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Sex Harassment in the Workplace: An Uptick in Cases, Awareness or Both?

The last few weeks it seems that I’ve been reading about sexual harassment in the workplace issues a lot more. Here are a few examples...more

Fired employee’s Facebook post calling company “s—hole” showed dismissal for workplace outbursts, threat was indeed appropriate

An employee who yelled and swore at a manager about a written test for a maintenance position, and a few days later took a gun out of a box in the company parking lot and “pumped it”, was fired for cause, an arbitrator has...more

Do you have privacy rights on social media?

True or False: Your privacy rights are diminished in social media. Most people would probably say this is true, and there are certainly court decisions asserting that people give up privacy interests once they post otherwise...more

Cha-Ching: The High Cost of Failing to Remedy Workplace Discrimination

Last week, Gretchen Carlson, the Fox News anchor, sued Fox News chairman Roger Ailes, accusing him of harassment and sexism. Though Ailes denies the allegations, the trial will be closely followed, both because of the...more

Sex harassment myth: “He said/she said” is no big deal.

I assume everyone has heard by now about Gretchen Carlson’s sexual harassment lawsuit against Roger Ailes, head of Fox News. I read the lawsuit yesterday, and some of the things that Mr. Ailes allegedly said struck me as...more

EEOC's Select Task Force Study of Harassment Provides Robust Training Guidance

Last month the EEOC’s Select Task Force on the Study of Harassment in the Workplace issued a long-awaited report. That report is a four-part, 88-page document — meaning digesting the report is a hefty task. Fortunately, the...more

EEOC Sues Bojangles For Sex Harassment and Retaliation

Restaurant Chain Subjected Transgender Employee to Sex Harassment, Then Fired Her for Complaining, Federal Agency Charges - FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. - Bojangles Restaurants, Inc., a North Carolina corporation operating a chain...more

California Court of Appeal Finds Fact Investigation by Outside Counsel is Privileged

In City of Petaluma v. Superior Court (Andrea Waters), the California Court of Appeal recently held that outside counsel's fact investigation of an employee's harassment and discrimination claims conducted prior to litigation...more

Workplace Harassment: EEOC Challenges Employers To Step Up Their Approach

Seyfarth Synopsis: New EEOC study calls for employers to “reboot” workplace harassment prevention efforts, outlines statistics, risks and administrative recommendations. On June 20, 2016, two Commissioners of the U.S....more

Harassment Still a Big Problem at U.S. Employers, New EEOC Report Finds

In a new report from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the authors note that they were “deeply troubled” by the persistence of workplace harassment.    According to the workplace harassment statistics cited in the...more

Employment Law - June 2016 #3

LA Doubles Down on Sick Leave, Minimum Wage Increase - Why it matters - Already facing new California employment-related requirements—including the adoption of mandatory sick leave and an uptick in the minimum...more

NJ Supreme Court Finds For Employees In Two Recent Cases

Seyfarth Synopsis: In two recent cases, the New Jersey Supreme Court unanimously expanded state law to protect individuals going through a divorce from discrimination, and remanded another case to the trial court with...more

Prevention and Early Intervention: Employers’ New Defences to Harassment Claims in France | Actions préventives et intervention...

In a significant change of direction, the French Supreme Court has held that an employer will not be liable for workplace harassment where it puts in place specific measures prior to and after the harassment taking place....more

DHD Ventures Management Company, Inc. To Pay $40,000 to Settle EEOC Racial Harassment and Retaliation Lawsuit

New York-Based Real Estate Management Company Fired Employees In Retaliation For Complaining About Racial Harassment, Federal Agency Charges - GREENVILLE, S.C. - DHD Ventures Management Company, Inc., a New York-based...more

Taking Workplace Training to the Next Level: EEOC Task Force Recommends Live, Interactive Harassment Prevention Training

On June 20, 2016, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission released a 130-page report (“the Report”) on harassment in the workplace. The Report contains 45 specific recommendations and identifies 12 “risk factors”...more

EEOC Releases Draft Guidance Regarding National Origin Discrimination

Earlier this month, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released a draft of its new proposed enforcement guidance regarding national origin discrimination under Title VII – the first guidance it has issued on...more

North Carolina Cyberbullying statute struck down as unconstitutional

On February 9, 2012, Robert Bishop was arrested and charged with one count of cyberbullying under the North Carolina Cyberbullying statute, which states that it is “unlawful for any person to use a computer or computer...more

A Call For Harmony Between The EEOC And NLRB’s Rules Concerning Prevention And Investigation Of Workplace Harassment

Seyfarth Synopsis: The EEOC’s Select Task Force on the Study of Harassment in the Workplace offers insight into how employers’ harassment prevention policies can change for the better and, in furtherance of this desire for...more

The EEOC Special Task Force Issues Its Report on the Study of Harassment in the Workplace and Finds that “We Have Come Far But...

The EEOC Special Task Force (“Task Force”) has spent the last 18 months examining the myriad and complex issues associated with harassment in the workplace. Thirty years after the U.S. Supreme Court held in the landmark case...more

Employment Law - June 2016 #2

California Considers Extending Fair Pay Act to Race, Ethnicity - Why it matters - Reflecting the nationwide trend of pay equity, a new bill under consideration by California legislators would extend the state's Fair...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: June 2016 #3

Last week, cybersecurity was a big issue. Fortune reported that the average cost of a data breach is $4 million, and Inc. explained that even mom-and-pop shops can be victims of a hack. HR Examiner framed the discussion a...more

InterConnect - Summer 2016

On April 6, 2016, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published its Final Rule on the Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food (the Final Rule). These long-awaited regulations were mandated by the Food Safety...more

UK Tribunal Defines Some Limits on Employee Privacy Protections and Expands Anti-Discrimination Rights

Employee’s Privacy Rights - European courts continue to grapple with the limits on employee protections under Article 8 of the European Convention of Human Rights. Article 8 protects a person’s right to respect for...more

Is Your Organization Prepared for Ontario Bill 132?

On September 8, 2016, new legislation in Ontario will go into effect requiring employers to investigate incidents or complaints of harassment or sexual harassment in the workplace. Employers with employees in Ontario will...more

The War to Stay Secure: Online Privacy and the Battle in the Civil Courts against Sexual Cyberharassment

Privacy Is Fundamental, Right? Over one hundred years ago, Samuel Warren and Louis Brandeis recognized that individual rights were fundamental and “as old as the common law.” Samuel D. Warren & Louis D. Brandeis, The...more

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