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D.C. Fair Credit in Employment Amendment Act Prohibits Inquiry Into Prospective and Current Employees’ Credit Information

The District of Columbia has become the newest jurisdiction to prohibit employers from inquiring into their job applicants’ and current employees’ credit information. ...more

DC Fair Credit in Employment Amendment Act of 2016

DC mayor signs act prohibiting employer use of an employee’s credit information. On February 16, the mayor of the District of Columbia signed the DC Fair Credit in Employment Amendment Act of 2016 (the Act). The Act...more

Trump Administration Withdraws Motion Seeking to Limit Court's Stay of Obama's Transgender Bathroom Guidance in Public Schools

There has been much speculation about the Trump administration’s position with respect to LGBTQ rights. We may now have our first glimpse. Just days after Jeff Sessions was confirmed as Attorney General, the government has...more

Evidence That Younger Employees Violated Company Policy Without Consequences Results in Denial of Summary Judgment

In light of evidence that younger employees committed similar infractions as the plaintiff, and did not suffer significant disciplinary action, an Illinois federal district court denied an employer’s summary judgment motion....more

Hiring and Firing in Los Angeles: Fair Chance Initiative Update

We told you about Los Angeles’ Ban the Box ordinance in early December. Also known as the Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance (FCIHO), the new regulation seeks to reduce recidivism by limiting inquiries regarding...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

Muskegon Family Care to Pay $21,500 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

Company Fired Employee Because of Medical Hold Due to Medication, Federal Agency Charged - DETROIT - A medical services provider serving the Muskegon region will pay $21,500 and furnish other relief to settle a...more

D.C. Mayor Signs Bill Restricting Employers From Making Credit Check Inquiries

On February 15, 2017, Mayor Muriel Bowser signed the Fair Credit in Employment Amendment Act of 2016 (the “Act”). As previously reported, the Act, if it becomes law, will amend the D.C. Human Rights Act to prohibit employers...more

EEOC Issues New Harassment Guidance

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently issued proposed guidance crystallizing the agency’s expectation that employers be proactive in eliminating workplace harassment. The Proposed Enforcement Guidance on...more

Four Hot Labor and Employment Issues in Automotive for 2017 - Part 1

It hasn’t taken long, and if there was ever any wonder, it’s been put to rest. In the first weeks of the Trump administration we’ve seen wide-reaching philosophical shifts. But how will those shifts impact labor and...more

Arkansas Federal Court: Failure to Accommodate, in and of Itself, Violates the ADA

Despite the lack of a clear causal connection between an employer’s failure to grant an employee’s request for additional training and its decision to terminate her employment, an Arkansas federal district court recently...more

District of Columbia Mayor Signs Law Restricting Employers from Using Credit Information in Employment Decisions

On February 15, 2017, District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser signed a bill prohibiting, with limited exceptions, employers’ use of or obtaining a job applicant's or employee's credit information for employment purposes. ...more

Third Circuit Permits ADEA “Subgroup” Claims

The Third Circuit recently held in Karlo v. Pittsburgh Glass Works, LLC, No. 15-3435, 2017 WL 83385 (3d Cir. Jan. 10, 2017), that workers in their 50s may be recognized as a “subgroup” of employees protected by the Age...more

Florida Whistleblower Act Requires Showing of Actual Violation, Federal Court Rules

Florida’s private-sector Whistleblower Act (“FWA”) protects only those employees who can show an actual violation of a law, rule, or regulation, a federal district court has held. Graddy v. Wal-Mart Stores East, LP, No....more

2nd Circuit Reaffirms Limitations On Statistical Evidence In Pay Equity Cases

As pay equity litigation heats up across the country, the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals issued a January 26 decision that should help employers in New York, Connecticut, and Vermont combat claims brought under the federal Pay...more

Employer Comes Up Smelling Like Roses in Reasonable Accommodation Case: Court Reminds Employee That She Can’t Always Get What She...

An employer’s failure to provide a fragrance-free work environment does not equate to a failure to provide a reasonable accommodation or an adverse action against an employee, according to the District Court for the Northern...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

When You Gotta Go: Time To Check Your Restroom Signs

Seyfarth Synopsis: As of March, all single-occupancy restrooms in California businesses, government buildings, and places of public accommodation must be gender neutral. This post reviews the annoyingly specific requirements...more

Breaks and Flexible Hours Not a Reasonable ADA Accommodation for Frequently Absent Employee, Court Holds

Employers can easily feel overwhelmed when it comes to enforcing employee attendance standards while providing reasonable accommodation to employees with chronic health conditions. Increasingly, however, court decisions such...more

Compensation: Is it Becoming Employers’ Greatest Vulnerability?

A few weeks ago, a jury in New Jersey federal court found that Lockheed Martin discriminated against a former employee. The employee claimed that Lockheed violated federal and state laws by discriminating against him on the...more

One Bite, Two Apples: Third Circuit Confirms That Requests For Leave Under the FMLA Can Simultaneously Qualify As A Request For A...

The interplay between the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) is an area of confusion for most employers. This confusion is understandable as both statutes serve distinct...more

New Year, Same Old Mistakes? Avoid Sexual Harassment At Your Dealership In 2017

Our last several Dealership Update newsletters have focused on new developments in dealership employment law, from heightened scrutiny of dealership arbitration agreements and employee handbooks, to the union threat in the...more

Four Hot Labor and Employment Issues in Automotive in 2017 - Part 2

Friday we took a look at two important labor and employment questions for automotive employers and suggested next steps to consider during 2017. Today we’ll examine questions three and four....more

UK Gender Pay Gap Reporting

We wrote about the Draft Gender Pay Gap Regulations in the April 2016 edition of A Month in UK Employment Law. In December 2016, the UK Government published a revised version of these Regulations which are expected to come...more

United Staffing Associates Voluntarily Settles EEOC Discrimination Charge for $24,500 and Other Relief

Employee Alleged Staffing Agency Failed to Reinstate Her After She Complained About Discrimination - FRESNO, Calif. - United Staffing Associates, LLC, a Visalia, Calif.-based staffing agency, will pay $24,500 and provide...more

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