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Trump Administration Withdraws Transgender Guidance

On February 22, 2017, one day before briefs were submitted to the Supreme Court in a case involving a transgender student in Pennsylvania, the Trump Administration, through the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department...more

Trump Administration Rescinds Guidance on Transgender Rights under Title IX

The Trump Administration has announced that the Department of Education (DOE) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) rescinded the Obama Administration’s May 2016 Dear Colleague Letter directing that schools “treat a student’s...more

With Supreme Court Review Looming, Feds Issue Immediate Withdrawal of Previous Title IX Guidance

Following the recent confirmations of Secretary of Education Elizabeth Devos and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the new Trump administration has moved quickly to withdraw prior guidance concerning discrimination of...more

LGBT Rights Up in the Air

Changes that may impact LGBT rights in the workplace have employers spinning. This week’s news about the Trump administration’s rescission of federal guidance allowing transgender students to use bathrooms corresponding to...more

Administration Withdraws Transgender Guidance While Considering Legal Issues

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and Department of Education (DOE) jointly issued a statement rescinding the guidance on transgender students’ rights under Title IX issued to school districts nationwide in May. The prior...more

DACA-Protected Plaintiff Files Class Action Alleging Lending Discrimination Based on Citizenship Status

On January 31, 2017, Mitzie Perez—a former undocumented immigrant who is authorized to work in the United States under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”) policy—filed a class action in the Northern District...more

Sorry, J-Lo and CeeLo: Real world requires carefully crafted employment dress codes

The Grammys aired on Sunday, February 12, 2017. Every year, audiences tune in to the glamorous awards show to watch the presentation of such celebrated accolades as “Song of the Year” and to take in the live performances of...more

How Are You Handling Parents Who Might Not Speak English?

A recent Philadelphia court decision is a welcome reminder for Barley Snyder client school districts to know what is required of them when it comes to dealing with families where the parents or guardians of a student do not...more

What’s in a Pronoun? Liability for Employers

Political correctness in the workplace has become increasingly complex. Employers who have referred to transitioning employees with the wrong pronoun have found themselves in the crosshairs of the EEOC. But what about those...more

Northwest Territorial Mint Settles EEOC Sexual Harassment Suit

Federal Agency Brings $725,000 Claim for Female Employees to Bankruptcy Court - SEATTLE - A federal judge has entered a consent decree approving a $725,000 settlement against Federal Way, Wash.-based precious metals...more

Facebook Unfriends Policy Allowing for Exclusion of Certain Racial and Ethnic Groups in Housing, Credit, and Employment...

The social network giant, Facebook—amid criticism and a push from public figures and congressional leaders—announced that the site would no longer allow advertisers to exclude specific racial and ethnic groups in the areas of...more

[Webinar] Religious Accommodation: Balancing Religion and Work Conflict - February 16th, 12:00pm Eastern

Please join Robbin Hutton for a presentation discussing the statutory and regulatory framework (as well as significant court cases) governing religious discrimination and accommodation in the workplace. The program will also...more

HP Pelzer Sued By EEOC for Retaliation

Automotive Components Manufacturer Fired an Employee for Making a Sexual Harassment Complaint, Federal Agency Charges - CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - HP Pelzer, Inc., an automotive components manufacturer located in Athens,...more

U.S. Supreme Court to consider transgender restroom lawsuit

Society’s view of gender has evolved significantly since then. The rigid dichotomy of a two-gender world view is frequently challenged and, in some cases, rejected outright. As society’s views on gender morph, the law is...more

Employee Benefits Developments - January 2017

The Employee Benefits practice group is pleased to present the Benefits Developments Newsletter for the month of January, 2017. Click through the links below for more information on each specific development or case. IRS...more

Title VII and Sexual Orientation – Front and Center at the Second Circuit on Inauguration Day

As President-Elect Donald Trump moved into the White House on Inauguration Day last Friday, the excitement and political tensions were not confined to the nation’s capital. LGBTQ rights supporters decorated with rainbow ties...more

“5th & Wine” Bar Sued By EEOC For Sex-Based Harassment and Retaliation

Scottsdale Wine Café Abused Employees Based on Their Actual and Perceived Sexual Orientation, Federal Agency Charges - PHOENIX - Scottsdale Wine Café, LLC (5th & Wine), a Scottsdale wine bar and restaurant, violated...more

Another Reason to Tread Carefully When Using Criminal Background Checks in Hiring Decisions

A recent consent decree between the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and a southeastern Pennsylvania company is a reminder for employers to keep employment records regarding the use of criminal background...more

Florida School Board Settles Pregnancy Discrimination Case with U.S. Department of Justice

The Palm Beach County School Board (“School Board”) recently settled a lawsuit brought by the United States Justice Department alleging that a local school’s principal unlawfully demoted an assistant principal after she...more

Practical Considerations for Restroom Accommodations in the Retail and Hospitality Industry

The increased focus on LGBT issues and rights has spawned a number of public debates in the United States. Indeed, in recent months, lawmakers, educators, activists and business owners have entered into a heated public debate...more

Connecticut Supreme Court Rules No Punitive Damages Under the Connecticut Fair Employment Practices Act

The Connecticut Supreme Court recently set aside an award of statutory punitive damages in a disability discrimination case brought pursuant to Connecticut’s human rights law, the Connecticut Fair Employment Practices Act...more

Healthcare Provider Obligations For Individuals With Limited English Proficiency

This summer I wrote about the dangers of English-only policies in this age of multiculturalism. These policies tend to emerge more frequently in the healthcare workplace, the reason being – the provision of quality care is...more

Northern District of Texas Blocks Enforcement of the Non-Discrimination Regulations of the ACA

On December 31, 2016, the US District Court for the Northern District of Texas issued an opinion and order in Franciscan Alliance, Inc. et al v. Burwell, which preliminarily enjoins the US Department of Health and Human...more

District Court Compels Arbitration

In a recent decision, the United States District Court for the Northern District of New York clarified the standard it utilizes for motions seeking to compel arbitration, holding that a standard similar to that applicable to...more

EEOC Wins Jury Verdict in Sexual Harassment Case against Costco

Failure to Intervene Against Harassing Customer Created Hostile Work Environment, EEOC Charged - CHICAGO - A federal jury has awarded $250,000 in compensatory damages to a former employee of Costco Wholesale, Inc. who...more

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