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TERMINATION: Not a ‘team player’… or sex discrimination?

From time to time, employers discharge employees because they’re “not a good fit” or “not a team player.” While these may be perfectly good reasons for ending someone’s employment, be aware that in some situations courts or...more

Fenwick Employment Brief - October 2013

In Davis v. Kiewit Pacific Company, Lisa Davis, a heavy machine operator and one of two female employees at a 100-employee excavation project, prevailed in her claims of gender discrimination, hostile work environment, and...more

EEOC Sues Newport News Industrial Corporation for Unlawful Retaliation

Company Terminated Employee for Complaining about Gender Discrimination, Federal Agency Charged - WILMINGTON, N.C. - Newport News Industrial Corporation violated federal law by firing a female employee after she...more

Rapid City Market to Pay $50,000 to Settle EEOC Finding of Discrimination Against Transgender Employee

Well-Performing Employee Fired Because of Gender Identity, Agency Charged - MINNEAPOLIS -- In a conciliation agreement with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), a Rapid City, S.D., supermarket owner...more

Four positive signs for employers on the legal front

In the last few weeks, there have been encouraging developments, from judge and jury alike, for employers fending off claims by disgruntled workers. New York jury finds in favor of employer on gender discrimination and...more

It’s Just Lunch Agrees to Pay $900,000 to Settle Discrimination Suit

The dating service It’s Just Lunch USA, LLC (“It’s Just Lunch”) will pay $900,000 to settle a suit alleging that the company discriminated against men....more

Oregon Court of Appeals Continues Debate About Status of Wrongful Discharge Claims In Oregon in Kemp v. Masterbrand Cabinets, Inc.

Last week the Oregon Court of Appeals issued its opinion in Kemp v. Masterbrand Cabinets, Inc., holding that the plaintiff’s common law wrongful discharge claim was not precluded by the statutory remedies then available under...more

Legal to Fire Female Employee for Being Irresistible?

The Iowa Supreme Court has recently withdrawn its December 21, 2012 opinion in the sex discrimination suit, Nelson v. Knight, and has declared that it will review the case....more

Labor Letter, July 2013: Can You Fire Someone For Being Too Sexy?

In a recent case decided by the Iowa Supreme Court, the judges held that such an action is acceptable under the law. Before your mind starts wandering too far about the repercussions of this decision, let’s not get ahead of...more

EEOC Sued Fred Fuller Oil Company for Sexual Harassment and Retaliation

Despite Prior Case by EEOC, Company Owner Again Harasses and Retaliates Against Female Employees, Federal Agency Charges - BOSTON - Fred Fuller Oil Company, a Hudson, N.H.-based oil company, violated federal law when...more

Employee’s Wrongful Termination And Defamation Claims Were Properly Dismissed

John McGrory alleged his employment was terminated because he is male and because he participated in his employer’s internal investigation. He also alleged defamation associated with a statement the vice president of human...more

Second Circuit Orders Arbitration and Reverses District Court’s Decision in Parisi v. Goldman, Sachs & Co., Finding No Substantive...

On March 21, 2013, the Second Circuit issued its highly-anticipated decision enforcing an arbitration clause and holding that a Title VII plaintiff does not have a substantive right to proceed on a class-wide basis in...more

March Madness Taking Hold Of Sixth Circuit

March gets the blood flowing for all of us basketball fans, and it appears the Sixth Circuit is no different. Last week, while many of you were game-casting or locating the "hide" button on your Web browser, the Sixth Circuit...more

Employee Was Properly Terminated For Lying And Failing To Cooperate During Company Investigation

John McGrory sued his former employer, alleging he was unlawfully retaliated against for being uncooperative and deceptive during a company investigation into allegations that he had discriminated against a subordinate...more

Supreme Court Asked To Decide If Retaliation Claims Require New Administrative Charge

On January 8, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court was petitioned to rule on whether employees must file a new or amended charge to pursue an employment retaliation claim arising from an initial Title VII discrimination charge....more

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