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Taylor Shellfish to Pay $160,000 To Settle EEOC Racial Harassment Suit

Black Mechanic Forced to Quit After Enduring Slurs, Stereotypes and Retaliation, Says Federal Agency - SEATTLE - The largest producer of farmed shellfish in the United States, Taylor Shellfish, will pay $160,000 and...more

EEOC Pulls the Hood Off of Employer’s Attempt to Retaliate against Its Employee

Can an employer force an employee to agree that his complaints have been adequately addressed? On April 26, the EEOC announced that Downhole Technology LLC will pay a former employee $120,000 and provide other relief after it...more

Spell Out Interview Results

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

An employer in Mississippi will face trial on a claim of race discrimination because it has not explained the interview scores two candidates received. In Calvin v. MS Dept. Rehab. Servs., Civil No. 3:15-CV-827-HTW-LRA (S.D....more

Seventh Circuit Clarifies Evidentiary Standard for Employment Discrimination Claims

by Holland & Knight LLP on

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

Employment Law - June 2016 #2

California Considers Extending Fair Pay Act to Race, Ethnicity - Why it matters - Reflecting the nationwide trend of pay equity, a new bill under consideration by California legislators would extend the state's Fair...more

Still Cookin’ In California Court: Bakery Employer Survives EEOC Motion For Summary Judgment

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

In what has become an oft-used recipe in the EEOC cookbook of Title VII retaliation litigation, the government has once again utilized the strategy of taking an employer’s deposition and thereafter moving for summary...more

Nursing Manager, Removed from Patient Case, Seeks Supreme Court Review in Discrimination Case

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Petitioner to the Supreme Court claims that the Sixth Circuit engaged in a “separate but equal” rationale when it rejected her claim that her employer discriminated against her based on race after the employer allegedly...more

Lawsuit Bait: Reimagining the Revenant in Today’s Litigious World

Although the Oscars are eleven days away, it seems that the online collective of paid critics, amateur bloggers, and self-professed film buffs has already announced the “rightful winners.” Whatever the Academy Awards...more

Is a Threatened Pay Cut an Adverse Action? Fifth Circuit Issues Pro-Employer Ruling in Retaliation Case

In Brandon v. Sage Corp., the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a decision from the Western District of Texas granting summary judgment in favor of a truck driving school. The issue in the case concerned whether the...more

EEOC Argues Adverse Employment Action Irrelevant in Racial Segregation Cases

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Recently, the EEOC filed an appeal in EEOC v. AutoZone, Inc. et al., arguing that the lower court erred in dismissing the case against AutoZone Inc. by improperly requiring the EEOC to show that the employee at issue suffered...more

Causation In Federal Remedial Rights And Alternative Pleading

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Several recent Supreme Court decisions have upended causation standards in the statutory alphabet soup of federal remedial rights. It is now clear that “but for” causation governs discrimination claims under the Age...more

Cat’s Paw, Part II: “Termination Review” by Independent Decision Makers Can Break the Causal Chain

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Last week, we wrote about the “Cat’s Paw” theory of liability —where a person is used unwittingly to accomplish another person’s discriminatory purpose in the workplace. A common example would be when a racist employee...more

“Cat’s Paw” – Or Perhaps “Tiger’s Paw” Theory Now

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

For those interested in the origin, the term “cat’s paw” derives from a fable of a monkey who employs flattery to convince a cat to pull chestnuts out of a fire. Today the term commonly refers to a person used unwittingly or...more

Court Rejects The EEOC’s Novel Attempt To Impose Disparate Treatment Liability Without Any Injury

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

In EEOC v. Autozone, Inc., Case No. 14-CV-5579 (N.D. Ill. Aug. 4, 2015), Judge Amy St. Eve of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois granted summary judgment in favor of the defendant and against the...more

Second Circuit Clarifies Pleading Standard for Title VII Claims

A Second Circuit panel recently revived a former employee’s racial discrimination suit against New York City, reversing in part the Southern District of New York’s dismissal of her case. In Littlejohn v. City of New York,...more

Can Employee Display a Confederate Flag on Facebook as Free Speech? Or Can Employer Take Action?

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

There’s been lots of talk lately about the Confederate flag and its symbolism in the aftermath of the Charleston shootings. But I wondered: How has this flag come up in the context of employment discrimination cases?...more

Employers Beware in Race Discrimination Cases

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

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

What’s Your Workplace Retaliation IQ?

It’s been a while since we’ve had an employment law quiz, so let’s do it! This one is on retaliation. As always, the answers will be provided after each question — you have our “no-pressure” guarantee....more

Fifth Circuit Declines to Clarify When an Employment Action is “Adverse” Enough to Support a Discrimination Claim

When presented with an employment discrimination claim, one of the early questions any agency or court must answer is whether the claimant has suffered an “adverse employment action.” Simply stated, even if a discriminatory...more

2014's Hottest Employment Rulings Affecting Southeastern Employers

by Burr & Forman on

2014 saw a wide range of employment issues presented before the 11th Circuit. This article seeks to highlight some of the more frequently cited 11th Circuit opinions from last year. The updates below, although not earth...more

EEOC Sues DHD Ventures and Affiliated Companies for Racial Harassment and Retaliation

Real Estate Management Company Fired Employees After Complaining About Harassment, Federal Agency Charges - GREENVILLE, S.C. - DHD Ventures Management Company, Inc., a New York-based real estate management company,...more

California Court Overturns Employee’s Jury Verdict in Reverse Discrimination Case

Norton v. San Bernardino City Unified School District, No. G049496 (October 9, 2014): A California Court of Appeal recently overturned a jury verdict against an employer on the basis that the jury was incorrectly instructed...more

Back on the Case: Fifth Circuit Reexamines Detective's Race Suit

by Baker Donelson on

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 requires that an individual show that he or she was subjected to an "adverse employment action" in order to proceed on a claim of discrimination. Courts have defined "adverse...more

EEOC Sues Careall for Race Discrimination

Nashville Home Health Care Company Fired Administrator Because of Race, Federal Agency Charges - NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A Nashville-based home health care provider discharged a black administrator because of his race in...more

EEOC Sues Carolina Metal Finishing for Racial Harassment

Bishopville Plant Subjected African-American Employee to Racial Abuse and Fired Him for Complaining, Federal Agency Charges - COLUMBIA, S.C. - Carolina Metal Finishing, LLC, a Bishopville, S.C.-based metal finishing...more

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