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Purported Whistleblower Barred from Pursuing Illinois Retaliatory Discharge Claim

The Northern District of Illinois recently dismissed an Indiana-based employee’s claims for retaliatory discharge in violation of common law, focusing on the nature of the connection (or lack thereof) to Illinois and noting...more

E.D. Virginia Tosses Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Claim for Lack of SEC Complaint

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia recently granted a Rule 12(b)(6) motion to dismiss a Dodd-Frank whistleblower retaliation claim brought by an ex-project manager, finding that Plaintiff failed to...more

One Racial Slur is One Too Many, Rules Third Circuit

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Is a single racial slur by an employee’s supervisor enough to create a hostile work environment under § 1981 of the Civil Rights Act of 1866?  The answer is yes according to the Third Circuit Court of Appeal’s decision in...more

Ford Motor Company to Pay up to $10.125 Million To Settle EEOC Harassment Investigation

Blacks and Women Subjected to Harassment at Two Chicago Facilities, Federal Agency Found - CHICAGO - Ford Motor Company has agreed to pay up to $10.125 million to settle sex and race harassment for a group of individuals...more

Employer Be Careful - Noncompliance Events Will Be Published

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

The Chinese Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security (“MHRSS”) implemented the Measures on Publication of Significant Violations of Labor and Social Security Laws (“Measures”) effective January 1, 2017. The Measures...more

Salary History To Ask or Not To Ask

The question of salary history has long been a topic of disagreement between employers and their prospective employees. One party wants to know, while the other prefers not to tell. Both have what they consider to be valid...more

What Employers Should Do Now to Comply With the Oregon Equal Pay Act of 2017

by Lane Powell PC on

Equal Pay Act Overview - Oregon Governor Kate Brown recently signed the Oregon Equal Pay Act of 2017 into law. Although Oregon law already prohibited gender discrimination in the payment of wages (e.g. paying men more than...more

A Word To The Wise: Castleberry v. STI Group And The Expansion Of Liability For Hostile Work Environments

In David Lynch’s film Dune, a character proclaims that the protagonist “can kill with a word.” Although not quite as dramatic, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit recently held that an employer can...more

California DFEH’s new transgender regulations go into effect

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Effective July 1, 2017, California employers became subject to new regulations, promulgated by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), interpreting the California Fair Employment and Housing Act's...more

How to Launch an Employment Discrimination, Harassment, Diversity or Affirmative Action Initiative on a Global Scale

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Equal employment opportunity initiatives—human resources policies, handbook and code of conduct provisions, compliance standards, training modules and dispute resolution procedures that address discrimination, harassment and...more

SEC announces whistleblower award for government employee

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On July 25, the SEC announced that it would grant $2.5 million “to an employee of a domestic government agency whose tip helped launch an SEC investigation and whose continued assistance enabled the SEC to address a company’s...more

Puerto Rico Employers Prepare for New Guidelines Governing Equal Pay in the Workplace

by Littler on

On August 10, 2017, the Puerto Rico Secretary of Labor and Human Resources issued and made effective the Uniform Guidelines for the Self-Assessment of Equal Pay in the Workplace (“the Guidelines”). These Guidelines were...more

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Supreme Court Review: Mixed Bag For Employers

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The 2016-17 Supreme Court term was truly a mixed bag for employers. The Court limited presidential power, reined in the appellate courts’ authority to review and overturn trial court decisions regarding EEOC subpoenas,...more

2 Essentials For Dealing With Employees Attempting To Game the System

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Today’s workplace is fraught with legal traps for well-intentioned but unwary managers. But one issue stands out far above the rest as perhaps the single biggest employee challenge in today’s workplace: malingering employees...more

Being Untruthful About the Reason for a Termination Can Get an Employer in Hot Water

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

We have written in the past about how important it is for an employer to be accurate in articulating its reason for terminating an employee. For example, if an employer is terminating an employee for poor performance, the...more

New Jersey Expands Protection for United States Armed Forces Members and Veterans under New Jersey Law Against Discrimination

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Governor Chris Christie signed into law New Jersey Senate Bill S726, expanding the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination to prohibit all forms of discrimination against members of the Armed Forces and veterans. The law was...more

EEOC Sues Dependable Health Services For Disability Discrimination

Health Care Staffing Agency Fired Phlebotomist With Sickle-Cell Anemia, Federal Agency Charges - BALTIMORE - Dependable Health Services, Inc., a health care staffing agency, violated federal law when it fired an employee...more

Employers, Get Ready (For Now): EEO-1 Pay Data Reporting Still a Go

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The revised Employer Information Report (EEO-1), which was announced on September 29, 2016, for the first time, requires employers to disclose pay data information in the form of summary pay and aggregate hours worked data...more

Transgender Benefits Revisited?

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In a series of tweets published on July 26, 2017, President Trump announced a ban on transgender service in the armed forces. In the wake of this reversal of government policy, employers may question the current state of...more

S.D.N.Y. Dismisses Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Claim Because Retaliation Claims Were Already Arbitrated

The Southern District of New York recently dismissed Dodd-Frank whistleblower retaliation claims brought by an employer’s ex-President and an ex-Director pursuant to Rule 12(b)(6) on res judicata grounds, determining that...more

UPS Maximum Leave Policy Results In $2 Million Settlement With The EEOC

The EEOC announced this week that it has settled a lawsuit it has been litigating with United Parcel Service, Inc., since 2009. The EEOC alleged that UPS violated the Americans With Disabilities Act by enforcing an...more

Food and Beverage Law Update: August 2017

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Wage and Hour - Tenth Circuit Aligns with Cumbie on Tip Credits - In Marlow v. New Food Guy, Inc., No. 16-1134, 861 F. 3d 1157 (10th Cir. June 30, 2017), the court affirmed the district court's ruling, consistent with...more

Canada: Ontario Court Reconfirms Existence of a Standalone Tort for Harassment

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In Merrifield v. The Attorney General of Canada et al., the Ontario Superior Court of Justice recently reconfirmed the existence of the standalone tort of harassment. In this case, the Plaintiff (an officer with the Royal...more

New 'Digest of EEO Law' Issued by EEOC

Includes Key Federal Sector Decisions, Special Article on Establishing Disparate Treatment Discrimination - WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) yesterday announced the latest edition of...more

No “Summer Slow-Down” for Manufacturers – Regulatory Changes Continue

Readers of this space may recall my recent posts highlighting court and legislative changes to employment laws, regulations and policies affecting manufacturers. See e.g. “‘Manufacturing’ Law: Courts Also Move to Fill the...more

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