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Seventh Circuit Dismissal Signals Likely End to EEOC's Challenges to Employer-Sponsored Wellness Programs

Several years ago, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) raised employers’ eyebrows when it filed several lawsuits challenging the validity of employer-sponsored wellness programs. The EEOC contended that such...more

Compensation: Is it Becoming Employers’ Greatest Vulnerability?

A few weeks ago, a jury in New Jersey federal court found that Lockheed Martin discriminated against a former employee. The employee claimed that Lockheed violated federal and state laws by discriminating against him on the...more

New Year, Same Old Mistakes? Avoid Sexual Harassment At Your Dealership In 2017

Our last several Dealership Update newsletters have focused on new developments in dealership employment law, from heightened scrutiny of dealership arbitration agreements and employee handbooks, to the union threat in the...more

Is The New EEO-1 Form Here To Stay? Maybe Yes, And Maybe No . . .

As we have previously reported, the new EEO-1 Form is set to be used as of March 31, 2018, for the October-December “snapshot” period in 2017. The new form will require federal contractors and employers with 100 or more...more

Accommodating Mental Health Conditions – The EEOC's Latest Guidance and Some Practical Tips for Complying with the ADA

Complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act is not an easy task. Even if an employer does the document dance correctly, determining whether an accommodation is reasonable can be a tough call. Reasonable people can...more

Key Takeaways for Employers from the EEOC's Proposed Enforcement Guidance on Harassment

Thirty years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court held in the landmark case of Meritor Savings Bank v. Vinson that workplace harassment is an actionable form of discrimination prohibited by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964....more

Sorry, J-Lo and CeeLo: Real world requires carefully crafted employment dress codes

The Grammys aired on Sunday, February 12, 2017. Every year, audiences tune in to the glamorous awards show to watch the presentation of such celebrated accolades as “Song of the Year” and to take in the live performances of...more

Dollar General Sued By EEOC for Sexual Harassment

Female Employee Subjected to Unwelcome Comments and Gestures by Store Manager, Federal Agency Charges - OXFORD, Miss. - Dolgencorp, LLC, dba Dollar General Stores, Inc., violated federal law when it subjected female...more

6 Employment Actions That Can “Automatically” Land Your Hospital In Court

As a healthcare employer, it must be tempting to want to develop rigid workplace rules that will help newbie bosses reach conclusions almost automatically, especially where the best nurses or techs often become supervisors...more

The Blind Side: EEOC's "Proposed Enforcement Guidance on Harassment" Reminds Employers that Workplace Harassment Can Cost Them...

Background - On January 10, 2017, the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (the "EEOC") did employers a favor. It released "a proposed enforcement guidance addressing unlawful harassment under the...more

What’s in a Pronoun? Liability for Employers

Political correctness in the workplace has become increasingly complex. Employers who have referred to transitioning employees with the wrong pronoun have found themselves in the crosshairs of the EEOC. But what about those...more

Is Same-Sex Discrimination Considered “Sex Discrimination” Under Title VII? 

The Supreme Court made clear in 2015 that same-sex marriage is legal across the nation. However, two years later, we still are not clear whether a person’s sexual orientation is protected under Title VII’s “sex...more

Northwest Territorial Mint Settles EEOC Sexual Harassment Suit

Federal Agency Brings $725,000 Claim for Female Employees to Bankruptcy Court - SEATTLE - A federal judge has entered a consent decree approving a $725,000 settlement against Federal Way, Wash.-based precious metals...more

A Contingency Plan For A Contingent Workforce: Ensuring Workplace Protections For Staffing Agency Workers

Many companies engage staffing agencies to supply temporary, or even permanent, workers to support their operations. Such arrangements offer a variety of benefits, allowing employers to nimbly adjust the size of their...more

What’s in a “Like”?: Tips for Employers and In-House Counsel in Crafting Social Media Policies

Your colleagues are on social media. Ninety-seven percent of online adults aged 16-64 say they have visited or used a social network within the last month. Because social media continues to grow and constantly evolves,...more

What 2016 Workplace Class Actions Filings Suggest Employers Are Apt To Face In 2017

Seyfarth Synopsis: Workplace class action filings were flat overall and even decreased as compared to levels in 2015. However, that is apt to change in 2017. In the 4th in a series of blog postings on workplace class action...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: February 2017

The challenge of diversity in the technology sector continues to make headlines. Last week, Apple’s shareholders said they will challenge the company’s diversity initiatives at an upcoming shareholder meeting because the...more

Recent Court Decision on Wellness Programs Creates More Uncertainty

On January 25, 2017, the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit issued a decision in the case of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Flambeau, Inc. In Flambeau, the EEOC claimed the employer’s wellness program...more

EEOC Issues Proposed Enforcement Guidance on Unlawful Harassment

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is seeking public comment on its newly proposed enforcement guidance addressing unlawful workplace harassment under the federal anti-discrimination laws. The initial deadline for...more

EEOC’s Enforcement Guidance Urges Employers To Be Proactive in Preventing, Addressing Workplace Harassment

In its Proposed Enforcement Guidance on Unlawful Harassment issued on January 10, 2017, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) emphasizes that employers should take a proactive role in preventing harassment,...more

UPDATE: The City of Los Angeles Adopts "Ban the Box," Prohibiting Criminal Conviction Inquiry Prior to Job Offer

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring (the “Ordinance”) imposes a host of new unlawful hiring practices upon private employers regarding inquiries into criminal convictions. Chief among them, an...more

Is EEOC Regulation of Wellness Plans Legal? — Seventh Circuit Declines to Say Yes

The Seventh Circuit has stymied an EEOC attempt to declare that employer wellness plans violate the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”). The court decided that the issues raised by the suit are moot, and deferred to...more

EEOC Releases 2016 Enforcement Data: Charges Increase, Downward Trend in Litigation & Monetary Recovery, LGBT Charges Highlighted

Each year, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) releases data detailing the charges of workplace discrimination it receives, the number of enforcement suits filed and resolved, and any areas of targeted...more

Mandatory Flu Vaccinations? Immunize Yourself Against Religious Discrimination Claims

You are an HR generalist at a 300-bed community hospital. Your boss has instructed you to make sure that all personnel files document that the employee received the hospital’s annual mandatory flu vaccination. However, you...more

Workplace Harassment: EEOC’s Employer Best Practices

How can an employer best prevent workplace harassment from occurring, and deal with it effectively when it occurs? What would the EEOC say employers should do? This is my third and final installment on the proposed...more

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