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In This Issue: - High Court to Hear Case on Pregnancy Accommodations - Supreme Court Says Some Employees Don't Have to Pay Union Fees - Recent Decision Leaves Questions About Religion in Hiring Process - NLRB...more

Employment Law Believe It Or Not!

I thought only elephants had two-year pregnancies. As I’ve discussed here before, “pregnancy” for purposes of the federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act includes a lot of things besides the actual nine months of physical...more

Kevin & J Company Settles EEOC Pregnancy Discrimination Suit for $15,000

Retail Clothing Store Fired Employee Due to Pregnancy, Federal Agency Charged - CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - Kevin & J Company, Inc., an Atlanta-based company that sells retail clothing and apparel, will pay $15,000 and...more

Pay Careful Attention to Pregnancy Accommodation Requests as EEOC Plans New Enforcement Guidance

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission — the agency responsible for enforcing most federal discrimination laws — is preparing to issue new guidance addressing an employer’s obligation to reasonably accommodate...more

A Tale of Two Jurisdictions: Human Rights Laws in New York City and Tennessee Head in Opposite Directions

Sitting here in the Big Apple, the thought of the New York City Council voting to narrow the reach of the New York City Human Rights Law seems roughly equivalent to the thought of a Game of Thrones episode without any...more

EEOC Sues Massage Envy Spa Franchise for Pregnancy Discrimination

Spa Fired Female Employee Because She Was Pregnant, Federal Agency Charges - CHARLOTTE, N.C. - CCR Wellness Investments, LLC, d/b/a Massage Envy, violated federal law when it terminated a female employee because she...more

Does an Employer Have an Obligation to Provide Accommodations to Pregnant Employees? Don't Follow This Employer's Lead

Ena Wages served as a property manager for one of several apartment complexes owned by Stuart Management Corp. She began her employment on November 17, 2008, and this is significant under the FMLA because nearly one year...more

Greystar Management Services Will Pay $25,000 to Settle EEOC Pregnancy Discrimination Lawsuit

Management Services Company Fired Pregnant Housekeeper, Federal Agency Charged - BALTIMORE - Greystar Management Services, LP, will pay $25,000 and furnish significant remedial relief to settle a federal pregnancy...more

The Rise in Pregnancy-Related Employment Discrimination Claims

Laws protecting female workers from discrimination have succeeded, more women are entering and remaining in the workforce in more diverse occupations than ever before. With expanded participation has come the need to adapt...more

Guidance for Illinois Employers on Amendments to the Human Rights Act and a Reminder to All Employers Regarding Obligations to...

On May 28, 2014, the Illinois legislature passed amendments to the Illinois Human Rights Act that expand employment protections for employees and applicants related to pregnancy, childbirth and related conditions. The...more

EEOC Will Release Enforcement Guidance Addressing an Employer’s Obligation to Reasonably Accommodate Pregnant Workers; Employers...

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission – the agency responsible for enforcing most of the federal discrimination laws – is preparing to issue new guidance addressing an employer’s obligation to reasonably accommodate...more

Pregnancy and “Forced Sick Leave.” The Intersection of State and Federal Law, and What Is Permissible In the Connecticut Workplace

The situation that is at the epicenter of a recent controversy involving a Pier 1 employee, and a recent Connecticut federal court case, arises in the context of a pregnant employee being unable to carry out essential job...more

General Assembly Approves New Laws for Illinois Employers

As the legislative session drew to a close at the end of May, the Illinois General Assembly approved several new laws that will affect Illinois employers beginning January 1, 2015. The laws are now awaiting approval by...more

Chick-Fil-A Franchisee at Concord Commons to Pay $10,000 to Settle EEOC Pregnancy Discrimination Suit

Restaurant Refused to Hire Pregnant Applicant, Federal Agency Charged - CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A Concord, N.C. Chick-fil-A franchise restaurant has agreed to pay $10,000 and provide substantial injunctive relief to settle a...more

Important Changes Coming for Illinois Employers

Beginning January 1, 2015, Illinois state law may require Illinois employers employing one or more employees to provide "reasonable accommodations" to part-time and full-time employees, probationary employees, new employees,...more

50 for 50: Five Decades of the Most Important Discrimination Law Developments - Number 7: The Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978

You Mean Gender Discrimination Under Title VII Didn’t Always Include Pregnancy? We often think of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 first through the lens of race discrimination—understandably so, since the televised images of...more

The Women’s Economic Security Act: What Employers Need To Know

On Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 11, 2014, Governor Mark Dayton signed into law the Women’s Economic Security Act (WESA), which amends a number of Minnesota laws concerning pregnancy, nursing, parenting leave, and familial...more

New Minnesota Law Should Prompt Employers To Review and Modify Employee Handbooks and Practices

This week, the Minnesota Governor signed the Women’s Economic Security Act (“WESA”) into law. The WESA makes a sweeping variety of changes and additions to Minnesota law aimed at protecting women’s economic security. These...more

Minnesota's New Women's Economic Security Act Becomes Law - Employers Need To Take Note As Some Provisions Are Effective...

On Mother’s Day, May 11, 2014, Governor Dayton signed Minnesota’s new Women’s Economic Security Act into law. Employers should take note of the following provisions, some of which are effective immediately...more

Sex Discrimination Back on the EEOC's Radar

Sex discrimination charges may be on the rise in the coming months, if the EEOC has its way. In a recent interview with Law 360, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commissioner Chai Feldblum expressed disbelief regarding the...more

Florida Supreme Court Decides that Florida Civil Rights Act Prohibits Pregnancy Discrimination

On April 17, 2014, the Florida Supreme Court resolved a certified conflict between two of Florida’s district courts of appeal, to hold that the Florida Civil Rights Act (FCRA) prohibits pregnancy discrimination. To read the...more

Florida’s Supreme Court Rules Pregnancy Discrimination Unlawful

The Supreme Court of Florida recently ruled that the Florida Civil Rights Act’s (“FCRA”) provision prohibiting sex discrimination in employment (Fla. Stat. § 760.10(1)(a)) encompasses discrimination based on pregnancy. Delva...more

EEOC Sues Custom Built Personal Training for Pregnancy Discrimination

Fitness Center Fired Employee Due to Pregnancy Complication, Federal Agency Charges - MODESTO, Calif. - A national personal training company violated federal law when it fired a physical trainer who was taking approved...more

Florida Supreme Court Finds State Law Bans Pregnancy Discrimination

Executive Summary: The Florida Supreme has held that the Florida Civil Rights Act's (FCRA) prohibition against discrimination on the basis of sex includes discrimination based on pregnancy. See Delva v. The Continental Group,...more

Philadelphia Pregnancy Accommodation Law: Notice Requirement Begins on April 20, 2014

On January 20, 2014, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter signed into effect an amendment to the city’s Fair Practices Ordinance: Protections Against Unlawful Discrimination that expressly includes pregnancy, childbirth, or a...more

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