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New EEOC Retaliation Guidance Seeks to Further Stack the Deck Against Employers

On January 21, 2016, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released its proposed changes to its guidance on workplace retaliation. These changes mark the first time the EEOC has modified its guidance in...more

Alleged Harassers' Intent Irrelevant to Hostile Environment Determination

Employers investigating allegations of workplace harassment sometimes receive explanations from the accused parties that they never meant to cause distress to the complaining employee. They justify their behavior as joking or...more

Socially Aware: The Social Media Law Update Volume 7, Issue 1

Three Steps To Help Ensure The Enforceability Of Your Website’s Terms Of Use - Operators of social media platforms and other websites typically manage their risks by imposing terms of use or terms of service for the...more

More Changes Ahead to the Rules of Professional Conduct?

Rule 8.4 of the Model Rules of Professional Conduct is a bit of a catch-all. In general terms, it prohibits "lawyer misconduct." Even more ambiguous, Rule 8.4(d) prohibits "conduct prejudicial to the administration of...more

Evidence and Social Media: Notes from the Canadian Twitter Trial

On Friday, January 22, 2016, the Ontario Court of Justice released reasons in R. v. Elliott, 2016 ONCJ 35. The case involved allegations that the accused engaged in criminal harassment of two women by repeatedly communicating...more

Rhino Energy WV Will Pay $62,500 to Settle EEOC National Origin Discrimination and Retaliation Suit

Mining Company Fired Polish-American Foreman Because He Complained About Slurs and Graffiti, Federal Agency Charged - BECKLEY, W.V. - Rhino Energy WV LLC will pay $62,500 and furnish significant relief to resolve a...more

Post-Paris and San Bernandino: The EEOC Weighs In on Anti-Muslim Workplace Discrimination

In the wake of Paris and San Bernandino, the EEOC has issued new “Questions and Answers” for employers concerning workers who are, or are perceived to be, Muslim or Middle Eastern. The agency issued companion questions and...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

EEOC Releases New Documents Concerning Workplace Discrimination Against Individuals Who Are, or Are Perceived to Be, Muslim or...

On December 23, 2015, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) chair, Jenny Yang, released a statement and two “question and answer” guidance documents concerning workplace discrimination against individuals who...more

EEOC Issues a Statement by Chair Jenny R. Yang to Address Workplace Discrimination Against Individuals Who Are, or Are Perceived...

WASHINGTON -- In the wake of tragic events at home and abroad, EEOC urges employers and employees to be particularly mindful of instances of harassment, intimidation, or discrimination in the workplace against vulnerable...more

When A Customer Harasses Your Employee – What Should You Do?

As an employer, what do you do when one of your employees reports being sexually harassed by a vendor? Easy, right? You call the vendor’s boss and say, “If you want to continue doing business with us, then you will not...more

Many Bases of Discrimination Can Lead to Harassment, Panel of Experts Tells EEOC Task Force

Innovative Uses of Social Media Can Spread Awareness of Problem, Raise Specific Complaints, and Help to Change Social Norms, Practitioners Say - WASHINGTON-The bases of workplace harassment extend beyond sex and race to...more

EEOC to Hold Third Public Meeting of Select Task Force on Workplace Harassment

Two Panels of Experts Will Discuss Wide-Ranging Bases of Harassment; Use of Social Media to Combat Harassment - WASHINGTON--The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's (EEOC) Select Task Force on the Study of...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

Best Practices for Preventing Workplace Harassment Claims

A few weeks ago, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) held its second public meeting in Los Angeles with a group of experts selected to serve on the EEOC’s Select Task Force on the Study of Harassment in...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

Firefighter’s Twelve Year Court Battle Over Racial Discrimination Ends in Reversal of His Million Dollar Judgment

In Jabari Jumaane v. City of Los Angeles (Ct. of Appeal B255763), published November 10, 2015, the Court of Appeal for the Second Appellate District ended 12 years of see-saw litigation, ruling that the racial discrimination...more

When Violence begets Violence: The Provocation Defense to a Domestic Violence Restraining Order

All too often in domestic violence cases, the victim and the alleged perpetrator both commit some form of violent act against one another. In a recent unpublished decision, R.C. v. R.W., Judge Lawrence Jones of the Ocean...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

HUD Proposes to "Formalize" Definitions of Harassment and Expand Fair Housing Act Liability

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has released a proposed rule that aims to "formalize standards for use in investigations and adjudications involving alleged harassment on the basis of race, color,...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

Sixth Circuit Files Win for Bankruptcy Debtors Harassed During Automatic Stay

Creditors of bankruptcy debtors beware: a recent opinion from the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals makes clear that creditors cannot circumvent the ban on collection efforts following the petition for bankruptcy by trying to...more

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