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A Pregnant Pause: Using ADR to Resolve Pregnancy-Related Workplace Issues

A recent case heard before the U.S. Supreme Court, Young v. UPS (issued March 25, 2015), caught the attention of many women and employers as well. In Young, the Court interpreted the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA), in...more

Supreme Court Clarifies Religious Accommodation Requirements in Hijab Case, but May Create New Problems for Unwary Employers

In a decision that came as no major surprise to Supreme Court watchers, on June 1, 2015, the Court ruled 8-1 in EEOC v. Abercrombie & Fitch that Abercrombie & Fitch violated the civil rights of a Muslim job applicant when it...more

Dress Codes, Religion and the Workplace – More Than Meets the Eye

What makes 'Abercrombie' difficult for employers is that the employee does not necessarily need to request an accommodation first. First Glance analysis of a recent SCOTUS decision on religious accommodation with broad...more

U.S. Supreme Court Case EEOC v. Abercrombie Ruling: Employees Must Prove "Motive" Not Mere "Knowledge" in Order to Demonstrate...

In a closely-watched case arising from the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, EEOC v. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores Inc., the U.S. Supreme Court held yesterday that an applicant or employee need not prove that an employer had...more

The Fair Credit Reporting Act: Why background checks are fueling the latest wave of class actions

Many employers have third-party services run background checks on applicants, new hires, or existing employees. Many of these employers utilize these services to minimize the risk of claims of negligent hiring or...more

“I Don’t Want to Be Alone Anymore” – Refusing to Meet with Female Subordinates One-on-One

I confess that when I first heard the story last week that some Capitol Hill lawmakers were refusing to meet alone with female subordinates, I didn’t pay much attention to it. Lawmakers just being lawmakers....more

Fourth Circuit Orders Class Certification for African-American Steelworkers—Again

For the second time, the Fourth Circuit has determined that African-American employees at a South Carolina steel plant are entitled to Rule 23 class certification. In Brown v. Nucor Corporation and Nucor Steel-Berkeley,...more

Bad News, Good News: Disability Discrimination Plaintiff Sometimes Need Not Show He Was Qualified, But May Never Recover Punitive...

In a decision to be officially released on May 19, 2015, the Connecticut Appellate Court has addressed two interesting issues in the state law of employment discrimination, one of which is of considerable importance (and...more

Transgender Complaints on the Rise: What Should Employers Do?

The President, the EEOC and the Justice Department have announced that gender identity discrimination is prohibited sex discrimination under Title VII. Since these declarations, the number of lawsuits alleging gender identity...more

Transgender and Sexual Orientation Anti-Discrimination Protections — Maybe not yet the Law of the Land, but Your Policies Better...

Though most Americans do not seem to realize it, anti-discrimination legal protections in employment for transgender, gay, bisexual, and lesbian (LGBT) employees are not uniform across the U.S. In fact, the federal Employment...more

Punitive Damages Not Authorized for State Employment Discrimination Claims, Says Court

In yesterday’s post, I talked about the case of Tomick v. UPS in looking at the prima facie case for disability discrimination. But the new Appellate Court case may be even more significant for its discussion of...more

Fenwick Employment Brief - May 2015

EEOC Conciliation Efforts Subject To Limited Judicial Review - In Mach Mining, LLC v. EEOC, the United States Supreme Court held that the conciliation efforts of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) are...more

[Event] Breakfast With Your Labor Lawyer - June 3, Palo Alto, CA

Please join us for Sheppard Mullin's annual “Breakfast with Your Labor Lawyer." 2015 presents significant developments in California labor and employment laws. We will explain how these new developments will affect day-to-day...more

Utah LGBT Anti-Discrimination Law Goes Into Effect

The folks at KUER ran a report yesterday on Utah’s ground breaking LGBT antidiscrimination law, which went into effect yesterday. Titled the Antidiscrimination and Religious Freedom Act, the law prohibits workplace...more

Quick Hits: Transgender Workplaces; Proving Emotional Harm; “Digital Natives”; Labor History in Schools

With Twitter, I’ve been doing less “recap” posts of late. Why? For the simple reason that you can get all of the posts I’ve read of late on Twitter....more

The Supreme Court Decides Mach Mining LLC vs. EEOC: A “Win” For Employers?

Last week, in Mach Mining, LLC v. EEOC, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that Title VII authorizes judicial review of the EEOC’s efforts to satisfy its statutory duty to conciliate before filing suit against an employer. ...more

Social Awareness Programs: Good for Business or Legal Risk?

Despite good intentions and previous success taking a stand on contentious issues — i.e., gun control and gay marriage — a coffee company quickly realized its campaign to encourage discussions of race relations between...more

Federal Court Approves EEOC Subpoena in Investigation of Union Pacific

Agency Can Use Subpoena to Continue Investigation of Discrimination Even After Complainants' Private Lawsuit Has Been Dismissed - MILWAUKEE - A federal judge has approved a subpoena allowing the U.S. Equal Employment...more

Supreme Court’s Decision in Mach Mining Impacts Employers’ Approach to Conciliation with the EEOC

In a case that has implications for every employer and respondent on each charge in which the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) finds reasonable cause to support the allegations, the U.S. Supreme Court...more

Employers Beware in Race Discrimination Cases

Several recent cases highlight the fact that employers should think twice before failing to properly address a Title VII complaint. Failing to do so may result in their winding up in a jury trial. That fact is most recently...more

California Confectioner Defeats Worker’s Age Discrimination Claim

Armenta v. Morris National, Inc., No. B255575 (March 27, 2015): Discrimination claims often ensue after a reduction in force (RIF) because laid off employees second-guess management’s selection process. However, as seen in a...more

Hospitals Are Still In The OFCCP's Crosshairs

On February 12, 2015, U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) underscored its intent to continue to scrutinize hospitals, including nonprofit hospitals. The OFCCP found that Lahey Clinic...more

Send in the Drones: Transforming the Workplace through the Use of Drone Surveillance

Every day new stories about the uses (and misuses) of drones surface in the media. They have been used to: photograph the 2015 Winter X Games, assist in firefighting operations, monitor agricultural drought, monitor...more

Supreme Benchslap for EEOC

Title VII requires the EEOC to engage in “conciliation” once it issues a cause determination. The EEOC’s unique approach to conciliation, which typically is totally divorced from anything conciliatory, is the subject of this...more

Supreme Court Decision is Step Forward for Victims of Discrimination

In a unanimous decision, the U.S. Supreme Court held today that courts may only conduct a "relatively bare-bones review" of the EEOC's conciliation efforts. "Today's decision puts the focus of the EEOC and the courts...more

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