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Employment Law Checkup 2014

Each year usually starts with a lot of resolutions and good intentions that fall by the wayside, mostly for lack of a plan. One resolution of all employers should be to update their policies and practices to comply with the...more

Benhar Office Interiors to Pay $90,000 to Settle EEOC Pregnancy Discrimination Suit

Federal Agency Charged Office Furniture Store with Refusing to Hire Applicant When It Learned She Was Pregnant - NEW YORK - Benhar Office Interiors LLC, a New York-based office furnishing and architectural store in...more

Riviera Consulting Company to Pay $100,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Suit

San Jose Management Consulting Company Fired Bookkeeper Due to Vision Impairment, Federal Agency Charged - SAN JOSE, Calif. - A San Jose-based business has agreed to pay $100,000 to a former employee fired because of...more

Sixth Circuit Rejects EEOC’s Expert Evidence In Proposed Pattern Or Practice Class Action Litigation

After a string of recent cases in which the agency has been forced to pay employer attorneys’ fees for bringing frivolous claims, the most recent zinger came from the Sixth Circuit last week in EEOC v. Kaplan Higher Education...more

A Check on the EEOC Attack on the Credit Check

We have written a few times about the EEOC’s closer inspection of background checks and the use of criminal records in employment decisions because of their potential adverse impact on classes of applicants. The EEOC has also...more

Direct Optical to Pay $53,000 to Settle Disability Discrimination Suit

Farmington Hills Optical Store Fired Employee Because of Request for Service Dog, Federal Agency Charged - DETROIT - Direct Optical, Inc., an optical store in Farmington Hills, Mich., will pay $53,000 and furnish other...more

Infographic: New EEOC Stats Show Critical Need for Improved Workplace Harassment Training

I personally find harassment and discrimination to be a very frustrating issue. We all know we shouldn’t do it. It’s intuitive. We learn from a very early age to treat people with kindness and to not discriminate, and yet,...more

Hot Employment Topics For 2014- Part VII: Same-Sex Workplace Harassment-The Hazards of a "Boys Will Be Boys" Policy

This is the seventh and last of a seven-part series describing "Hot Employment Topics for 2014." Part VII focuses upon "Same-Sex Workplace Harassment." The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit recently...more

Did the EEOC Try Hard Enough to Resolve Your Case Before Filing Suit?

In March, 2014, three powerful business groups urged the U.S. Supreme Court to consider an important issue at stake for employers in Mach Mining LLC v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission—can courts review the adequacy of...more

“Why I Oughta …” Leave Retaliation to the Stooges and Avoid Liability

Retaliation was a linchpin of the slap stick comedy of The Three Stooges. A retaliatory poke in the eye, a tit-for-tat clout to the top of the head, or a responsive jab to the gut — all animated by some well-coordinated but...more

Another Federal Player in the Social Media Sandbox

There seems to be room in the sandbox for lots of people to play. Recent recesses have seen the NLRB dominate the discourse over the do’s and don’ts when it comes to social media and employment law. But another federal...more

Employment Alert

In This Issue: EEOC's Latest Target - Severance Agreements; Pennsylvania's Unemployment Compensation Law May Require Employers to Provide Response to Unemployment Information Requests; and Supreme Court Clarifies that...more

The EEOC's Latest Target – Severance Agreements

Employers have long offered employees severance or other post-employment benefits in exchange for a waiver and general release of claims. Agreements of this kind often help make a difficult separation somewhat easier. By...more

EEOC Roundup (January 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

Act Now Advisory: How to Gather, Use, and Dispose of Background Information in Compliance with Federal Law - Helpful Guidance for...

The decision whether to hire or promote a particular job candidate is no small matter for employers, particularly in a climate where there are often numerous applicants for limited positions. To assist in this decision-making...more

Employment Law

Same-Sex Harassment Suits Yield Sizable Settlements - Why it matters: Same-sex sexual harassment made headlines recently after the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission reached settlements with two different...more

New Data Shows Dip in Discrimination Charges Filed with EEOC

Discrimination claims in FY 2013 fell by almost 6% from the previous fiscal year, according to new data released as a supplement to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's Performance and Accountability Report (PAR) for...more

Second Circuit Weighs In On Tort Litigation During Pending EEOC Proceeding

Last week, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a plaintiff’s filing of a charge of discrimination with the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) does not toll the statute of limitations for...more

Did You Know...New Informal Guidance From EEOC & FTC Re Background Checks

As we recently reported at our annual employment law update, additional restrictions are being placed on the use of background checks in light of the potential for disparate impact and invasion of the right to privacy....more

Does a 100% Healed Policy Violate the ADA? What to Require of Employees Returning From Leave

Earlier this month, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois denied a motion to dismiss a claim filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on behalf of a class of individuals challenging...more

The A, B, C’s of EEOC

You’ve found yourself in an EEOC mediation, with a charge that should not be particularly worrisome. But now, your supposedly neutral mediator is shaking his head and reporting that you can almost certainly expect to be sued...more

10 Strategies for Avoiding Retaliation Claims

Allegations of unlawful workplace retaliation have steadily risen over the last decade and now represent the most common type of discrimination claim filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) —topping even...more

Yes! Regular, Reliable Attendance At Work IS Important Under The ADA After All!

No matter what position the EEOC might take, I'll always take the position that an employee's regular, reliable attendance is an essential function of the job. So, when an employee wants to arrive at work at any time,...more

Employment Law - Feb 20, 2014

EEOC Stats on Enforcement and Litigation, Plus BOL Reports on Union Numbers - Why it matters: What was the most common type of discrimination charge filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in fiscal year...more

Another Reminder That Inflexible Employment Policies and the ADA Don’t Play Well Together – Court Refuses to Dismiss EEOC Action...

One theme that resonates throughout court decisions and EEOC filings over the last few years is that application of inflexible employment policies to disabled employees often runs afoul of the Americans with Disabilities Act...more

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