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Strict New California Fair Pay Act Will Become Effective January 2016

In only a few months, employers in California will be subject to one of the strictest and most aggressive equal pay laws in the country. This week, Governor Jerry Brown signed the California Fair Pay Act (“Act”), Senate Bill...more

Connecticut Supreme Court Expands Protection for Would-Be Whistleblowers

Connecticut whistleblowers were handed a siren to sound the alarm on employers this week. In interpreting the state constitution in Trusz v. UBS Realty Investors, LLC, SC 19323 (Conn. Sup. Ct., official release Oct. 13,...more

The Profile of a Whistleblower

The SEC’s ongoing effort to strengthen its whistleblower program and broaden the universe of potential award recipients (see this Doug’s Note) has kept whistleblowing compliance at the forefront of most compliance and legal...more

Twitter Ordered by Irish Court to Disclose Information about Author of Tweet

Twitter International Company (TIC) in Dublin, Ireland was reportedly ordered by a High Court to disclose data about the source of tweets about a whistleblower. The tweets, which included allegations of insurance fraud, are...more

Potato Packing Companies to Pay $450,000 to Settle EEOC Suit for Sex Harassment and Retaliation

At Least 13 Women at Monte Vista Plant Physically and Verbally Abused and Three Fired for Refusing to Submit or Complaining, Federal Agency Charged - DENVER - Two potato packing companies will pay $450,000 and furnish...more

Empacadoras de Papas Pagaran $450,000 Para Resolver Demanda de Discriminación por Acoso Sexual y Represalias

Por lo menos 13 Mujeres en la Planta de Monte Vista Fueron Abusadas Física y Verbalmente y Tres Despedidas Por Rechazar Avances o Quejarse, Alega la Agencia Federal - DENVER - Dos empacadoras de papas pagarán $450,000...more

Cat’s Paw, Part II: “Termination Review” by Independent Decision Makers Can Break the Causal Chain

Last week, we wrote about the “Cat’s Paw” theory of liability —where a person is used unwittingly to accomplish another person’s discriminatory purpose in the workplace. A common example would be when a racist employee...more

California Court Approves Retaliation Protection For Private Police Report

The California Court of Appeal held last week in Cardenas v. M. Fanaian, D.D.S., Inc. that retaliation claims under California Labor Code § 1102.5 need not be based on a report of employer wrongdoing or promote a fundamental...more

California To Enact Broad “Fair Pay” Law Today

In an effort to close the wage gap between working men and women, the California legislature recently passed Senate Bill 358 (the “Fair Pay Act”) to amend California’s current equal pay law. Governor Jerry Brown is expected...more

California Passes Law Aimed to Bridge the Gender Wage Inequality Gap

On October 6, 2015, California's Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. signed into law Senate Bill (SB) 358, legislation intended to increase wage transparency and which will make it more difficult for an employer to defend against...more

New Mexico Department of Corrections Sued by EEOC for Age Discrimination and Retaliation

Older Workers Suffered Unequal Treatment and Retaliation for Complaining, Federal Agency Charged - ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The New Mexico Department of Corrections (NMDOC), which operates correctional facilities throughout...more

The Chill is Gone: SEC Wants Unfettered Whistleblowers

The SEC continues its efforts to support whistleblowers. The whistleblower program promulgated by the Commission under the Dodd-Frank Act offers rewards to individuals who report securities law violations. As we have...more

When Is A School District “Deliberately Indifferent” To Student Discrimination Claims?

When a student alleges discrimination within the school environment, the school district may be held liable if it was “deliberately indifferent” to the discrimination. Three recent cases involving allegations of sexual...more

EEOC Sues Peoria Dealership Green Chevrolet for Disability Discrimination and Retaliation

Service Manager Was Subjected to Involuntary Transfer Due to Kidney Failure, Then Fired When He Resisted, Federal Agency Charges - CHICAGO - Green Chevrolet, an auto dealership in Peoria, Ill., violated federal law by...more

Blog: Are Whistleblowers Just Out For The Big Bucks?

Given that, last year, the SEC awarded $30 million to one whistleblower alone, it looks like a pretty good gig. The previous year, the SEC awarded a whistleblower $14 million. That’s not too bad either....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 Sues Morse Moving & Storage For Retaliation Discrimination

Moving Company Fired an Employee For Complaining of Harassment, Federal Agency Charges - DETROIT - Morse Moving & Storage, a residential and corporate moving services provider, violated federal law by firing an employee...more

Curing Cat’s-Paw

In a Title VII retaliation claim, a plaintiff has to prove protected conduct was the “but-for” cause of the materially adverse action. Can a plaintiff prove “but-for” causation relying on the supposed retaliatory animus of...more

EEOC Sues Day & Zimmermann NPS for Unlawful Retaliation over Discrimination Charge

Power Industry Contractor Punished Worker for Filing Disability Bias Charge, Federal Agency Asserts - BOSTON -- Day & Zimmermann NPS, a provider of staffing services to the power industry, unlawfully retaliated against a...more

Internal Whistleblowing Protected Against Retaliation Under Dodd-Frank Says Second Circuit

While the Dodd-Frank Act provides various protections to whistleblowers, federal courts have inconsistently interpreted who precisely qualifies as a whistleblower. In a much-anticipated opinion, the Second Circuit Court of...more

“Cat’s Paw” – Or Perhaps “Tiger’s Paw” Theory Now

For those interested in the origin, the term “cat’s paw” derives from a fable of a monkey who employs flattery to convince a cat to pull chestnuts out of a fire. Today the term commonly refers to a person used unwittingly or...more

Harassment and “Terms & Conditions” Claims Up Big; A Look at CHRO Statistics Part 2

In yesterday’s post, I talked about how employment claims being filed are up big at the CHRO. Indeed, in looking at the statistics further, I realized that it is the second highest number of claims being filed in the...more

District Court for the EDNY Denies Motion to Dismiss Selective Enforcement Gender Discrimination and Retaliation Claims Related to...

In Visecchia v. Alrose Allegria LLC, a recent decision from the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, the court granted in part and denied in part a motion to dismiss claims of gender...more

The Second Circuit (Sort of) and the Fourth Circuit (Completely) Refuse to Apply “Manager Rule” to Title VII Retaliation Claims

The so-called “manager rule” addresses a concern that employers may face a “litigation minefield” if a manager whose very job duties required them to report discrimination complaints could later sue for retaliation if they...more

Wisconsin Courts Can Consider Documents Referred to in a Complaint, Even if They Are Not Attached to the Complaint

Wisconsin’s court of appeals recently adopted the incorporation-by-reference doctrine as part of the state’s pleading standard in Soderlund v. Zibolski, No. 14AP2479 (Sept. 22, 2015). The decision, written by Judge Cane of...more

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