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F-Word Facebook Firing Flipped By Federal Court

by Fisher Phillips on

In a ruling that could leave employers fuming and possibly cursing, a federal appellate court ruled that an employee who used a public Facebook page to curse out not just his boss, but also his boss’s mother and entire...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

Defend Trade Secrets Act Nears Year One: What Employers, Trade Secret Owners Need to Know

by Holland & Knight LLP on

An employer or trade secret owner can now assert a federal private cause of action for misappropriation of trade secrets under the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA), 18 U.S.C. §1836(b), if “the trade secret is related to a...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

Second Circuit Panel: No, We Still Can’t Overturn Precedent on Sexual Orientation Discrimination

As we observed in a recent post on the Seventh Circuit’s decision in Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College extending Title VII to sexual orientation claims, the Supreme Court will probably have to resolve the disagreement...more

SOSR – A low threshold for a fair dismissal?

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Of the five fair reasons for dismissal, ‘some other substantial reason’ (SOSR) is often viewed as a ‘catch all’ justification for dismissal. It does not give an employer freedom to dismiss for an irrelevant or trivial reason....more

Putative Class Action Involving A Patented Reinsurance Arrangement For Workers’ Compensation Coverage Largely Survives Dismissal

by Carlton Fields on

The case is pending in a federal district court in New York, and involves three allegedly interconnected contracts purportedly “designed to circumvent [state] insurance laws,” including the laws of New York. ...more

Section 75-1.1 Claims and Conduct by Government Employees

by Ellis & Winters LLP on

A recent decision of the North Carolina Court of Appeals highlights an unusual issue: Does N.C. Gen. Stat. § 75-1.1 apply to conduct by a government employee in a claim brought by his employer, a government entity? In...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

Eighth Circuit Decides That Arbitration Agreements Cover ADEA Collective Actions

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: After thirty-three former employees who signed release agreements requiring individual arbitration of ADEA claims collectively sued their employer for age discrimination, the employer moved to compel...more

Supreme Court Decides Coventry Health Care of Missouri, Inc. v. Nevils

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

On April 18, 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States decided Coventry Health Care of Missouri, Inc. v. Nevils, No. 16-149, holding that: 1) under the FEHBA (specifically, 5 U.S.C. § 8902(m)(1)), the provisions of a...more

Refusal to Rescind Employee’s Resignation Not an Adverse Employment Action

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The California Court of Appeal has held that an employer’s refusal to honor an employee’s rescission of a voluntary resignation is not an adverse employment action under the Fair Employment and Housing Act....more

Arizona Legislature Approves Disability Lawsuits Bill

by Payne & Fears on

On Monday, Arizona state senators approved legislation that, if signed into law, will give businesses at least thirty days to cure violations of the Arizonans with Disabilities Act before they can be sued....more

Federal Appeals Court Finds That Title VII Prohibits Sexual Orientation Discrimination

by PretiFlaherty on

In a groundbreaking decision, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled earlier this month that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. The Seventh Circuit’s decision in...more

Philadelphia Pay Equity Ordinance Stayed...Temporarily

On April 6, 2017, the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia filed suit in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, seeking to block Philadelphia’s recently-enacted wage equity...more

Appeal of FLSA Overtime Regulations Faces Further Delay

It may seem hard to believe, but it was nearly five months ago that a federal district court entered a nationwide preliminary injunction halting the U.S. Department of Labor’s new Fair Labor Standards Act regulations on the...more

Global Employment Law Update - April 2017

by Hogan Lovells on

In this edition of our Global Employment Law Update we look at the effects of the rapid growth of the "gig" economy across the jurisdictions. There have been significant case law and legislative responses, particularly on...more

Ninth Circuit Affirms District Court’s Dismissal Of Plaintiff’s Procedural Due Process Claim

by Carlton Fields on

In this action, plaintiff Sherri Roberts appealed a Montana federal district court’s order which granted her former employer/defendant Lame Deer Public Schools’ summary judgment motion because plaintiff’s procedural due...more

Third Circuit Revives In-House Attorney’s Whistleblower Claim

On April 12, 2017, the Third Circuit partially revived a former in-house attorney’s whistleblower retaliation lawsuit against his previous employer. Danon v. Vanguard Group, Inc., No. 16-cv-2881....more

California Supreme Court Finds that When it Comes to Intentional Interference Claims, Public Works Projects are Just Different,...

Earlier, we reported on a California Court of Appeals decision – Roy Allan Slurry Seal, Inc. v. American Asphalt South, Inc. – which held for the first time that a second-place bidder on a public works contract could sue a...more

Appellate Court Upholds City of San Diego’s Pension Reform Measure Against Unfair Labor Practices Charge

by Reed Smith on

In City of San Diego v. Public Employee Relations Board (April 11, 2017), the Fourth District Court of Appeal considered an unfair labor practices challenge brought by unions against the city of San Diego under the state’s...more

The Fourth Circuit’s New Test for Joint Employment Under the FLSA and Why You Should Care

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals’ recent articulation of a new test for joint employment under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) sets a challenging standard for general contractors and others that seek to minimize labor...more

Key California Employment Law Cases: February 2017

by Payne & Fears on

The key California employment law cases from February 2017 involve collective bargaining/union and wage and hour issues. - Collective Bargaining/Union Issues - Vasserman v. Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, 8 Cal....more

Stop The Tolling: Minnesota Supreme Court Rules That an Employee’s Internal Complaint Tolls the Statute of Limitations under the...

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Under the MHRA, employees have one year to bring a discrimination claim (by filing a Charge of Discrimination with the Minnesota Department of Human Rights or by going directly to court). In a little-used provision, the...more

Class Representatives Do Not Hold Veto Power Over Class Settlement

by Carlton Fields on

In In re FedEx Ground Package Sys., Inc. Employment Practices Litig., No. 3:05-CV-595 RLM, 2017 WL 632119 (N.D. Ind. Feb. 14, 2017), only one of a total of seven class representatives signed off on accepting a proposed class...more

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