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Avoiding Appearance-based Discrimination Claims in the Workplace

Employees are generally considered the face of a company, projecting the brand’s image to customers and clients. In the face of this reality, employers often mandate certain grooming and appearance standards for employees –...more

Courts are Trending Toward Prohibiting Sexual Orientation Discrimination under Federal Law

Two recent court decisions highlight the ongoing struggle by federal courts to determine whether Title VII of the Civil Rights Act prohibits employment discrimination based on sexual orientation....more

EEOC Issues New Guidelines on National Origin Discrimination

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) revised on Nov. 21, 2016, its enforcement guidance with respect to national origin discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII). The EEOC and...more

HUD Issues Final Rule on Unlawful Hostile Environment and Quid Pro Quo Harassment

On September 14, 2016, the Department of Housing and Urban Development ("HUD") issued a final rule, "Quid Pro Quo and Hostile Environment Harassment and Liability for Discriminatory Housing Practices under the Fair Housing...more

EEOC Issues Enforcement Guidance on National Origin Discrimination

On November 21, 2016, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) issued enforcement guidance addressing national origin discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”). The EEOC...more

EEOC Issues New Enforcement Guidance on National Origin Discrimination

On November 18, 2016, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued an Enforcement Guidance on National Origin Discrimination (Guidance). The EEOC also issued a Questions and Answers document and a Small Business...more

EEOC Issues Guidance on National Origin Discrimination

Perhaps because of the unfortunate social tensions arising after the U.S. Presidential election which include some inappropriate threats against immigrants and people of color, the EEOC issued its Enforcement Guidance on...more

EEOC Issues New Guidance on National Origin Discrimination

On November 21, 2016, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued new enforcement guidelines regarding national origin discrimination. Since 2002, the EEOC has observed significant legal developments...more

Pennsylvania Court Says Title VII Prohibits Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (‘EEOC”) has been aggressively advancing its position that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation even though sexual...more

Keeping the Scrooge Out of Seasonal Hiring: 6 Tips for Retailers

November and December account for a substantial portion of retail sales—up to 30 percent of annual sales for some businesses. And while there are reports that this holiday shopping season has been delayed due to the...more

EEOC Appoints Elizabeth Cadle as Director of Phoenix District Office

WASHINGTON - Elizabeth (Isa) Cadle has been appointed district director of the Phoenix District Office of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and as a member of the Senior Executive Service, effective Oct....more

Addressing Post-Election Tensions in the Workplace

As the extreme rhetoric of the 2016 presidential campaign slowly wanes, the divisions it exposed remain raw. Many Americans celebrate the election of President-elect Trump, while many others continue to express concern about...more

EEOC Sues East Coast Labor Solutions for Disability and National Origin Discrimination

Staffing Agency Discriminated Against Latino Workers Who Were Recruited With Promise of Good Pay, Federal Agency Charges - BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - An Alabama temporary staffing firm violated federal law by subjecting Latino...more

Employing Workers in a Trump Administration

As a presidential candidate, Donald Trump voiced many opinions about his priorities and goals for the country. Yet as President-elect Trump prepares to take office in January, employers remain uncertain as to what the...more

EEOC Sues Spec Formliners for Pay Discrimination

Concrete Liner Company Failed to Pay Female and Male Sales Representatives Equally, Federal Agency Charges - LOS ANGELES - Spec Formliners, Inc., a Santa Ana, Calif.-based concrete liner company, violated federal law...more

Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Federal Judge: Employers Cannot Discriminate Based on Sexual Orientation

On November 4, 2016, a federal judge in Pittsburgh ruled that federal law prohibits an employer from discriminating against an employee based on their sexual orientation. In light of this decision by Judge Cathy Bissoon in...more

How the Sharing Economy Can Tackle Discrimination Claims

As my colleague Brooke Tabshouri pointed out earlier this month, one of the unique situations facing the sharing economy is that customers — not coworkers or employers — may be the primary or even sole bad actors when it...more

OnSite Solutions to Pay $50,000 to Settle Race Discrimination Charges

Manager Replaced Black Workers With Whites and Hispanics In Order to "Sprinkle a Little Salt," Federal Agency Charged - OKLAHOMA CITY - Automobile detailing business OnSite Solutions, LLC will pay $50,000 to settle a...more

What Employers Can Expect From The Trump Administration

Like the rest of the country, employers and HR professionals are left wondering what Donald Trump’s unexpected election as President means for the country. The Trump campaign was often light on detailed policy proposals, but...more

Transgender Employees in the Sharing Economy

The sharing economy is attractive to many transgender employees who fear discrimination in traditional workforces. But are sharing economy employers required to provide them with any special protections? With the employment...more

The Continuing Expansion of Sexual Harassment Training Requirements in California

A dozen years ago, the passage in California of Assembly Bill (AB) 1825 began required sexual harassment prevention training for supervisors in companies with 50 or more employees.  Since then, California has led the nation...more

The Potential Impact Of a Trump Presidency on Employers

Based on promises made during the campaign, it appears employers may expect changes in the government’s approach to workplace regulation. Although we certainly do not have a crystal ball, President-elect Trump campaigned on a...more

Pennsylvania Federal Court Issues Groundbreaking Opinion on Sexual Orientation Discrimination

While the stunning election of Donald Trump as this country's 45th President certainly will go down as historic, it's not the only groundbreaking news to have impacted the societal and employment landscape over the last...more

With the Election (Mercifully) Behind Us, What Will a Trump Administration Mean for Employers?

The 2016 Presidential election was arguably the most contentious, unpredictable, and politically polarizing race in this nation's history. The contours of the electoral map changed by the hour in the days leading up to...more

2016 End of Year Plan Sponsor “To Do” List: Health & Welfare

As 2016 comes to an end, we are pleased to present you with our traditional End of Year Plan Sponsor “To Do” Lists. Like last year, we are presenting our “To Do” Lists in three separate Employee Benefits Updates. Part 1 of...more

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