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Big Changes in Missouri: A New and Improved Missouri Human Rights Act Becomes Law

by Littler on

On June 30, 2017, Missouri Governor Eric Greitens signed into law Senate Bill 43, which corrects the Missouri Human Rights Act (MHRA) by bringing it into closer alignment with federal and other states' anti-discrimination...more

EEOC Sued Diversified Maintenance Systems for Race Discrimination and Retaliation

Tampa-Based Janitorial Service Provider Rejected African-Americans for Jobs and Punished Black Employee for Opposing Discrimination, Federal Agency Charges - BALTIMORE - Janitorial Service Provider Diversified Maintenance...more

EEOC Files Religious Discrimination Lawsuit Against J.C. Witherspoon, Jr., Inc.

Company Fired Hebrew Pentecostal Truck Driver Because of His Sabbath Requirement, Federal Agency Charges - CHARLESTON, S.C. - J.C. Witherspoon, Jr. Inc., a South Carolina corporation headquartered in Alcolu, violated...more

Compensation: Is it Becoming Employers’ Greatest Vulnerability?

A few weeks ago, a jury in New Jersey federal court found that Lockheed Martin discriminated against a former employee. The employee claimed that Lockheed violated federal and state laws by discriminating against him on the...more

Puerto Rico Issues Comprehensive Labor Law Reform

by FordHarrison on

On January 26, 2017, Puerto Rico’s Governor, Ricardo Roselló, signed into law the Labor Transformation and Flexibility Act (the “Act”). The Act represents the first significant and comprehensive labor law reform to occur in...more

Employment Law Letter - Winter 2017

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

For many years there has been disagreement about whether or not employees who bring discrimination claims under Connecticut’s Fair Employment Practices Act can get punitive damages (not just compensatory damages for lost...more

Connecticut Supreme Court: Punitive Damages Are Not Recoverable Under State Employment Discrimination Statute

The Connecticut Supreme Court rang in the new year with a ruling long awaited by employers, settling the lingering question as to whether punitive damages are recoverable for claims under the Connecticut Fair Employment...more

Greektown Casino Sued By EEOC For Disability Discrimination

Employer Failed to Grant Leave Extension for Employee With Stress-Anxiety Disorder And Fired Him Instead, Federal Agency Charges - DETROIT - A Detroit casino operator violated federal law by denying a reasonable...more

University Of Denver Sued By EEOC for Sex-Based Pay Discrimination

University Paid Female Full Law Professors Significantly Less Than Male Counterparts, Federal Agency Charges - DENVER, Colo. - The University of Denver violated federal law by paying female employees lower wages than...more

NJ Supreme Court Finds For Employees In Two Recent Cases

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In two recent cases, the New Jersey Supreme Court unanimously expanded state law to protect individuals going through a divorce from discrimination, and remanded another case to the trial court with...more

Failure to Promote Employee on Maternity Leave Results in Litigation

by FordHarrison on

When the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) was enacted in 1978, employers were clearly put on notice that they are forbidden from discriminating on the basis of pregnancy. Unfortunately, charges of pregnancy discrimination...more

Sensient Sued By EEOC for Disability Discrimination

Dried Food Producer Unlawfully Discharged Workers After Denying Extended Leave of Absence for Disability-Related Needs, Federal Agency Charged - FRESNO, Calif. - Sensient Natural Ingredients LLC, a producer of dried...more

Punitive Damages Not Authorized for State Employment Discrimination Claims, Says Court

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

In yesterday’s post, I talked about the case of Tomick v. UPS in looking at the prima facie case for disability discrimination. But the new Appellate Court case may be even more significant for its discussion of...more

Several Ounces of Prevention: The New Jersey Supreme Court Reminds Employers of the Importance of Anti-Harassment Policies,...

by Epstein Becker & Green on

On February 11, 2015, the New Jersey Supreme Court, in Aguas v. New Jersey, decided three important legal issues regarding employment discrimination claims under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (“LAD”). First,...more

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

by Baker Donelson on

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

Employment Law - December 2014

California Jury Awards Record $185M Verdict to Female Employee - Why it matters: A California jury made national headlines and terrified employers across the country when it awarded $185 million in punitive damages...more

$185 million punitive damages for pregnancy discrimination: what led to the largest single-plaintiff employment award?

by DLA Piper on

Rosario Juarez worked at AutoZone but now can buy 1 percent of its total market capitalization. Juarez began as a retail salesperson in San Diego in 2000. She was promoted to Parts Sales Manager but was unsuccessful in...more

The $185 Million – Yes – $185,000,000 Single Employee Discrimination Case

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

On November 17, a federal jury returned a verdict against AutoZone in favor of a single plaintiff for the insane amount of $185,000,000.00 in punitive damages. The plaintiff alleged gender and pregnancy-related harassment,...more

California Jury Awards Over $185M To Victim Of Pregnancy Discrimination and 'Glass Ceiling'

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

A manager at AutoZone who complained she was not promoted like her male counterparts, demoted for taking leave to have a child, and eventually fired for filing a discrimination action was awarded damages yesterday of over...more

Court Enters Permanent Injunction Against American Tool & Mold in EEOC Disability Case

Clearwater Company Ordered to Pay $150,000 and Observe Non-Discrimination Provisions For Withdrawing Job Offer Because of Applicant's Old Back Injury - TAMPA, Fla. - In an order issued yesterday, a federal judge...more

’Tis the Season of Giving, Right?

We all think of December as the season of giving. Unfortunately, prevailing defendants in Title VII cases don’t always feel that way. Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, prevailing plaintiffs enjoy compensatory...more

Colorado Legislative Wrap-Up

The 2013 Colorado legislative session resulted in three new laws that are significant for employers....more

Labor Letter, June 2013: Why Would Employees Tease About Nooses In 2013?

by Fisher Phillips on

It was surprising and disappointing to read about a punitive damages award against a North Carolina employer who allegedly tolerated employees referring to an African-American coworker as a “coon” and offering him a hangman’s...more

Major Changes to Colorado Discrimination Law Will Negatively Impact Employers Large and Small

by Littler on

On May 6, 2013, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper signed into law the Job Protection and Civil Rights Enforcement Act Of 2013 (Act), which amends the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act (CADA), the state law prohibiting...more

California Supreme Court Rules On Mixed Motive Defense To Discrimination Claims, But Large Verdicts Persist…

Wynona Harris, a bus driver for the City of Santa Monica (the City), alleged that she was fired because of her pregnancy in violation of the prohibition against sex discrimination under the Fair Employment and Housing Act...more

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