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Employment Law Commentary - May 2017 #2

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

"On The Seventh Day He (She) Rested"... Maybe - It took 124 years, but the California Supreme Court in Mendoza v. Nordstrom, Inc., No. S224611, 2017 WL 1833143 (Cal. May 8, 2017) finally addressed in detail California’s...more

Following U.S. Supreme Court Review, Ninth Circuit Remands EEOC Subpoena Case

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: After the U.S. Supreme Court clarified in McLane Co. v. EEOC, No. 15-1248, 2017 U.S. LEXIS 2327 (U.S. 2017), that the scope of review for employers facing EEOC administrative subpoenas was the...more

Ninth Circuit: EEOC Has Broad Subpoena Powers

On remand from the United States Supreme Court, the Ninth Circuit again vacated a District Court’s Order denying enforcement of an administrative subpoena issued to an employer by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission...more

Circuit Split: Expansion of Title VII Protections and Sexual Orientation as a Subset of a Protected Class

by Baker Ober Health Law on

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin. Title VII has been supplemented via legislative action to also prohibit discrimination due to...more

Court Declines To Vacate Arbitral Decision In Face Of Seven Challenges Made By Pro Se Plaintiff

by Carlton Fields on

Last month the Southern District of New York granted DCH Auto Group’s motion to confirm a favorable arbitral decision dismissing a pro se plaintiff’s arbitration with prejudice, over a host of different challenges seeking...more

The Northern District of New York Applies the “Reasonable Belief” Standard

On May 11, 2017, the Northern District of New York applied the Second Circuit’s standard for evaluating a Dodd-Frank retaliation claim in response to a motion to dismiss under F.R.C.P. Rule 12(b)(6). The court denied the...more

Anti-Muslim Rhetoric in the Workplace: An Employer’s Guide to Risks & Prevention

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Anti-Muslim rhetoric dominates many media headlines. A May 9, 2017 decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit highlights the risks to an employer when anti-Muslim rhetoric enters the...more

Medical Residents and Title IX - What Teaching Hospitals Need to Know

by Baker Ober Health Law on

Last month, Baker Donelson reported the surprise ruling out of the Third Circuit in Jane Doe v. Mercy Medical Center in which the court held that the discrimination and harassment prohibitions of Title IX apply to a private...more

Employment Law - May 2017 #2

One Day of Rest Mandated by California Supreme Court - Why it matters - Resolving a contentious issue of California law, the state’s highest court ruled that one day of rest is guaranteed for each defined workweek,...more

The “Knife’s Edge”: Second Circuit Dulls the Standard of Proof Needed for a Hostile Work Environment

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

The Second Circuit recently reversed a district court’s dismissal of a hostile work environment claim brought by a Muslim plaintiff. In-house counsel and human resources executives should take heed of this decision, which...more

Seventh Circuit Blazes Truck Driver’s Failure to Hire Claims

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Synopsis: The Seventh Circuit affirmed a summary judgment decision in favor of the employer on the plaintiff’s race discrimination and civil conspiracy claims where the employer did not hire the plaintiff after the plaintiff...more

Stage is set for SCOTUS to rule on Title VII and sexual orientation

by Kirton McConkie PC on

DISCRIMINATION - Since the civil rights movement of the 1960s, state and fed­eral laws have been enacted to prohibit employment discrimi­nation against individuals on the basis of their race, ethnicity, age, disability,...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

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

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

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

Spell Out Interview Results

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

An employer in Mississippi will face trial on a claim of race discrimination because it has not explained the interview scores two candidates received. In Calvin v. MS Dept. Rehab. Servs., Civil No. 3:15-CV-827-HTW-LRA (S.D....more

Florida Federal Court Grants Conditional Certification In ADEA Collective Action Following Employer’s Reduction-In-Force

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Following an employer’s reduction-in-force that ultimately led to an ADEA collective action after several employees over 50 years old were terminated, a federal district court in Florida recently granted a...more

New York’s Highest Court Clarifies Who Can Be Liable for Discrimination Based on Criminal History

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: On May 4, 2017, New York’s highest court, the Court of Appeals, held that the New York State Human Rights Law (“NYSHRL”) prohibits employers from discriminating on the basis of criminal conviction history....more

Sixth Circuit Extends "Cat’s Paw" Liability Theory to FMLA Retaliation Claims

by Littler on

Properly identifying the decisionmaker in an employment discrimination case is important because it is the intent of the decisionmaker that determines whether an adverse employment action was motivated by a discriminatory or...more

Justice Gorsuch Likely To Have Significant Impact on Labor and Employment Cases Before the U.S. Supreme Court

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: With Justice Neil Gorsuch joining the Supreme Court in April, and the apparent re-emergence of a 5-4 split, we expect to see the Court issue more expansive opinions and be less reticent to grant...more

Full Second Circuit Asked to Revisit Prior Precedent that Title VII Does Not Protect Sexual Orientation

by FordHarrison on

On April 3, 2017, in Christiansen v. Omnicom Group, Inc., the Second Circuit held that it was bound by prior precedent in ruling that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 does not prohibit sexual orientation...more

Employees in Educational Programs: Expanded Options for Suits

by Akerman LLP - HR Defense on

Employers who are operating educational programs or activities – whether inside or outside educational institutions – take note: a recent court decision adds to a split in the federal appellate courts by allowing employees...more

New York Court of Appeals Clarifies Application of New York’s Criminal History Discrimination and “Aiding and Abetting” Provisions

In Griffin v. Sirva, Inc., the New York Court of Appeals held that while only “employers” may be liable for criminal conviction history discrimination under Section 296(15) of the New York State Human Rights Law (“NYSHRL”), a...more

California Employment Law Notes - May 2017

Ruth Featherstone alleged that her former employer (SCPMG) discriminated against her based on a "temporary disability" that was caused by an adverse drug reaction, which resulted in an "altered mental state." During this...more

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