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New Rules: OCR Issues Internal Memorandum Impacting Enforcement Practices for Pending and Future Investigations

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Earlier this month, the U. S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights’ Acting Assistant Secretary issued an internal memorandum to Regional Directors eliminating certain existing internal procedures and detailing new...more

The Continuing Stream of Website Accessibility Claims: A Trial Victory for a Plaintiff and a Dismissal for a Company

by Littler on

Over the past 18 months, the number of claims being filed over website accessibility has increased dramatically. Although courts continue to differ as to whether websites are places of public accommodation covered by Title...more

Try Not to be so Friendly: Current Issues in Interviews and Advertising

by Davis Brown Law Firm on

Many of us like to chat. We like to know what you’re reading, how your kid’s baseball season is going, and what kind of pie you like, but while hostesses love you at a cocktail party, chatting can lead to trouble, especially...more

EEOC Holds Conversation With Society of Human Resource Management Foundation VP Tina Sung

AARP CEO Also Conducts Age Bias Dialogue With EEOC Acting Chair Victoria A. Lipnic - WASHINGTON - The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced today that Tina Sung from the Society for Human Resource...more

Office of Civil Rights Field Instructions Signal Shift in Approach

by Barley Snyder on

It was revealed last week that Acting Assistant Secretary for the Office of Civil Rights (OCR), Candice E. Jackson, issued instructions to OCR regional directors on June 6, 2017, addressing the processing of complaints in...more

Younger Abstention in Title IX Litigation: A Tale of Two Outcomes

by Saul Ewing LLP on

The United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has affirmed a district court decision holding that the federal trial court must abstain from judicial review of an ongoing disciplinary proceeding against a student at...more

Hot Off The Press! DFEH’s Annual Report

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing has just issued its Annual Report on civil rights complaints during 2016. Here are some highlights....more

On My Bookshelf: Sisters, the Lives of America's Suffragists

by Baker Donelson on

Against the backdrop of the 2016 presidential election that pitted Hillary Clinton against Donald Trump, it was fascinating for our BakerReads group to spend some time with a book tracing the personal histories of five of the...more

Investigating Transgender Student Discrimination Under New Education Department Directives

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Department of Education regional directors have been given new instructions on sex discrimination protections for transgender students under Title IX of the Education Act of 1972. Two updated, internal Office of Civil Rights...more

EEOC Wants Employers to “Reboot” Harassment Prevention

Many employers provide some training for their employees on the subject of sexual harassment. Recently, the EEOC has provided its view on employer training. The EEOC’s 16-person task force found that the training spent too...more

Who Reads the Instructions Anyway? The Role of Job Descriptions in Limiting Liability

by Davis Brown Law Firm on

How many times have you heard employment counsel say, “update your job descriptions?” Enough that you dream of updates? Enough that one of my clients commented, “I feel like that’s tattooed on my brain.” ...more

Court Determines That Grocer's Website Not Used to Sell Goods Is Public Accommodation Under the ADA

by WilmerHale on

Last week, following a bench trial, a federal district judge in Florida concluded that the grocery store and pharmacy chain Winn-Dixie violated Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) because its website is not...more

In a Second Case, Judge Specifies Search Terms for Parties to Use: eDiscovery Case Law

by CloudNine on

In Abbott v. Wyoming Cty. Sheriff’s Office, No. 15-CV-531W (W.D.N.Y. May 16, 2017), New York Magistrate Judge Hugh B. Scott granted the plaintiff’s motion to compel and defendant’s cross-motion in part, ordering the defendant...more

Is Your Company’s Hurricane Plan ready?

by Cozen O'Connor on

With the first tropical storm of the season bearing down on the Gulf Coast, it is a good time to dust off your HR Department’s Hurricane Plan and make sure it is up to date. If you don’t have one, it is an even better time to...more

Retailer Loses ADA Website Accessibility Trial

by Bryan Cave on

Retailers with both physical locations and a website should take note that a United States District Court has held that Winn-Dixie violated Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) because its website was...more

The EEOC Is Taking a Close Look at the Challenges Facing the ADEA

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is paying close attention to the issue of age discrimination and to the many challenges facing the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) 50 years after its enactment....more

Does the Most Recent Web Accessibility Ruling Impact Your Business?

by K&L Gates LLP on

The recent ruling in Juan Carlos Gil v. Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc., case no. 16-23020-civ-Scola (S.D. Fla. 2017) will require the attention of businesses across the country that host websites. To recap, this was a case of first...more

Summary Of Current Federal And State Pay Equity Laws

by Payne & Fears on

Please see full chart summarizing and comparing State and Federal Pay Equity Laws below for more information....more

Failure To Accommodate Sincere Religious Beliefs Can Be A Costly Mistake For Employers

Last week, in the case of EEOC v. Consul Energy, Inc., the Fourth Circuit affirmed a $586,860 judgment for a coal miner who claimed that his employer (Consul Energy) failed to accommodate his religious beliefs and...more

Office for Civil Rights Changes Complaint Investigation Policy

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Reversing the practice under the Obama Administration, the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has just issued new internal guidance changing how regional OCR offices will investigate discrimination...more

R-E-S-P-E-C-T in Your Workplace

by Akerman LLP - HR Defense on

Are racial issues, religious differences, and gender norms creating tension in your workplace? Are the caustic exchanges so evident in news coverage today starting to crop up in the office? Are employees complaining of...more

Delaware Enacts Law to Address Gender Pay Gap By Prohibiting Employers From Requesting Compensation History of Job Applicants

by Littler on

On June 14, 2017, Delaware Governor John Carney signed a new law to address the pay gap between men and women by prohibiting prospective employers from asking job applicants about their salary history. Delaware’s law, which...more

2017-2018 Legislative Session: Wage Theft and Other Employment Issues

Massachusetts lawmakers continue to debate legislation this session with substantial implications for employers in the Commonwealth. Bills aimed at preventing wage theft by employers, establishing a paid family and medical...more

Online Businesses Beware: Court Holds that Inaccessible Website Violates the ADA

by Bryan Cave on

Businesses with an online presence should take note that a United States District Court has held that Winn-Dixie violated Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) because its website was inaccessible to the...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: June 2017 #3

by Zelle LLP on

Last week, in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the EEOC held a public meeting at which experts advised that age discrimination and bias against older workers...more

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