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That is SO last week - August 2015 #5

That infamous Ashley Madison data became searchable last week. Spouses, friends, and employers can now search the data to see if they know anyone who registered with the site. This development caused some to wonder if an...more

Downriver Community Services Fired Counselor Because of Disability, EEOC Charged in Suit

Employer Refused to Make Accommodation for Herniated Disc, Federal Agency Said - DETROIT - A New Haven, Mich.-based provider of community health services violated federal law by denying a reasonable accommodation to,...more

Discrimination by Association: It’s Illegal.

You may have heard of guilt by association before, but what about discrimination by association? Everyone knows that an employer cannot discriminate on the basis of an employee’s disability, but what if the employee has a...more

It’s Back To The Future with the NLRB’s new “Joint Employer” standard

On August 27, 2015, the US National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or Board) issued its long awaited decision in Browning-Ferris Industries of California (Browning-Ferris) and, not surprisingly, returned employers to a pre-1984...more

Fourth Circuit Decides Rule Exempting Certain Management Professionals from Retaliation Lawsuits Not Applicable under Title VII

Employers in the Fourth Circuit states of Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia must now be mindful that employees who deal with complaints of discrimination and harassment can point to that...more

Virginia Shooting Raises Questions About Background Checks

First, let me say that most shootings (including the recent incident in Virginia) are random acts of violence by crazy people. It is difficult, if not impossible, to predict when an employee will snap, or whether an...more

EEOC Sues Neenah Paper for Disability Discrimination

Company Required Employee to Take Meds at Job Site as a Condition of Employment, Federal Agency Charged - DETROIT - Neenah Paper, Inc., a manufacturer of various types of premium paper with a paper mill in Munsing,...more

FCRA Tip: Keep Hands On

A federal trial court will conduct a trial on a Fair Credit Reporting Act claim because the employer streamlined its background check system. In this case, a bank used a third party service provider to conduct background...more

EEOC Ruling on Sexual Orientation Impacts Same-Sex Spouse and Domestic Partner Benefits

In our July 2, 2015 blog, Obergefell v. Hodges – Same-Sex Marriage Now Legal in All 50 States, we indicated that employers may need to offer same-sex spouse health and welfare benefits and rethink domestic partner benefits in...more

Court Awards Over Half Million Dollars Against Consol Energy/Consolidation Coal In EEOC Religious Discrimination Lawsuit

Mining Companies Forced Evangelical Christian to Retire Over Biometric Hand Scanning Violating Title VII, Jury Found Earlier - PITTSBURGH - The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has won a victory in...more

Obergefell Ruling Reaffirms That Employees In Same-Sex Marriages Have FMLA Rights

Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued a final rule defining “spouse” under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) so that an eligible employee in a same-sex marriage is able to take FMLA leave to care...more

EEOC Sues Hearn-Kirkwood For Pay Discrimination and Retaliation

Food Service Distributor Unlawfully Disciplined and Fired Female Worker Who Complained About Unequal Wages, Federal Agency Charges - BALTIMORE - Gilbert Foods, LLC, d/b/a Hearn-Kirkwood, a food service distributor,...more

Added Compliance Burdens: New York Nonprofits Have to Implement Workplace Violence Programs

In 2010, New York State enacted its New York Prudent Management of Institutional Funds Act (NYPMIFA); in 2012 Governor Cuomo promulgated Executive Order 38 capping excess compensation at nonprofits receiving government...more

EEO-1 Survey for 2015 Now Open

Private Sector Employers Must Provide Workforce Data to EEOC by Sept. 30 - WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has completed its mailing of the 2015 EEO-1 survey notification letters,...more

Yuma-Area Health Center to Pay $50,000 to Settle EEOC Retaliation Lawsuit

Regional Center for Border Health Fired Employee Because She Complained About Sexual Harassment, Federal Agency Charges - PHOENIX - The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") today announced the settlement...more

New York City’s New Discrimination Law Banning Credit Checks on Employees to Go into Effect Soon

New York City’s credit discrimination law (New Credit Law) becomes effective September 3, 2015. The New Credit Law, which modifies New York City’s Human Rights Law, prohibits employers with four or more employees in New York...more

Employer Policies And Procedures That May Need To Be Updated In Light Of Obergefell

The U.S. Supreme Court, in Obergefell v. Hodges, ruled that same-sex marriage is a constitutionally-protected right which cannot be infringed upon through governmental action. Although private sector employers do not...more

Show Me the Money: The EEOC Secures Post-Trial Damages Victory In Religious Discrimination Case

In EEOC v. Consol Energy, Inc. et. al., Case No. 1:13-CV-215 (S.D. W. Va. Aug. 21, 2015), a jury found in favor of the EEOC in its claim brought under Title VII that the employer denied an employee a religious accommodation...more

5 Workplace Safety Tips to Protect Employees from Violent Co-Workers (While Complying with Employment Laws)

According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), homicide is the fourth-leading cause of fatal occupational injuries in the United States. This article gives employers practical advice aimed at keeping the...more

EEOC takes aim at Target for discriminatory pre-employment tests

The EEOC recently announced its $2.8 million settlement with Target Corp. of discrimination claims arising out of the use of employment tests in the hiring process. Discriminatory pre-employment tests like the ones at issue...more

Americans with Disabilities Act: Focusing on Reasonable Accommodations

Employees are asking for reasonable accommodations more often and for a wider array of medical conditions. The kinds of accommodations sought are more varied than ever, including working from home, extended leave, allowances...more

Has the Fifth Circuit Opened the Door for Potential Liability of Staffing Companies?

In Burton v. Freescale Semiconductor Inc. and Manpower of Texas, LP, No. 14-50944, — F.3d —-, 2015 WL 4742174 (5th Cir. Aug. 10, 2015), the Fifth Circuit reversed the district court’s grant of summary judgment for two...more

Trivia Time for HR Professionals – Six Questions of the Day

I recently was invited the join the “Learned League”, which has been described by the Washington Post as the “coolest, weirdest Internet community you’ll never be able to join.” Needless to say, now that I’m...more

Target Corporation to Pay $2.8 Million to Resolve EEOC Discrimination Finding

Company's Former Use of Pre-Hire Employment Assessments Discriminated Based on Race and Sex and Violated the ADA, Federal Agency Found - MINNEAPOLIS - Target Corporation, which is headquartered in Minneapolis, has agreed...more

EEOC: Title VII Prohibits Employment Discrimination Based On Sexual Orientation

The recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges struck down restrictions on marriage by same-sex couples, but it did not address other forms of discrimination based on sexual orientation, such as in employment....more

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