Civil Rights Act

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Tempe Restaurant Sued by EEOC for Pregnancy Discrimination

Moonshine Whiskey Bar Removed Pregnant Bartender From Her Duties, Federal Agency Charged - PHOENIX - The Moonshine Group, LLC, owners of the Moonshine Whiskey Bar in Tempe, Ariz., violated federal law by removing a...more

The Customer Can’t Always Be Right

Imagine this scenario: You’ve worked hard to build a profitable business and you’ve done it the right way. You’ve taken every step to control the things you can control about every aspect of your company. You’ve got handbook...more

EEOC’s “Reverse” National Origin Discrimination Suit Survives Motion to Dismiss

This week, a federal district court ruled that the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) made sufficient factual allegations of intentional discrimination against a local farming company to survive a motion to...more

Wal-Mart Accused of Gender-Discrimination Because of Anti-Gay Insurance Policies

In Cote v. Wal-Mart Stores, Wal-Mart is facing the possibility of a class action suit from a former employee who claims that the company’s denial of healthcare benefits to her same-sex spouse amounts to sex discrimination....more

EEOC Finds Sexual Orientation Discrimination Prohibited by Title VII

In a landmark ruling, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) held that an employee alleging discrimination based on sexual orientation states a viable claim under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The...more

Employers Can be Liable For Acts of Anonymous Harassers

A recent federal court case emphasized an important lesson for all companies to consider: employers are under an obligation to investigate employee complaints of a hostile work environment even if the identity of the harasser...more

EEOC: Sexual Orientation Discrimination Illegal Under Title VII

The EEOC has found that workplace discrimination against lesbian, gay, and bisexual workers violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. On July 15, 2015, the EEOC reversed the dismissal of a sex discrimination...more

Wacky Employee Claims: What Employers Can Learn From Outlandish Situations

Think you've heard every cautionary workplace tale? Believe it or not, you probably haven't – the real question is, how prepared are you to handle wildly unusual complaints, extreme accommodation requests, and highly awkward...more

EEOC Rules Discrimination Based on Employee's Sexual Orientation Is Sex Discrimination Under Title VII

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC or Commission) has issued a potentially groundbreaking decision finding that discrimination based on "sexual orientation" can be brought under Title VII of the Civil...more

Employee Benefits After The Supreme Court’s Same-Sex Marriage Decision

The Supreme Court’s recent decision in Obergefell v. Hodges establishes a national right to same-sex marriage and requires states to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states. Generally speaking, this...more

Supremes Expand Liability Under FHA

On June 25, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States, by a margin of 5-4, held that disparate impact claims are cognizable under the Fair Housing Act. Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. The Inclusive...more

CVS Accused of Engaging in Unlawful Discriminatory Practices

Over the past year, an exceptional number of retailers have been accused by customers of employing discriminatory practices in violation of both federal and state law. For example, just last year, luxury department store,...more

Supreme Court Holds Employers Must Make Religious Accommodations Even Without Actual Knowledge of Need for Accommodation

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII) prohibits employers from, among other things, refusing to hire an applicant because of his or her religion or religious practice. As a general rule, employers must...more

Proposed Regulations and Guidance Issued for Executive Order on Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces

Although the regulations are not final and may change, government contractors should take steps now to prepare for the anticipated final regulations under the Executive Order. On May 28, the Federal Acquisition...more

The Dodd-Frank Act's Diversity Policy Encourages – But Does Not Mandate – Specific Employer Action

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 ("Dodd-Frank Act" or "Act") authorizes certain federal agencies to assess the "diversity policies and practices of the entities they regulate." On June 10,...more

What You Need to Know About Accommodating Transgender Employees

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires that all employers covered by the OSH Act provide employees with sanitary toilet facilities so that employees will not suffer adverse health effects if toilets...more

OSHA’s New Guidance on Transgender Restroom Access: What Employers Need to Know

On June 1, 2015, the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) issued guidance on the best practices for providing restroom access to transgender workers. The guidance’s core principle is...more

OSHA Issues Guidance on Transgender Workers and Workplace Restrooms

For those savvy employers staying ahead of the curve, here’s something new: OSHA has published a “Best Practices” guide addressing restroom access for transgender workers. To be clear, as “guidance,” the OSHA publication is...more

EEOC Proposes Wellness Program Rule

In April 2015, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued a proposed rule that would amend the regulations and interpretive guidance implementing Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as they...more

Federal Court Limits Employer's Right to Discover Information About the EEOC’s Own Hiring Policies and Expands the EEOC's Rights...

In recent years, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has aggressively sought to enforce its April 2012 enforcement guidance concerning how, in the EEOC’s view, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 restricts an...more

Mach Mining, LLC v. EEOC: Supreme Court Holds EEOC Conciliation Efforts are Subject to Limited Judicial Review

In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court said that conciliation efforts by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission are subject to limited judicial review. Justice Kagan authored the decision in Mach Mining, LLC v....more

6th Circuit: Telling Supervisor to Stop Harassing Conduct Is Protected Activity Under Title VII

A company cannot fire an employee in retaliation for complaining to supervisors about sexual harassment, the Sixth Circuit recently held in Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. New Breed Logistics, No. 13-6250 (6th Cir....more

SCOTUS to Determine Who Holds Burden in Religious Accommodation Cases

A religious accommodation case that we previously touched on had its oral arguments heard before the Supreme Court on February 25, 2015. The case, which involves the issue of religious accommodation in the workplace, has the...more

Nico van Aelstyn Serves as Co-Counsel in Lawsuit Seeking Expanded Civil Rights for Terminally Ill Patients in California

Yesterday, Nico van Aelstyn, a principal in Beveridge & Diamond’s San Francisco office, filed a lawsuit in the San Francisco Superior Court on behalf of plaintiffs seeking to clarify the ability of mentally competent,...more

Department of Education Closes 2014 with Prolific Guidance

The U.S. Department of Education (DOE) was busy the last quarter of 2014, issuing guidance on six issues, plus another already in 2015. The Dear Colleague Letters (DCL), Frequently Asked Questions, and Fact Sheets provide an...more

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