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U.S. Court of Appeals Upholds MSHA’s Right to Obtain Personnel Records from Mine Operators

by Stoel Rives LLP on

On July 18, in Hopkins County Coal, LLC v. Perez, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit issued an opinion upholding two citations and an order issued to a mine operator, Hopkins County Coal, for its refusal to turn...more

Pennsylvania employers beware: One slur by a supervisor can now create a hostile work environment.

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

The Third Circuit recently ruled that a single extreme act of discrimination can produce an actionable hostile work environment claim. In doing so, the court clarified that the legal standard for such claims requires that an...more

Champion Fiberglass Sued by EEOC for Systemic Race and National Origin Discrimination

Federal Agency Charges Local Company Engaged in Practices That Unlawfully Discriminated Against Non-Hispanic Applicants - HOUSTON - Champion Fiberglass, Inc., a Houston-area manufacturing company, violated federal...more

Big 5 Sporting Goods Sued by EEOC for Racial Harassment

Black Employee Taunted with Racial Slurs and Death Threats, Federal Agency Charges - SEATTLE - One of the Western United States' largest sports retailers, Big 5 Sporting Goods, violated federal law when it allowed ongoing...more

New National Origin Discrimination Regs: FEHC Hears Public Comments

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: On July 17, 2017, the California Fair Employment and Housing Council (FEHC) heard public comments on its proposed regulations covering national origin discrimination under the FEHA. Discussion centered on...more

EEOC Sues Connections CSP For Disability Discrimination

Human Services Provider Unlawfully Fired Employees Who Needed Medical Leave, Federal Agency Charges - WILMINGTON, Del. - Connections CSP, Inc., one of Delaware's largest non-profit organizations that provides health care,...more

Third Circuit Holds that A Single Word Can Lead to Liability for Hostile Work Environment

Most employers take proactive steps to prevent and eliminate workplace harassment. Until recently, courts recognized and rewarded the proactive approach. Businesses in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware could avoid...more

It’s Reasonable to Employ Marijuana Users

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

A requested accommodation for a disability is not unreasonable as a matter of law just because it is illegal under federal law, says the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court in a recent case. As applied there, the result is...more

EEOC Sues Capstone Logistics For Disability Discrimination

Human Services Provider Unlawfully Fired Employees Who Needed Medical Leave, Federal Agency Charges - WILMINGTON, Del. - Connections CSP, Inc., one of Delaware's largest non-profit organizations that provides health care,...more

EEOC Sues Advanced Home Care For Disability Discrimination

Call Center Violated Federal Law by Refusing Accommodation for Employee With Asthma and COPD and Then Firing Her, Federal Agency Charges - CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Advanced Home Care, Inc., a North Carolina nonprofit corporation...more

New Connecticut Law Enhances Protections for Pregnant Employees

by Littler on

A new Connecticut law significantly enhances existing anti-discrimination protections for pregnant employees. “An Act Concerning Pregnant Women in the Workplace,” (the “Act”) signed into law by Governor Dannel Malloy on July...more

Eleventh Circuit Sets the Stage for U.S. Supreme Court Certification on Whether Sexual Orientation is Protected by Title VII

by FordHarrison on

On March 10, 2017, in Evans v. Georgia Regional Hospital, a split panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit held that it was bound by prior precedent that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 does not...more

EEOC To Employers: Requiring Employees to Return to Work with “No Restrictions” Could Get You Sued

Before the Americans with Disabilities Act (and there was a time before the ADA), it was not uncommon to require employees to have a doctor’s note returning them to work “with no restrictions.” That won’t work in today’s ADA...more

M&T Bank Sued by EEOC for Disability Discrimination at Hudson City Savings Bank

Predecessor Bank Refused to Accommodate Bank Branch Employees' Disabilities and Put Them on Involuntary Leave, Federal Agency Charges - NEW YORK - The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed suit today...more

EEOC Sued Diversified Maintenance Systems for Race Discrimination and Retaliation

Tampa-Based Janitorial Service Provider Rejected African-Americans for Jobs and Punished Black Employee for Opposing Discrimination, Federal Agency Charges - BALTIMORE - Janitorial Service Provider Diversified Maintenance...more

Different but Equivalent: Fourth Circuit Clarifies Parameters of Leave Under Family and Medical Leave Act

On May 16, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, which governs cases pending in North Carolina, issued an opinion that reveals the parameters within which an employer may fill an employee’s position...more

EEOC Sues Gold, Inc. / Sammy’s Gentlemen’s Club For Sex Discrimination

Company Refused to Hire Male Job Applicant Because of His Sex and Failed to Maintain Required Records of Job Applications, Federal Agency Charges - BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Gold, Inc., d/b/a Sammy's Gentlemen's Club, a...more

Philadelphia Empowers Agency to Shut Down Discriminating Businesses

by Morgan Lewis on

Businesses in the “City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection” must now take this slogan seriously, ensuring no discrimination against patrons, or risk being shut down....more

Massachusetts Supreme Court Ruling will Lead to More Disappointments for Employers who Purchase EPLI Policies

by Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP on

Are you sleeping better knowing that you have purchased Employment Practices Liability Insurance (“EPLI”) to cover your company against employment claims? Well it may be time to wake up....more

New Law Empowers Philadelphia with Authority to Close Businesses Found to Discriminate

by Clark Hill PLC on

On May 17, 2017, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney signed a bill into law that gives the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations authority to impose an additional, harsher remedy on businesses that are found to have engaged in...more

Antonella’s Restaurant & Pizzeria to Pay $50,000 to Settle EEOC National Origin Discrimination Suit

Dutchess Co. Pizzerias Subjected Hispanic Employees to a Hostile Work Environment Because of Their National Origin, Federal Agency Charged - NEW YORK - A small group of pizzeria restaurants based in Wappinger Falls and...more

EEOC Holds Conversation With Society of Human Resource Management Foundation VP Tina Sung

AARP CEO Also Conducts Age Bias Dialogue With EEOC Acting Chair Victoria A. Lipnic - WASHINGTON - The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced today that Tina Sung from the Society for Human Resource...more

The EEOC Is Taking a Close Look at the Challenges Facing the ADEA

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is paying close attention to the issue of age discrimination and to the many challenges facing the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) 50 years after its enactment....more

EEOC increases pregnancy discrimination enforcement

by GableGotwals on

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is making pregnancy discrimination a priority. Since 2017 started, the commission has settled four lawsuits, totaling more than $400,000 in plaintiff relief. It’s become one of...more

Dear Littler: Do I Really Have to Let an Employee Bring an “Emotional Support Pig” to Work?

by Littler on

Dear Littler: One of our employees here in Iowa has requested to bring a pet pig to work for “emotional support” purposes. A pig! In a factory! Do I need to entertain her request? And if so, what do I tell other employees?...more

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