Race Discrimination

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The Supreme Court Recognizes but Limits Disparate Impact in its Fair Housing Act Decision

On June 25, 2015, the Supreme Court, by a 5-4 margin, upheld the application of disparate impact under the Fair Housing Act (“FHA”) in Texas Department of Housing & Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project, Inc....more

Thanks a LOT, Mr. President!

As you know, I strongly disapprove of use of the “N” word in the workplace. I don’t think African-Americans should say it, and I really, really don’t think people who aren’t African-American should use it....more

Special Alert: Supreme Court Upholds Disparate Impact Under Fair Housing Act, But Emphasizes Limits on Such Claims

The Supreme Court in Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. Inclusive Communities Project, Inc. held that disparate-impact claims are cognizable under the Fair Housing Act (FHA). In a 5-4 decision, the Court...more

That is SO last week - June 2015

Last week, Uber suffered a setback in one of the many driver-initiated lawsuits it’s defending. A federal judge in California ruled that the popular ride-sharing app cannot compel arbitration of claims by drivers relating to...more

OFCCP Files Suit Against Federal Subcontractor Staffing Agency for Alleged Discrimination and Harassment

In a complaint filed on June 17, 2015, OFCCP alleges that a staffing agency that supplies laborers to work for federal prime construction contractors at the prime contractors’ construction sites, permitted the prime...more

Fourth Circuit Ruling Makes Retaliation Claims Harder to Dismiss

Reya C. Boyer-Liberto, a cocktail waitress, recently filed a lawsuit against the Maryland hotel she worked at, claiming she was fired after complaining about people using racial slurs against her. The defendant, the...more

Successor Liability for Discrimination Claims

Since most businesses are organized in a corporate form, the typical defendant in an employment discrimination lawsuit is a corporation. If a corporate defendant is dissolved during the course of the lawsuit and has few or...more

Dollar General Pays $32,500 to Settle EEOC Race Discrimination Suit

Employee Denied Promotion Because of Race, Federal Agency Charged - JACKSON, Miss. - Dollar General Corporation will pay $32,500 and furnish other relief to settle a race discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal...more

No-Hire Clauses Common to Settlement Agreements Now Void In California

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently broadened California's already expansive interest in promoting employee mobility by voiding any contract provision imposing a meaningful obstacle to a California resident's ability...more

EEOC Resolves Race Harassment Case for $180,000

NFI Logistics and Federal Agency Agree to Consent Decree - CHICAGO - The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today resolved its race and national origin harassment suit against NFI Interactive Logistics...more

EEOC Roundup: April 2015

Employment is heavily regulated in the U.S., where it is illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person's race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or...more

Tools for Preventing and Addressing Discrimination in the Workplace

Combatting the five most common forms of workplace discrimination. Workplace discrimination, in any form, can poison company culture, stifle innovation and depress morale. But the harmful effects go much further. It can spell...more

Single Incident of Severe Verbal Harassment Can Be Sufficient to Establish a Hostile Working Environment

In Boyer-Liberto v. Fontainebleau Corp., 2015 WL 2116849 (4th Cir. May 7, 2015), the Fourth Circuit recently held that an isolated, but "extremely serious" incident of verbal harassment can establish a hostile work...more

EEOC Retains Subpoena Power Even after Complainants' Private Lawsuit was Dismissed

Employers beware: in a shocking decision out of the Eastern District of Wisconsin, a court has allowed the EEOC to engage in a fishing expedition to gather more evidence against a company which had already successfully...more

Fourth Circuit Reverses Position on Single Racial Slur as Sufficient to Create Hostile Work Environment

For years, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals (which includes North Carolina and South Carolina) set a high bar for plaintiffs suing for workplace harassment. The court rejected multiple claims involving obnoxious and crude...more

CFPB, DOJ Show Renewed Interest in Pursuing “Redlining” Cases

Evidence is mounting that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) are taking a renewed interest in investigating possible redlining—the practice of lenders charging certain groups...more

Supreme Court to Decide When Limitations Period Begins Running for Constructive Discharge Discrimination Claims

Green v. Donahoe involves a Postal Service worker who alleges that he was forced to choose between retirement and a demotion and transfer to another position. The plaintiff quit several months after being given this choice,...more

Was This Doctor A "Good Fit"?

A Wisconsin hospital scored an important victory in a recent failure-to-hire case involving an allegation of race discrimination. The underlying facts offer a timely reminder to all healthcare employers about what is...more

Employers Beware in Race Discrimination Cases

Several recent cases highlight the fact that employers should think twice before failing to properly address a Title VII complaint. Failing to do so may result in their winding up in a jury trial. That fact is most recently...more

New York Court of Appeals Applies Federal Impact Analysis Under State Law

Margerum v. City of Buffalo, 24 N.Y.3d 721 (N.Y. Feb. 17, 2015): The New York Court of Appeals held that, where an employer has allegedly engaged in intentional discrimination to avoid or remedy an unintentional disparate...more

EEOC Roundup: March 2015

Employment is heavily regulated in the U.S., where it is illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person's race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or...more

Rinnier Development and Related Companies to Pay $25,000 to Settle EEOC Race Discrimination Lawsuit

Real Estate Management Businesses Underpaid and Refused to Promote Black Assistant Community Manager Because of Her Race, Federal Agency Charged - BALTIMORE - Rinnier Development Company, a commercial and residential...more

Employment Law 101: Sex Discrimination

Who does it apply to: The law applies to all employers with 15 or more employees. What is the issue: Title VII was passed in the 1960s to protect against discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex or national...more

Patterson-UTI Drilling Pagará $14.5 Millones Para Resolver Demanda de Discriminación por Origen Nacional/Raza

Agencia Federal Resuelve Demanda que Alega que Empleador Toleraba Discriminación en Plataformas de Perforación, Castigaba a Víctimas por Quejarse - DENVER - Patterson-UTI Drilling Company LLC, una empresa de perforación...more

Patterson-UTI Drilling to Pay $14.5 Million to Settle Claims of Race/National Origin Discrimination

Federal Agency Resolves Lawsuit Alleging Employer Tolerated Discrimination on Drilling Rigs, Punished Victims for Complaining - DENVER - Patterson-UTI Drilling Company LLC, a Snyder, Texas-based multistate oil drilling...more

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