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Crazy Statistics: Protect Your Company From The 234 Million Dollar Beast with Discrimination and Harassment Training

Do you want to hear some CRAZY numbers? Of course you do, because just like me, you read about harassment and discrimination settlements for fun. (We are weird people, and probably need to take up a different hobby, but I...more

Federal Judge Rules Prime Trucking’s Same-Sex Training Policy Violates Federal Law

New Prime's Driver Training Program Discriminates Against Women, EEOC Charged and Court Agrees - ST. LOUIS - A federal judge ruled August 14 that New Prime, Inc., one the nation's largest trucking companies, violated...more

Six Tips for Avoiding Transgender Discrimination in the Workplace

Transgender employees present special concerns for employers when developing and applying personnel policies and procedures, from restroom access issues to preventing discrimination and harassment. Employers who do not...more

Fenwick Employment Brief - August 2014

Partial-Day Leave Deductions Lawful for Exempt Employees - A California court of appeal recently confirmed that employers may require exempt employees to use accrued leave for partial-day absences, even if shorter than...more

EEOC amps up attack on background checks

On April 25, 2012, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued its Enforcement Guidance on the Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of...more

Do Recent Events Impact Your Discrimination and Harassment Training?

You’ve probably already heard about President Obama’s executive order banning anti-LGBT workplace discrimination. The question is, how will it impact you and your organization? Have you heard that the EEOC recently...more

Food Rite Community Supermarket Settles EEOC Sex Discrimination Lawsuit

Richmond Store Denied Qualified Female Applicant Van Driver Job, Lawsuit Charged - RICHMOND, Va. - Lee's Food Corp., doing business as Food Rite Community Super­market, will pay $10,500 and provide other relief to ...more

Federal Contractors May Lose Contracts Because of Labor and Employment Law Violations

And here we go again. We have noted that the National Labor Relations Board is aggressively expanding employee protections and organized labor opportunities, that the EEOC has decided to claim many common provisions of...more

10 Ways Your Personnel Policies Are Exposing Your Company to Legal Risk (And What to Do About It)

Your company’s personnel policies set expectations and standards for your employees, and can be used as a key defense tool in litigation. Accordingly, it is important to conduct regular audits of these policies to ensure they...more

EEOC Sues MountainKing Potatoes for Sexual Harassment and Retaliation

Supervisors Harassed Female Farmworkers Over Period of Time, Then Punished Them for Complaining, Federal Agency Charges - DENVER - MountainKing Potatoes, the name under which Smokin' Spuds, Inc. and Farming Technology,...more

EEOC Issues Much-Anticipated Guidelines On Pregnancy Discrimination: Few Surprises, But Good Reminders

On July 14, 2014, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), which is charged with enforcing the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, issued guidance on an employer's light duty and leave obligations under the law. First,...more

Workplace Investigations: What You Need To Know

Employee complaints of discrimination, harassment and retaliation in the workplace have been on the rise over the past years. Employers and administrators must be ready to respond to these types of claims. In the...more

Controversy Surrounds EEOC’s Pregnancy Discrimination Guidance

On July 14, 2014, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) issued its controversial Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination and Related Issues, discussing pregnant employees’ rights under the Pregnancy Discrimination...more

MPW Industrial Services Will Pay $37,500 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

Company Fired Laborer Because of Back Impairment, Federal Agency Charged - PITTSBURGH -- MPW Industrial Services Inc., a provider of industrial cleaning, facility management and labor support services, will pay $37,500...more

The “Dirty Dozen”: Top 12 employer harassment mistakes

According to statistics collected by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, harassment charges have stayed relatively stable over the past three years, and the number of “cause” determinations has actually declined....more

Timing Is Everything: Employee Can Advance Pregnancy Discrimination Claim

On the heels of the EEOC’s recent guidance on pregnancy discrimination, a federal court has determined that an employee who was terminated based on future pregnancy-related job restrictions may proceed to trial on her...more

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION: Lifting restrictions weigh down employees’ ADA claims

Two recent court decisions considered whether employees who had permanent lifting restrictions were “qualified individuals” entitled to relief under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)....more

EEOC Roundup: June 2014

Employment is heavily regulated in the U.S., where it is illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person's race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or...more

Turner Machine Company Settles EEOC Retaliation Lawsuit for $80,000

Manufacturer Fired Engineer After He Filed a Discrimination Charge, Federal Agency Charged - NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Turner Machine Company will pay $80,000 and furnish other significant equitable relief to resolve a...more

Background Checks: Back to Basics

Recently two federal agencies, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC), issued joint guidance on job applicant and employee background checks and "What Employers Need to Know."...more

EEOC Sues City Colleges for Age Discrimination

Federal Agency Says College Refused To Hire Adjunct Professor for Full-time Position Because of Her Age - CHICAGO-- Harold Washington College, part of the City Colleges of Chicago system, violated federal law when it...more

EEOC Releases Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination Laws

Guidance Does Not Address State-specific Laws and Requirements - The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has released its new enforcement guidance on pregnancy discrimination issues. This is the first time in...more

NJ Appellate Courts Permit Employers to Shorten Statute of Limitations Period Through Employment Applications

A New Jersey Appellate Court recently held that a provision in an employment application shortening the statute of limitation from two years to six months was enforceable under New Jersey law. As a result, the employee’s...more

President Obama Issues Two Executive Orders in 10-Day Period

President Obama issued the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order on Wednesday, July 30 only 10 days after prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating based on sexual orientation and gender identity, in the...more

Many Private Sector Employers Limited Regarding Criminal History Inquiries - Illinois Is Now Among the Growing Number of States...

Illinois joins the growing number of states and localities across the country that have "ban-the-box" laws. Statutes that limit inquiry about criminal history during the application and hiring process are known informally as...more

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