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EEOC Issues First Retaliation Guidance in Almost 20 Years

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently issued its first enforcement guidance on employment-related retaliation in almost 20 years. The Final Guidance is in response to numerous court rulings on...more

Employer Best Practices For Curbing “Locker Room Talk” At the Office

As you are probably aware, “locker room talk” has become a recent issue in the news. Hopefully, we can all agree that the office is not the place for such crude remarks. But how can managers effectively curb such offensive...more

EEOC Releases Formal Guidance on Unlawful Retaliatory Conduct in the Workplace

After an extended public comment period, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”)—which is charged with enforcing federal employment discrimination laws—recently issued its final Enforcement Guidance on...more

New Jersey Supreme Court “Plants the Seeds” for Increase in “Garden Variety” Emotional Distress Jury Awards

Seyfarth Synopsis: The New Jersey employers were dealt an “emotional” blow when the New Jersey Supreme Court, in Cuevas v. Wentworth Group, affirmed a trial court’s denial of an employer’s request for remittitur of the...more

Loi Travail : Obligation de prévention des agissements sexistes

Since August 10, 2016, an obligation of prevention of sexist behavior in the business is charged to employers. The actions related to the sex of a person and having the purpose or effect of violating their dignity or...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

Limit Your Pre-Employment Inquiries to Job-Related Questions

As most employers know, it is unlawful to ask an employment or promotion candidate questions which reflect bias based on race, color, age, gender, religion, or any other protected status. For example, a candidate cannot be...more

University Of Denver Sued By EEOC for Sex-Based Pay Discrimination

University Paid Female Full Law Professors Significantly Less Than Male Counterparts, Federal Agency Charges - DENVER, Colo. - The University of Denver violated federal law by paying female employees lower wages than...more

Time to Change receives £20 million boost for mental health anti-discrimination campaign

The Time to Change campaign has received a £20 million boost in additional funding from the Department of Health, Comic Relief and the Big Lottery Fund. Time to Change is an initiative run by charities Mind and Rethink Mental...more

District Court Decision Upholds Employer’s Wellness Program But Signals Support for EEOC Positions Going Forward

In EEOC v. Orion Energy Systems, Inc., the Eastern District of Wisconsin rejected the EEOC’s claims that Orion Energy’s wellness program violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”). Although the court upheld the...more

Supervisor's Remarks May Constitute Direct Evidence of Discriminatory Bias

On September 2, 2016, the United States District Court for the District of Maryland (which sits in the Fourth Circuit, along with North Carolina and South Carolina) held that the EEOC can move forward in its case against a...more

Maybe That Lawsuit Brought By Your Employee Isn’t So Frivolous

In yesterday’s post, I talked about some of the reasons why an employee’s lawsuit against his or her employer was destined for failure. But employers, I’m afraid you’re not off the hook that easily. This post is for any...more

EEOC Releases New Guidance on Retaliation Claims

According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), in 2015, retaliation claims made up to 45 percent of all private-sector charges filed with the agency. In recognition of the growth in the number of these...more

“Don’t retaliate! (We really mean it)”: EEOC and Second Circuit Crack Down on Workplace Retaliation

On August 25, 2016, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued final enforcement guidance on employer retaliation (the “Guidance”). The Guidance addresses retaliation under each of the statutes enforced...more

EEOC Guidelines Provide a Confusing Roadmap to Investigating Retaliation Claims

Employers have been warned time and time again – retaliation claims are on the rise.  With the number of these claims climbing, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) issued its Final Enforcement Guidance...more

The EEOC’s New Wide-Reaching Retaliation Guidance: What Should Employers Do Now?

On August 29, 2016, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced the release of its long awaited Enforcement Guidance on Retaliation and Related Issues, replacing Section 8 of the EEOC Compliance Menu...more

Updated EEOC Retaliation Guidance Suggests Scrutiny for Internal Investigation Practices

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission takes an expansive position on protection given to persons who make internal complaints about discrimination in bad faith in updated guidance on retaliation law....more

EEOC Sues T-N-T Of York County, Inc. And Tm Trucking of The Carolinas, LLC For Racial Harassment

Owner Constantly Harassed Black Employees, Forcing Many to Quit, Federal Agency Charges - ROCK HILL, S.C. - Two interconnected South Carolina trucking companies violated federal law when they subjected black employees to...more

EEOC Releases Updated Retaliation Guidance

On August 29, 2016, the EEOC issued Final Enforcement Guidance on Retaliation and Related Issues that replaces its 1998 Compliance Manual section on retaliation. The guidance addresses the separate “interference” provision...more

The Kaepernick Conundrum

By now most people have heard about the Colin Kaepernick story, and may have strong feelings one way or the other about the actions of the 49ers quarterback. In case you have been living under a rock for the past two weeks —...more

EEOC Issues Retaliation Enforcement Guidance

Last month, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued a final enforcement guidance on retaliation claims under the various federal civil rights laws administered by the agency. The guidance will replace...more

Keeping up with the Germans?

The Women and Equalities Committee has demanded that the government publish a detailed plan to tackle the issue of pregnant women and mothers being forced out of work by employers’ outdated attitudes....more

The Retaliation Problem

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission just released new guidance on retaliation, updating guidelines last issued in 1998. Reviewing the new guidance reminded us of all the times that retaliation has become an issue...more

Second Circuit Adopts “Cat’s Paw” Theory for Discrimination and Retaliation Cases

Are you familiar with the "Cat's Paw" theory of liability for discrimination and retaliation claims? This theory derives from a story that appeared in Aesop’s Fables and involves a cat that is manipulated by a monkey into...more

Seventh Circuit to Plaintiffs: Here's Your Burden of Proof

Most employees who file employment discrimination claims hope for one of two things – a really sympathetic jury or an employer that is willing to generously settle the lawsuit to avoid the risks and uncertainties of trial. ...more

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