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Hostile Environment Title VII

One Racial Slur is One Too Many, Rules Third Circuit

by LeClairRyan on

Is a single racial slur by an employee’s supervisor enough to create a hostile work environment under § 1981 of the Civil Rights Act of 1866?  The answer is yes according to the Third Circuit Court of Appeal’s decision in...more

Employment Law - July 2017 #2

Union Posters Crossed the Line, Eighth Circuit Rules - Why it matters - A group of Jimmy John’s workers lost the protection of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) with a disloyal poster campaign, the U.S. Court of...more

Workplace Harassment 101

by Conn Maciel Carey LLP on

One lesson companies of all sizes can learn from the sexual harassment claims that Uber is facing is that an employer needs to set clear restrictions on harassment and make a conscious effort to hold employees accountable to...more

Antonella’s Restaurant & Pizzeria to Pay $50,000 to Settle EEOC National Origin Discrimination Suit

Dutchess Co. Pizzerias Subjected Hispanic Employees to a Hostile Work Environment Because of Their National Origin, Federal Agency Charged - NEW YORK - A small group of pizzeria restaurants based in Wappinger Falls and...more

Stemilt Growers and Ag Services Sued By EEEOC For Sexual Harassment, Retaliation

Federal Agency Alleges Latina Tractor Driver Demoted After Refusing Supervisor's Sexual Advances - SEATTLE -The largest grower of organic tree fruit in the United States, Stemilt Growers, and its integrated business,...more

EEOC Sues Favorite Farms for Sexual Harassment, Including Rape, And Retaliation

Farmworker Sexually Assaulted and Retaliated Against for Reporting the Conduct, Federal Agency Charges in Lawsuit - TAMPA, Fla. - Favorite Farms, Inc., a farming business growing a variety of produce in Dover, Fla.,...more

6 of One, Half a Dozen of the Other: 10th Circuit Rules Quid Pro Quo and Hostile Work Environment Harassment Theories Aren’t So...

Quid pro quo and hostile environment sex harassment claims—two totally different claims—right? Or are they? While employers draw strict distinctions between these types of sex harassment, courts may not go along, as...more

El Chaparro to Pay $20,000 to Settle EEOC Sexual Harassment Suit

Owner Abused Four Servers at Greensboro Tex-Mex Restaurant, Federal Agency Charges - ATLANTA - El Chaparro, Inc., a Tex-Mex restaurant in Covington, Ga., will pay $20,000 to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit brought by...more

EEOC Sues Keller Paving and Landscaping for Sexual Harassment

Female Truck Driver Forced to Quit Job at North Dakota Company Because of Physical and Verbal Sexual Abuse, Federal Agency Charges - MINNEAPOLIS - A North Dakota civil construction company operating in Minot, N.D....more

EEOC Sues Applebee's Grill and Bar for Sexual Harassment

Assistant Manager at North Myrtle Beach Location Subjected Two Sisters to Sexual Comments and Touching, Federal Agency Charges - FLORENCE, S.C. - Green Apple, LLC, dba Applebee's Grill and Bar, violated federal law when...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

Hiatt & Mason Enterprises to Pay $35,000 to Settle EEOC Racial Harassment Lawsuit

Black Employee Subjected to Racial Epithets Almost Daily, Federal Agency Charged - MOUNT AIRY, N.C. - Hiatt & Mason Enterprises, Inc., a structural steel erection services company, has agreed to pay $35,000 and provide...more

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

FCRA Retaliation Claims Require Proof of But-For Causation According to Fourth DCA

by Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell on

In an en banc decision by the Fourth District Court of Appeal in Palm Beach Cty. Sch. Bd. v. Wright, Case No. 4D16–112, WL 1278072 (Fla. 4th DCA Apr. 5, 2017), the court adopted a new standard on causation for Florida Civil...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

Employer Granted Summary Judgment on Claims of Hostile Work Environment by Equal Opportunity Harasser

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

A federal district court in Alabama granted an employer’s motion for summary judgment regarding a former general manager’s hostile work environment claims. Thrower v. Yedla Management Co. Plaintiff, a Caucasian female,...more

Third Circuit Finds Title IX Provides a Remedy for Sex Discrimination in Fully Funded Educational Institutions

The Third Circuit Court of Appeals has again created a circuit split by disagreeing with decisions from the Fifth and Seventh Circuit Courts of Appeals, which have held that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 provides...more

Direct Evidence of Racist Remarks Dooms Employer Motion for Summary Judgment

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

A federal court in Tennessee denied an employer’s motion for summary judgment on an African-American employee’s race discrimination and hostile work environment claims under Title VII and state law. The decision was based in...more

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

by Bowditch & Dewey on

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

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

Fifth Circuit Warps Time In Decision On The Continuing Violation Doctrine

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals recently held for the first time that the continuing violation doctrine applies even when a plaintiff was subject to harassment that was severe enough to put the...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

California Employment Law Notes - March 2017

Victoria Zetwick, a county correctional officer, alleged that the county sheriff created a sexually hostile environment in violation of Title VII and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act by, among other things,...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

Employee’s Retaliation and Hostile Work Environment Claims Based on a Rumor Spread in the Workplace Survives Motion for Summary...

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

In Baez v. Anne Fontaine USA, Inc., the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York denied an employer’s motion for summary judgment to dismiss a terminated employee’s retaliation claims under Title...more

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