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The Employment Law Authority - March/April 2016

A federal appellate court recently held that an employer did not violate the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) when it discharged an employee who had been sleeping at work and falling short of the employer’s performance...more

“Lighten Up, Baby,” And Other Harassment “Best Practices” For Employers

Many employers ask me: “Robin, what are your ‘best practices’ for workplace sexual harassment?” I’m glad you asked! No. 1: Be sure that your policy on sexual harassment is boring and legalistic. The entire legal...more

Office Love Affairs: How to Prevent Scandal

Are things starting to get a little steamy around the office? Perhaps two employees have started to take long glances at each other from across the conference room, text each other like crazy, or maybe they have been known to...more

Is It OK To Tell Polish Jokes At Work? (Answer: NO)

By this point in the 21st century, most working professionals know that there are certain things that are absolutely unacceptable in today’s workplace. What might have been tolerable at an office setting in the 1970s can get...more

Hostile Work Environments and Sexual Orientation: EEOC Files First Federal Suits

Normally in this space we write about court decisions that have already occurred and are likely to impact employers. This week, we focus on cases that have just been filed and could have far reaching implications. In a...more

New York District Court Holds Sexual Orientation Not Protected by Title VII

Last week, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") announced filing its first federal lawsuits against private-sector businesses, challenging sexual orientation discrimination as sex discrimination....more

FYC International to Pay $80,000 to Settle EEOC Sexual Harassment Suit

Top Warehouse Manager Abused Women and Promoted a Culture Condoning Such Misconduct, Federal Agency Charged - NEW HAVEN, Conn. - FYC International Inc., a manufacturer and wholesaler of women's and children's clothing...more

EEOC Files First Two Lawsuits in Federal Court Alleging Sexual Orientation Bias under Title VII

Two lawsuits filed by the EEOC on March 1, 2016, appear to be part of the Commission’s Strategic Enforcement Plan. Priorities of the plan include “Addressing Emerging and Developing Issues” such as “coverage of lesbian, gay,...more

The EEOC Files Historic Lawsuits Testing Theory That Title VII Covers Discrimination Based On Sexual Orientation

As we’ve been reporting in our blogs, the EEOC continues to pursue an expansive theory of discrimination. It has taken the position that discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity is prohibited...more

EEOC Files Its First Lawsuits Alleging Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has made it official—it will file lawsuits under Title VII based on sexual orientation discrimination. On March 1, 2016 the EEOC filed two federal lawsuits alleging that...more

EEOC Files First Suits Challenging Sexual Orientation Discrimination as Sex Discrimination

In Two Separate Lawsuits, Federal Agency Charges That a Gay Male Employee and a Lesbian Employee Were Subjected to Hostile Work Environments Because of Sex - WASHINGTON - The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission...more

Memphis Cheddar’s Settles EEOC Sexual Harassment Lawsuit for $450,000

Male Managers at Memphis Restaurant Sexually Harassed a Class of Female Employees, Federal Agency Charged - MEMPHIS - Mint Julep Restaurant Operations, LLC, an independent restaurant company and franchisee of the casual...more

EEOC Provides Transgender Compliance Wish List for Employers

On January 20, 2016, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) settled a transgender discrimination and harassment lawsuit against a national employer through a voluntary consent decree. The EEOC brought the...more

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

Employment Law - January 2016

Does The ADEA Permit Disparate Impact Suits by Applicants? Eleventh Circuit Says Yes - Why it matters - The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals created a circuit split with a decision that the Age Discrimination in...more

Hillshire Brands Company Pays $4 Million to Settle Race Discrimination Suit

African American Bakery Workers Subjected to Racist Comments and Graffiti in the Worksite, Federal Agency Charged - DALLAS - Hillshire Brands Company (formerly known as the Sara Lee Corporation) will pay $4 million to a...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

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

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

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

EEOC Wins Jury Verdict of over $17 Million for Victims of Sexual Harassment and Retaliation at Moreno Farms

Florida Farm Managers Subjected Women Workers to Coerced Sex, Groping and Verbal Abuse, Then Fired Them for Objecting, Federal Agency Charged - MIAMI -- A federal jury has returned a unanimous verdict awarding a total of...more

Transgender Issues in the Workplace

Since 2012, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has taken the position that transgender individuals are protected from discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII). The EEOC...more

Second Circuit Clarifies Pleading Standard for Title VII Claims

A Second Circuit panel recently revived a former employee’s racial discrimination suit against New York City, reversing in part the Southern District of New York’s dismissal of her case. In Littlejohn v. City of New York,...more

Hillshire Brands Company Sued by EEOC For Racial Harassment at Sara Lee Plant

Federal Agency Charges Racist Comments and Graffiti in the Worksite - DALLAS - Hillshire Brands Company (formerly known as the Sara Lee Corporation) violated federal law by subjecting a class of African-American...more

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