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California’s New Guidance & FAQs for Employers of Transgender Employees

On February 17, 2016, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) announced that it was issuing a guidance on how to comply with the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), which was geared toward...more

To wear, or not to wear: that is the policy

Workplace dress codes are once again in the spotlight. British Airways' dress code policy came under scrutiny for requiring female cabin crew to wear skirts. Two dress code policies of employers in France and Belgium caused...more

The New California Regulations, Part II: The Transgender Workforce

The California Office of Administrative Law recently approved regulations drafted by the California Fair Employment and Housing Council. These new regulations, covering the entire gamut of employment law topics within the...more

With Adverse Employment Action Absent, Court Denies EEOC’s Motion For Reconsideration In Religious Accommodation Case

In an important EEOC case involving the intersection of company dress code policies and the rights of employees seeking religious accommodations, following a grant of both parties’ summary judgment motions in part, which we...more

CAS Legal Mailbag Question of the Week - March 2016

Dear Legal Mailbag: Call me old-fashioned, but I have become increasingly disappointed in how the teachers at my school have been dressing. It is not uncommon for male teachers to wear ratty work shirts and jeans, and...more

DFEH Releases New Guidance Regarding Transgender Employees

The Department of Fair Employment and Housing (“DFEH”) recently issued new guidance for employers to prevent discrimination against transgender employees, who are protected under California’s Fair Employment & Housing Act...more

DFEH Issues Guidelines Regarding Transgender Employees

On February 17, 2016, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (“DFEH”) issued guidelines on transgender employee rights. These guidelines address what questions employers can ask transgender employees (during...more

NYC Offers Guidance on Avoiding Discrimination Based on Gender Identity

The guidance may help employers nationally comply with the trend toward protecting transgender individuals’ rights. Despite their increasingly positive representation in US media and culture (e.g., Caitlyn Jenner and the...more

Preparing for the Oscars: Can You Retaliate Against Your Worst-Dressed Employees?

The door opens. All eyes turn to watch the smiling woman as she strides across the carpet. Wait, is she wearing what I think she’s wearing? Oh my. What do you do when the outfit your employee is wearing makes your...more

The NYC Commission on Human Rights Issues Sweeping Guidance Related to its Long-Standing Gender Discrimination Prohibition

On December 21, 2015, the New York City Commission on Human Rights (the “Commission”) issued enforcement guidance (the “Guidance”) regarding discrimination on the basis of gender identity or expression. The Guidance explains...more

NYC Human Rights Commission Takes Expansive View of Gender ID Discrimination

The New York City Commission on Human Rights has just released a Human Rights Legal Enforcement Guidance on Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity or Expression. The Guidance defines eight categories of discriminatory...more

NYC Commission on Human Rights Issues Guidelines on Transgender Discrimination

On December 21, 2015, the New York City Commission on Human Rights issued new enforcement guidelines regarding discrimination on the basis of gender identity or expression. While the City Council added transgender protections...more

New York City Commission on Human Rights Releases Enforcement Guidance on Gender Identity and Expression Discrimination (NYC...

New York City is finishing off a strong year on the employment law front. Earlier this year, the City Council passed laws that banned the box and all but eliminated credit checks. It also passed a law requiring employers to...more

Ending the Year With A Bang: NYC Bans “Caregiver” Discrimination and Issues Sweeping Gender Identity/Expression Discrimination...

So much for a quiet year-end for New York City employers. In the final weeks of 2015, NYC government officials took two actions that will have a significant impact on the city’s business community, first passing a bill...more

Call Me Rachael: New York City Issues New Guidance on Gender Identity Rules

New York City’s Commission on Human Rights issued a document entitled “Legal Enforcement Guidance on the Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity or Expression: Local Law No. 3” on December 21. The Commission enforces...more

Can You Judge A Book By Its Cover? Adopting And Enforcing Dress Codes And Appearance Policies

Many hospitality employers impose strict guidelines on employee appearance, dress, and grooming – and for legitimate reasons. These rules protect your public image, promote a productive work environment, comply with health...more

Court Dismisses Police Officers’ Class Action Complaint Regarding Anti-Tattoo Policy

In a recent order in Medici, et al. v. City of Chicago, Case No. 15 C 5891, 2015 WL 6501153 (N.D. Ill. Oct. 27, 2015), Judge Charles P. Kocoras of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois dismissed a...more

Halloween Costumes in the Workplace: Fun Bonding or Scary Nightmare?

Unless you run Disneyland or an establishment for exotic dancers, your workplace is probably not used to its employees wearing masks, fake blood or scanty suggestive outfits. Not only is your company not used to it, but it...more

Court Allows EEOC’s Discrimination Suit Over Religious Garb To Proceed To Jury

In an order recently issued in EEOC v Jetstream Ground Services, Inc., Case No. 13-CV-02340 (D. Colo. Sept. 29, 2015), Judge Christine Arguello of the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado ruled that the EEOC had...more

New Jersey’s Law Against Discrimination Does Not Go So Far As To Protect “Weight, Appearance, or Sex Appeal”

The New Jersey Appellate Division recently affirmed summary judgment for the defense on several claims in the widely-followed “Borgata Babes” case, reining in the plaintiffs’ attempt to expand the New Jersey Law Against...more

Court Allows EEOC to Join Transgender / Sex Discrimination Lawsuit against First Tower Loan

Lake Charles Location Terminated Employee Because of Transgender Status, Commission Charges - NEW ORLEANS - Mississippi-based First Tower Loan, LLC violated federal law by firing a Lake Charles, La., manager-trainee...more

Retailers Should Heed Supreme Court Guidance On Religion

Earlier this summer, the U.S. Supreme Court held that retail giant Abercrombie & Fitch committed religious discrimination by refusing to hire an applicant (EEOC v. Abercrombie & Fitch, read Alert here). The company believed...more

A Return Of “Common Sense” To The Courtroom? DC Circuit Concludes That AT&T Connecticut Was Justified In Banning Employees From...

How would you feel if a telephone or cable repair person showed up at your residence wearing a t-shirt that said “Inmate”? In Southern New England Telephone Company v. National Labor Relations Board the United States Court...more

Dealership Handbooks Remain In The NLRB's Crosshairs

As we advised almost a year ago, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has recently been subjecting dealership handbooks to increased legal scrutiny. Whether or not your dealership is unionized, your employment policies...more

Supreme Court Expands Religious Discrimination Liability

Most employers know that Title VII prohibits discrimination against applicants or employees based on religion. They also know that Title VII requires employers to provide reasonable, religion-based accommodations to employees...more

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