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Circuit Split: Expansion of Title VII Protections and Sexual Orientation as a Subset of a Protected Class

by Baker Ober Health Law on

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin. Title VII has been supplemented via legislative action to also prohibit discrimination due to...more

Politics in the Workplace

by Baker Donelson on

Employees are complaining that they are being discriminated against or harassed by management or other employees based on their political beliefs because an employee's political beliefs may relate to, or be intertwined with,...more

EEOC Pulls the Hood Off of Employer’s Attempt to Retaliate against Its Employee

Can an employer force an employee to agree that his complaints have been adequately addressed? On April 26, the EEOC announced that Downhole Technology LLC will pay a former employee $120,000 and provide other relief after it...more

What Makes a Work Environment “Hostile”?

by Zuckerman Spaeder LLP on

Federal employment law protects against a number of different types of discrimination, including treating employees differently because of age, gender, or race. ...more

Citing Statistics, Yankee Institute Critical of CHRO - Again

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

This week, the Yankee Institute for Public Policy, a self-described “free market” think tank, issued an article suggesting that Connecticut had nearly the same number of discrimination complaints as our neighboring state,...more

With N Word, Once is Enough. Second Circuit Rules on Hostile Environment Case

Is a single incident enough for a hostile work environment claim? It is in the Second Circuit. In Daniel v. T&M Protection Resources, Inc., the court held that one racial epithet was sufficiently severe, by itself, to create...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: May 2017

by Zelle LLP on

Last week, we saw several developments in the area of race discrimination in employment, including a Second Circuit decision that has generated media coverage and commentary. The Second Circuit’s ruling reversed a lower court...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: April 2017

by Zelle LLP on

There was a lot of discrimination law action last week, including the announcement of a $12 million settlement to be paid by Texas Roadhouse. The EEOC brought an age discrimination suit against the Louisville, Kentucky-based...more

Whacky Employment Claims: Who's Whackier? Management or the Employee?

by Lewitt Hackman on

As employment defense attorneys, we see many strange situations arise in the workplace. The question is, how prepared are you as an employer to handle the wackiness that may potentially arise when your employees make...more

Will The NLRB’s Protection of Unacceptable Conduct Last?

by Akerman LLP - HR Defense on

It’s ironic, isn’t it? While the EEOC could find an employer liable for tolerating racist or sexist remarks by employees, the NLRB has repeatedly found employers liable for failing to do so under the guise of protecting...more

Avoid Paying The Piper: Tune Your Startup to Avoid Harassment Claims

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Heeding some lessons from HBO’s “Silicon Valley” can help employers avoid mistakes related to potential hostile work environments and discrimination that might occur in a startup environment. In a...more

Annual Report on EEOC Developments – Fiscal Year 2016

by Littler on

This Annual Report on EEOC Developments—Fiscal Year 2016 (hereafter “Report”), our sixth annual Report, is designed as a comprehensive guide to significant EEOC developments over the past fiscal year. The Report does not...more

EEOC Sues Fracking Company for Race-Based Harassment and Retaliation

Downhole Technology Fired a Black Employee for Complaining About Racial Intimidation With a KKK Hood, Federal Agency Charges - HOUSTON - A manufacturer of equipment used in hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") violated...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: February 2017 #3

by Zelle LLP on

Over the weekend, a female Uber employee published a blog post that accuses the company of systemic sex discrimination and harassment. Uber quickly reacted, hiring former Attorney General Eric Holder to perform an “urgent...more

Employer’s Guide to Doing Business In California – Newly Updated

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The allure of doing business in California is undeniable. It is the world’s sixth largest economy and a market of more than 36 million people. For employers, however, California presents unique challenges because its laws...more

“5th & Wine” Bar Sued By EEOC For Sex-Based Harassment and Retaliation

Scottsdale Wine Café Abused Employees Based on Their Actual and Perceived Sexual Orientation, Federal Agency Charges - PHOENIX - Scottsdale Wine Café, LLC (5th & Wine), a Scottsdale wine bar and restaurant, violated...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: January 2017 #3

by Zelle LLP on

Last week, there were developments in two cases in different Pennsylvania courts involving employer liability—or lack thereof—for data breaches involving employee personally identifiable information (PII). A Pennsylvania...more

"A to Z" of What California Employers Need to Know for 2017

by BakerHostetler on

With the new year come new laws that affect California employers. The following is the “A to Z” of changes in the law that may affect your business in 2017. All-Gender/Single-User Restrooms - Beginning March 1,...more

Employer Responsibilities re Mental Health Conditions

by Lewitt Hackman on

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently issued a “User-Friendly Document” explaining the rights of job applicants and employees with mental health conditions. In doing so, the EEOC has confirmed that individuals...more

EEOC Provides Guidance Outlining Protections for Applicants and Employees with Mental Health Conditions

On December 12, 2016, the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued an informal resource document which serves to remind employers of protections afforded to applicants and employees who suffer from...more

EEOC Issues First Update on National Origin Discrimination Since 2002

In its first update in 14 years, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued new Enforcement Guidance on National Origin Discrimination (“Enforcement Guidance”) on November 21, 2016, replacing its 2002...more

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

by Zelle LLP on

Last week, the EEOC issued a publication on the rights of job applicants and employees with mental health conditions, along with a companion document addressing the mental health provider’s role in reasonable accommodations...more

A Review of the EEOC's Systemic Initiative: Tracking its Progress, Current Priorities, and Key Developments in FY 2016

by Littler on

On November 16, 2016, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued its annual Performance and Accountability Report, which highlights key EEOC developments over the past fiscal year, ending September 30,...more

EEOC Releases Guidance on Mental Health Discrimination

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has issued guidance reminding employers that it is illegal under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other laws to discriminate against an employee simply because...more

New Guidance on National Origin Discrimination

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

For the first time since 2002, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has updated its guidance on national origin discrimination in the workplace in an effort to address important legal developments over the past...more

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