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The New Protected Class: Unpaid Interns (Are They Worth the Trouble?)

It is a constant challenge for employers to keep up with the panoply of protections afforded to actual employees by federal, state and local employment discrimination and other laws. Beware — there is a new trend afoot that...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

Social Media Strikes Back! The Impact of Off-Hours Communications with Employees on Claims of Discrimination

How many of us have stared at a Facebook friend request from a boss or co-worker and wondered if clicking “accept” was a good decision? I know I’ve wondered if I really want my boss to know how many tattoos my sister has or...more

Is Sexual Orientation Including Gender Identity the Next Universally Protected Class in Employment Law?

On July 21, 2014, President Obama signed an executive order expanding protection of employees of the federal government provided by Executive Orders 11478 and 11246. Specifically, individuals in federal employment cannot be...more

Protecting the Rights of LGBT Employees in the United States and Abroad

On July 21, President Obama issued an Executive Order prohibiting federal government contractors from discriminating against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (“LGBT”) employees. The President directed the U.S....more

SuperVision Today - August 2014

In This Issue: - Recent Developments for Federal Contractors - The Fate of Obamacare Premium Tax Credits - Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity the Next Protected Class? - EEOC Ratchets Up Focus on Pregnancy...more

President Obama Issues Two Executive Orders in 10-Day Period

President Obama issued the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order on Wednesday, July 30 only 10 days after prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating based on sexual orientation and gender identity, in the...more

President Obama Issues Executive Order Prohibiting Federal Contractors From Discriminating Based on Sexual Orientation or Gender...

On July 21, 2014, President Barack Obama issued an Executive Order prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating in employment decisions based on applicants’ or employees’ sexual orientation or gender identity. This...more

Executive Order Bars Discrimination against LGBT Workers for Federal Contractors, Government

President Obama recently signed an executive order that will prohibit federal contractors from discriminating against employees based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The executive order adds sexual orientation and...more

President Obama Signs Executive Order Prohibiting Federal Contractors from Discriminating Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender...

Frustrated with Congress's failure to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) and consistent with his recent Executive Order to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour for employees of federal contractors,...more

Executive Order Extends LGBT Protections to Federal Contractor Employees

On Monday, July 21, 2014, President Obama amended two prior executive orders to extend employment protections to lesbian, gay and/or transgender (LGBT) workers. Executive Order 11246 was first signed by President Lyndon B....more

President Obama's Latest Executive Order Recognizing Gay and Transgender Rights Among Federal Contractors

While much has been said in the mainstream media over the past 24 hours regarding President Obama's latest Executive Order protecting gay and transgender individuals from discrimination by federal contractors, a few...more

New Jersey Employment Posters Updated, Yet Again

The New Jersey Division on Civil Rights (NJDCR) just modified its Discrimination in Employment poster, which all New Jersey employers are required to display. The new poster adds “pregnancy” to the list of protected...more

50 For 50: Five Decades Of The Most Important Employment Discrimination Decisions - Number 49: EEOC Takes On Background Checks

Throughout this series, we have touched on facially neutral policies which, although not motivated by unlawful discrimination, have a discriminatory effect on certain protected classes. For over 40 years, the courts have...more

Gender and Reverse Discrimination in the Workplace

Ohio’s Fifth Appellate District recently handed down a decision relevant to all Ohio employers. Caiazza v. Mercy Med. Ctr., 2014-Ohio-2290 (Ohio Ct. App. 2014) highlights the importance of treating all employees equally,...more

Who Is Houston’s New “HERO”? Houston City Council Passes Sweeping Equal Rights Ordinance

On May 28, 2014, the Houston City Council passed the controversial Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (“HERO”) by a vote of 11 to 6. HERO expands the “protected classifications” beyond those currently provided by federal or Texas...more

50 for 50: Five Decades of the Most Important Discrimination Law Developments - Number 8: The Supreme Court Finds That...

People don’t discriminate by accident. But in the wake of the passage of Title VII, employers began adopting facially neutral policies which had the effect of discriminating against protected classes. Before Title VII became...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 Enacts the Women’s Economic Security Act Imposing Many New Obligations On Employers

On Sunday, May 11, 2014, Governor Mark Dayton signed into law a package of bills dubbed the Women’s Economic Security Act (“WESA”), which will have significant implications for Minnesota employers. Many of WESA’s provisions...more

Guest Post: Patent Reform -- Lessons from Capitalism's Founding Father

There are those very vocal about proposing legislative amendments to the patent statutes, in an attempt to curb litigation abuse and thereby promote innovation....more

Disparate Impact Remains Fair Lending Risk To Banks

Lenders seeking judicial relief from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s heightened enforcement of the Equal Credit Opportunity Act were left disappointed by the settlement of Mt. Holly v. Mt. Holly Gardens Citizens in...more

Quirky Question #219, Is Unemployment Status a Protected Category?

Quirky Question: We recently interviewed an applicant with a very spotty resume; there were repeated gaps in his employment history which were apparent from his resume. He was not hired and called HR to complain that...more

Background Checks: Not Over until It’s Over!

In all the hoopla over the victory of the employer in EEOC v. Freeman (USDC, MD, Case No. RWT 09-cv-2573) it may have escaped some people that on November 7, 2013 the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”)...more

13 Changes To California Law In 2014: What Employers Need To Know

Every new year brings employment law changes for California’s employers and, while the Affordable Care Act has taken the spotlight for 2014, a vast array of employment laws deserve special attention from California employers...more

Trends in New Jersey Employment Law - February 2014

Appellate Division Roundup - In recent months, New Jersey's Appellate Division has rendered three significant employment law decisions. State v. Saavedra, No. A-1449-12T4, 2013 N.J. Super. LEXIS 185 (App. Div....more

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