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Cities Can Sue Banks for Predatory Lending, U.S. Supreme Court Says

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

While the nationwide economy has steadily improved since the recession, many cities are still clawing their way back to financial stability. California, in particular, was hit hard by the foreclosure crisis, leaving cities in...more

EEOC Sues Ruby Tuesday For Age Discrimination

Boca Raton Restaurant Refuses to Hire a Qualified Applicant Because It Wanted to 'Maximize Longevity,' Federal Agency Charges - FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Ruby Tuesday, Inc., a national casual dining restaurant chain,...more

10-step plan for fair and balanced approach to preventing workplace harassment

by FordHarrison on

In less than a year, Fox News has lost its founder and one of its most well-known anchors due to widespread sexual harassment allegations. Fox News recently reported that 20th Century Fox paid $10 million in sexual harassment...more

New York Institutions: Governor Reportedly to Order Comprehensive “Enough is Enough” Compliance Audit

Apparently prompted by allegations from students and advocates, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is reportedly directing an audit, to be conducted by representatives from the New York State Department of Education, Department...more

New York District Court Holds That Title VII Protects Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination

by BakerHostetler on

Following the Supreme Court decision that same sex marriages are legal, there has been a movement to further expand rights and protections against sexual orientation bias. That trend is appearing in federal courts, where...more

Did You Know . . . Seventh Circuit Issues Landmark Decision Holding Title VII Prohibits Sexual Orientation Discrimination

by Nossaman LLP on

In a landmark decision, the Seventh Circuit recently held that discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is a form of actionable sex discrimination under Title VII of the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964. Unlike the...more

EEOC Sues XPO Last Mile for Religious Discrimination

EEOC Sues XPO Last Mile for Religious Discrimination Logistics Company Rescinded Job Offer to Jewish Employee Who Could Not Work on Rosh Hashanah, Federal Agency Charges - BALTIMORE - XPO Last Mile, Inc., a logistics...more

“Manufacturing” Law: Courts Also Move to Fill the Void

Last month, I wrote that in the absence of significant Congressional action on the labor and employment front, states and cities are increasingly willing to take steps to improve employment protections. Some courts appear...more

Appeals court rules diagnosed mental impairment not proven to be actual disability

by McAfee & Taft on

As many employers know, the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) broadened the scope of who may be considered disabled under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Indeed, through the ADAAA, Congress sought to make it...more

Hot List – What’s Happening in the California Legislature 5/15-5/19

by Fisher Phillips on

Our weekly California Legislature “hot list” provides you with a preview of the bills that are up (as well as other important legislative action) the following week....more

Massachusetts House Passes Bill to Expand Protections for Pregnant Workers

by Foley Hoag LLP on

Last week, the Massachusetts House of Representatives unanimously passed the Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (H.3680). If the bill becomes law, it will expand employment protections for pregnant workers in...more

Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation -- The Wave Grows

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Back in March we explored the question, “So – Are LGBTQ Rights Protected Under Federal Employment Law or Not?” In that article, which unpacked a recent federal court decision on LGBTQ workplace protections, we concluded that...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

With oil markets again in free fall, Saudi Arabia and Russia have agreed to cut production, and industry experts expect that the rest of OPEC may soon follow suit....more

U.S. Supreme Court Holds Municipality Can Sue Banks for Financial Injuries Under the Fair Housing Act, but Whether There is...

by Sedgwick LLP on

In a 5-3 decision in Bank of America Corp. et al. v. City of Miami, Florida (No. 15-1111 and No. 15-1112, May 1, 2017), the United States Supreme Court held that the City of Miami (“City”) was an “aggrieved person” authorized...more

FDIC announces settlement with bank and non-bank affiliated parties

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The FDIC announced last week that it had entered into settlements with Bank of Lake Mills and two non-bank “institution-affiliated parties” through which the bank originated loans for allegedly engaging in unfair and...more

General Election countdown: Let’s get ready to rumble

by Dentons on

With just over three weeks until the General Election, the parties are getting ready to pack a punch. It seems that workers’ rights are high on the political agenda and likely to feature in all the main manifestos, official...more

NYC Says Put It in Writing for Freelancers, Stop Asking Job Candidates their Prior Salaries - The Freelance Isn’t Free Act...

Beginning May 15, 2017, independent contractors in New York City will be provided with heightened protections under the law, and those engaging independent contractors will, in most instances, be legally required to do so...more

Social Media Lesson for Employers: Recent $1.5 Million Retaliatory Discharge Verdict

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

On May 11, 2017, a federal jury in Charlotte, North Carolina awarded a former fire department employee, Crystal Eschert, a $1.5 million verdict in a retaliatory discharge lawsuit that teaches powerful lessons in today’s...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: May 2017 #3

by Zelle LLP on

On Friday of last week, a ransomware cyberattack struck 45,000 targets in 74 countries, including organizations such as FedEx, Telefonica, and the UK’s National Health Service, which cancelled operations and diverted patients...more

Employment Law - May 2017

What Is a “Workplace”? California Appellate Court Considers - Why it matters - A California appellate panel considered the issue of the location of a “workplace” for purposes of employer liability when an employee got...more

Lending Industry Take Note: U.S. Supreme Court Rules on Scope of Right to Sue Under Federal Fair Housing Act

by Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP on

A city’s lawsuit against various banks under the federal Fair Housing Act (“FHA”) to recover property tax revenues allegedly lost due to discriminatory lending practices has survived . . . for now. In a recent decision, the...more

Managing Workplace Harassment: 2017 Trends and What Employers Should Know

by NAVEX Global on

As employers look ahead and plan for the rest of 2017, one of the most significant challenges they’ll have to address is workplace harassment. There are multiple factors driving rapid changes in the workplace, creating...more

Whistleblowing Increases with Increasing Visibility

by Akerman LLP - HR Defense on

While the current administration is taking steps to dismantle what it views as excessive regulation, one thing is clear: whistleblowers continue to blow the whistle, and ever more visibly so....more

Employment News - May 2017 #2

by Hogan Lovells on

Wrong answer – applicant should have been allowed an alternative to multiple choice test - The EAT in Government Legal Service v Brookes found that a job applicant with Asperger's had been unlawfully discriminated...more

Filtering rules for criminal record checks: Two convictions do not always make a pattern of offending

by Dentons on

The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 provides that criminal convictions, cautions, warnings and reprimands in respect of certain offences are deemed to be “spent” after specified periods of time. Spent cautions and...more

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