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Intern Anti-Discrimination Bill Signed By Governor

Capitol Watch – The Hartford Courant’s political site – tweeted the following yesterday: "Gov. Malloy has signed a bill protecting interns from workplace harassment and discrimination. And a review of the...more

Harassment “Must-Have” No. 5: No Retaliation!

It should be easy to avoid retaliation, right? Because retaliatory conduct is intentional – you can’t “accidentally” retaliate against someone. You can’t “negligently” seek payback....more

Cumulative Harassment Theory Must Include Individual Claims That Meet Severe and Pervasive Threshold

Sometimes, employees believe that they have been discriminated against or harassed based on their membership in multiple protected categories. Employers often receive EEOC charges that identify race and sex, or age and...more

No Quick Fix for Workplace Harassment, Social Scientists Tell EEOC Task Force at Open Meeting

Public Suggestions for Solutions To The Problem Will Be Solicited Through Suggestion Box On Special Web Page, Task Force Announces - WASHINGTON - There is no one magic bullet to stop workplace harassment or prevent its...more

Harassment “Must-Have” no. 4: The Determination

It’s the moment of truth! (Dum-dum-DUM!) Two weeks ago, we talked about harassment “must-haves” 1 and 2: a good, plain-language policy, and training. Last week, we talked about “must-have” 3: the investigation....more

“Must-Haves” For Your Harassment Investigation

Last week, I posted about harassment “must-haves” for employers, and talked in detail about the first two: a good policy, and training. This week I’d like to talk about “must-have” no. 3 – a prompt, thorough, and fair...more

Employment Law in Colombia: Part II

This article is the second in a series which provides an overview of employment law in Colombia and will focus on laws prohibiting discrimination and harassment in the workplace and remedies available to employees for...more

It Takes Two (Racial Slurs to Support a Claim of Harassment, That Is)

Before we begin the analysis of the recent Fourth Circuit opinion in Boyer-Liberto v. Fontainebleau, let’s take a moment to clear something up: When asking how many times an employee may permissibly hurl a racial slur at...more

Asking Supervisor to Stop Harassment Qualifies as Protected Activity Under Title VII

A recent Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling may concern employers, since it gives a broad definition to Title VII retaliation claims. On April 22, the court of appeals affirmed the trial court in ruling that informal...more

Fourth Circuit Joins Other Federal Courts in Broadly Interpreting the Scope of Title VII Retaliation Claims

On May 7, 2015, the Fourth Circuit ruled that an isolated instance of harassment, if "extremely serious," can create a hostile work environment, and that complaining about such harassment constitutes protected activity under...more

[Event] Breakfast With Your Labor Lawyer - June 3, Palo Alto, CA

Please join us for Sheppard Mullin's annual “Breakfast with Your Labor Lawyer." 2015 presents significant developments in California labor and employment laws. We will explain how these new developments will affect day-to-day...more

Is This New Harassment Decision The End Of The World For Employers?

Are harassment and retaliation lawsuits all going to the jury now? Are employers doomed? Are the plaintiffs’ lawyers popping the champagne corks? Is the EEOC dancing for joy?...more

Fourth Circuit Lowers the Bar in Title VII Harassment and Retaliation Cases

On May 7, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (covering Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia and Maryland) issued an opinion that potentially makes it easier for employees to survive...more

New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority Fined for Whistleblower Harassment

New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has had plenty of public troubles lately, the most recent of which has resulted in a fine of more than $50,000 after the agency was found guilty of harassing a...more

Complaint to a Harassing Supervisor Is Enough to Support a Title VII Retaliation Claim

An employee’s harassment complaint made directly to the harassing supervisor can be sufficient “protected activity” to support a Title VII retaliation claim, the 6th Circuit ruled last week in EEOC v. New Breed Logistics....more

Sixth Circuit Finds that Verbal Demand to Supervisor to Cease Harassing Behavior is Protected Activity Under Title VII

Most practitioners know that Title VII prohibits retaliation against any employee because he or she “opposed any practice made an unlawful employment practice [by the statute].”...more

Texas Supreme Court: Opposition to Inappropriate but not Unlawful Acts is not Protected Activity Under Texas Law

On April 24, 2015, the Supreme Court of Texas released an opinion in a case brought under Texas law that will help Texas employers defend themselves against claims of retaliation. In San Antonio Water System v. Nicholas, the...more

Protected Title VII Conduct Can Be As Simple As Telling Your Boss to Stop Harassing You

The Sixth Circuit recently ruled “a demand that a supervisor cease his/her harassing conduct constitutes protected activity covered by Title VII,” so that employees who tell a boss to stop harassing them are protected from...more

Transgender Rights in the Workplace: A Guide for Employers to Protect Against Harassment & Discrimination

Last week, President Obama signed an executive order banning discrimination against gay or transgender federal employees and contractors. On the same day, the first gender-neutral bathroom became available in the White House....more

Manager was not a “competent person” to conduct harassment / violence investigation under Canada Labour Code: Court

The Federal Court has held that a manager was not a “competent person” to conduct a workplace harassment investigation under the Canada Labour Code because the employee who filed the complaint had not agreed that the manager...more

2015 Employment Law Issues Tournament: Second Round Results and Recaps

If you thought the Round of 64 was wild, then wait until you see what happened during the second round. Let’s just say that some shocking upsets left many a bracket busted wide open....more

$15 Million Awarded to Former Employees For Harassment and Discrimination

A trucking and ground support services company is paying dearly for alleged employee discrimination and harassment. Last month, a jury awarded nearly $15 million to seven former employees who sued the company over practices...more

New 'Digest of EEO Law' Issued by EEOC

Includes Key Federal Sector Decisions, Special Article on Harassment - WASHINGTON - The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today announced that the latest edition of its federal sector Digest of Equal...more

Employment Law in Switzerland: Part III

This article is the third in a series which will provide an introduction to employment law in Switzerland and will cover the basic laws applicable to prohibitions against discrimination and harassment and the remedies...more

New Jersey Supreme Court Provides Guidance to Employers Defending Against Certain Supervisory Harassment Claims

On February 11, 2015, the New Jersey Supreme Court for the first time directly addressed and adopted the standard set forth in the U.S. Supreme Court's 1998 decisions in Burlington Industries, Inc. v. Ellerth and Faragher v....more

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