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Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals Decision Lends Further Confusion to Title VII Protections

In a rather disconnected decision on March 10, the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit ruled, in the case of Evans v. Georgia Regional Hospital, that while Title VII bars an employer from discriminating...more

The Customer Is (Not) Always Right: An Employer's Duty to Protect

Everyone is entitled to their opinion, and in this political climate, it seems as though more people are comfortable voicing those opinions, even if they may offend someone. Although free speech is a primary pillar of...more

Annual Report on EEOC Developments – Fiscal Year 2016

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

Beware What You Share – Disclosure of Medical Information Results in Retaliation and Interference Claims

A United States District Court in Florida thwarted an employer’s attempt to toss the FMLA claims of an employee who sued after his medical condition was disclosed to co-workers who subsequently made fun of him. The employee...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 2016 Review

Preparing for Medical Marijuana in Pennsylvania - Marijuana legalization reached Pennsylvania in 2016, bringing with it a host of new questions employers are going to have to answer. Signed into law on April 17, the...more

Addressing Post-Election Tensions in the Workplace

As the extreme rhetoric of the 2016 presidential campaign slowly wanes, the divisions it exposed remain raw. Many Americans celebrate the election of President-elect Trump, while many others continue to express concern about...more

Finally! Something That's Not "Protected Activity" in California

It turns out that “protected activity” sufficient to make out a retaliation claim in California is not as broad as it may sometimes seem. On November 9, 2016, the Court of Appeal affirmed summary judgment for the employer in...more

Justice Department Seeks to Intervene in Lawsuit Alleging Race Discrimination and Retaliation by Pocomoke City, Maryland, the...

WASHINGTON - The Justice Department announced today that it has moved to intervene in Savage et al. v. Pocomoke City et al., a private lawsuit alleging race discrimination and retaliation under Title VII of the Civil Rights...more

New Jersey Supreme Court “Plants the Seeds” for Increase in “Garden Variety” Emotional Distress Jury Awards

Seyfarth Synopsis: The New Jersey employers were dealt an “emotional” blow when the New Jersey Supreme Court, in Cuevas v. Wentworth Group, affirmed a trial court’s denial of an employer’s request for remittitur of the...more

EEOC Sues Plastipak Packaging For Sexual Harassment and Retaliation

Plastics Manufacturing Company Fired Materials Handler Because She Complained About Harassment, Federal Agency Charges - BALTIMORE - Plastipak Packaging, Inc. violated federal law when it fired a materials handler in...more

Mayflower Seafood of Goldsboro Agrees To Pay $81,500 To Settle EEOC Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

Server/Cashier at Restaurant Subjected to Sexual Harassment and Then Retaliation for Complaining About It, Federal Agency Charged - RALEIGH, N.C. - A Goldsboro, N.C., seafood restaurant will pay $81,500 and furnish other...more

Security Firm To Pay $115,000 To Settle EEOC Retaliation Suit

Guardsmark Fired Security Guard Working at Michigan Client Location For Opposing Sexual Harassment, Federal Agency Charges - DETROIT - Security giant Guardsmark has agreed to pay $115,000 and to provide other relief to...more

Sweet Justice! Dismissal of Bully's FMLA Claim Proves Employers Can Safely Terminate an Employee on the Heels of FMLA Leave

I hate bullies. Back in 4th grade, Sister Mary Demetria, OSF, told us that “hating” someone was a sin. I’m convinced Sister never met a bully. Forgive me, Father, for I have sinned. Cause, you see, whenever I...more

The Kaepernick Conundrum

By now most people have heard about the Colin Kaepernick story, and may have strong feelings one way or the other about the actions of the 49ers quarterback. In case you have been living under a rock for the past two weeks —...more

Shoddy Harassment Investigation Can Still Lead to Liability, Court Rules

Imagine this scenario: You, the employer, think you’ve taken all the right steps when hearing about a harassment complaint. You encourage the employee to file a written complaint. You conduct an investigation. You take...more

EEOC Sues Frontier Hot-Dip Galvanizing for Race and National Origin Harassment, and Retaliation

Employer Permitted Racist Slurs and Graffiti, Then Fired Employees Who Complained - BUFFALO, N.Y. - A Buffalo provider of metal coating violated federal law when it permitted race-based harassment of black employees by...more

Windsor Inn Will Pay $200,000 to Settle EEOC Sexual Harassment and Retaliation Lawsuit

Restaurant Owner Harassed Female Employees, Federal Agency Said - BALTIMORE - A Baltimore restaurant, R.V. Associates Limited, doing business as Windsor Inn, will pay $200,000 and furnish significant equitable relief to...more

California Supreme Court Holds That Arbitrator, Not Court, May Determine If Arbitration Agreement Permits Class Arbitration

The California Supreme Court has held that an arbitrator, rather than a court, has the power to decide whether class claims can proceed in arbitration, where the parties’ arbitration agreement is ambiguous on the question....more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: August 2016

Contrary to the EEOC’s position that sexual orientation discrimination is protected by Title VII’s prohibition on gender discrimination, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals held last week that existing law does not support...more

Absent Express Contract, Arbitrator, Not Court, Rules On Class Arbitrability

Seyfarth Synopsis: The California Supreme Court, in Sandquist v. Lebo Automotive, deviated from rulings of most federal circuit courts to hold that the question of “who decides” whether class arbitration is available—courts...more

Fourth Circuit Says Failure to Replace Employee Does Not Defeat Discriminatory Termination Claim

When a terminated employee alleges that her firing resulted from discrimination or retaliation, employers often dispute those claims by noting that the employer never hired anyone to take the terminated employee’s position....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

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

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