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Religious Institutions Update: October 2016

Timely Topics - The final rule implementing Section 1557 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) was issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) on May...more

Justice Department Settles Pregnancy and Disability Discrimination Lawsuit Against City of Florence, Kentucky

WASHINGTON - The Justice Department filed a proposed consent decree with the city of Florence, Kentucky, to resolve a pregnancy and disability discrimination lawsuit brought by the department under Title VII of the Civil...more

Court Enjoins Several Parts of the Fair Pay & Safe Workplaces Final Rule

Over the last few months our Government Contracting and Labor & Employment teams have been breaking down the specifics about the Fair Pay & Safe Workplaces Final Rule and the corresponding Department of Labor guidance. As we...more

Chair Jenny R. Yang's Remarks at the Annual Meeting of the President's Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in...

Thank you, Secretary Kerry. Thanks to members of the Advisory Council, to the Presidential Award recipients, and to everyone in the room for your leadership on this issue. When workers are trafficked, they may also be...more

Schenker Inc to Pay $750,000 To Conciliate EEOC Class Investigation

CHICAGO - Schenker Inc., a global leader in the field of contract logistics services, has agreed to pay $750,000 to conciliate several charges of discrimination filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission...more

A Win for Federal Contractors, Court Temporarily Enjoins Enforcement of Key "Blacklisting" Rule Provisions

Late in the day on Monday October 24, 2016, a U.S. District Court Judge for the Eastern District of Texas granted a preliminary injunction against implementation of major and contentious provisions of the Fair Pay and Safe...more

Ohio Judge Upholds Federal Guidelines for Transgender Students

The landscape of transgender law impacting students is quickly evolving, in large part due to the increasing national debate over restroom access for transgender students. By way of background, under Title IX, schools...more

The EEOC Retaliates on Retaliation, and Employers are Caught in the Crossfire

One of the hands-down most difficult positions an employer may find itself in is the time period immediately following an employee reporting discrimination. If the employee engages in some form of conduct that is protected by...more

Justice Department Seeks to Intervene in Lawsuit Alleging Race Discrimination and Retaliation by Pocomoke City, Maryland, the...

WASHINGTON - The Justice Department announced today that it has moved to intervene in Savage et al. v. Pocomoke City et al., a private lawsuit alleging race discrimination and retaliation under Title VII of the Civil Rights...more

Illinois Court Finds In Favor of School District in Dispute Over District’s Decision to Allow Bathroom and Locker Room Access for...

In an opinion issued yesterday, U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Jeffrey Gilbert decided that Township High School District 211 “balanced the interests of all its students when it decided to permit transgender students to...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: October 2016 #3

Last week, the EEOC held a public meeting on the growing use of big data and predictive analytics in employment decision-making. A panel of industrial psychologists, attorneys, and labor economists told the EEOC that the use...more

Company Practices "Onionhead" – Employees Cry Reverse Religious Discrimination

A New York federal court recently sided with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) as to whether a company’s internal conflict-resolution program was religious in nature. Because the program—called...more

Grooming Policies in the Workplace: 11th Circuit Upholds Employer’s Dreadlock Ban

The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled that an employer’s policy banning dreadlocks did not constitute racial discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In doing so, the court rejected the...more

Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Regulation, a/k/a Federal Contractor Blacklisting Regulation

On July 31, 2014, without much public attention, President Obama issued a far-reaching Executive Order, No. 13673, which requires bidders on federal contracts to disclose adverse labor law decisions under more than a dozen...more

Now Something Known As “Onionhead” Is A “Religion” For Which The EEOC Can Bring A Religious Discrimination Suit

Seyfarth Synopsis: In an EEOC religious discrimination case, a federal court found that “Onionhead” was a religion for purposes of Title VII. The court also found that the EEOC did not fail to meet its Title VII pre-suit...more

Transgender Issues in the Workplace: Legal Issues and Considerations for Companies

Over this past year, there has been an increasing amount of attention on transgender persons both in the media and in the law. Garnering particular attention, North Carolina passed Senate Bill 2 which prohibits students and...more

Second Circuit “Purrs” On Cat’s Paw Liability Case

Seyfarth Synopsis: Recently, the Second Circuit held that the “cat’s paw” theory of liability may be used to support recovery for claims of retaliation where an employer negligently relies on information provided by a...more

EEOC Resuelve Caso de Robo de Salario Discriminatorio

Steamboat Springs restaurante que pagar $50,000 (50 mil dolares) por falta de pago de salarios adecuados a Los trabajadores latinos debido a su raza u origen nacional - DENVER - En Steamboat Springs, Colorado, el...more

EEOC Conciliates Discriminatory Wage Theft Case

Steamboat Springs Restaurant to Pay $50,000 for Failing to Pay Proper Wages to Latino Workers Because of Race or National Origin - DENVER - A Steamboat Springs, Colo., restaurant has agreed to pay $50,000 to resolve race...more

EEOC Sues Plastipak Packaging For Sexual Harassment and Retaliation

Plastics Manufacturing Company Fired Materials Handler Because She Complained About Harassment, Federal Agency Charges - BALTIMORE - Plastipak Packaging, Inc. violated federal law when it fired a materials handler in...more

What is “Immediate and Appropriate”?

In recent posts, we have written about old and new forms of sexual harassment and about the employer’s obligation to investigate harassment complaints. This week, we address what happens when the investigation is complete...more

Not So Gentle Reminder - EEO-1 Reports are due on September 30

Sorry folks but unlike last year, when the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) extended the September 30 deadline for a month, those required to file in 2016 have no such luck. The deadline remains September 30. ...more

NASCAR’s racing to defend race discrimination lawsuit—is your company ready?

Earlier this week, news broke that NASCAR is being sued for alleged racial discrimination. NASCAR insists the case has no merit, but only time will tell the outcome. When the rubber meets the road, will your business be ready...more

HUD Releases New Guidance on Limited English Proficiency Discrimination Under the Fair Housing Act

On September 15, 2016, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued guidance on how the nondiscrimination provisions in the Fair Housing Act (FHA) apply to persons who consider an individual’s “Limited...more

HUD expands fair housing liability to include LEP discrimination

Last week, HUD issued new guidance confirming that persons with limited English proficiency (LEP) are protected under the Fair Housing Act (FHA). LEP includes a limited ability to read, write, speak, or understand English. ...more

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