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Does the Pregnancy Discrimination Act Require Light Duty Assignments for Pregnant Workers?

The Supreme Court recently heard oral argument in Young v. UPS, a case that could drastically impact accommodation policies for pregnant employees. Up until now, courts widely held that employers could offer light-duty...more

Autozone's Predicament: A $185 Million Punitive Damage Award

The record $185 million punitive damage award by a California jury in November 2014 against AutoZone has been widely reported. This huge verdict raises immediate questions: How did this happen? What circumstances led the jury...more

EEOC Consent Decree Ends Midway Neurological Pregnancy Discrimination Case

Federal Agency Charged Bridgeview Facility Illegally Fired Pregnant Social Worker - CHICAGO - Midway Neurological & Rehabilitation Center, a provider of short- and long- term medical and rehabilitation care located in...more

UPS Changes Pregnant Worker Policy with Case Pending in Supreme Court

According to a memo recently sent out to all UPS employees, as of January 1, 2015 the company will offer its temporary light duty positions to pregnant workers as well as workers that have suffered injuries on the job. This...more

The Supreme Court May Soon Have the Final Say on an Employer’s Duty to Accommodate Pregnancy

2014 has been a big year for pregnancy protections in employment law. In May, Minnesota enacted a new pregnancy accommodation law, and in July the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued an updated...more

In The Eleventh Circut, Employers Can Terminate “Protected” Employees For Poor Performance And Violation Of Company Policy

On December 4, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit upheld summary judgment in favor of an employer against a pregnant employee who had requested FMLA, who was told by her direct supervisor “that [her]...more

EEOC Focuses Resources on Pregnancy Refusal to Hire Claims

Earlier this year, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued a new Pregnancy Discrimination Enforcement Guidance, setting forth the agency’s position with regard to litigation against employers accused of...more

Recent Changes to Maryland Law Give Pregnant Employees and New Parents Enhanced Employment Protections

In 2013, the Maryland legislature passed the Reasonable Accommodations for Disabilities Due to Pregnancy Act requiring employers with 15 or more employees to provide reasonable accommodation for individuals with a disability...more

EEOC Issues New Guidance on Pregnancy

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently issued comprehensive "Enforcement Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination and Related Issues” (the Guidance). Along with the Guidance, the EEOC issued a Q&A document as...more

Wait A Minute? Is Pregnancy a Disability Now?

On July 14, 2014, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued guidance relating to pregnancy discrimination. Since that time, in federal courts around the country the EEOC has filed multiple lawsuits on behalf of...more

A Reader Asks: “Is It Me, Or Has Job Interviewing Become Really Complicated?”

Last week, I wrote about the two situations in which an employer should ask an applicant about a disability or a religious belief or practice that might require reasonable accommodation. (As I emphasized last week, 99 percent...more

Illinois Employers Must Provide Reasonable Accommodations To Pregnant Employees

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has signed into law amendments to the Illinois Human Rights Act (“IHRA”) that require all employers to provide reasonable accommodations for any medical or common condition of a job applicant or...more

EEOC Issues Enforcement Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination and Related Issues Over Commissioners’ Dissent: An Overview and Best...

On July 14, 2014, the EEOC issued Enforcement Guidance: Pregnancy Discrimination and Related Issues (Guidance).1 The Guidance is the first comprehensive update on the EEOC’s position on discrimination based on pregnancy in...more

Employment Flash - September 2014

In This Issue: - SEC Pays First Whistleblower Award to Audit and Compliance Professional - Supreme Court Allows Affordable Care Act Contraceptives Religious Exemption - EEOC Adopts New Pregnancy...more

Magnolia Personal Care Home Sued by EEOC for Pregnancy Discrimination

Assisted Living Facility Fired Employee Due to Pregnancy, Federal Agency Charges - OXFORD, Miss. - Magnolia NA, LLC, dba Magnolia Personal Care Home, an assisted living facility located in New Albany, Miss., ...more

EEOC's Changed Conception of Pregnancy Spawns New Litigation — and Important Reminders for Employers

Earlier this year, we noted that that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) issued somewhat controversial enforcement guidance regarding pregnancy discrimination. It has now become evident that this enforcement...more

Merry Maids Franchise to Pay $40,000 to Resolve EEOC Pregnancy Discrimination Suit

Agency Charged Home Cleaning Company Fired Employee Because of Her Pregnancy - MILWAUKEE, Wis. - V&B LLC, a Merry Maids home cleaning franchise in Kenosha, Wis., will pay $40,000 and furnish other relief under a...more

Baby on Board: Illinois Increases Protection in the Workplace for Expectant and New Mothers

On August 26, 2014, Illinois Governor Patrick Quinn signed into law House Bill 8, an amendment to the Illinois Human Rights Act (the “IHRA”) that prohibits discrimination on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth, or medical or...more

EEOC Sues Pharmacy Solutions for Pregnancy Discrimination

Pharmacy's Owner Fired Two Pregnant Employees Within Weeks of Each Other, Federal Agency Charges - DALLAS -Tomeldon Company, Inc., d/b/a Pharmacy Solutions, an Arlington, Texas pharmaceutical compounding business,...more

New EEOC Enforcement Guidance Gives Broad Protection to Pregnant Employees

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently issued new Enforcement Guidance (the Guidance) on pregnancy discrimination in the work place, shedding light on how the EEOC interprets the federal Pregnancy...more

EEOC Expands Pregnancy Discrimination Protections for Employees

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has issued guidance on pregnancy discrimination that provides, for the first time, that employers must offer light duty assignments to pregnant employees if they make light duty...more

Title VII at 50: What's New? - Employment Law Update

This summer marked the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, legislation first introduced by President John F. Kennedy in response to the growing civil rights movement. For employers, the most important component...more

Illinois Amends the Human Rights Act to Provide Greater Protections Regarding Pregnancy

On August 26, 2014, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed into law House Bill 8 (the amendments), which amends the Illinois Human Rights Act (the Act) to provide greater protections to applicants and employees who are or become...more

Governor Signs Bill Calling for Greater Protections for Pregnant Employees

House Bill 8, now Public Act 098-1050, was recently signed by Governor Pat Quinn. As we reported in June of this year, the resulting amendments to the Illinois Human Rights Act expand upon the anti-discrimination protections...more

Workplace Protections Expanded for Job Applicants and Pregnant Employees in Illinois

On Tuesday, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn announced he signed the Law to Stop Discrimination Against Pregnant Women in the Workplace and thereby expanded workplace protections to job applicants and employees experiencing...more

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