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Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act Would Mandate Sanctions for Frivolous Claims

On March 10, 2017, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act of 2017 ("LARA") by a vote of 230–180. 163 Cong. Rec. H2025-03, H2025. The bill seeks to undo the 1993 amendments to Rule 11 of the...more

Federal Court in Los Angeles Dismisses Website Accessibility Claims

On March 20, 2017, a federal district judge in Los Angeles granted Domino’s Pizza’s motion to dismiss a website accessibility lawsuit in a ruling that raises hopes for those battling the massive wave of web accessibility...more

U.S. Supreme Court Passes On Opportunity To Address Scope of Dodd-Frank “Whistleblower” Provision

On Monday, March 20, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court denied a Petition for Writ of Certiorari in Verble v. Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, LLC. (No. 16-946), thereby declining an opportunity to resolve a conflict amongst circuit...more

Be Careful With That! – Second Circuit Dismisses Failure to Accommodate Claim Brought by “Needle Phobic” Pharmacist

On March 21, 2017, the Second Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a former Rite Aid pharmacist’s claim against Rite Aid for refusing to accommodate his “needle phobia.” In 2011, Rite Aid altered the job description for its...more

Whacky Employment Claims: Who's Whackier? Management or the Employee?

As employment defense attorneys, we see many strange situations arise in the workplace. The question is, how prepared are you as an employer to handle the wackiness that may potentially arise when your employees make...more

Supreme Court sends lower courts back to work on FAPE

While stopping short of establishing a bright-line rule, the U.S. Supreme Court came very close in evaluating whether a local educational agency has offered a student a free and appropriate education (FAPE). The Court...more

Seventh Circuit Affirms Summary Judgment for Employer in Title VII and Title IX Retaliation Case

Recently, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Burton v. Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System, affirmed the district court’s order granting summary judgment in favor of the employer...more

The Siege Continues: The Justice Department is Investigating Four Additional Medicare Advantage Plans

In our prior blog post, we reported that, at the request of the federal Department of Justice, the FCA qui tam whistleblower lawsuit in the case of United States ex rel Benjamin Poehling v. United HealthGroup, Inc., et. al....more

Direct Evidence of Racist Remarks Dooms Employer Motion for Summary Judgment

A federal court in Tennessee denied an employer’s motion for summary judgment on an African-American employee’s race discrimination and hostile work environment claims under Title VII and state law. The decision was based in...more

Third Circuit Endorses Title IX and Title VII Claims of Medical Resident

Should a medical resident alleging sexual harassment and retaliation be treated as: (i) an employee who can seek relief under Title VII; (ii) a student who can seek relief under Title IX; or (iii) both? And if the answer is...more

Brooklyn Supreme Court Recognizes Private Right of Action for Not-for-Profit Employees under New York Nonprofit Revitalization Act...

Not-for-Profit Corporation Law (“NPCL”) § 715-b, enacted as part of the New York Nonprofit Revitalization Act, requires New York not-for-profit corporations with 20 or more employees and annual revenue in excess of $1 million...more

Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals Decision Lends Further Confusion to Title VII Protections

In a rather disconnected decision on March 10, the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit ruled, in the case of Evans v. Georgia Regional Hospital, that while Title VII bars an employer from discriminating...more

Ohio State and Federal Courts Find No Standing to Assert Technical Violations of the FCRA’s Background Check Disclosure...

Ohio courts have recently weighed in on a hotly litigated issue related to procurement of background checks on current or prospective employees: do employees have standing to sue employers where the employer fails to provide...more

Employment News - March 2017 #3

Last minute decider – incapacity dismissal without considering new evidence was disability discrimination - The Court of Appeal in O'Brien v Bolton St Catherine's Academy has reinstated a Tribunal decision that the...more

District of New Jersey Ruling Leaves Employers High and Dry as to Guidance on Dealing with Medical Marijuana Users

On February 21, 2017, the District of New Jersey dismissed a wrongful termination lawsuit by a medical marijuana user who claimed that the employer failed to accommodate his disability in violation of the New Jersey Law...more

Supreme Courts Dismissal of Transgender Discrimination Case Could Affect Employment Discrimination Claims

Earlier this month, the Trump administration withdrew the Department of Justice’s prior position that Title IX of the Civil Rights Act prohibits schools and other covered institutions from discriminating on the basis of...more

EEOC Launches New Five-City Trial For Online Employee Inquiries

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has just added a fourth option for employees to initiate charges against their employers – an online portal. On March 13, 2017, the agency announced the Online Inquiry and...more

Update on Title VII and Sexual Orientation Discrimination

Updating our previous post on this issue, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals recently affirmed the dismissal of a complaint alleging sexual orientation discrimination under Title VII. In its 2-1 decision in Evans v....more

Medical Residents Can Sue Under Title IX, Third Circuit Holds

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit recently revived a medical resident's harassment and retaliation claims against Mercy Catholic Medical Center, finding that the hospital is subject to Title IX. The Third...more

Eleventh Circuit Rules that Title VII Does Not Prohibit Sexual Orientation Discrimination

On March 10, 2017, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals held in Evans v. Georgia Regional Hospital that Title VII does not prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Accordingly,...more

Fourth Circuit Affirms Summary Judgment Based on Lack of Comparator Evidence

On March 7, 2017, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, which includes North and South Carolina, upheld a trial court’s order granting summary judgment to the District of Columbia in a race discrimination lawsuit brought by a...more

How Does the Supreme Court’s Remand of the Transgender Discrimination Case Impact Wage-and-Hour Class Actions?

On March 6, 2017, the Supreme Court, in a one-sentence summary disposition, remanded the case of Gloucester County Sch. Bd. v. G.G. to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit “for further consideration in light of...more

Third Circuit Holds that Medical Resident May Bring a Title IX Claim Against a Private Hospital

Earlier this month, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the lower court’s dismissal of a medical resident’s Title IX suit against Mercy Catholic Medical Center in Philadelphia, which alleged that the plaintiff was...more

Fifth Circuit Warps Time In Decision On The Continuing Violation Doctrine

Seyfarth Synopsis: The U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals recently held for the first time that the continuing violation doctrine applies even when a plaintiff was subject to harassment that was severe enough to put the...more

Employment News - March 2017 #2

Don't ask, don't get – data subject access requests and litigation - The Court of Appeal has provided further guidance on responding to data subject access requests made in the context of litigation – in this case...more

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