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Hostile Environment Sexual Harassment

Florida Employers: What if There's a Bill O'Reilly in Your Workplace?

by Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell on

Just as some business and organization leaders thought that the culture of a diverse workplace thriving on respect and dignity was deeply entrenched, along comes allegations against a well-known name like Bill O’Reilly...more

Court Uses Novel Issue Certification Device To Sidestep Individualized Issues Otherwise Precluding Class Certification

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: A group of female truck drivers sued their employer for policies allegedly resulting in a hostile work environment for and retaliation against women who complained of sexual harassment on the job. Under...more

Medical Resident: Student, Employee, or Both? Third Circuit Finds Hospital Residency Program May Be Subject to Title IX

In a recent case of first impression, the Third Circuit found that a private teaching hospital’s residency program was an “education program or activity” for purposes of a discrimination claim asserted under Title IX of the...more

Repeated "Friendly" Hugs and Kisses Can Rise to the Level of Actionable Sexual Harassment

Some people are naturally more affectionate than others. Most people have friends or acquaintances who go for hugs when a handshake is all that you expect. In the workplace, these personality types can clash, and “huggers”...more

Medical Residents Can Sue Under Title IX, Third Circuit Holds

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit recently revived a medical resident's harassment and retaliation claims against Mercy Catholic Medical Center, finding that the hospital is subject to Title IX. The Third...more

Employment Law - March 2017

Future of DOL's White Collar Overtime Rule Remains Unclear - Why it matters - The uncertainty surrounding the Department of Labor's (DOL) white collar overtime rule continues, with the agency requesting more time to...more

In Search of the Reasonable Person

by Zelle LLP on

Allegations of sexual harassment continue to attract media attention and commentary, including ours. As we review developments, we note that a wide variety of workplace behaviors are being challenged and scrutinized. ...more

Prior Sexual Harassment Does Not Ease Plaintiff's Burden of Showing Hostile Work Environment

Employers sometimes struggle determining appropriate disciplinary action in the event of relatively low level sexual harassment. Many companies take a no tolerance approach, concluding that keeping the harasser employed makes...more

Texas Workplace Sexual Assaults May Not be Treated as Sexual Harassment

by Perkins Coie on

In Texas, some victims of workplace sexual assault may pursue common law assault claims against their employers, following a recent Supreme Court of Texas ruling. B.C. v. Steak N Shake Ops., Inc., — S.W.3d —, Case No. 15-0404...more

Hugs and Kisses May Not Spur Affection in the Workplace

by Weintraub Tobin on

In a decision just two weeks after Valentine’s Day, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals (“Ninth Circuit”) has ruled that hugs and kisses may decrease, rather than increase, feelings of affection in the workplace. ...more

Hug It Out at Work? Maybe Not in the Ninth Circuit

When does workplace hugging go too far? The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently weighed in with an opinion. Victoria Zetwick, a county correctional officer, based her Title VII hostile work environment suit almost...more

Peter Dinklage takes on Elf

by FordHarrison on

It’s December, which means that those of us holiday fanatics can decorate and watch Christmas movies to our hearts’ content without shame. Of course, I won’t tell anyone if you already had your tree up in November (like me)...more

Courts are Trending Toward Prohibiting Sexual Orientation Discrimination under Federal Law

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Two recent court decisions highlight the ongoing struggle by federal courts to determine whether Title VII of the Civil Rights Act prohibits employment discrimination based on sexual orientation....more

Pennsylvania Court Says Title VII Prohibits Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation

by McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC on

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (‘EEOC”) has been aggressively advancing its position that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation even though sexual...more

Same-Sex Harassment Not Actionable When Conduct Not Based on Gender

Employees can consider a working environment to be hostile due to sexual conduct, even when the workplace is all male or all female. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and federal courts have long held that...more

The Continuing Expansion of Sexual Harassment Training Requirements in California

by Littler on

A dozen years ago, the passage in California of Assembly Bill (AB) 1825 began required sexual harassment prevention training for supervisors in companies with 50 or more employees.  Since then, California has led the nation...more

Faragher/Ellerth defense used to defeat Oklahoma Anti-Discrimination Act claim

by McAfee & Taft on

As a recent ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit shows, the same employer defenses used to defeat Title VII discrimination claims can also be used to defeat claims under the Oklahoma Anti-Discrimination...more

Trump’s So-Called “Locker Room Talk”: Would It Count Towards a “Hostile Work Environment”?

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

I’ve always tried for this blog to be apolitical. That doesn’t mean I don’t have political views — I obviously do — but I don’t think that they should play into or how we look at certain legal issues. But we need to...more

Loi Travail : Obligation de prévention des agissements sexistes

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

Since August 10, 2016, an obligation of prevention of sexist behavior in the business is charged to employers. The actions related to the sex of a person and having the purpose or effect of violating their dignity or...more

Fifth Circuit Green Lights Discovery Over Immigration Status In EEOC Litigation

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Hispanic employees of a poultry processing plant alleged harassment and abuse on the job. The company claimed that the employees’ allegations were fabricated in order to obtain U visas, which are available...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

Bosses Behaving Badly

All employers received a reminder yesterday regarding the potential dangers of sexual harassment in the workplace. Fox News has reportedly agreed to pay its former anchor, Gretchen Carlson, $20,000,000 to settle her...more

EEOC Sues T-N-T Of York County, Inc. And Tm Trucking of The Carolinas, LLC For Racial Harassment

Owner Constantly Harassed Black Employees, Forcing Many to Quit, Federal Agency Charges - ROCK HILL, S.C. - Two interconnected South Carolina trucking companies violated federal law when they subjected black employees to...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

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