Race Discrimination

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Eleventh Circuit: Refusal to Hire Black Applicant with Dreadlocks Did Not Violate Title VII

Last week, the Eleventh Circuit affirmed a decision dismissing a case filed by the EEOC on behalf of a black applicant whose employment offer was rescinded pursuant to the company’s grooming policy when she refused to cut off...more

New Jersey Court Ruling Raises Price Of Employment Discrimination

Supreme Court Decision Impacts Potential Emotional Distress Damages - On September 19, 2016, the New Jersey Supreme Court upheld a jury’s award of $1.4 million in emotional distress damages to two Hispanic brothers who...more

NLRB Benchslap: Enabling Racism/Sexism

One highly-respected federal appeals court judge recently called the NLRB out for its history of condoning strike behavior that is racist and sexist. In Consolidated Communications, Inc. v. NLRB, No. 14-1135 (D.C. Cir....more

Hairstyle Is Not a Protected Category but Sexual Orientation Likely Is

Several recent decisions have opened the door to further scrutiny regarding discrimination and the basis for a finding of discriminatory conduct by an employer. These decisions continue to show the volatility of...more

Contractor Settles With OFCCP For More Than $250K

As a result of a compliance review that began in 2013, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs alleged that a federal contractor in the District of Columbia discriminated against African-American applicants who...more

Eleventh Circuit Declines EEOC’s Invitation To Expand Race To Include Personal Expression Or Cultural Characteristics

Seyfarth Synopsis: After a black woman’s employment offer was rescinded because she refused to cut off her dreadlocks in violation of a company grooming policy, the EEOC sued under Title VII for discrimination on the basis...more

School of Hard (Dread) Locks: EEOC Loses Appeal Over Hairstyle Ban

Last week the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a lower court’s dismissal of a case the EEOC filed over a job applicant’s short dreadlocks. In 2010, Chastity Jones, an African American, applied for a position with...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: September 2016 #3

Last week, the legal battle between federal authorities and North Carolina over transgender bathroom access took a turn. North Carolina’s governor quietly withdrew the state’s suit against the federal government, instead...more

California Employment Law Notes - September 2016

Ninth Circuit Strikes Down Employer's Class Action Waiver - Morris v. Ernst & Young, LLP, 2016 WL 4433080 (9th Cir. 2016) - As a condition of employment, Stephen Morris and Kelly McDaniel were required to sign...more

California Legislative Update: It's Now Up To The Governor

The California Legislature completed its substantive legislative work for the year in the very early morning hours of Thursday, September 1, 2016, with the usual frenetic, last-minute flurry of bill-passing, including some...more

EEOC Sues T-N-T Of York County, Inc. And Tm Trucking of The Carolinas, LLC For Racial Harassment

Owner Constantly Harassed Black Employees, Forcing Many to Quit, Federal Agency Charges - ROCK HILL, S.C. - Two interconnected South Carolina trucking companies violated federal law when they subjected black employees to...more

SFI of Tennessee to Pay $210,000 To Settle EEOC Race Discrimination Lawsuit

Steel Fabricator Fired Three Black Employees Because of Their Race, Federal Agency Charged - MEMPHIS, Tenn. - SFI of Tennessee, LLC, a fabricator and supplier of heavy-gauge steel and value-added products, has agreed to...more

Federal subcontractors, beware! The OFCCP is watching you, too.

A recent complaint filed by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs illustrates that it’s not only federal contractors who need to be sure they comply with affirmative action requirements, but also those who...more

District Court Dismisses Disparate Impact Claims in Texas

After several years of litigation, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas recently dismissed disparate impact claims filed against the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) in the fair...more

2016 California Labor and Employment Legislation Update: The End (of Session) Is Near…

The California Legislature adjourned in the wee hours yesterday, Wednesday, August 31st, having reviewed over 100 bills in the single day, bringing the second half of the 2015-2016 Legislative Session to a close. Several...more

District Court Dismisses Disparate Impact Claim of Inclusive Communities

A federal court in Texas recently dismissed a housing discrimination claim that was based on alleged disparate impact under the Fair Housing Act (FHA), the latest in a series of decisions applying landmark U.S. Supreme Court...more

Seventh Circuit to Plaintiffs: Here's Your Burden of Proof

Most employees who file employment discrimination claims hope for one of two things – a really sympathetic jury or an employer that is willing to generously settle the lawsuit to avoid the risks and uncertainties of trial. ...more

Northern Texas District Court Dismisses Fair Housing Disparate Impact Claim

A federal court in Texas recently dismissed a housing discrimination claim that was based on alleged disparate impact under the Fair Housing Act (FHA), the latest in a series of decisions applying landmark U.S. Supreme Court...more

Do Your Housing Policies Expose You to Liability?

The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in housing rental or conditions based upon protected classes, such as race, sex, religion, and, importantly, familial status. In assessing whether a housing provider...more

Eleventh Circuit Affirms Dissolution Of Class Action Consent Decree Due To Plaintiffs’ Inaction

Seyfarth Synopsis: After the City of Jacksonville stopped following a class action consent decree that required it to hire a proportionate number of black and white firefighters, the U.S. Court of Appeal for the Eleventh...more

Resource Employment Solutions Pays $435,000 to Settle EEOC Race Discrimination Suit

Company Illegally Granted Placement Preferences to Hispanic Temps over Black Temps, Federal Agency Charged - MEMPHIS, Tenn.-Resource Employment Solutions, LLC (Resource), a temporary staffing agency headquartered in...more

Employment Law - August 2016

Arbitrator or Judge? California Supreme Court Weighs in - Why it matters - Yet again, the California Supreme Court considered arbitration in the context of an employment agreement, this time reflecting on whether a...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: August 2016 #5

Last week, we were reminded of the impact of the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division enforcement activities. The agency announced that National Freight, Inc. will pay more than $1,000,000 in back wages to 359 workers...more

EEOC Sues Frontier Hot-Dip Galvanizing for Race and National Origin Harassment, and Retaliation

Employer Permitted Racist Slurs and Graffiti, Then Fired Employees Who Complained - BUFFALO, N.Y. - A Buffalo provider of metal coating violated federal law when it permitted race-based harassment of black employees by...more

Seventh Circuit Clarifies Evidentiary Standard for Employment Discrimination Claims

In Ortiz v. Werner Enterprises, Inc., the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit clarified its standard for evaluating evidence in employment discrimination cases and rejected prior decisions to the extent they...more

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