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The Employment Law Authority - November/December 2016

Court Upholds Employer’s Dreadlock Ban Finds Grooming Policy Did Not Violate Title VII of the Civil Rights Act - A federal appellate court recently held that an employer’s policy banning dreadlocks did not constitute...more

Challenge To The Fair Pay And Safe Workplaces (“Blacklisting”) Rule To Be Heard On October 21, 2016

On October 7, 2016, the first lawsuit challenging the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order (the “Order”) and its Final Rule and Guidance (collectively the “Rule”) was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern...more

Seventh Circuit Issues Ruling Interpreting False Claim Act Whistleblower Amendments

The Seventh Circuit recently issued a decision interpreting the anti-retaliation provisions of the False Claims Act (FCA). The decision provides important clarifications about how courts may interpret recent amendments to...more

Fourth Circuit Issues Ruling Interpreting False Claim Act Whistleblower Amendments

The Fourth Circuit recently issued a decision interpreting the anti-retaliation provision of the False Claims Act (FCA). The decision provides important clarification about how courts may interpret 2009 and 2010 amendments...more

Workplace Policy Institute Insider Report — July 2016

Littler's Workplace Policy Institute Insider Report details key labor, employment, and benefits news and events at the federal, state, local, and global levels. The July edition of the Insider Report includes a discussion of...more

California Employment Law Notes - May 2016

Employee Who Needed To Assist Disabled Son Could Proceed With "Associational Disability Discrimination" Claim - Castro-Ramirez v. Dependable Highway Express, Inc., 246 Cal. App. 4th 180 (2016) - Luis...more

Supreme Court Seeks Meaning in Falsity and Fraud in the False Claims Act

Oral arguments were heard Tuesday, April 19th by the U.S. Supreme Court in one of the most significant False Claims Act (FCA) cases the Court has dealt with in decades on an issue with very real impact on whistleblower suits...more

Fifth Circuit Provides Guidance on Who Has Standing to Pursue an FCA Retaliation Claim

In United States ex rel. Bias v. Tangipahoa Parish School Bd., — F.3d —-, 2016 WL 906227 (5th Cir. 2016), the Fifth Circuit provided guidance on the scope of individuals with standing to bring an FCA retaliation claim under...more

Retaliation Claim Survives Though False Claim Act Claim Is False

Roxanne Perkins was employed as a clinical supervisor of prior authorizations therapy at Wellcare Health Plans. When she returned from a leave of absence, she learned that Wellcare had instituted a new practice of approving...more

First District Tells Relators: Know Your Role in State Whistleblower Actions

Last week, the Florida First District Court of Appeal issued a decision of first impression confirming the controlling role that the Attorney General’s office plays in the life, or death, of a whistleblower action in Florida....more

Federal Contractor Alert From the 5th Circuit: Disability Plaintiffs Need Not Be Employees

In a case of first impression, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals held that Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 permits employment discrimination suits by independent government contractors. In Flynn v. Distinctive...more

OFCCP Sues B&H for Alleged Discrimination

Last week, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) filed an administrative lawsuit against B&H Foto & Electronics Corporation (“B&H”), a major New York-based electronics...more

Sixth Circuit Rejects Tainted Claim Theory of Damages in FCA Wage Claim Action

On February 4, 2016, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit rejected the “tainted claim” theory of damages under the False Claims Act where money damages alone can cure a breach of contract. The court in...more

Fifth Circuit Weighs In On Breadth Of The Rehabilitation Act

Recently, a split has continued among the Circuit Courts as to whether Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act permits employment discrimination suits by independent contractors. On February 1, 2016, the Fifth Circuit joined...more

Seventh Circuit Allows Reverse Racism Claims To Proceed Against Contractor

Earlier this week, the Seventh Circuit allowed a Caucasian construction worker to take his reverse racism claims to trial because there were factual disputes about the reason for his termination. The plaintiff, Terry...more

Constitutionality of 8(a) Program Reaffirmed

Earlier this year, a judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia reaffirmed the facial constitutionality of the 8(a) Program in response to a challenge by a small business owner, and he also rejected an...more

Affirmative Action Update: Changes To Jurisdictional Thresholds Obligating Federal Contractors

The Federal Acquisition Regulatory (FAR) Council periodically makes adjustments to federal contracting jurisdictional thresholds to compensate for inflation. Last month, the threshold under Section 4212 (for protected...more

A Friendly Reminder from the EEOC—Don’t Toss Your Unselected Candidates’ Applications Just Yet

The EEOC recently filed suit against Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Mobile, asserting sex discrimination in violation of Title VII’s record retention provisions. The complaint alleges that Martina Owes applied in June 2010 for...more

OFCCP Launches Class Member Locator Website, Disclosing Conciliation Agreements

Today, the Office of Federal Contract and Compliance Programs (OFCCP), launched its “Class Member Locator,” a website designed to help the agency “identify protected class members” that may have been affected by illegal...more

D.C. Circuit Once Again Upholds Privilege Over Internal Investigation Documents

In United States ex rel. Barko v. Halliburton Co. et al., a qui tam suit we previously covered, the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals once again ruled that defense contractor KBR Inc.’s internal investigation...more

D.C. Circuit Confirms: Attorney-Client Privilege Applies to Internal Investigations of Whistleblower Complaints Conducted at the...

The ability to preserve privilege for highly sensitive internal investigations conducted at the direction of attorneys is alive and well. In a closely watched decision on the scope of the attorney-client privilege as applied...more

Employer Antiretaliation Liability to Employees that Blow the Whistle against Former, Unrelated employers?

Does the False Claims Act’s antiretaliation provision, 31 U.S.C. § 3730(h)(1), apply to an “employer that fire[s] an employee after discovering that the employee was a whistleblower and relator in an ongoing qui tam action...more

Qui Tam Actions on the Rise, but they Fall Short When the DOJ Does Not Intervene

The number of qui tam actions–lawsuits brought by whistleblowers on behalf of the United States–has increased in recent years, more than doubling from 2003 to 2013. ...more

Judge Endorses Extrapolation Techniques for False Claims Act Whistleblowers

In a lawsuit brought under the False Claims Act ("FCA") a federal district judge in Florida recently rejected a defendant's challenge to a statistical sampling and extrapolation methodology advanced by a qui tam plaintiff's...more

One Of EEOC’s First Transgender Lawsuits Has Settled

The EEOC announced this week that one of the lawsuits — against Lakeland Eye Clinic of Florida — has settled. The Clinic has agreed to make two payments of $75,000 to Brandi Branson, who had been the Clinic’s Director of...more

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