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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

Opposing Employer Actions Directed at General Public Not Protected Activity

Seyfarth Synopsis: An employee who expresses opposition to an employer’s policies and practices that affect members of the general public is not engaging in an activity that FEHA protects, because the activity is not opposing...more

EEOC Performance and Accountability Report Shows Increase in Charge Filings for FY 2016

On November 16, 2016, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) published its annual Performance and Accountability Report (PAR), revealing an increase in charge activity for FY 2016. According to the PAR, the...more

Finally! Something That's Not "Protected Activity" in California

It turns out that “protected activity” sufficient to make out a retaliation claim in California is not as broad as it may sometimes seem. On November 9, 2016, the Court of Appeal affirmed summary judgment for the employer in...more

EEOC Updates Strategic Enforcement Plan

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently approved revisions to its 2017-2021 Strategic Enforcement Plan (SEP). The SEP provides employers with an indication of where the agency will concentrate...more

Employment Newsletter - Fall 2016

Over the last five years, members of the LGBTQ community have had much to celebrate as traditional barriers to equality have been knocked down one-by- one by the federal government. In 2010, the Patient Protection and...more

Gig and Technology Sectors Targeted in EEOC Enforcement Plan

The EEOC is targeting the “21st-century workplace” by focusing on gig economies and the technology sector in its new Strategic Enforcement Plan. The new Enforcement Plan also targets what the EEOC calls “complex employment...more

Employers May Need To Offer Accomodations To Job Applicants And EMPLOYEES Even If They Do Not Ask For An Accomodation

Most employers maintain either formal or informal grooming and appearance policies. These policies address the employee’s personal appearance while at work including hairstyle, jewelry, tattoos, piercings, head coverings and...more

What’s an “Implied” Request for an ADA Reasonable Accommodation?

Seyfarth Synopsis: A divided panel of the Eighth Circuit recently decided that an employer may be required to assume or infer from the circumstances that an employee is seeking a reasonable accommodation – even when no...more

Tech Company Sued For Alleged Hiring Bias Against Asians, OFCCP’s Shiu To Step Down

Being part of the “in” crowd with the FBI apparently does not protect you from the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs. To the contrary: It was an FBI contract that subjected a California-based technology...more

EEOC Reveals Priorities in Updated Strategic Enforcement Plan

On October 17, 2016, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) approved its updated Strategic Enforcement Plan (SEP) for Fiscal Years 2017-2021. The SEP reflects the EEOC’s “continued commitment to focus efforts on...more

Class Action Age Discrimination Case Against Google Moves Forward

A software developer in California recently prevailed in a key ruling regarding her lawsuit against Google. The developer, Cheryl Fillekes, originally brought a suit against the multinational technology company in 2015,...more

EEOC Issues Updated Strategic Enforcement Plan: What Should Employers Do Now?

On October 17, 2016 the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) approved a Strategic Enforcement Plan (SEP) for Fiscal Years 2017 – 2021. This recently approved SEP updates the EEOC’s first SEP which spanned...more

EEOC Announces New Enforcement Priorities - Gig Economy, High Tech Sector In The Crosshairs

Earlier this week, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced a new series of enforcement priorities on which it will focus over the next five years. By releasing its second-ever Strategic Enforcement Plan,...more

EEOC's New Strategic Enforcement Plan Takes Aim at Gig Economy, Other Emerging Workforce Issues

On October 17, 2016, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) approved an updated Strategic Enforcement Plan (SEP) for fiscal years 2017–2021, setting out its priorities and strategies for the near term. The SEP...more

Littler’s Marko Mrkonich Testifies at EEOC Meeting on Implications of Big Data in Employment

On October 13, 2016, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission empaneled a group of Big Data experts, including Littler Shareholder Marko Mrkonich, to discuss the use of data analytics in hiring, performance...more

Use of Big Data Has Implications for Equal Employment Opportunity, Panel Tells EEOC

Public Commission Meeting Hears from Experts on Growing Use of Algorithms to Make Employment Decisions - WASHINGTON - Big Data-the use of algorithms, "data scraping" of the internet, and other means of evaluating tens...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

Greektown Casino Sued By EEOC For Disability Discrimination

Employer Failed to Grant Leave Extension for Employee With Stress-Anxiety Disorder And Fired Him Instead, Federal Agency Charges - DETROIT - A Detroit casino operator violated federal law by denying a reasonable...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

Harrison Poultry to Pay $100,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

Poultry Company Fired Manager While on Approved Leave, Federal Agency Charged - ATLANTA - Harrison Poultry, Inc., a poultry hatchery located in Bethlehem, Ga., will pay $100,000 and furnish other relief to settle a...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

Granite Mesa Health Center Sued By EEOC for Disability Discrimination and Retaliation

Nursing Home Fired a Certified Nurse Assistant When He Disclosed He Was HIV-Positive, Federal Agency Charged - AUSTIN, Texas - A nursing home violated federal law by discharging an employee who hesitated when ordered to...more

California Legislative Update: Which Bills Made the Final Cut?

Although the California Legislature sent Governor Jerry Brown bills on bed bugs, powdered alcohol, and making denim the official state fabric, the laws enacted in 2016 affecting the state’s private-sector employers were...more

CA Governor Signs Bill Allowing Actors to Delete Their Age from Online Profiles

On September 24, 2016, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed A.B. 1687 – a measure aimed at preventing age discrimination against film, television, and other professionals in the entertainment industry whose ages could be viewed...more

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