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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

Canary in a Coal Mine: Analyzing Title IX, OCR, and On-Campus Sexual Misconduct Adjudications in Plummer v. University of Houston

It is unusual for a dissenting opinion to be more noteworthy than the majority’s holding, yet that is the case in Plummer v. University of Houston, a decision recently handed down by the United States Court of Appeals for 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

Medical Marijuana User’s Disability Discrimination Claim Survives Employer’s Motion to Dismiss in Massachusetts

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In a decision that is the first of its kind, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts reversed the dismissal of a state law disability discrimination claim arising from an employee’s request for a reasonable accommodation...more

Minnesota Tightens Restrictions on “Drive-By” Disability Access Lawsuits

On May 23, 2017, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton signed into law amendments to the Minnesota Human Rights Act (MHRA) that are intended to curb the flood of “drive-by” disability access lawsuits in the state. The law now...more

Company’s Reaction to Claim of Unequal Pay Provides Lessons for Employers

Complaints of unequal pay should not be taken lightly, and certainly should not be met with an immediate adverse employment action. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit recently reinstated a female office worker’s...more

Want to Peek at Your Employee’s Email? Be Careful!

Can you look at an employee’s personal email account if you access it on company equipment? A recent opinion from the federal District Court of Maryland should at least make you think twice before doing that. In Levin, et al....more

Court Rules Request for Religious Accommodation Is Not “Protected Activity” for Title VII Retaliation

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: A recent decision by a federal district court in Minnesota held that a religious accommodation request is not “protected activity” under Title VII. In defending retaliation litigation, employers should...more

Tim Horton's In Romulus Sued By EEOC for Failure To Provide Religious Accommodation

Employee Not Permitted to Wear Skirt Instead of Pants, Federal Agency Charges - DETROIT - Sleneem Enterprises, LLC, a franchise operator of Tim Horton's Café and Bake Shop in Romulus, Mich., violated federal law by...more

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Rules That Employers May Need To Accommodate Off-Duty Medical Marijuana Use

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: On July 17, 2017, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court held that an employer could be liable under the Massachusetts Anti-Discrimination Act for disability discrimination by declining employment based...more

IDEA Exhaustion is Alive and Well: Applying Fry in Graham v. Friedlander

A Connecticut Superior Court judge has issued what might be the first decision in the country applying the United States Supreme Court’s recent test for determining whether a party is required to exhaust the administrative...more

Eleventh Circuit Decision May Prompt Supreme Court to Determine Coverage of Sexual Orientation Bias Under Title VII

On July 6, the full Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals declined to hear the appeal of a case dismissing a sexual orientation bias claim under Title VII for lack of jurisdiction. This decision creates a split among the federal...more

Supreme Court of Canada reaffirms personal liability for directors in oppression actions

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On July 13, 2017, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) unanimously reaffirmed that a corporation’s directors may be personally liable in an oppression action, and set out the criteria for imposing personal liability. In Wilson...more

3d Circuit Clarifies Standard in Workplace Harassment Cases

In a decision issued last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit clarified that a single comment may give rise to a claim of workplace harassment. In its decision, issued in Castleberry v. STI Group, the court...more

Fifth Circuit Addresses Privilege Log Requirements

by Strasburger & Price, LLP on

In Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. BDO USA, L.L.P., the Fifth Circuit clarified how to use a privilege log to protect privileged documents. The EEOC subpoenaed information in connection with an employment...more

Federal Court Allows Title IX Claim to Proceed Based Upon Allegations That Student Harassed By Peers for Failure to Conform to...

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

Russell Bittendender, et ux. v. Bangor Area School District, Case No. 15-6465 (E.D. Pa. 2017). The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania refused to dismiss a complaint alleging that a school...more

Eleventh Circuit Won’t Rehear Title VII Sexual Orientation Case; LGBT Advocacy Group Will Appeal to United States Supreme Court

After the Eleventh Circuit denied a petition for rehearing en banc last week in Evans v. Georgia Regional Hospital, LGBT advocacy group Lambda Legal announced that it will appeal the dismissal of its client’s complaint to the...more

Eleventh Circuit Sets the Stage for U.S. Supreme Court Certification on Whether Sexual Orientation is Protected by Title VII

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On March 10, 2017, in Evans v. Georgia Regional Hospital, a split panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit held that it was bound by prior precedent that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 does not...more

Title IX Update - July 2017

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

Office for Civil Rights Indicates Changes to Investigation Protocols - The Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has reportedly released an internal memorandum indicating a change to its investigation...more

Key California Employment Law Cases: June 2017

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This month’s key California employment law cases involve civil procedure (class and representative actions) and wage and hour (retaliation) issues....more

California Employment Law Notes - July 2017

In response to three questions asked of it by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the California Supreme Court opined as follows...more

Employment News - July 2017 #2

by Hogan Lovells on

Uplifting – injury to feelings compensation must be increased by 10% - After a number of conflicting decisions in the EAT, the Court of Appeal has confirmed that injury to feelings discrimination compensation awarded in...more

Missouri enacts new employment law favoring employers

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

On June 30, Governor Eric Greitens signed into law a new bill making notable changes to rights and remedies for claims under Missouri’s discrimination law (“MHRA”) and claims for whistleblower retaliation. The changes more...more

Texas Supreme Court Disputes Reach of Obergefell in Employee Benefits Case

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Texas Supreme Court held that the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark marriage equality decision, Obergefell v. Hodges, did not dispositively address how far government employers must go in providing benefits...more

Evans Vows to Take Sexual Orientation Discrimination Case to the U.S. Supreme Court

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

The Supreme Court may soon answer the most significant question to arise under Title VII in recent years: is sexual orientation discrimination “sex discrimination” within the meaning of the statute? The case to watch: Evans...more

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