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Congress Clears Bill to Block ACA Change to Definition of Small Employer; House Votes to Broaden ACA Religious Exemption

The House and Senate have approved a bill (H.R. 1624) that would amend the Affordable Care Act’s definition of “small employer” to reduce the number of employers covered by new health insurance coverage requirements set to go...more

Human Rights Commission to New York City Employers: Be Wary of Consulting Credit Histories

Businesses operating in New York City may already be aware that the Stop Credit Discrimination in Employment Act (read the full text here), which took effect on September 3, 2015, generally prohibits employers from...more

Commission Federal Sector Appellate Decisions to Use Randomly Generated Names

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today announced a change in the Commission's practices with respect to federal sector appellate decision captions. Beginning on Oct. 1, 2015, all...more

Quirky Question #267: An Equine Accommodation?

Question: Our employee regularly uses a service dog in our office, which helps him with stability and maintaining balance around the office, which can be challenging for him due to several medical conditions he has. However,...more

That is SO last week - October 2015

Last week saw a lot of media coverage about “Yelp for People.” The app, called Peeple, allows users to rate friends, co-workers, and romantic partners based on a five-star rating system. Recruiters could review the ratings...more

EEOC Criminal Background Check Cases Come With Big Price Tags for All Parties

One of the EEOC's top priorities has been ensuring individuals are not discriminated against based on their criminal histories. In recent years, it has filed multiple headline-grabbing lawsuits related to background checks...more

California Passes Law Aimed to Bridge the Gender Wage Inequality Gap

On October 6, 2015, California's Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. signed into law Senate Bill (SB) 358, legislation intended to increase wage transparency and which will make it more difficult for an employer to defend against...more

CFTC Announces to Issue Award of Approximately $290,000 to Whistleblowers

On September 29, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission announced that it would issue an award of approximately $290,000 to whistleblowers for providing valuable information about violations of the Commodity Exchange...more

BREAKING: Young And UPS Settle Pregnancy Lawsuit

Law360 reported this morning that Peggy Young and United Parcel Service have settled their pregnancy discrimination/accommodation case that went to the Supreme Court, resulting in this decision from last March. The Supreme...more

Employee's Change in Racial Self-Identification Cannot Support Discrimination Claim if Employer Unaware of Change

In recent years, more Americans have begun identifying themselves as biracial or of mixed racial heritage. This shift has resulted in changes to census and other forms where people are asked to self-identify by race. In...more

New Mexico Department of Corrections Sued by EEOC for Age Discrimination and Retaliation

Older Workers Suffered Unequal Treatment and Retaliation for Complaining, Federal Agency Charged - ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The New Mexico Department of Corrections (NMDOC), which operates correctional facilities throughout...more

Borgata Babes: Casino Is Entitled to Enforce Weight Restrictions

On September 15, 2015, the Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division found in Shiavo v. Marina District Development Company, LLC, that the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (“NJLAD”) does not encompass allegations...more

A Final Look at CHRO Case Statistics – Part 3

So, in my prior two posts about the new case statistical reports from the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, I’ve looked at the case statistics to see that harassment and terms & conditions claims are...more

EEOC Sues Coca-Cola Bottling Of Mobile for Sex Discrimination

Company Refused Job to Experienced Applicant Because of Gender, Federal Agency Charges - MOBILE, Ala. -- Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Mobile, a manufacturer, bottler and distri­butor of soft drink products violated...more

Effect of Recent New York City Amendments May Limit Brokers and Advisers in Conducting Credit and Background Checks on Potential...

The New York City Council recently passed two amendments to the New York City Human Rights Law that are likely to substantially affect the manner in which firms in New York City may evaluate the qualifications and background...more

The Chill is Gone: SEC Wants Unfettered Whistleblowers

The SEC continues its efforts to support whistleblowers. The whistleblower program promulgated by the Commission under the Dodd-Frank Act offers rewards to individuals who report securities law violations. As we have...more

Employment Law - October 2015

FTC Offers Employers Lesson in FCRA Compliance—And Limited Exceptions - Why it matters: A California employer recently received a lesson in Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) compliance from the Federal Trade...more

ADA Suit Not Precluded By State Agency Decision

A district court improperly granted summary judgment to an employer defending against a claim of disability discrimination where the district court relied too heavily on the state agency’s finding that an employee failed to...more

CFTC Makes Second Whistleblower Award

The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, or CFTC, announced that it will make an award of approximately $290,000 to a whistleblower for providing valuable information about violations of the Commodity Exchange Act....more

EEOC Sues Physicians’ Specialty Hospital for Disability Discrimination

Hospital Refused to Accommodate Nurse With Seizure Disorder, Federal Agency Charges - LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - A physician-owned hospital in Fayetteville, Ark., violated federal law by failing to accommodate a nurse with a...more

Emory University Hospital Sued By EEOC for Disability Discrimination

Hospital Failed to Provide a Reasonable Accommodation to an Employee After Emergency Surgery, Federal Agency Charges - ATLANTA - Emory University Hospital, which operates in midtown Atlanta, violated federal law by...more

EEOC Sues Safeway, Inc. For Disability Discrimination

Grocery Store, Refused to Grant Reasonable Accommodation, Fired Clerk, Federal Agency Charges - BALTIMORE -Safeway, Inc., a leading grocery store chain, violated federal law when it refused to accommodate a clerk and...more

Groundhog Day In September – Another Repeat Of The EEOC Fiscal Year-End Lawsuit Filing Frenzy

As the clock ticked down on the EEOC’s fiscal year (which ended on September 30), we are struck once again by the eerily consistent trend in the agency’s federal court filing trends. Employers around the country are seemingly...more

EEOC to Pay One Mmmillion Dollars

In EEOC v. Global Horizons, Inc. et al., No. CV-11-3045-EFS (E.D. Wash.), the court determined that the EEOC had conducted a shoddy administrative investigation and lacked a factual basis to pursue its theory of...more

New 'Digest Of EEO Law' Issued By EEOC

Includes Key Federal Sector Decisions, Special Article on Religious Expression - WASHINGTON - The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today announced the latest edition of its federal sector Digest of...more

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