauses

On April 29, 2015, Senator Al Franken (D-MN) and Representative Hank Johnson (D-GA) introduced the Arbitration Fairness Act of 2015 (AFA), which would amend the Federal Arbitration Act, 9 U.S.C. §§ 1 et seq. (FAA), by...more

DOL Final Rule Prohibiting Discrimination against LGBT Individuals in Government Contracting Effective April 2015

On December 3, 2014, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued a final rule prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The final rule implements Executive Order (EO)...more

Supreme Court Update: Williams-Yulee V. Florida Bar (13-1499), Mach Mining, LLC V. EEOC (13-1019) And Bullard V. Blue Hills Bank...

We're back with several recent decisions: Williams-Yulee v. Florida Bar (13-1499), upholding a prohibition on the personal solicitation of campaign donations by judicial candidates; Mach Mining, LLC v. EEOC (13-1019),...more

Senate Approves Auto Industry Whistleblower Bill

Under the “Motor Vehicle Safety Whistleblower Act” (the Bill), which the U.S. Senate approved on April 28, 2015, whistleblower protections and bounties would be available to individuals who report motor vehicle defects. In...more

The Supreme Court Weighs The Constitutionality Of Restricting Marriage To Opposite Sex Couples, And The Impact Their Decision May...

Background - Today, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument on two questions regarding the Constitutionality of state laws limiting marriage to opposite-sex couples. In 2013, the Supreme Court side-stepped the issue...more

Obama Administration Makes Significant Changes Requiring Revisions to Handbooks, Policies and Contracts for Federal Contractors

Federal contractors and subcontractors face significant challenges as the privilege of doing business with the federal government means more paperwork, more audits, and redrafting contract language and employment policies....more

Harassment and Political Belief

In the case Henderson v GMB, the UK's Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) had to consider whether the claimant had been subjected to harassment related to his beliefs. The claimant in the case was a trade union official who had...more

New York City Expected to Ban the Use of Credit Checks in Employment

On April 16, 2015, the New York City Council passed an amendment (“Amendment”) to the New York City Human Rights Law (“NYCHRL”) that, if signed into law, would make it an unlawful discriminatory practice for employers to use...more

NYC Ban on Use of Credit Checks in Employment Decisions Moves to Mayor’s Office for Signature

On April 16, 2015, the New York City Council voted overwhelmingly to amend the city’s Human Rights Law to prohibit employers from using an individual’s consumer credit history to make employment decisions. While the bill...more

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