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E.D. Pennsylvania Limits Protected Activity Under SOX

In Westawski v. Merck & Co., No. 14-cv-3239 (E.D. Pa. Oct. 18, 2016), the Eastern District of Pennsylvania granted Defendant Merck & Co. (Company) summary judgment on Plaintiff Joni Westawski’s (Plaintiff) SOX whistleblower...more

“Gay cake” appeal decided

The Christian owners of a bakery in Northern Ireland have lost their appeal against a finding that their refusal to make a “gay cake” was discriminatory. The Court of Appeal in Belfast upheld the judgment of the Belfast...more

Conscientious Objectors to Arbitration Policy Can Bring Their Cases in Court

Seyfarth Synopsis: Last week, the Third Circuit held that two employees could sue their employer in court despite a dispute resolution policy requiring binding arbitration, because those same employees had objected to the...more

DOJ Settles Fair Lending Claims Based on Bank's Pricing Policy for Vehicle-Secured Loans

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has announced a proposed consent order with Charter Bank to settle charges that the bank violated the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA) by discriminating on the basis of national origin...more

SEC Brings Second Whistleblower Retaliation Case

The SEC has brought its second case for retaliation against a whistleblower against International Game Technology. According to the SEC, the whistleblower, a director of an IGT division, started working at IGT in 2008 and...more

SDNY Refuses to Dismiss Executive’s Dodd-Frank Retaliation Claim

On August 24, 2016, the Southern District of New York denied Defendants’ motion to dismiss a Dodd-Frank whistleblower retaliation claim brought by its former co-CEO and Executive Chairman of its Board of Directors, finding...more

Employment Law - August 2016

Arbitrator or Judge? California Supreme Court Weighs in - Why it matters - Yet again, the California Supreme Court considered arbitration in the context of an employment agreement, this time reflecting on whether a...more

SEC Bounty Hunters Take Heart: SEC Fines Company $265,000 for Using Severance Agreements That Provided a Waiver of any Monetary...

Wednesday, the SEC announced that an Atlanta-based company, BlueLinx Holdings, is settling charges that its severance agreements contained provisions that in its view might impede employees from communicating directly with...more

SEC Issues Cease-and-Desist Order Against Severance Agreement Clause Limiting Whistleblowers' Rights to Recover Bounty Awards

On August 10, 2016, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission issued a cease-and-desist Order and imposed remedial sanctions against a publicly traded company for including language in its severance agreements requiring...more

Advocates for Individuals with Disabilities Foundation and Peter Strojnik Have Filed Another Wave of Disability Lawsuits in...

Just as I finished writing about the wave of new Title III Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) lawsuits in Arizona, ABC15 published an expose on one of the organizations leading the pack in filing thousands of lawsuits–...more

Arbitrator, Not Court, Decides If Arbitration Agreement Allows Class Arbitration, California Supreme Court Rules

A divided California Supreme Court has held that an arbitrator, rather than a court, should determine whether an arbitration clause in an employment agreement allows employees to bring their claims in arbitration on a...more

Absent Express Contract, Arbitrator, Not Court, Rules On Class Arbitrability

Seyfarth Synopsis: The California Supreme Court, in Sandquist v. Lebo Automotive, deviated from rulings of most federal circuit courts to hold that the question of “who decides” whether class arbitration is available—courts...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

Can Employers Discipline Employees for “Self-Help Discovery”? Massachusetts Decision Raises More Questions Than Answers

Employers know all too well that employees sometimes help themselves to documents the employer would like to keep confidential. This is precisely why many employers require employees to sign confidentiality agreements and...more

Reminder to New Jersey Employers: Shortening the Law Against Discrimination’s Statute of Limitations is Prohibited

Employers in New Jersey should be aware that a recent New Jersey Supreme Court decision invalidated a contractual provision that shortened the statute of limitations for bringing a claim for discrimination under the Law...more

New Jersey Rejects Contractual Shortening of Limitations Period

The New Jersey Supreme Court’s decision forbids employers from contractually shortening the two-year limitations period under the state’s Law Against Discrimination. In a decision issued on June 15 that reversed two...more

Please, Take Your Time: NJ Supreme Court Voids Contracts That Limit Workers’ Time to Sue

On June 15, 2016, the New Jersey Supreme Court issued its long-awaited decision in Sergio Rodriguez v. Raymours Furniture Company, Inc., in which it addressed whether the two-year statute of limitations under the New Jersey...more

Employers Cannot Shorten Time Frame to Bring Claims Under N.J. LAD

In a decision issued yesterday in Rodriguez v. Raymours Furniture Company, the Supreme Court of New Jersey ruled that provisions in employment agreements shortening the limitations period for bringing claims under the New...more

Statute of Limitations for New Jersey Law Against Discrimination Claims Cannot Be Shortened By Contract

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Supreme Court of New Jersey rules that employers may not shorten the statute of limitations for claims of discrimination under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination via private contract. The...more

New Jersey Supreme Court Rules Employers Cannot Use a Private Agreement to Shorten the Two-Year Limitations Period for Filing an...

In a case of first impression, the New Jersey Supreme Court in Rodriguez v. Raymours Furniture Company, Inc. Docket No. A-27-14 (June 15, 2016), held that employers cannot shorten the limitations period for filing a claim...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

NY Transit Agencies Escape Vicarious Liability for Contractors Alleged Discrimination

It is not uncommon for companies to contract their daily business operations to third-party companies. In Motta et al v. Global Contact Services, Inc., the court addressed whether such relationships relieve the outsourcing...more

California Supreme Court Enforces Arbitration Agreement, Finding It Is Not Unconscionable

In this case, a former employee of a retail store appealed to the California Supreme Court seeking reversal of an appellate court decision which found that an arbitration agreement in her employment application was not...more

Government Outlines Key Labor and Employment Initiatives

Representatives of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), as well as the Department of Labor and the Department of Justice (DOJ), participated in an American Bar Association Equal Opportunity Law conference in...more

The California Edition of the Employment & Labor Newsletter

Take a Seat! California Supreme Court Provides Clarity on California’s Suitable Seating Laws - A recent ruling by the California Supreme Court on suitable workplace seating arrangements will affect a vast number of...more

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