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Supreme Court Crafts Modified McDonnell Douglas Analysis to Handle Pregnancy Discrimination Claims

On March 25, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States issued a long-awaited decision in Young v. United Parcel Service, Inc., wherein the Court vacated the Fourth Circuit’s decision to affirm UPS’s successful motion for...more

Family Medical Leave Act Now Covers Same-Sex Couples

The U.S. Department of Labor recently finalized a rule to extend the protections afforded by the Family Medical Leave Act to married same-sex couples. ...more

Supreme Court Limits Employers' Ability to Distinguish Between Causes of Work Restrictions When Denying Accommodations to Pregnant...

On March 25, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court announced its decision in the much-awaited Young v. United Parcel Service, Inc. pregnancy discrimination case, as we first reported in our Supreme Court Decides Young v. United Parcel...more

“Spacious Accommodations”: Supreme Court Breaks New Ground in Pregnancy Discrimination Case

On March 25, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court, in a 6-3 decision, revived a pregnancy discrimination lawsuit brought by Peggy Young against United Parcel Service (“UPS”). The decision vacated the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals’...more

Court Applies Concepcion And Compels Arbitration, Rejecting Claim That Agreement Precluded “Effective Vindication Of State...

In a putative class action alleging violation of Pennsylvania labor laws, unfair trade practices, and other state law claims brought by a franchisee against the franchisor and two subsidiaries, the court stayed the...more

Can your social media contacts be a trade secret of your employer? Maybe.

This is a relatively new legal subject, so there isn’t much law out there.  In December, 2011, a Pennsylvania federal court answered this question in the negative.  In the case of Eagle v. Morgan, Linda Eagle, the founder of...more

Are Settlement Attempts Still Required for EEOC Charges?

Should attempts to settle discrimination lawsuits with the EEOC be made in good faith? Employers in Illinois, Wisconsin, and Indiana think so and hope the Supreme Court of the United States will agree. ...more

The Heavy Burden of Light Duty: Young v. UPS

On March 25, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its much-anticipated decision in Young v. UPS, which employer and employee groups alike hoped would clarify whether employers must provide light duty and other workplace...more

Employment Law Update after Young v. United Parcel Service, Inc.: Must Employers Provide Accommodations for Pregnant Employees?

A pregnant employee walks into your office and tells you that she has a lifting restriction of twenty pounds and needs an accommodation because she can’t do her job. What do you do? In Young v. United Parcel Service, Inc.,...more

State Employees Seek to Join Governor Rauner in Lawsuit against Fair Share Fees

Last week, three State of Illinois employees filed a motion to intervene in Governor Rauner’s lawsuit challenging fair share fees, which is currently pending in federal court in the Northern District of Illinois. Meanwhile,...more

Aggravated damages awarded under OHSA for retaliatory firing

An employer has been ordered to pay aggravated damages – in addition to lost wages – after firing an employee in retaliation for raising safety issues. The employee worked at a hair salon. She suffered an injury at work as a...more

U.S. Supreme Court Announces New Standard for Pregnancy Discrimination Claims

Last Wednesday the U.S. Supreme Court issued its much-anticipated decision in Young v. United Parcel Service, Inc. (UPS), which involves a claim of pregnancy discrimination under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA)....more

The ERISA Litigation Newsletter - March 2015

Editor's Overview - This month's newsletter discusses how to avoid liability under ERISA through plan design, including statute of limitations provisions, venue provisions, and anti-assignment provisions. Courts have...more

Supreme Court Casts Doubt on EEOC’s Pregnancy Guidance

In reviving a lawsuit brought by a pregnant driver against UPS, the U.S. Supreme Court held last week that employers cannot deny accommodations to pregnant workers that are offered to other employees with similar restrictions...more

Supreme Court Limits Employers' Ability to Distinguish Between Causes of Work Restrictions When Denying Accommodations to Pregnant...

On March 25, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court announced its decision in the much-awaited Young v. United Parcel Service, Inc. pregnancy discrimination case, as we first reported in our Supreme Court Decides Young v. United Parcel...more

Lock v British Gas - eagerly awaited holiday pay Judgment now handed down

The recent line of holiday pay cases has led to widespread media coverage suggesting some employers’ payroll costs are due to soar. Businesses have therefore been eagerly awaiting the Employment Tribunal’s decision in Lock v...more

Supreme Court Strikes Middle Ground on Pregnancy Accommodation

The decision in Young v. UPS revives discrimination claims but takes a dim view of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s 2014 Pregnancy Guidelines....more

Court Shoots Down ADA Discrimination Claim Premised on Employer's Alleged Embarrassment

It would never occur to most employers that "embarrassment" could serve as the grounds for a disability discrimination claim, but that's exactly what an employee attempted to argue in Lester v. City of Lafayette. In this...more

Workplace Anxiety and the ADA

For employers, weighing an employee’s health issues with workplace concerns, such as employee safety and productivity, often requires a delicate balance. The challenge may be even greater when handling issues related to...more

U.S. Supreme Court Rules on Pregnancy Accommodation

The Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) specifies that the Title VII prohibition against sex discrimination applies to discrimination on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions. It also says that...more

Supreme Court Sends UPS Pregnancy Accommodation Case to Trial

The U.S. Supreme Court handed a defeat to United Parcel Service (UPS) this week. At issue was whether UPS violated the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) by requiring a pregnant woman with lifting restrictions to go on leave...more

Split Decision on Ormat’s Motion to Dismiss Ex-Employees’ Claims of Cash Grant Fraud

The opinion of March 24 from the U.S. District Court for Nevada granted in part and denied in part Ormat’s motion to dismiss an action brought by ex-Ormat employees under the False Claims Act. The ex-employees are alleging...more

Young v. UPS Calls for a Review of Accommodations Offered to Pregnant Employees

On March 25, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court held that a plaintiff can demonstrate at least a genuine dispute as to whether an employer violates the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) by accommodating certain categories of...more

BREAKING: FMLA “Spousal” Rule On Hold For Now

The new rule defining “spouse” for purposes of leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act was set to take effect today. But a federal judge in Texas yesterday temporarily blocked the rule from going into effect after...more

US District Court in Pennsylvania Dismisses Data Breach Class Action on Article III Standing

In Storm & Holt v. Paytime, Inc., 1:14-cv-01138-JEJ (MD Penn. Mar. 13, 2015), the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania addressed the Article III standing issue of when a cause of action may...more

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