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Significant Changes Made to California’s Anti-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment Laws

California is constructing better protections for employees and reinforcing state laws that make clear it is an employer’s affirmative duty to take reasonable steps to prevent and promptly correct discriminatory and harassing...more

Is Sexual Harassment Training A Turn-Off For Men?

A semi-recent article in the New York Post — “The Corporate ‘Cure’ for Sexual Harassment Only Feeds the Disease” — cited a couple of studies that allegedly proved that sexual harassment training is worse than doing nothing...more

Fourth Circuit Says Standard for Adverse Action in Retaliation Claim is Significantly Lower Than That for Discrimination Claims

The Supreme Court’s 2006 Burlington Northern decision concluded that employers engage in retaliation against protected employees when they take action that would deter a reasonable person from filing an EEOC charge or...more

Workplace Bullying: What’s a Multinational Employer to Do?

Workplace bullying is increasingly acknowledged as a global issue, affecting most countries, professions, and workers. Although there is presently no law against workplace bullying in the United States, what about a US based...more

Post that policy: California FEHA amended regs take effect April 1, 2016

On April 1, 2016, amended regulations under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act will take effect. Any employers with employees in California should make sure they are in compliance with the new regulations...more

Amended California FEHA Regulations (Effective April 1, 2016)

All employers with employees in California should carefully review harassment, discrimination, and retaliation policies and practices to ensure compliance with amended FEHA regulations. New Requirements for a Written...more

New California Harassment Policy Requirements, Effective April 1

Amended FEHA regulations cover a wide range of compliance topics and may require California employers to update their harassment and discrimination policies....more

Notice to California Employers: New Rules Dictate Precisely What Must Be in Handbooks Regarding Harassment, Discrimination, and...

Beginning April 1, 2016, new California regulations (§11023 specifically) will require all California employers with more than five employees to have written policies regarding harassment, discrimination, and retaliation. ...more

It Isn’t An April Fool’s Joke – New Amendments to California’s Laws Against Discrimination Become Effective April 1

The adage that “there is no rest for the weary” is perhaps an all too familiar one for California employers. Although employers might have already spent the past few months implementing a host of new laws that took effect in...more

Bill 132 Update: Ontario’s Sexual Violence and Harassment Legislation to Become Law September 8, 2016

In a previous post, we reported on Ontario’s new sexual violence and harassment legislation, Bill 132, An Act to amend various statutes with respect to sexual violence, sexual harassment, domestic violence and related...more

Promoting Workplace Diversity in Times of Trouble

The population in the United States – and by extension, the workforce – is becoming increasingly diverse. According to projections from the U.S. Census Bureau, by 2044, racial and ethnic minorities will be the majority in the...more

The Costs of Workplace Bullying: Increasingly an Employer’s Duty of Care

Multinational employers know the importance of protecting against physical risks in the Workplace. Occupational health and safety legislation has for decades mandated that employers have a duty of care to provide a physically...more

Are Your Sales Practices Too Aggressive?

The Trade Descriptions Ordinance (TDO) prohibits traders from engaging in aggressive commercial practices, including harassment, coercion, or exerting undue influence on customers. DLA Piper explores what employers and...more

Eat, Drink and Be Wary...The Aftermath of Holiday Parties is Not So Merry

It's that time of year. Stores are playing holiday music on a non-stop loop, and peppermint-flavored coffee is being served in red cups. With the merriment of the holiday season, many employers celebrate the year's...more

Anti-Discrimination, Anti-Harassment, Anti-Retaliation Policies: Best Practices

Especially after New York Governor Cuomo’s expansion of the protection of women in the workplace through his Women’s Equality Agenda and his directive to the New York State Division of Human Rights to draft regulations to...more

Anonymous Threats Cannot Be Ignored

Employee complaints based on anonymous harassment pose special problems for employers. How do you uncover the source of the problem when no one is able to identify who acted inappropriately? ...more

What is “Actionable” for Harassment Claims To Succeed

As I continue recapping various sessions from the ABA Labor & Employment Law Annual Conference last week in Philadelphia, it’s time to turn to what makes claims “actionable” under today’s harassment laws. In other words,...more

Discipline Based on Social Media Activity – An Update

Social media is no longer trendy. It’s commonplace, and so is discipline imposed because an employee posts something inappropriate. According to a Proskauer survey, 70 percent of employers report taking disciplinary action...more

T.J. Simers Discrimination Trial: We Thought He’d Never Rest!

T.J. Simers, a well-known former sports columnist for the Los Angeles Times, is suing the Times for age and disability discrimination and is seeking $18 million. We’re providing regular coverage and analysis of the jury...more

Straight From The Source: EEOC’s 10 Hottest Litigation Trends

Last week I heard David Lopez, General Counsel of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, speak about EEOC litigation developments at the annual North Carolina/South Carolina Labor and Employment Law conference....more

When Employee Models for Playgirl, Harassment May Be “Because of Sex”

Late last month, a federal court in Connecticut took another look at the prohibition of discrimination “because of sex” with a case that has all the elements of a “can you believe it” fact-pattern that will surely be used for...more

“Like” it or Not? Tips for Addressing Employee Social Media Use

At first, employee social media use sounds like a matter of common sense. Candidates for a job should be careful what they post on social media sites, and make sure they’re not sharing any unsavory details about their past...more

Something is Rotten at the Pork Roll Company … and it’s not the Pork Rolls: Flatulent Employee (and his Wife) Bring Claims for...

Is passing gas now protected by our anti-discrimination laws? Over the past several years, we have written extensively about the possibility of obesity discrimination lawsuits becoming the next wave of disability...more

Top 10 Workplace Investigation Mistakes: Part I

Resolving conflict in the workplace is a key issue for employers. Legal requirements have continued to expand in terms of what courts expect employers to do in order to prevent and correct wrongful behavior. In response,...more

Gorilla Schtick, Juneteenth, And Quit While You’re Ahead

CorpCar Services of Houston (Texas) lost a racial harassment lawsuit filed by two employees based on a dancing gorilla (played by a white woman) who was hired to “entertain” at a mandatory safety meeting. The gorilla’s...more

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