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Anti-Discrimination Laws Going “Intern”-ational? New York City Extends Its Human Rights Law to Unpaid Interns

As we reported last October, a federal court in New York found that an unpaid intern could not bring a hostile work environment sexual harassment claim pursuant to the New York City Human Rights Law (“NYCHRL”). (Wang v....more

Disparate Impact In Fair Lending: A Theory Without A Basis And The Law Of Unintended Consequences

The disparate impact theory of discrimination allows the government or a private plaintiff to establish discrimination based solely on the outcome of a neutral policy, without having to prove any actual intent to...more

Fired Employee Who Accused Coworkers of Sleeping with Boyfriend Lacks Triable Bias Claim

A retail employer did not violate federal civil rights laws or the Massachusetts state anti-discrimination law when it fired an employee because she made harassing, disparaging, and inappropriate accusations against her...more

Affairs of State: When States Are Creditors: Why § 525 Matters and Should Be Expanded

One of the pillars of a debtor’s fresh start is the anti-discrimination provisions of § 525 of the Bankruptcy Code, which codifies the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Perez v. Campbell. The Court held that two state statutes...more

Oklahoma Supreme Court Upholds New Discrimination Damages Caps as Constitutional

In late February, 2014, the Oklahoma Supreme Court, in MacDonald v. Integris Health, 2014 OK 10, upheld November 2011 amendments to the Oklahoma Anti-Discrimination Act (OADA), which abrogated common law remedies for victims...more

Tempe City Council Broadens Anti-Discrimination Ordinance To Encompass Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, And Transgendered Individuals

On February 27, 2014, by unanimous vote, the Tempe City Council approved a proposal to expand the Tempe City Code’s anti-discrimination ordinance to prohibit discrimination in housing, employment, and public accommodation on...more

Not all offensive behavior is actionable

There are a lot of good reasons for employers to want to eliminate workplace confrontations. Disputes among employees affect productivity, make for an unhappy and unprofessional work environment, and can escalate to more...more

The Transformation of the Workplace Through Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, and Automation

In This Report: - Explanation And Scope Of This Preliminary Littler Report - Introduction - Workplace LAW Challenges And Solutions - A. Human Displacement - B. Union And Non-Union...more

Washington Supreme Court Holds That the WLAD Exemption for Non-Profit Religious Organizations is Unconstitutional as Applied to...

The Washington Supreme Court has significantly limited non-profit religious organizations’ immunity from employment discrimination claims brought under the Washington Law Against Discrimination (“WLAD”), RCW 49.60. In...more

OCR Issues Dear Colleague Letter To Ensure Schools’ Compliance With Federal Anti-Discrimination Laws

On January 8, 2014, the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Justice issued a Dear Colleague Letter to assist schools in administering discipline without discrimination on the basis of race, color, or...more

Twice Bitten But Not Shy, The FCC Is Handed The DC Circuit’s Prescription for Internet Regulation

On Tuesday, January 14, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit struck down the FCC’s latest effort to mandate “net neutrality”– or promote internet “openness” – under the auspices of implementing the...more

EEOC Settlement Reminds Employers That GINA Prohibits Requesting Family Medical History

?While the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA) has proven to be the least-litigated of the federal anti-discrimination laws, a recent settlement obtained by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission...more

Bill Introduced To Ban Discrimination In Employment In New Jersey On The Basis Of Familial Status

Under current law, discrimination on the basis of familial status is prohibited under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (NJLAD) only in housing. On November 18, 2013, the Assembly introduced a bill (A4465) amending...more

Why Train Our People on How to Avoid Sexual Harassment and Other Discrimination Claims?

We hear this often from business owners, managers, elected officials and administrators. Well, the answer is clear. Case after case holds that anti-discrimination training may be critical to the defense of a discrimination...more

Trends In N.J. Whistleblowing And Retaliation Law – 2013 Roundup

2013 was a busy year for whistleblowing and retaliation law in New Jersey. This blog post summarizes noteworthy statutory and judicial developments for employers to consider in the new year....more

Nondiscrimination Testing for Health and Welfare Plans

Some employee benefits enjoy a tax-favored status under the Tax Code, but such favorable tax treatment applies with respect to certain highly compensated individuals only if the plans satisfy applicable nondiscrimination...more

Top New Jersey Legal Developments - January 2014

2013 was a busy year for employment law in New Jersey. This newsletter summarizes noteworthy developments in ten key areas—social media, the Law Against Discrimination ("LAD"), whistleblowing, background checks, drug and...more

Bill to Amend New Jersey Law Against Discrimination To Include Protections For Pregnant Workers Passed By Legislature, Awaits...

Both houses of the New Jersey legislature have passed a bill that would amend the Law Against Discrimination to include protections for pregnant workers, including reasonable workplace accommodations and unpaid leave. ...more

Is Conciliation Just Another Hoop or Must the EEOC Make a Meaningful Attempt at Settlement Before Commencing Litigation?

Voluntary compliance is a core component of federal anti-discrimination law. The drafters of Title VII and other anti-discrimination statutes never envisioned a regulatory system where the government would use the courts to...more

UK Employment Law – A Year In Perspective – Changes Past and on the Horizon

2013 has been a significant year for UK employment law. In particular, an abundance of new legislation (both about substantive law and Employment Tribunal procedure) has heralded a number of important changes. This...more

Beverage Distributors Ordered to Pay About $200K and Hire Sight-Impaired Employee in EEOC Disability Discrimination Suit

Jury Found Company Violated Federal Law by Shunning Legally Blind Applicant - DENVER - In a disability lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), a federal court in Denver has ordered...more

Associational Discrimination Claims under Massachusetts Law Require More than Just Association

“Associational discrimination” refers to a claim that a plaintiff, though not a member of a protected class, was still subjected to some type of adverse action because of his or her association with a member of a protected...more

Proposed New York Law Would Extend State Anti-Discrimination Protections to Unpaid Interns

A new bill introduced in the New York State Senate would extend many of the protections of the New York State Human Rights Law (NYSHRL) to unpaid interns. Among other things, the bill would make it illegal for employers to...more

New York City And State Human Rights Laws Do Not Apply To Unpaid Interns

Wang v. Phoenix Satellite Television US, Inc., No. 13-CV-218(PKC) (S.D.N.Y. Oct. 3, 2013) (Castel, J.): As we recently covered in our firm blog, Judge P. Kevin Castel in the Southern District of New York recently dismissed an...more

Two New California Laws Will Affect Hiring and Fair Employment Practices

AB 556 Impacts All Employers; AB 218 Impacts Public Employers Only - Gov. Brown recently signed two bills that affect hiring and fair employment practices in California. Assembly Bill 556, which adds employment...more

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