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District Court Cuts The Cord To Cable Employees’ Discipline And Promotions Class Claims

In a new order issued on November 13, 2015 in Brand, et al. v. Comcast Corp., Case No. 11-CV-8471 (N.D. Ill. Nov. 13, 2015), a matter we have previously blogged on here, Judge Matthew F. Kennelly of the U.S. District Court...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

Missouri Appellate Court Upholds Disproportionate Punitive Award Against One Defendant, While Tossing Punitive Award Against...

As we noted in a post earlier this year, the Missouri courts seem to produce more than their fair share of opinions on punitive damages issues. About a year ago we wrote a post addressing the errors in the Missouri Supreme...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

Federal Courts Concludes Employee Has No Sexual Harassment Claim Regardless of Flashing Incident

Joselyn Davenport, a female employee of Kelly Services, Inc. (“Kelly Services”), was assigned to work as a production associate at a manufacturing plant owned and operated by Nissan North America (“Nissan”), located in Canton...more

Missouri Appeals Court Holds Sexual Orientation Discrimination is not Prohibited by Missouri Human Rights Act

In a case of first impression at the appellate level, the Missouri Court of Appeals for the Western District of Missouri has held that the Missouri Human Rights Act (“MHRA”) does not prohibit discrimination based on sexual...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

NC Court Case Demonstrates Potential of "Individual" Liability For Discrimination

In discussing the topic of employment discrimination in the workplace, much attention is generally focused on the claims that may be brought against employers and what employers can do to avoid those claims through good...more

California Court Upholds a Reduction of Attorneys’ Fees but Reverses a Reduction of Costs

In a recent, unpublished opinion Myres v. San Francisco Housing Authority, a California Court of Appeal reversed a trial court’s order reducing the amount of costs a plaintiff had claimed as a result of limited success at...more

Corporate Divorce Series: An Employment Relationship Fail

Few of us can honestly say that our job never disappoints us and the same can probably be said of personal relationships. But how do you know when you are in a failed employment relationship and what do you do about it?...more

The Employment Law Authority - September/October 2015

On October 16, 2015, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) concerning new rules for extending the Optional Practical Training (OPT) program for international students...more

Employment Matters Newsletter, Fall 2015

With Experimental Benefits Come Additional Legal Considerations - Corporate experimentation, combined with innovative employment practices designed to promote more flexible work environments, may be transformative. These...more

HUD Proposes “Quid Pro Quo” Rule to Amend FHA Regulations

On October 21, HUD announced a proposed rule that would formalize the standards for evaluating harassment claims in housing or housing-related transactions under the FHA. The rule – “Quid Pro Quo and Hostile Environment...more

Employment Law - October 2015 #2

Take the Cure: New California Law Permits Corrections of Wage Statement Violations - Why it matters: Employers may want to review their wage statements after Governor Jerry Brown signed a new law that permits them...more

Religious Institutions: October 2015

Timely Topics - A non-compete clause, covenant not to compete or restrictive covenant is a contract provision under which one party agrees not to enter into or start a similar profession, trade or business in competition...more

“Like” it or Not? Tips for Addressing Employee Social Media Use

At first, employee social media use sounds like a matter of common sense. Candidates for a job should be careful what they post on social media sites, and make sure they’re not sharing any unsavory details about their past...more

Top 10 Workplace Investigation Mistakes: Part I

Resolving conflict in the workplace is a key issue for employers. Legal requirements have continued to expand in terms of what courts expect employers to do in order to prevent and correct wrongful behavior. In response,...more

Borgata Babes: Casino Is Entitled to Enforce Weight Restrictions

On September 15, 2015, the Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division found in Shiavo v. Marina District Development Company, LLC, that the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (“NJLAD”) does not encompass allegations...more

EEOC Sues Glaser Organic Farms for Discrimination Based on National Origin and Color

Guatemalan, Mexican Kitchen Employees Subjected to Hostile Work Environment and Retaliation, Federal Agency Charges - MIAMI - Stanley Glaser, dba Glaser Organic Farms in Southwest Miami-Dade County, subjected its kitchen...more

EEOC Sues Antonella’s Restaurant & Pizzeria for National Origin Harassment

Co-Owner Harassed Hispanic Workers and Told Them Not to Speak Spanish, Federal Agency Charges - NEW YORK - Antonella's Restaurant and Pizzeria, Inc, JTA, Inc., and Grand Centro, three Italian restaurants located in...more

EEOC Files Suit Against McWhite Funeral Home for Sexual Harassment and Retaliation

Owner Subjected Female Employees to Unwanted Touching, Overtures and Retaliated Against Women Who Did Not Acquiesce, Federal Agency Charges - MIAMI - A Fort Lauderdale, Fla., funeral home violated federal law by...more

New Jersey’s Law Against Discrimination Does Not Go So Far As To Protect “Weight, Appearance, or Sex Appeal”

The New Jersey Appellate Division recently affirmed summary judgment for the defense on several claims in the widely-followed “Borgata Babes” case, reining in the plaintiffs’ attempt to expand the New Jersey Law Against...more

Stack Bros. to Pay $140,000 to Settle EEOC Age Discrimination and Retaliation Suit

Employees Were Fired at Superior, Wis., Firm for Turning 62, Federal Agency Charged - MADISON, Wis. - Stack Bros. Mechanical Contractors, Inc. of Superior, Wis., a major heating and plumbing contractor in northern...more

Second Circuit Refines Title VII Pleading Standard

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals recently remanded a former employee’s racial discrimination lawsuit brought under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In Littlejohn v. City of New York, No. 14-1395 (August 3, 2015),...more

VXI Global Solutions To Pay $600,000 For Sexual Harassment Of Call Center Staff

EEOC Settlement Resolves Claims for African American and Latino Employees Who Were Targets of Constant Sexual Propositions, Graphic Pictures, & Foul Language - LOS ANGELES - VXI Global Solutions, a provider of call...more

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