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DOJ Settles Fair Lending Claims Based on Bank's Pricing Policy for Vehicle-Secured Loans

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has announced a proposed consent order with Charter Bank to settle charges that the bank violated the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA) by discriminating on the basis of national origin...more

HUD expands fair housing liability to include LEP discrimination

Last week, HUD issued new guidance confirming that persons with limited English proficiency (LEP) are protected under the Fair Housing Act (FHA). LEP includes a limited ability to read, write, speak, or understand English. ...more

HUD Expands Fair Housing Protections

People with limited English proficiency (LEP) are protected under the Fair Housing Act (FHA) under new guidance announced by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Housing providers can face liability for...more

EEOC Releases Proposed Enforcement Guidance On National Origin Discrimination For Public Comments

On June 2, 2016, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) released, for a 30-day public input period, proposed enforcement guidance addressing national origin discrimination under Title VII of the Civil...more

Lesson On EEOC Language Litigation: Employer Denied Summary Judgment After Terminating Non-English Speaking Employees

Seyfarth Synopsis: Court denied employer’s motion for summary judgment in EEOC race and/or national origin discrimination case involving the termination of non-English speaking employees. In EEOC v. Wisconsin Plastics,...more

Employment Law 101: National Origin, Citizenship & Immigration Status Discrimination

Who does it apply to: Part of the protection comes from Title VII, which applies to employers with 15 or more employees. An overlapping part of the protection comes from the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA), which...more

Immigration and Nationality Act 50th Anniversary Series: National Origin Quotas to Skills & Family Based Immigration

Political Theater: President Johnson and the Bully Pulpit - Fifty years ago, President Lyndon B. Johnson gave Representative Michael Feighan (D-OH) his famous “Johnson Treatment”—using his intimidating physicality to...more

HHS Proposes Rules for Nondiscrimination in Health Care

On September 8, 2015, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) proposed new regulations implementing Section 1557 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“ACA”). Section 1557 prohibits...more

Department of Education Closes 2014 with Prolific Guidance

The U.S. Department of Education (DOE) was busy the last quarter of 2014, issuing guidance on six issues, plus another already in 2015. The Dear Colleague Letters (DCL), Frequently Asked Questions, and Fact Sheets provide an...more

New California Employment Laws for 2015 and Beyond

It is that time of year again, California. As the days grow shorter and the nights grow semi-colder (it is still California after all), a flurry of activity begins as employers revisit their policies and handbooks to assess...more

Swissport Fueling to Pay $250,000 to Settle EEOC Race and National Origin Harassment Lawsuit

African Fuelers at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport Were Repeatedly Called 'Monkeys' By a Phoenix Swissport Manager, Federal Agency Charged - PHOENIX - Swissport Fueling, Inc., which fuels aircraft at Phoenix Sky Harbor...more

Oklahoma Chicken Express Franchiser to Pay $15,000 to Settle EEOC National Origin Discrimination Suit

Restaurants Exploited Class of Hispanic Cooks by Failing to Pay Overtime, Federal Agency Charged - OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - NSC Chicken, LP, dba Chicken Express, will pay $15,000 and furnish other relief to settle a...more

Creation of a new industrial property right in France: the "geographical indication of industrial and handicraft products"

The French law no.2014-344 on consumer protection, named "Hamon Act" (for the name of the Ministry in charge of this reform) and dated March 17, 2014, creates a new industrial property right: the "Geographical Indications...more

Four Hawaii Farms to Pay $2.4 Million to Thai Workers to Settle EEOC National Origin and Retaliation Employment Discrimination...

Additional Relief in the Form of Job Offers and Other Benefits Will Be Offered to Vulnerable Thai Laborers, Says Federal Agency - LOS ANGELES - Three years after filing suit against farm labor contractor Global...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

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

Fenwick Employment Brief - September 2013: Wrongful Termination Claims Fail Where Employer Thoroughly Investigated Work...

In Kodwavi v. Intercontinental Hotels Group Resources, Inc., a federal district court in California determined that a hotel employee was not entitled to have his claims of national origin discrimination and retaliation go to...more

EEOC Sues Dart Energy and J&R Well Services for Race/National Origin Discrimination, Retaliation

Workers Fired for Protesting Hostile Environment, Federal Agency Charged - DENVER - A Michigan-based energy company and its Wyoming subsidiary violated federal law against race and national origin harassment and...more

EEOC Sues Mountaire Farms for Retaliation

Poultry Processing Company Fired Employee for Complaining About National Origin Discrimination, Federal Agency Charges - RALEIGH, N.C. - Mountaire Farms, Inc., doing business as Mountaire Farms of North Carolina Corp.,...more

Department Of Justice And NLRB Agree To Begin Referring Employee Claims To One Another

In July 2013, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices (OSC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the National Labor Relations...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

Edgewater Japanese Market to Pay $250,000 to Hispanic Employees Paid less Due to National Origin

Mitsuwa Marketplace Violated Law by Paying Hispanic Workers Less Than Others for Identical Jobs, Federal Agency Charged - NEWARK, N.J. -- Mitsuwa Corporation, which does business as Mitsuwa Marketplace, a large...more

DOJ Settles Another ‘Pattern or Practice’ Fair Lending Case

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently settled a fair lending lawsuit against Texas Champion Bank. This means that, once again, a DOJ attempt to use disparate impact evidence to establish that a lender engaged in a...more

OFCCP Issues Guidance on Use of Criminal Records in Employment Decisions

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) recently posted a Directive on “Complying with Nondiscrimination Provisions: Criminal Record Restrictions and Discrimination Based on Race...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

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