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Running a 21st Century Railroad with 20th Century Job Skills: How to Accommodate Disabilities?

by Murtha Cullina on

On March 7, 2011, Peter Joyce, Jr. (“Joyce”) filed a complaint with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (“MCAD”), claiming that Respondent CSX Transportation (“CSX”): (1) denied him a reasonable accommodation...more

Fourth Circuit Affirms "Mark of the Beast" Religious Discrimination Verdict

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals (which includes North Carolina and South Carolina) affirmed a $600,000 jury verdict in favor of a West Virginia coal miner who refused to use a new biometric hand scanner installed by his...more

SCC upholds employer's "no free accident" alcohol and drug policy: Stewart v Elk Valley

by Dentons on

On June 15, 2017, the Supreme Court of Canada released its decision in Stewart v Elk Valley Coal Corp. (2017 SCC 30). This is a landmark decision, reinforcing the right of employers to take proactive risk mitigation and...more

“Mark Of The Beast” Workplace Concerns Lead To Half-Million Dollar Verdict

by Fisher Phillips on

Here’s some advice you probably didn’t think you needed, employers: you should avoid, at all costs, giving or threatening to give your employees the biblical Mark of the Beast. And if they think you are doing so, you should...more

Hiring Best Practices: 5 DO's and DON’Ts When a Job Applicant Announces a Pregnancy

Want a road map for how not to react to a successful job applicant who announces her pregnancy immediately after receiving an offer letter? Look at the reaction of one prospective employer in Florida who recently settled a...more

Lawsuit Challenging Philadelphia Salary History Ban Ordinance Dismissed

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: UPDATE: The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania dismissed the challenge to the Philadelphia ordinance on May 30, 2017 based upon the Chamber of Commerce for Greater...more

Supreme Court rules in two indirect discrimination cases

by Dentons on

For a claimant to prove indirect discrimination, he or she has to show that there is a provision, criterion or practice which puts him or her (and others who share the protected characteristic) at a disadvantage against those...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

Recruiting for youthful workforce leads to age discrimination lawsuits

by McAfee & Taft on

Some companies may believe that projecting a youthful and energetic image is important to their brand. Two recent court cases, however, show that employers who focus their hiring policies and practices too much on young...more

Businesses Challenge Philadelphia Law Prohibiting Inquiry into Prospective Employee’s Wage History

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Businesses banded together to challenge, on First Amendment and Due Process grounds, the pay equity Ordinance which would ban inquiries into prospective employees’ prior salaries. The Ordinance, which was...more

Effective Date of Philadelphia Wage Equity Bill Put on Hold

As you may recall, late last year we discussed a new Philadelphia law that banned private-sector employers from asking job applicants about their wage and fringe benefits history. The Wage Equity Bill, which was aimed at...more

Two New Rules for New York City Employers

by White & Case LLP on

Prohibition with Respect to Salary Histories - In an effort to combat gender pay inequality, New York City will join Philadelphia and Massachusetts in prohibiting employers from inquiring about the salary histories of...more

Unemployment Benefits Do Not Factor Into Damages Calculations in Employment Discrimination Lawsuits

A recent New Jersey Appellate Division opinion now makes it explicitly clear that unemployment benefits cannot be deducted from back pay damages in employment discrimination cases under the New Jersey Law Against...more

The City of Philadelphia Has Agreed To Stay The Enforcement of The Philadelphia Wage Equity Ordinance Pending Resolution of Court...

by Littler on

The City of Philadelphia has agreed to stay the enforcement of the Philadelphia Wage Equity Ordinance, which was to take effect on May 23, 2017, and be codified in the Philadelphia Code at Sections 9-1103((1)(i) and 9-1131. ...more

The Heavy Burden of Light Duty in California: Court Assesses Multi-Million Dollar Disability Award

Many employers offer light duty programs to employees who are temporarily disabled. Reasonable accommodation obligations imposed by California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) may come into play when administering...more

Seventh Circuit hands down landmark ruling on sexual orientation discrimination

by Dentons on

On April 5, 2017, in a landmark decision, the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, sitting en banc, held that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 bars discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Hively v....more

Landmark Seventh Circuit Decision Interprets Title VII Protections To Prohibit Sexual Orientation Discrimination

by Stoel Rives LLP on

“Who will be hurt if gays and lesbians have a little more job protection?” Judge Richard Posner of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals posed this question a few months ago during oral argument in a case involving a teacher...more

Seventh Circuit Extends Title VII Protections to Sexual Orientation

by Morgan Lewis on

The first-of-its-kind decision leads to a split in authority between federal circuits on discrimination and harassment claims on the basis of sexual orientation....more

Historic Seventh Circuit Decision Gives LGBTQ Employees More Protections

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

In a landmark opinion issued Tuesday, the Seventh Circuit became the first federal appellate court in the country to extend the protections afforded by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to sexual orientation...more

Employer Recovery of Fees and Costs in Discrimination Cases – Is There a Trend Starting?

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Ohio just passed a new law that could begin a trend favorable to employers. The new law allows Ohio’s Civil Rights Commission, in its discretion, to award attorneys’ fees and costs to employers who are found not to have...more

The Defend Trade Secrets Act and Whistleblowers: Protections and Vulnerabilities

by Butler Snow LLP on

President Obama signed into law the Defend Trade Secrets Act (“DTSA”) during his last year in office. Most notably, the DTSA creates a private federal civil cause of action for misappropriation of trade secrets. If that...more

Third Circuit Finds Title IX Provides a Remedy for Sex Discrimination in Fully Funded Educational Institutions

The Third Circuit Court of Appeals has again created a circuit split by disagreeing with decisions from the Fifth and Seventh Circuit Courts of Appeals, which have held that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 provides...more

Ultracare Las Vegas Settles EEOC Sex Discrimination Lawsuit

Placement Agency Fired Male Employee Because Of His Gender, Federal Agency Charged - LAS VEGAS - Ultracare Las Vegas, an ultrasound technician provider, will pay $15,000 and furnish other relief to settle a sex...more

Brooklyn Supreme Court Recognizes Private Right of Action for Not-for-Profit Employees under New York Nonprofit Revitalization Act...

Not-for-Profit Corporation Law (“NPCL”) § 715-b, enacted as part of the New York Nonprofit Revitalization Act, requires New York not-for-profit corporations with 20 or more employees and annual revenue in excess of $1 million...more

Eighth Circuit Methodically Rejects Plaintiff’s Allegations of Pretext in Age Discrimination Case

On March 1, 2017, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals issued an important decision affirming summary judgment in an age discrimination claim under the Minnesota Human Rights Act. Although the case, Nash v. Optomec, Inc., did...more

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