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Employment Flash - September 2017

This edition examines recent labor and employment developments at the U.S. federal, state and local levels, including a Texas district court ruling invalidating the Department of Labor's overtime rule; a New York appellate...more

For Any Lawful Reason: Firing an at-will employee under dubious circumstances need not lead to liability if the reason for the...

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

A recent decision from the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals highlights the distinction between firing an employee for personal or politically expedient reasons (which may be entirely legal) and firing an employee because of his...more

ADA Does Not Require Employers to Provide Multi-Month Leave Beyond Expiration of FMLA Leave – Seventh Circuit

by Bryan Cave on

This week the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision helpful to employers grappling with whether they must extend an employee’s time off following the expiration of Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave as a...more

EEOC Sues IHOP Chain for Sexual Harassment and Retaliation

Chain of Franchises Subjected Employees to Sexual Harassment and Retaliation, Federal Agency Charges - LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Several franchisees of the popular IHOP restaurant chain in Nevada and New York violated federal law...more

EEOC Alleges Wood Group Refused to Hire Worker Because of His Disability

Global Offshore Company Refused to Hire Offshore Worker Because of Diabetes, Federal Agency Charged - NEW ORLEANS - Wood Group PSN, Inc., a global company which provides operations and maintenance to the oil,...more

EEOC Sues S&C Electric Co. for Age and Disability Discrimination

Employer Fired Employee After 52 Years of Service Rather Than Returning Him From Medical Leave, Federal Agency Charges - CHICAGO - S&C Electric Co. in Chicago unlawfully fired an employee on the bases of age and...more

Website Accessibility: Is Your Website ADA Compliant?

by Revision Legal on

Legal activists for the disabled are filing an increasing number of successful website accessibility challenges. Among the companies sued: Hobby Lobby, eBay, Blick Art Materials, Five Guys, Target, Winn-Dixie, etc. Very soon,...more

California Employment Law Notes - September 2017

Jobseeker Website May Be Compelled To Disclose Identity Of Anonymous Posters Who Criticized Employer - ZL Technologies, Inc. v. Does 1-7, 13 Cal. App. 5th 603 (2017) - ZL Technologies brought suit, alleging libel per se and...more

Indefinite Leave Not A Reasonable Accommodation Under Connecticut Law

by Murtha Cullina on

On September 5, 2017, the Connecticut Appellate Court affirmed the Superior Court’s entry of summary judgment in favor of the employer in a case involving the thorny issue of whether an extended leave of absence is a...more

Wellness Incentives Under Scrutiny After District Court Decision

by Snell & Wilmer on

In the most recent updates to the AARP v. EEOC wellness case (AARP v. EEOC, D.D.C., No. 1:16-cv-02113), the District Court for the District of Columbia has ordered the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) to...more

Transgender Rights – Where Does Pennsylvania Fit In?

by Fisher Phillips on

With the recent buzz about President Donald Trump’s removal of federal protections for transgender students that were implemented under the Obama Administration, the states and school systems have been left to determine if...more

Century Park Associates / Garden Plaza Of Greenbriar Cove Sued By EEOC For Religious Bias

Retirement Community Demanded Two Employees Work on Sabbath, Federal Agency Charges - CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -- Century Park Associates, LLC, dba Garden Plaza at Greenbriar Cove, which operates a senior and assisted living...more

It ain’t Over ’til it’s Over (and Even Then, it Might not Be Over): How long can the EEOC Continue Investigating – after Issuing a...

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

EEOC charges are a fact of life for employers. Even with comprehensive equal employment policies, top-notch human resources personnel, and a great workplace culture, many employers will at some point encounter a charge of...more

EEOC to Reevaluate the ADA and GINA Rules on Wellness Programs

We previously reported that AARP was attempting to stop the EEOC’s final wellness program rules under the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) from taking effect on...more

Court Throws Monkey Wrench Into Wellness Programs

The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has ordered the EEOC to reconsider its final regulations on the extent to which an employer may offer incentives to participate in a wellness program without violating the...more

Pennsylvania Courts Split Over Sexual Orientation Discrimination

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

A recent decision by Judge Jan E. DuBois in Coleman v. Amerihealth Caritas, No. 16-3652, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 85319 (E.D. Pa. June 2, 2017) demonstrates that Pennsylvania courts remain divided as to whether Title VII of the...more

Horizontal Well Drillers Sued by EEOC For Age And Disability Discrimination In Hiring

Oklahoma Oil Drilling Company Also Made Unlawful Inquiries Into Applicants' Past Workers' Compensation Claims and Committed Other Violations, Federal Agency Charges - ST. LOUIS - Horizontal Well Drillers (HWD), an oil and...more

Purported Whistleblower Barred from Pursuing Illinois Retaliatory Discharge Claim

The Northern District of Illinois recently dismissed an Indiana-based employee’s claims for retaliatory discharge in violation of common law, focusing on the nature of the connection (or lack thereof) to Illinois and noting...more

Check Your Handbooks!!! UPS Settles Maximum Leave Policy Violations for $2 million.

by Ruder Ware on

The EEOC filed suit against UPS on behalf of approximately 90 current and former employees for multiple violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The agency charged UPS with failing to properly accommodate...more

Mining company doomed in resurrected 'mark of the beast' lawsuit

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

The U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals (whose rulings apply to all South Carolina employers) recently decided a religious accommodation case in which a jury awarded a former employee more than half a million dollars. The Equal...more

Another Employer’s Defense in Disability/Medical Marijuana Case Goes Up in Smoke

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Many states have approved the use of medical marijuana, despite the fact that the federal government continues to classify marijuana as a Schedule I controlled substance. As a result there is a tension between state rights to...more

FCA Deeper Dive: FCA Retaliation Claims

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

The FCA provides protections for whistleblowers in connection with their whistleblowing activities. To establish that an employer retaliated against an employee in violation of 31 U.S.C. § 3730(h), an employee must...more

Regional International Sued by EEOC For Firing Employee Who Requested Leave for Surgery

Truck Dealership Refused to Accommodate 'Exceptional' Delivery Driver, Federal Agency Charges - NEW YORK - Regional International Corporation, a commercial truck and trailer dealership with locations in Western New York,...more

EEOC Sues Verona Resort & Spa For Pregnancy and Disability Discrimination

Company Failed to Accommodate and Fired Employee Because of Pregnancy-Related Condition, Federal Agency Charges - TAMUNING, Guam - Verona Resort & Spa., a hotel resort and spa in Tamuning, violated federal law when it...more

Employment Law Letter - Summer 2017

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

How often does the Supreme Court of the United States decide a case that specifically affects a Connecticut employee? And how often are its decisions unanimous? Both occurred recently when the high court reviewed a dispute...more

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