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The Supreme Court Weighs The Constitutionality Of Restricting Marriage To Opposite Sex Couples, And The Impact Their Decision May...

Background - Today, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument on two questions regarding the Constitutionality of state laws limiting marriage to opposite-sex couples. In 2013, the Supreme Court side-stepped the issue...more

Handling Controversial Conversations in the Workplace

Managers can’t stop controversial conversations from happening in the workplace, but they can be equipped to help employees handle those conversations fairly and respectfully....more

Utah Legislature Expands Antidiscrimination Laws to Address LGBT and Religious Rights

Last night, the Utah House passed landmark legislation (the "Act") already approved by the Senate that modifies Utah's antidiscrimination and fair housing acts to provide protection for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender...more

Utah Legislators Make History, Pass LGBT Antidiscrimination/Religious Freedom Bill

Utah legislators made national headlines last night when they approved a bill providing antidiscrimination protections to LGBT employees coupled with protections for religious expression in the workplace. Titled the Utah...more

EEOC Signs National Memorandum of Understanding with Philippine Foreign Affairs Department

Agreement Will Strengthen Collaboration Aimed at Educating Immigrant Workers on Their Rights Under U.S. Anti-Discrimination Laws - WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the...more

NJ Supreme Court Rules on Supervisor Liability in Hostile Work Environment Sexual Harassment Cases

On February 11, the New Jersey Supreme Court issued its decision in Aguas v. New Jersey, No. A-35-13 (072467), holding that an employer’s antidiscrimination policy can be an affirmative defense to sexual harassment hostile...more

New York Employment Roundup: January 2015

Today’s New York employment law landscape is increasingly dynamic, with a constant stream of new legislation and judicial opinions. To keep our readers current on the latest happenings, we will share regular summaries of...more

Anti-Discrimination and Anti-Retaliation Policies Save Employer from $3.5 Million Punitive Damages Award

On January 7, 2015, the U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico issued an opinion overturning a jury’s $3.5 million punitive damages award for retaliation claims brought under Title VII and Puerto Rico law,...more

Medical Marijuana Cards: A New Scarlet Letter? First-of-its-Kind Lawsuit in Rhode Island Claims that Employer Discriminated on...

A Rhode Island graduate student has filed a lawsuit against a textile company, alleging that it discriminated against her because she used medical marijuana. The complaint, filed by the local ACLU chapter on behalf of...more

"Title II or Bust: The FCC Wrestles With Net Neutrality"

Over the past few weeks, a number of significant developments have impacted the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) ongoing proceeding regarding network neutrality. On November 10, President Barack Obama surprised many...more

NJ Supreme Court to Decide Whether LAD Protects Divorcing Employee

Last week, the New Jersey Supreme Court agreed to address whether the protection against marital status discrimination under the state’s Law Against Discrimination (LAD) serves to prevent an employer from discharging an...more

Starting with Employee 1

While many employment discrimination laws don’t apply until you have 15, 25 or 50 employees, there are several employment laws that apply when you hire your first employee...more

Settlement Highlights Importance of Compliance with Anti-Discrimination Provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act During...

On August 15, 2014, a California-based staffing company reached a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices (OSC), resolving...more

An Active OFCCP Plans Even More Changes for Federal Contractors: Equal Pay Reporting and Additional Antidiscrimination Provisions

OFCCP PROPOSES RULE REQUIRING FEDERAL CONTRACTORS TO SUBMIT EQUAL PAY REPORT - The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) issued a news release on August 6, 2014 regarding a...more

Trends in New Jersey Employment Law - August 2014

LAD Roundup - In recent weeks, New Jersey's primary employment discrimination statute—the Law Against Discrimination (LAD)—has been the focus of judicial scrutiny....more

Pennsylvania Anti-Discrimination Laws: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

Currently, federal and state (Pennsylvania) anti-discrimination laws protect against discrimination on the basis of sex (male vs. female), but not sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. However, a number of...more

FINRA Proposes to Adopt Rules on Quotation Requirements for OTC Equity Securities

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. is proposing to adopt rules governing the quotation requirements applicable to over-the-counter (OTC) equity securities. The rules would establish minimum standards for...more

President Obama Signs Executive Order Prohibiting Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination

On July 21, 2014, President Obama signed an Executive Order that prohibits the federal government and private federal government contractors from discriminating against applicants and employees based on sexual orientation and...more

President Obama Plans to Sign LGBT Anti-Discrimination Executive Order

President Barack Obama will soon sign an executive order barring federal government contractors from discriminating against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ("LGBT") employees and job applicants, according to recent...more

OCR Issues Guidance Reminding Charter Schools of Application of Federal Civil Rights Laws

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is responsible for enforcing Title VI of the Civil Rights Act (prohibiting discrimination based on race, color, or national origin), Title IX of the Civil...more

Houston City Council Passes City's First Anti-Discrimination in Private Employment Ordinance

On May 28, 2014, the Houston City Council passed the city's first ordinance to ban discrimination in private workplaces, and to expand the types of prohibited discrimination for employers subject to this ordinance, as noted...more

Healthcare Reform Watch List: Top Five Concerns for Healthcare Industry HR Departments

Keeping up with healthcare reform regulations is a challenge for all employers, but healthcare providers may face unique burdens. Here are the top five issues human resources professionals should keep on their radar as...more

Transgender Woman Seeks Coverage Under ACA

A transgender woman recently filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois against her primary care physician, as well as the not-for-profit health-care clinic with which her physician is...more

5 Elements You Should Look for in an Effective Harassment and Discrimination Training Program

Do your employees know your policies? Are you absolutely sure they understand how they can treat – and how they cannot treat – their fellow employees? Well according to some new research, it’s more critical than ever that you...more

Massachusetts Superior Court Holds that a Lateral Transfer Can Constitute an Adverse Employment Actions Under M.G.L. 151B; Affirms...

A recent decision from a Massachusetts superior court reinforces what we’ve known for quite some time – be extremely mindful of the actions you take with respect to an employee lodging a complaint under M.G.L. 151B, the...more

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