Gender Discrimination

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New EEOC and OFCCP Guidance Highlight DOL Focus on Gender Discrimination

In connection with last week's United State of Women Summit, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued updated guidance on sex...more

Female deputy’s different treatment poses problem for sheriff

For many years, law enforcement was a male-dominated profession. Recently, police and sheriff departments have made strides to increase the number of female officers. All employers must ensure they are treating male and...more

DOJ and DOE issue guidance on privacy rights of transgender students

On May 13, 2016, the Department of Justice and the Department of Education issued a “Dear Colleague Letter” (DCL) describing reasonable steps to protect transgender students under Title IX of the Educational Amendments of...more

Really? Viable Retaliation Claim for MA Employee Terminated For Secretly Searching Company Files

Seyfarth Synopsis: An employer terminated an employee for secretly searching for confidential documents on her employer’s computer system to use against the employer as part of a discrimination complaint. Massachusetts’...more

Final Gender Discrimination Rule for Federal Contractors Issued

Federal contractor healthcare plans, leave policies, accommodation practices, gender identity protections, and other employment practices to face increased scrutiny. For the first time in more than 40 years, the US...more

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Issues New Guidance on Women’s Rights in the Workplace

On June 14, 2016, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC or Commission) participated in the White House United State of Women Summit. Coinciding with the Summit, the EEOC issued three resource documents that...more

OFCCP Issues Final Regulations on Sex Discrimination for Government Contractors

On June 15, 2016, the U.S. Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) published a final rule detailing the obligations of federal contractors to ensure nondiscrimination on the basis of sex, and to take...more

Department Of Education Issues Guidance on Improving Gender Equity in Career and Technical Education Programs

On June 15, 2016, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) in conjunction with the Department’s Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) issued a Dear Colleague Letter (“Letter”)...more

Updating Your Employee Handbook for 2016

Employee handbooks are an important way for employers to communicate rules, expectations and benefits to employees. They also can serve as a way for the company to establish its brand and convey its history and corporate...more

OFCCP Releases Final Rule on Gender Discrimination

On June 14, 2016, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) released its updated final rule regarding sex/gender discrimination. The stated purpose of the update was to revise OFCCP’s decades old guidance...more

DOL Issues New Sex Discrimination Rules for Federal Contractors

For the first time in more than four decades, the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has revised sex discrimination regulations for federal contractors and subcontractors....more

OFCCP Publishes Final Rule Modernizing Sex Discrimination Guidelines

For the first time in more than four decades, OFCCP revised its Sex Discrimination Guidelines prohibiting discrimination by government contractors on the basis of sex (the “final rule”). The final rule applies to employers...more

OFCCP Releases Broad Gender Discrimination Rule - Contractors To Be Brought From ‘Mad Men’ To Modern Era

Declaring that it is time to “bring these old guidelines from the 'Mad Men' era to the modern era,” the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) just announced a final rule revising sex discrimination guidelines...more

Court-Sanctioned Employee Theft? Self-Help Discovery May Be Protected Activity In Discrimination Cases

Recently in Verdrager v. Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky & Popeo, P.C., No. SJC-11901, 2015 WL 10937776 (Mass. May 31, 2016), the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts held, as a matter of first impression, that...more

OFCCP Updates Sex Discrimination Guidelines for Federal Contractors

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs issued a final rule yesterday, enforcing Executive Order 11246 and updating its sex discrimination guidelines for federal contractors. Prior to yesterday’s issuance, the...more

OFCCP Issues Final Rule on Sex Discrimination

On June 14, 2016, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) announced publication of its long-awaited final rule on sex discrimination. This rule, in the form of regulations, updates the OFCCP’s 1970 guidance...more

Beauty is in the Eye of the…Defendant? Termination for Attractiveness Found Not to be Gender Discrimination

Is cuteness a protected class? Most of our mothers would say it should be. However, a recent decision in New York found a woman could not bring suit against her former employer based on her allegation that she was terminated...more

Discrimination of LGBT is Sex Discrimination: EEOC Guidance Clearly Outlines the Commission’s Position

As discussions regarding the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (“LGBT”) employees in the workplace increase, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC” or “Commission”) offers guidance concerning...more

May 2016 Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News Update

TELECOM SALES AND MARKETING AGENTS GAIN CERTIFICATION IN IC MISCLASSIFICATION CLASS ACTION. A New York federal district court grants conditional certification of a proposed FLSA nationwide collective action brought against...more

NYCCHR Issues Info Card Regarding Discrimination Based on Gender Identity and Expression

Seyfarth Synopsis: The New York City Commission on Human Rights has issued a Gender Identity and Expression “Info Card,” expanding on its recent enforcement guidance, and reminding covered entities that they must permit...more

Employee’s Self-Help Discovery May Be Protected Activity Under Massachusetts Anti-Retaliation Law

On May 31, 2016, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts held in Verdrager v. Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky & Popeo, P.C. that an employee’s accessing, copying and forwarding of an employer’s confidential documents...more

Fourth Circuit Finds Rebellious Behavior by Subordinates Insufficient to Constitute Hostile Work Environment

Most hostile environment harassment claims brought under Title VII involve allegations of offensive conduct by the plaintiff’s supervisors or co-workers. In a few situations, the employee alleges that his or her subordinates...more

No bluff: Wright demands equal pay on House of Cards

Actress Robin Wright, who plays the formidable Claire Underwood on House of Cards, is the latest in the entertainment world to speak out on equal pay. According to a recent interview, Wright demanded equal pay after...more

NYC Lays Down Law (And The Wave Of The Future?) On Gender Identity Discrimination

We have seen a veritable maelstrom of controversy surrounding transgender rights and other gender identity issues in the past year, and especially in the last several weeks, with everyone weighing in on the subject from...more

Federal Government Issues Guidance to Schools on Title IX and Transgender Students

In a move that made headlines across the country, two federal government agencies issued a significant guidance document last week interpreting Title IX's requirements for protecting transgender students' rights....more

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