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Is Calling Your Boss “a Nasty Mother******” Protected Activity?

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

My colleague Gary Starr returns today with a decision from the Second Circuit (which covers Connecticut) that may just surprise you. Then again, if you’ve been following this line of reasoning, perhaps not....more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: April 2017 #4

by Zelle LLP on

Last week, the EEOC announced that The American Dental Association has agreed to pay $1.95 million to settle retaliation claims. The Association’s former legal counsel and director of human resources alleged that they were...more

The Next Frontier in ADA Access Litigation – Online (Part I)

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Florida, and particularly South Florida, has always been on the leading edge of legal trends that involve mandatory attorneys’ fees for plaintiffs. For many years, the United District Court in and for the Southern District...more

Best Practices for Your Company’s Website: How to Avoid an ADA Claim

by Bryan Cave on

As any early stage company trying to grow in today’s technology-driven world, with constantly evolving regulations governing cyberspace, it is imperative that you take steps to implement best practices early on. One reason to...more

Employment Law - April 2017

Eleventh Circuit: Title VII Doesn’t Prohibit Sexual Orientation Discrimination - Why it matters - In a decision that is already being cited in other courts around the country, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh...more

Advertising Law - April 2017 #2

Business Supply Scam Operators Banned From Telemarketing - The Federal Trade Commission banned the operators of an office supply business from telemarketing pursuant to a settlement deal in Texas federal court. In...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: April 2017 #2

by Zelle LLP on

Last Tuesday was Equal Pay Day, which highlights the gender pay gap. It marks how far into the new year women must work to earn what men made in the previous year. In other developments focused on pay practices, the U.S....more

Florida Courts Rule ADA Covers Websites With Nexus To Physical Store

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Two Florida federal district court judges require websites to have a “nexus” to a physical location for coverage under Title III of the ADA, but a third judge requires more....more

Judge dismisses ADA website lawsuit

In September 2016, we published an alert that a group of plaintiff’s ADA lawyers had threatened a number of businesses – including hotels – with litigation claiming their websites failed to comply with “ADA Guidelines.” These...more

Did You Know...Federal District Court Dismisses Website Accessibility Claims Because Of Lack Of Due Process

by Nossaman LLP on

On March 20, 2017, a federal district judge in the Central District of California issued a big win for businesses dealing with the recent onslaught of website accessibility litigation – claims that a business’s website is not...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: April 2017

by Zelle LLP on

There was a lot of discrimination law action last week, including the announcement of a $12 million settlement to be paid by Texas Roadhouse. The EEOC brought an age discrimination suit against the Louisville, Kentucky-based...more

Now What?: ADA’s Website Accessibility Guidelines May Take Longer than Anticipated

Recently, the SC Employers’ Blog alerted you to a rising trend where serial claimants send demand letters to various private companies alleging the company’s website discriminates against individuals who are blind or visually...more

Court Dismisses Website Accessibility Suit Over Lack of Connection to Store

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

As we noted earlier this week, a handful of law firms have filed hundreds of lawsuits – and sent many hundreds of letters threatening lawsuits – over website accessibility issues. This has been a lucrative business for these...more

ALJ Rules that OFCCP Exceeded its Authority in Demanding Certain Employee Compensation Data from Google

by FordHarrison on

In January, the OFCCP filed an administrative complaint against Google for denying access to records in violation of applicable federal affirmative action laws and implementing regulations. The Administrative Law Judge (ALJ)...more

The Pros and Cons of Social Media in Job Screenings

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

It is not surprising that a recent survey released by the Society for Human Resource Management revealed that a growing number of employers are using social media both to hire and to disqualify job candidates. Social media...more

Public Accommodations are Starting to Win Website Accessibility Lawsuits

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Two recent decisions by federal judges to dismiss website accessibility lawsuits may cause more public accommodations to fight instead of settle these suits, but businesses must continue to weigh many factors before making...more

It’s Audit Season: Have You Audited Your Website’s Accessibility?

by Akerman LLP - HR Defense on

Audit season is in full swing. Businesses now are working with auditors on their tax and other audits to ensure compliance with various financial regulations. But there is one audit that many businesses have yet to undertake...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

UC Berkeley To Remove More Than 20,000 Online Videos From Public Access In Response To DOJ Captioning Demand

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Fewer online videos from UC Berkeley will available to the public as a result of a DOJ demand that the videos have closed captioning....more

What’s in a Name?: Bias in the Workplace

by FordHarrison on

As Shakespeare wrote, “that which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” But there is in fact much to a name – a name can convey a sense of identity, culture, and family history. But a series of viral tweets...more

The Ascendency of Accessibility: Surge in Website Lawsuits Continues

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

The proliferation of accessibility lawsuits under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has not abated. It is well-documented that ADA-related litigation increased by 37% from 2015 to 2016, which is...more

Community Banks Should Be Wary of ADA Claims

by Hogan Lovells on

A number of community banks have recently received an unpleasant delivery: a demand letter from a law firm stating the bank is not in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (the ADA) and suggesting a proposed...more

Employment Law - January 2017 #3

President Taps New Heads for Federal Employment Agencies - Why it matters - President Donald J. Trump appointed new leaders for the federal employment agencies during his busy first few days in office, tapping...more

Twins for Clooneys! How to manage pregnant employees who aren’t gazillionaire celebs

by FordHarrison on

A-list celebrity George Clooney, long considered Hollywood’s most eligible bachelor, surprised the world when he married international human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin back in 2014 after decades of assuring journalists,...more

Companies Face ‘New Frontier’ in ADA Compliance

by Polsinelli on

Most companies and individuals who operate businesses at physical locations are familiar with their obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) to not discriminate against, and possibly provide...more

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