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Another Approaching Benchslap for EEOC?

In a positively delightful “man bites dog” story, a former EEOC investigator just filed suit against the EEOC alleging race discrimination, racially hostile work environment, and retaliation in violation of Title VII and the...more

Executive Labor Summary - July/August 2014

NLRB extends Weingarten right of union representation to drug and alcohol test situations - On July 31, a three-member panel of the National Labor Relations Board in Ralph's Grocery Co. ruled that a union-represented...more

State Court Lawsuit Removable if Plaintiff-Employee’s Pleadings “Fully Incorporate” EEOC Charge

“You have been sued.” Upon reading these first few words of a state court citation, most Texas employers—indeed, most employers—make it their first order of business to remove the case to federal court if at all possible....more

EEOC Warns English-Only Policies May Be Pretext for Illegal Discrimination

While requiring workers to be fluent in English or to speak English in the workplace isn’t unlawful, per se, an English-only policy may be seen as a pretext for unlawful national-origin discrimination in violation of Title...more

President Expands OFCCP Jurisdiction to Investigating Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

Effective immediately, federal contractors, including construction employers working on federally-funded construction projects, and federal government employers are prohibited from discriminating against applicants and...more

Food Lion Sued by EEOC for Religious Discrimination

Grocer Refused Accommodation for Jehovah's Witness's Worship Services, Federal Agency Charged - WINSTON SALEM, N.C. - Supermarket chain Food Lion, LLC violated federal law when it refused to provide a religious...more

Labor Department Adds Gender Identity and Transgender Status to Prohibition on Sex Discrimination

On August 19, 2014, the Department of Labor issued a guidance advising that it will consider cases of discrimination based upon gender identity and transgender status to be violations of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and...more

EEOC amps up attack on background checks

On April 25, 2012, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued its Enforcement Guidance on the Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of...more

Friendship Between Male Supervisor and Female Subordinate Does Not Create Title VII Rights for Disfavored Male

Title VII prohibits discrimination based on gender. Numerous federal courts have rejected claims by female workers that they were discriminated against when their managers showed preferential treatment toward a female...more

Workplace Law Has Come a Long Way, Baby!

In 1964, Nicholas Katzenbach, the Attorney General of United States, ordered Ollie's Barbecue, a tiny restaurant in Birmingham, Ala., to desegregate. When the U.S. Supreme Court upheld that order, the newly passed Civil...more

President Obama Signs Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order

On July 31, 2014, President Obama signed the “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” Executive Order, which requires bidders on federal procurement contracts for goods and services (including construction) in excess of $500,000 to...more

Diversity Matters: Note from the Editor - Civil Rights Act of 1964

On July 2 of this year, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 enjoyed its 50th anniversary – an appropriate time for reflection. Prior to the passage of this Act, for more than 180 years, from July 4, 1776, until July 2, 1964,...more

Amended Executive Orders expand employment discrimination prohibitions

Since 1974 – just 10 years after Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed – Congress has made repeated attempts to introduce and pass legislation that would have amended the landmark Act to prohibit discrimination...more

Ninth Circuit Allows Deputies to Proceed with Sex Discrimination Suit

Anderson v. City and County of San Francisco, No. 11-16746 (July 2, 2014): In a recent decision, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held that the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department (SFSD) may have violated Title VII of the...more

EEOC Issues New Enforcement Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued new Enforcement Guidance this month regarding pregnancy discrimination. This is the first comprehensive update to the EEOC’s Pregnancy Discrimination Guidance...more

Supreme Court to Review EEOC’s Charge Conciliation Obligation

Under Title VII and related federal civil rights laws, if the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission finds cause to believe that an employee’s rights have been violated, the agency is required to attempt to negotiate a...more

A Private Claim Under the New Jersey Civil Rights Act Requires the Presence of State Action, New Jersey Supreme Court Holds

In two companion cases, Perez v. Zagami, LLC, A-36-12 (May 21, 2014), and Cottrell v. Zagami, A-5-13 (May 21, 2014), the New Jersey Supreme Court confirmed that the New Jersey Civil Rights Act (NJCRA) offers no private cause...more

Employer’s Refusal to Rescind a Resignation Does Not Amount to Unlawful Retaliation, District Court of New Jersey Holds

The United States District Court for the District of New Jersey recently held that an employer’s refusal to rescind a resignation does not amount to unlawful retaliation under 42 U.S.C. § 1981 (which follows the same standard...more

Atlanta Federal, State Government Agencies to Observe 50th Anniversary of 1964 Civil Rights Act

Landmark Legislation Still Holds Significance for Millions of Americans - ATLANTA - Several government agencies will join forces on July 11 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson's signing...more

Tampa Bay Federal, Local Government Agencies to Observe 50th Anniversary of 1964 Civil Rights Act

Landmark Legislation Still Holds Significance for Millions of Americans - TAMPA, Fla. - Several government agencies will join forces on July 2 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson's...more

South Florida Federal, Local Agencies to Observe 50th Anniversary of 1964 Civil Rights Act

Landmark Legislation Still Holds Significance for Millions of Americans - MIAMI -- Several federal agencies and local government bodies will join forces on July 2 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon...more

Some Employers Likely to See Increased Litigation Costs in EEOC Cases

Employers in Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin are likely to see their legal fees increase as a result of a Seventh Circuit decision that allows the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to file suit immediately instead...more

50 for 50: Five Decades of the Most Important Discrimination Law Developments - Number 32: Understanding Retaliation Claims Under...

One of the plaintiffs’ bar’s perennial favorite claims is the amorphous and, hence, ubiquitous retaliation claim. Over the years, the law under Title VII has made these claims more difficult for plaintiffs to bring. At the...more

EEOC Joins Office of U.S. Attorney, Bar Association, Law School in Continuing Legal Education Seminar

Agencies to Explore How Title VII of Civil Rights Act of 1964 Remade America - MEMPHIS, Tenn. - On Friday, June 13, the Birmingham and Memphis District Offices of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)...more

Where Title VII, electrical utility market, and Peter Rabbit meet

In 1902, Beatrix Potter published “The Tale of Peter Rabbit.” It was an unexpected success, and by the time she passed away, she had published 23 books and secured for herself both a handsome income and a place in the history...more

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