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Fifth Circuit Permits Emotional Distress Damages for FLSA Retaliation Claim

Employees asserting a claim for retaliation under the FLSA are entitled to seek emotional distress damages, according to a recent decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit....more

Court of Appeal Upholds LAPD Recruits’ Failure to Accommodate Claim

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Court of Appeal held that police officer recruits who were not “qualified individuals” under FEHA for purposes of their discrimination claim could nonetheless prevail on their claim for failure to...more

EEOC Sues Discovering Hidden Hawaii Tours for Male-on-Male Sexual Harassment

Company PresidentSexually Harassed Male Employees for More Than a Decade, Federal Agency Charges - HONOLULU, Hawaii - Three related Hawaii tour companies -- Discovering Hidden Hawaii Tours, Inc., Hawaii Tours and...more

Metadata Plays Key Role in $10.8 Million Whistleblower Lawsuit Verdict: eDiscovery Case Law

Earlier this month, federal jurors awarded nearly $8 million to the former general counsel of a company who says he was fired because he blew the whistle on his company’s potential violation of a foreign bribery law. That...more

Dollar General Sued By EEOC for Sexual Harassment

Female Employee Subjected to Unwelcome Comments and Gestures by Store Manager, Federal Agency Charges - OXFORD, Miss. - Dolgencorp, LLC, dba Dollar General Stores, Inc., violated federal law when it subjected female...more

Employment Discrimination: Hostile Work Environments, Disparate Treatment and Retaliation

Hostile work environments require both prompt and effective responses from employers. Efrain Reynaga v. Roseburg Forest Products - Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit (January 26, 2017) - Courts have long...more

Seventh Circuit Affirms FMLA Retaliation Claim Based on Employer Ending Home Working Arrangement

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) does not require employers to agree to allow employees to work from home based on medical restrictions. The Americans with Disabilities Act may require employers to provide such...more

Court refuses small-town mayor’s OHSA-based request for injunction prohibiting resident from harassing her

An Ontario judge has rebuffed a small-town mayor’s attempt to use the Occupational Health and Safety Act‘s violence and harassment provisions to obtain a court order stopping a town resident from harassing her....more

Amtrak Employee Reinstated Following Retaliation for Whistleblowing

A former employee of the National Railroad Passenger Corp. (“Amtrak”) was recently awarded a $892,551 settlement and was reinstated as an Amtrak employee, following an order from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational...more

Did you know... Are You in Position to Take Advantage of the New Federal Defend Trade Secrets Act?

Recently, President Obama signed into law the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA) which amends the Economic Espionage Act of 1996, codified at 18 U.S.C. §§ 1831 et seq. Key benefits of the DTSA includes the option...more

Uncle Sam Wants You! (to Provide Employee Compensation Data)

A new lawsuit filed by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) demonstrates how dogged the government can be in trying to obtain and review employers’ compensation data. The lawsuit, filed against Google with the DOL’s Office of...more

Connecticut Supreme Court Rules No Punitive Damages Under the Connecticut Fair Employment Practices Act

The Connecticut Supreme Court recently set aside an award of statutory punitive damages in a disability discrimination case brought pursuant to Connecticut’s human rights law, the Connecticut Fair Employment Practices Act...more

EEOC Sues Marquez Brothers For Hispanic-Preference Hiring

Non-Hispanic Applicants Turned Away From Entry-Level Positions, Federal Agency Charges - FRESNO, Calif. - Marquez Brothers International, Inc. and its affiliates violated federal law when they failed to hire non-Hispanic...more

Gonnella Baking Co. to Pay $30,000 to Settle EEOC Race Harassment Lawsuit

Bread Manufacturer Failed to Stop Co-Workers' Racial Taunts, Agency Charged - CHICAGO -- Gonnella Baking Co. of Chicago will pay $30,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission...more

New 'Digest of EEO Law' Issued by EEOC

Includes Selected Notable Federal Sector Decisions for Fiscal Year 2016 - WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today announced the latest edition of its federal sector Digest of Equal...more

Working At Home May Be A Reasonable Accommodation

Working at home may constitute a reasonable accommodation according to a recent decision in Rezvan v Phillips Electronics North America Corp., Case No. 15-cv-04767-HSG (N.D. Calif.) In Rezvan, a former employee with...more

An Employer’s Horror Story For Friday The 13th: Retaliation Claim Survives 13-Year Gap

January 2017 is one of those rare months including a Friday the 13th, which might bring to mind a horror movie where a seemingly vanquished killer somehow rises to his feet – once again! – to wreak havoc on his stunned...more

Diallo’s Of Houston to Pay $139,366 to Resolve EEOC Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

Nightclub Made Unlawful HIV Medical Inquiry, Then Fired Employee, Federal Agency Charged - HOUSTON - The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced today that Diallo's of Houston, a Houston-area...more

Kevothermal, LLC to Pay $60,000 to Settle EEOC Equal Pay and National Origin Discrimination Lawsuit

Female Paid Less Than Male Co-Worker For Doing Similar Work and Told Not to Speak Spanish on Production Floor Though It Was Part of Her Job - Albuquerque, NM- - The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)...more

Emotional Rescue: Fifth Circuit Recognizes Mental Distress Damages in FLSA Retaliation Claim

Can a plaintiff get emotional distress damages in a wage and hour claim? In December 2016, the Fifth Circuit issued an opinion of first impression where it found that a plaintiff filing a retaliation claim as part of an...more

Fifth Circuit Protects 40-Year-Old Case and Affirms ADEA Limits On Recoverable Damages

Seyfarth Synopsis: In a somewhat rare interlocutory appeal, the Fifth Circuit reviewed and reaffirmed a 40-year old case holding that emotional distress and punitive damages are not available under the ADEA. This decision...more

Kansas City Gives St. Louis A Run For The Money–Literally

St. Louis and Kansas City have long been cross-state baseball rivals. Who can forget the 1985 I-70 World Series? So it is hardly surprising that on the eve of St. Louis being named by the American Tort Reform Association...more

UPDATE: District Court Denies Preliminary Injunction in AARP Suit to Block Final Rules on Employee Wellness Programs

The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia (Judge Bates) has denied AARP’s request to block the implementation of the EEOC’s final wellness regulations pending a decision on the merits. As we have discussed...more

District of Massachusetts Clarifies Immunity Defense Burden Under Defend Trade Secrets Act

As noted in our previous post, in May 2016, President Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA), which establishes a federal cause of action for misappropriation of trade secrets into law. As part of its protections,...more

EEOC Wins Jury Verdict in Sexual Harassment Case against Costco

Failure to Intervene Against Harassing Customer Created Hostile Work Environment, EEOC Charged - CHICAGO - A federal jury has awarded $250,000 in compensatory damages to a former employee of Costco Wholesale, Inc. who...more

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