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New DOL Rules Incorporate Windsor to Extend FMLA Leave to LGBT Families

The Supreme Court's historic ruling in United States v. Windsor was a big win for advocates of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights. Declaring the federal government's restriction of marriage to heterosexual…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Critics Renew Call for FTC Guidelines on Unfair and Deceptive Practices

Companies and institutions hoping for clarification on how to protect themselves from potential antitrust claims or consumer fraud violations recently participated in a symposium sponsored by law firm Baker & Hostetler. The…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Commercial Law & Contracts, Consumer Protection

10 Tips for Fostering a Business Culture of Cybersecurity Awareness

Businesses are recognizing the need for new approaches to data security as high-profile cybersecurity incidents reveal the true impact a data breach can have on an organization. One of the biggest realizations is that IT…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law, Privacy, Consumer Protection, Science, Computers, & Technology

Agencies Set to Release Final Dodd-Frank Diversity and Inclusion Rules

Even almost five years after its enactment, the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act continues to add new features to the legal landscape. The most recent such regulation comes from Section 342 of the Act, entitled “Office of Minority and Women…more
| Business Organizations, Civil Rights, Finance & Banking

Congressional Hearing Highlights Concerns Over President's New Federal Contractor Reporting Requirements

Republicans and business groups continued to criticize the aggressive regulatory initiatives in President Obama's Executive Order 13673 (EO13673) at a recent House joint subcommittee meeting last month…more
| Civil Rights, Elections & Politics, Labor & Employment Law, Government Contracting

Top 10 Tips for Preventing Gender Discrimination in the Workplace

Women have made tremendous strides in the last few decades moving into jobs and occupations previously only engaged in by men. Nonetheless, a high profile lawsuit scrutinizing the overwhelmingly male world of venture capital and…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Bank Pays $67 Million Civil Judgment for Aiding and Abetting Customer's Ponzi Scheme

A national bank discovered it doesn't always pay to keep certain clients happy after paying a $67 million civil judgment against it for its role in helping a customer operate a Ponzi scheme that defrauded investors of $1.2…more
| Business Organizations, Civil Remedies, Criminal Law, Finance & Banking

Non-Profit to Pay $309k for ADA Claim

One would assume that a non-profit organization that provides behavioral, rehabilitative and social support services would be adept at complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). But, this does not seem to be the…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law, Nonprofit Law

Workers Win $185 Million for Retailer's Wage and Hour Violations in Understaffed Stores

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently upheld a $185 million judgment against a national retailer for state wage-and-hour violations, highlighting the risks employers face when they try to maximize profits at the expense of…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Employer Violates Public Policy by Retaliating against "Perceived" Whistleblower

A recent California court decision highlighted the importance of getting your facts straight before taking action against an employee. The ruling stemmed from a retaliation lawsuit brought by a woman whose former employer…more
| Civil Remedies, Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

$15 Million Awarded to Former Employees For Harassment and Discrimination

A trucking and ground support services company is paying dearly for alleged employee discrimination and harassment. Last month, a jury awarded nearly $15 million to seven former employees who sued the company over practices in…more
| Civil Remedies, Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Settlement Reminds Employers Probationary Periods Are Not Immune to the ADA

Many employers reserve the right to terminate a new employee at any time during a "probationary period" if they find a new hire is not suited for the job. All too often, this gives employers a false sense of security in the…more
| Civil Rights, Construction Law, Labor & Employment Law

Company Updates Code of Conduct after Ousting CEO for Sexual Harassment

Unethical leadership can be devastating for a company. For a large apparel company, the sexual misconduct of its ex-CEO has it scrambling to repair its image and prove it will no longer tolerate such behavior. The company…more
| Business Organizations, Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

FMLA Offers Employers No Protection against Changes in Essential Job Functions or Undue Hardship

A federal district court recently ruled that an inability to perform essential job functions plays no role in determining whether an employee qualifies for leave under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Unlike the Americans…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Supreme Court to Decide Whether Online Threats Are Illegal

As the internet continues to swiftly transform the way we do business, shop and socialize, it also offers a new platform for those with more criminal or malicious intentions. While some of these activities are clearly…more
| Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Labor & Employment Law
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