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Employment Law - April 2017 #2

NLRB Affirms New Standard on Employee Email Use - Why it matters - A divided National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) affirmed that if an employer provides employees with access to the email system, then employee use of email...more

Medstar Harbor Hospital Will Pay $179,576 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

Hospital Refused to Grant Therapist Reasonable Accommodation then Terminated Him, Federal Agency Said - BALTIMORE - Harbor Hospital Inc., trading as MedStar Harbor Hospital, will pay $179,576 and furnish other relief to...more

Protected Class Status Information: Think Before You Ask

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An April 25th article in Fortune magazine caught our attention this week. Its title is “Goldman Sachs Wants to Know if You Are Gay” and it discusses Goldman’s efforts to measure its success in hiring LGBT applicants. Chief...more

Hiatt & Mason Enterprises to Pay $35,000 to Settle EEOC Racial Harassment Lawsuit

Black Employee Subjected to Racial Epithets Almost Daily, Federal Agency Charged - MOUNT AIRY, N.C. - Hiatt & Mason Enterprises, Inc., a structural steel erection services company, has agreed to pay $35,000 and provide...more

California's New Criminal Background Check Regulations to Go Into Effect July 1, 2017

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California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) recently enacted regulations that impose additional burdens on employers’ use of criminal background checks in employment decisions. The new regulations are...more

Seventh Circuit Becomes First Circuit Court to Extend Title VII Protection to Sexual Orientation Claims

by Baker Donelson on

On April 5, 2017, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals (sitting en banc) became the first appeals court in the country to hold that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual...more

When Is Harassment Not Harassment? Guidance From The EAT

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In the case of Baker v. Peninsula Business Service Limited [2017] UKEAT/0241/16, the EAT confirmed that an individual cannot succeed in a claim for disability harassment, unless they first prove that they have that protected...more

Rescind that Job Offer After Her Notice of Pregnancy? Maybe Not

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Minnesota Supreme Court found that a job applicant need only prove that the employee’s interest in a 12-week maternity leave was the “substantial causative factor” that “actually motivated” the...more

UPDATE: Congress and Trump Administration Repeal “Blacklisting” Rule, Relieving Contractors from Strict Labor Reporting and Other...

On March 27, 2017, President Donald Trump signed into law a Congressional Review Act (“CRA”) resolution repealing the so-called “blacklisting” rule, which would have imposed strict labor reporting and other requirements upon...more

SC court awards Lowe's employee workers' comp disability benefits

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

Employee disabilities are becoming a common issue that employers must address. Short- and long-term disability plans employers often make available to employees, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the varying...more

"Common Sense Reality": Seventh Circuit Holds That Sexual Orientation Discrimination Violates Title VII

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In a landmark decision overruling decades of precedent, the Seventh Circuit en banc declared that sexual orientation discrimination violates Title VII in Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College. This comes as the first decision...more

New Changes to Massachusetts Regulations on Criminal History Checks

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Employers operating in Massachusetts are already aware of the Commonwealth’s Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) law. CORI refers to the database of criminal information maintained by the Department of Criminal...more

EEOC and Flying Star Transport Settle ADA Claims for $65,000

Federal Agency Steers Hiring Case of Driver With Amputation to Early Resolution - AMARILLO, Texas - An Amarillo, Texas-based fuel transport company has agreed to pay $65,000 and furnish other relief to settle a...more

"New York Requires Contractors to Disclose Employee Salary Data"

In January 2017, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued Executive Order 162 (the order) requiring state contractors to disclose the salary paid to employees who work on the contract. The order attempts to address disparity in pay...more

Does Your Company Need an Affirmative Action Plan?

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

Executive Order (EO) 11246 prohibits federal contractors and subcontractors from discriminating against employees and applicants on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, sexual identity, or national...more

Kansas City Cabinetmaker to Pay $60,000 to Settle EEOC Race Discrimination Suit - Profile Cabinet and Design Fired Black Workers...

Profile Cabinet and Design Fired Black Workers Because of Their Race, Federal Agency Said - ST. LOUIS - Profile Cabinet and Design, a Kansas City, Mo., custom cabinetmaker, will pay $60,000 and furnish other relief to...more

Employer liable for off-duty murder?

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Companies often assume they are not responsible for interactions between employees that happen off-site after hours and that are unrelated to their jobs. However, if a supervisor and a subordinate are involved and the...more

Dress code in the workplace: keep your high heels on!

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The government has undertaken to produce new guidance on workplace dress codes this summer following a joint report published by the Petitions and Women and Equalities Committees (the Committees). The report called for urgent...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

Is Calling Your Boss “a Nasty Mother******” Protected Activity?

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

My colleague Gary Starr returns today with a decision from the Second Circuit (which covers Connecticut) that may just surprise you. Then again, if you’ve been following this line of reasoning, perhaps not....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

Peoria’s Green Chevrolet to Pay $65,000 to Settle EEOC Discrimination Suit

Black Employee with Disability Involuntarily Transferred and Fired for Opposing It, Federal Agency Charged - CHICAGO - A Peoria, Ill., Chevrolet dealership will pay $65,000 and furnish other relief to settle a disability...more

Supreme Court Confirms Deferential Standard of Review for EEOC Subpoenas

Earlier this month, the Supreme Court confirmed that federal appeals courts should apply a deferential standard of review to federal district court determinations regarding the legal sufficiency of EEOC subpoenas....more

Refusal to Rescind Employee’s Voluntary Resignation Is Not An Adverse Employment Action Under FEHA

An employer’s refusal to accept a former employee’s resignation rescission request is not an adverse employment action under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), according to a California Court of Appeal...more

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