National Origin Discrimination

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Employer's Contemporaneous Documentation of Verbal Counseling Helps It Win Discrimination Lawsuit

The Seventh Circuit recently upheld the summary judgment dismissal of a former hospital worker's claims for national origin and age discrimination after the worker was fired for repeatedly sending "negative, unprofessional,...more

Dear Colleague Letter Urges Districts to Abandon “Zero Tolerance” in Student Discipline Policies

The Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education (OCR) and the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice recently released a joint “Dear Colleague Letter” (DCL) providing guidance on administering...more

Dear Colleague Letter Firmly Urges Districts to Abandon “Zero Tolerance” in Student Discipline Policies

The Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education (OCR) and the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice recently released a joint “Dear Colleague Letter” (DCL) providing guidance on administering...more

English-Only Rule May Present Headaches for Employers

Employers who implement English-only rules often find themselves facing charges of national origin discrimination in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. English-only rules are discriminatory because they tend to...more

Past use of a false Social Security number: An employment disqualifier?

By now, most employers have faced situations in which they have discovered an employee has used a false Social Security number. Such discovery usually results in an employee discharge or resignation. A lawsuit filed on...more

What is at will employment law?  [Video]

Phoenix Business law firm Jaburg Wilk's employment law attorney Kraig Marton discusses at will employment, various types of employment cases, types of discrimination and how employment cases are assessed....more

Del Monte Fresh Produce Agrees to Settle EEOC Farmworker National Origin Lawsuit

Federal Agency Alleged Thai Farm Workers Were Subjected to Discrimination on Hawaii Farm - LOS ANGELES -- Del Monte Fresh Produce, one of the country's leading producers of fresh fruit and vegetables, has agreed to...more

EEOC Meeting Highlights Challenges to Title VII National Origin Enforcement

Growing Immigrant and Ethnic Populations Require Nuanced Approaches to Enforcement of Anti-Discrimination Laws, Panel of Experts Tells Commission - WASHINGTON- The diversity, size and cultural individuality of...more

DOJ Settles Fair Lending Cases against Mortgage Lenders

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently settled fair lending lawsuits against two mortgage lenders. Both actions involved DOJ attempts to use disparate impact evidence to establish that a lender engaged in a “pattern or...more

Next EEOC Commission Meeting To Be Held November 13

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) will hold a meeting on Wed., Nov. 13, at 9:30 a.m. (Eastern Time), at agency headquarters, 131 M Street, N.E., Washington D.C. 20507. In accordance with...more

Baird Tree to Settle EEOC National Origin Wage Discrimination Lawsuit

Federal Agency Charged Knoxville-Area Tree Company Failed to Pay Overtime Wages to Hispanic Employees Due to Their National Origin - KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Baird Tree Company, Inc., a tree-trimming service company based in...more

Justice Department Announces Three Fair Lending Actions

Recently, the DOJ released information regarding three fair lending actions, all three of which included allegations related to wholesale lending programs. On September 27, the DOJ announced separate actions—one against a...more

OFCCP Announced a Series of Consent Decrees Impacting Contractors Prior to the Government Shutdown

A Department of Labor Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”) approved a consent decree on September 16, 2013 between the Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) and Medtronic, Inc....more

Mesa Systems to Pay $450,000 to Settle EEOC National Origin Discrimination Lawsuit

Hispanic Workers Subjected to Slurs, Federal Agency Charged; Company to Rescind Restrictive Language Policy; Settlement Largest Ever for Utah - PHOENIX - Grand Junction, Colo.-based Mesa Systems, Inc., a moving and...more

Conducting a Workplace Investigation? Make Them an Offer They Can’t Refuse!

In general terms, if an employer suspects one of its employees has violated an important policy, it will likely ask that person to participate in an internal investigation....more

Orland Park Janitorial Company to Pay $360,000 to Resolve Claim of Discrimination against Hispanics

EEOC Says RJB Properties Harassed and Fired Hispanic Employees and Retaliated Against Supervisors Who Refused to Fire Hispanic Employees - CHICAGO - RJB Properties, Inc. (RJB), a janitorial company headquartered in...more

Fenwick Employment Brief: California Court Addresses Admissibility Of "Me Too" Evidence Of Discrimination

In Hatai v. Dept. of Transportation, a California court of appeal upheld a trial court's decision to exclude "me too" evidence of discrimination from individuals outside of the plaintiff's protected class, but in doing so...more

Enforcement Increases: Firm to Pay $27,750 for Discriminatory Job Postings

Florida healthcare staffing company, Avant Healthcare Professionals LLC, has agreed to pay $27,750 to resolve charges by the U.S. Department of Justice that the company posted discriminatory job advertisements on the...more

DACA Program Raises Questions For Employers In The I-9 Process

Companies must balance countervailing mandates under immigration law: verifying employment eligibility while not discriminating unlawfully. With the recent implementation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)...more

EEOC New Orleans Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Mexican Consulate

Agreement Establishes Ongoing Collaborative Relationship to Combat Discrimination - NEW ORLEANS -- The New Orleans Field Office of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) will sign a Memorandum of...more

Employers Face Tricky Immigration Law Conundrum

A well-known Illinois company headquartered in Downer Grove - FTD Group, Inc. - learned recently just how hard it is to walk the fine line between compliance with laws that prohibit hiring of illegal aliens and compliance...more

Are Courts Reluctant To Grant Summary Judgment In Hostile Work Environment Cases?

The Second Circuit has recently reiterated its hesitancy to permit summary judgment in hostile work environment claims that present ambiguities as to the sufficiency of plaintiff’s case. In Rivera v. Rochester Genesee Reg’l...more

New Compliance Concerns for Employers of Foreign Workers

Originally published in the 2012 Edition of Inside the Minds published by Aspatore/Thomson West. Introduction - This chapter discusses the current immigration enforcement climate for US employers, which involves a...more

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