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EEOC's Race Discrimination Suit Against Janitorial Company Includes Background Check Allegations

by Littler on

The filing of a new discrimination lawsuit by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) answers the question whether, after five years of intensive scrutiny, employers can breathe a sigh of relief in terms of...more

Best practices for employers under the EEOC’s new strategic enforcement plan

by McAfee & Taft on

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has announced its “Strategic Enforcement Plan” for years 2017 to 2021. The 2017 plan replaces the earlier version, issued in 2012, but is not a radical departure from the previous...more

ABA identifies various industry concerns in fair lending white paper submitted to Treasury Secretary

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

We previously reported on the Executive Order 13772 titled “Core Principles for Regulating the United States Financial System,” which is a high-level policy statement consisting of a series of Core Principles that are...more

California Employers Will Soon See New Workplace Regulations Take Effect - Rules On Transgender Discrimination And Criminal...

by Fisher Phillips on

In recent months, the California Fair Employment and Housing Council (FEHC) has finalized two new sets of regulations that will both go into effect on July 1, 2017. California employers should pay close attention to these new...more

Recruiting for youthful workforce leads to age discrimination lawsuits

by McAfee & Taft on

Some companies may believe that projecting a youthful and energetic image is important to their brand. Two recent court cases, however, show that employers who focus their hiring policies and practices too much on young...more

New Regulations Further Limit Use of Criminal History for Employment Decisions

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Effective July 1, 2017, new regulations will further limit employers’ ability to consider criminal history when making employment decisions. On March 27, 2017, the Office of Administrative Law approved the Fair...more

The California Edition of the Employment & Labor Newsletter - April 2017

by Wilson Elser on

Exceptions to California’s “Going and Coming” Rule - In Lynn v. Tatitlek Support Services, Inc., E063585, Super.Ct.No. CIVBS1200525, 2/22/17, the plaintiffs appealed a summary judgment at the California Court of Appeal...more

New Fair Employment and Housing Act Regulations Further Limit Consideration of Criminal History in Employment Decisions

Considering criminal records when making employment decisions has long been the subject of scrutiny, and will soon be governed by new California regulations. On March 27, 2017, the California Office of Administrative Law...more

Maine Law Court Charts Different Course for Age Discrimination

by PretiFlaherty on

It is not often that the Law Court interprets the Maine Human Rights Act (MHRA) differently from its federal counterparts. In a recent decision, though, the Law Court did exactly that – it held that the standard for...more

Will South Carolina Ban the Box?

In prior posts, we have noted that HR professionals should acknowledge the tension between making hiring decisions based on an applicant’s criminal history and avoiding Title VII liability, if refusing to hire certain...more

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California Holds that Job Applicants May Bring Disparate Impact Claims under ADEA

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

On February 17, 2017, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California held that job applicants could proceed with their disparate impact claim brought under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act...more

Court Dismisses Disparate Impact Class Claims Due to Limited EEOC Charge

by BakerHostetler on

Disparate impact cases are different in kind from the far more common disparate treatment claims that are the staple of single-plaintiff discrimination cases. Disparate treatment claims, of course, are ones in which an...more

It Pays to Pay Attention to Impact When Considering Layoffs

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Unfortunately, many employers from time to time face the need to restructure or downsize their workforce. While the business climate or customer needs are often the driving force in a restructuring or layoff, there are a...more

Third Circuit Upholds Subgroup Disparate Impact Claims Under the ADEA

The Third Circuit Court of Appeals recently created a circuit split when it disagreed with prior decisions from the Second, Sixth, and Eighth Circuits regarding the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA). In...more

California Employers Are Subject to New Requirements When Using Criminal History Information

by Littler on

In April 2012, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued its long-awaited “Enforcement Guidance on the Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions Under Title VII of the Civil Rights...more

Third Circuit Permits ADEA “Subgroup” Claims

The Third Circuit recently held in Karlo v. Pittsburgh Glass Works, LLC, No. 15-3435, 2017 WL 83385 (3d Cir. Jan. 10, 2017), that workers in their 50s may be recognized as a “subgroup” of employees protected by the Age...more

Third Circuit Rules "Subgroup" Disparate Impact Claims Are Cognizable Under the ADEA

by Littler on

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit recently became the first appellate court to find that so-called “subgroup” disparate impact claims are cognizable under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), which...more

Religious Institutions Update: February 2017

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Timely Topics - A draft executive order of President Donald Trump relating to religious freedom proposes several material changes to federal law. First, it would require the executive branches to recognize a broad scope...more

Final FEHC Criminal History Regulations Approved, Move One Step Closer to Implementation

by Fisher Phillips on

On January 10th, the California Fair Employment and Housing Council (FEHC) approved proposed regulations related to employer use of criminal history information. The regulations will be filed with the Office of...more

Third Circuit Recognizes Disparate Impact Age Claim for 50-and-Older Subgroup of Employees

by K&L Gates LLP on

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit recently issued a decision that creates a circuit split on an issue involving disparate impact age discrimination claims under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (“ADEA”)....more

Republican members of House Financial Services Committee release new report on CFPB’s auto finance actions

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Republican members of the House Financial Services Committee recently released a report, prepared by the Republican Staff of the Committee, titled “Unsafe at Any Bureaucracy, Part III: The CFPB’s Vitiated Legal Case Against...more

Third Circuit Finds Older Workers Can Sue for Age Bias Even if Comparators Are 40-Plus

On January 10, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit held that “sub-group” disparate-impact claims are cognizable under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA). Karlo v. Pittsburg Glass Works,...more

Reductions in Force and the Older Workers Benefit Protection Act

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

It is generally a good idea for companies not to disclose biographical information about their employees, such as marital status, religion, or age. Good HR professionals counsel managers not to ask for such information during...more

Third Circuit Rules That Employment Practices Favoring Employees in Their 40s Over Those in Their 50s Could Constitute Age...

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

The Third Circuit Court of Appeals (which handles appeals of federal cases in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, and the Virgin Islands) recently ruled that a facially neutral workplace policy that disproportionately affects...more

Algorithms and bias: What lenders need to know

by White & Case LLP on

The algorithms that power fintech may discriminate in ways that can be difficult to anticipate—and financial institutions can be held accountable even when alleged discrimination is clearly unintentional....more

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