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Major Companies Call for Second Circuit to Declare Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation Unlawful under Title VII

by Bowditch & Dewey on

On May 25, 2017, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals agreed to rehear the case of Zarda v. Altitude Express, Inc. to determine whether Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual...more

The Supreme Court Indirectly Stiffens A Fiduciary Breach Time Limit And Helps ERISA Fiduciaries In The Process

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Supreme Court appears to have barred equitable tolling under ERISA Section 413’s six-year statute of repose for fiduciary breach claims, subject only to well-pled allegations and proof of fraud or...more

Employment News - July 2017 #4

by Hogan Lovells on

Compare and contrast – pension based on hours reduced because of disability was not discriminatory - The Court of Appeal has upheld the EAT decision in Williams v The Trustees of Swansea University Pension & Assurance...more

SCOTUS Puts the Class Action Waiver Issue at the Top of Its Agenda

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Perhaps signaling the importance of the issue for American businesses and jurisprudence, the U.S. Supreme Court? chose the first day of its term beginning in October as the date to set oral arguments in three petitions for...more

Employment Law - July 2017

California Supreme Court Reverses PAGA Discovery Ruling - Why it matters - On July 13, 2017, the California Supreme Court in Williams v. Superior Court (Marshalls) issued its first opinion addressing the scope of...more

Massachusetts Top Court Permits Disability Discrimination Claim for Medicinal Cannabis

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) recently held in Barbuto v. Advantage Sales & Marketing, LLC that employees have a viable claim for disability discrimination under state law if they suffer an adverse employment...more

Second Circuit Applies More Lenient “Motivating Factor” Standard to Employee’s FMLA Retaliation Claim

by Saul Ewing LLP on

In an opinion issued July 19, the Second Circuit vacated a jury verdict in favor of the employer, ruling that the district court judge had instructed the jury to use an incorrect standard of proof under the Family and Medical...more

California Supreme Court Expands Scope of PAGA Discovery

by Reed Smith on

On July 13, 2017, in a decision with serious repercussions on the scope of PAGA discovery, the California Supreme Court overruled the Court of Appeals in Williams v. Superior Court to allow state-wide discovery of Marshalls...more

Massachusetts Employers May Have To Accommodate Use Of Medical Marijuana, Court Says

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled this week that an employee’s use of medical marijuana to treat her disability may have to be reasonably accommodated under the state’s handicap discrimination law. In Barbuto...more

Single Racial Slur May Be Sufficient to Establish Workplace Harassment

by Blank Rome LLP on

Action Item: The Third Circuit Court of Appeals recently held that a single isolated use of a racial slur may be sufficient to establish unlawful workplace harassment. Background and Analysis: On July 14, 2017, a...more

Chemtrusion to Pay $145,000 to Settle EEOC Class Disability Discrimination Case

Company Screened Out Job Applicants After Medical Examinations Without Any Individualized Assessments on Fitness for Work, Federal Agency Charged - INDIANAPOLIS - Chemtrusion, Inc., a Houston-based manufacturing services...more

Murphy Oil Case Scheduled For Oral Argument

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

In January, the United States Supreme Court granted certiorari in National Labor Relations Board v. Murphy Oil USA, Case No. 16-307, Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis, Case No. 16-285 and Ernst & Young LLP v. Morris, Case No....more

Use Of Medicinal Marijuana Not A Facially Unreasonable Accommodation Under Massachusetts Employment Discrimination Law

by DeWitt Law, LLC on

In a case that may be a precursor of things to come across the country as more and more states “legalize” the medicinal use of marijuana, in a July 17, 2017 decision in Barbuto v. Advantage Sales and Marketing, LLC, SJC...more

Medical Marijuana in the Workplace: An Employee's Balm; an Employer's Bane

by Bowditch & Dewey on

On July 17th, the Supreme Judicial Court ruled that Massachusetts employers may not terminate an employee merely because of his or her off-site use of medical marijuana. According to the Court, the use of medically-prescribed...more

Massachusetts: Medical Marijuana as a Reasonable Accommodation in the Workplace

As our readers know, we have been monitoring decisions regarding the ability of employers to take disciplinary action against employees for using marijuana at work. The most recent high court to weigh in on this topic is the...more

New Supreme Court Term to Kick Off With Argument in Class Action Waiver Cases

On July 19, 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States released the October 2017 term’s calendar for oral arguments, including the date it will hear oral argument in the three consolidated class action waiver cases that are...more

California Supreme Court Reaffirms Broad Right to Discovery in PAGA Actions

The California Supreme Court issued its long awaited ruling in Williams v. Superior Court, in which it clarified the scope of discovery in actions brought under the Private Attorneys General Act of 2004, Labor Code § 2698 et...more

Washington Public Employer Hit with $1.8 Million Judgment for Failing to Accommodate Prescription Drug User

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Last month, a Washington federal district court judge ordered an employer to pay a terminated employee a little over $1.8 million in damages for failing to accommodate the employee’s use of opioids that had been prescribed to...more

New York Appellate Court Strikes Down Class Action Waivers

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

As our loyal readers are well aware, the U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral argument in its Fall 2017 term regarding the enforceability of arbitration agreements with class and collective action waivers. This has...more

Internal Investigations and Privilege: The Alberta Court of Appeal Weighs In

by Bennett Jones LLP on

The documents and records of an internal investigation into a workplace accident may be privileged notwithstanding a statutory obligation to carry out an investigation and prepare a report, the Alberta Court of Appeal...more

U.S. Court of Appeals Upholds MSHA’s Right to Obtain Personnel Records from Mine Operators

by Stoel Rives LLP on

On July 18, in Hopkins County Coal, LLC v. Perez, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit issued an opinion upholding two citations and an order issued to a mine operator, Hopkins County Coal, for its refusal to turn...more

NY Court Rules That Class Action Waivers Are Unenforceable

by Reed Smith on

While pundits and practitioners eagerly await the U.S. Supreme Court’s looming decision on whether class action waivers in employment-related agreements violate the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) – which will not be...more

Claim Of Massachusetts Employee Fired For Medical Marijuana Use May Proceed, State High Court Rules

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

An employee fired after she tested positive for marijuana on a test administered in the hiring process should be able to proceed with her “handicap discrimination” claim under Massachusetts’ anti-discrimination statute, the...more

Temporary Worker Not Entitled To Leave As A Reasonable Accommodation

by DeWitt Law, LLC on

The Tenth Circuit recently addressed whether an employer had failed to make a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e et seq., (“ADA”) regarding a temporary worker’s request for...more

How Employers Can Avoid California Labor Code Section 925

by Nilan Johnson Lewis PA on

Many non-California employers view the enactment of California Labor Code Section 925 as destroying any possibility of avoiding the state’s restrictive covenants laws for California-based employees. But there is hope! With...more

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