Race Discrimination Hiring & Firing

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Grooming Policies in the Workplace: 11th Circuit Upholds Employer’s Dreadlock Ban

The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled that an employer’s policy banning dreadlocks did not constitute racial discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In doing so, the court rejected the...more

New Jersey Supreme Court “Plants the Seeds” for Increase in “Garden Variety” Emotional Distress Jury Awards

Seyfarth Synopsis: The New Jersey employers were dealt an “emotional” blow when the New Jersey Supreme Court, in Cuevas v. Wentworth Group, affirmed a trial court’s denial of an employer’s request for remittitur of the...more

California’s Fair Pay Act Expanded to Include Race & Ethnicity

California’s Fair Pay Act, already the broadest in the nation, has now been expanded in two key aspects: First, the Governor approved SB 1063, so that the Fair Pay Act now protects against race-based disparities in pay. ...more

Termination for Refusal to Cut Dreadlocks Not Race Discrimination

In recent years, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has attempted to expand the definition of race under Title VII. The agency takes the position that race includes cultural characteristics and individual expressions...more

‘Garden Variety’ Emotional Distress Damages in Employment Matters to ‘Bloom’ in New Jersey

The specific facts presented to the jury will determine whether an award of “garden variety” emotional distress damages is reasonable, the New Jersey Supreme Court has held in an employment discrimination case brought under...more

Discrimination Class Certified Based On Union’s Job Referral Policies Despite Third-Parties’ Discretion In Hiring

Seyfarth Synopsis: African American pipefitters filed a class action against their labor union based on its allegedly discriminatory system for referring jobs to union members. Despite the fact that third-party employers...more

Employer Wins Dreadlocks Deadlock: Three Things To Know About Latest Court Decision

A federal appeals court recently ruled that a woman rejected from a job because she refused to cut her dreadlocks could not proceed with a race discrimination claim against the employer. The decision highlights the...more

NASCAR’s racing to defend race discrimination lawsuit—is your company ready?

Earlier this week, news broke that NASCAR is being sued for alleged racial discrimination. NASCAR insists the case has no merit, but only time will tell the outcome. When the rubber meets the road, will your business be ready...more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Appellate Court Notes

Supreme Court Advance Release Opinions: SC19496 - Commission on Human Rights & Opportunities v. Echo Hose Ambulance - The issue of this case was whether or not an unpaid volunteer, in this case for an ambulance...more

Financial Regulators Issue FAQ Guide on Diversity Self-Assessments

Regulated entities should be aware that on August 2, 2016, the Federal Reserve, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation published a "Frequently Asked Questions" (FAQ)...more

Quirky Question #287: “Cat’s Paw” Claims – How could an employer violate antidiscrimination laws, even though the decision-making...

Question: We just went through a five-person layoff, and one of the individuals laid off (an African American) has hired a lawyer and is threatening to sue for racial discrimination. I have enormous confidence in the fairness...more

Court rules unauthorized absence justifies firing

The federal appeals court that covers Oklahoma recently ruled in favor of Dillon Companies, Inc., a Kansas corporation that does business as King Soopers, in a lawsuit filed by a former grocery store employee who claimed he...more

JSH Attorneys Conquer Employment Discrimination Case Against A Local County

Jones, Skelton & Hochuli attorneys Michele Molinario, Justin Ackerman, and Amelia Esber prevailed by summary judgment in an employment discrimination case against a local County, and various County employees. The case...more

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

The combined topics of Facebook and race were in the news last week. A Pennsylvania judge ruled that an employee’s personal Facebook page laced with race-based stereotypes could be used to impeach her in her lawsuit, which...more

California Employment Law Notes - July 2016

Employer Is Entitled To Recover $4 Million In Attorney's Fees From EEOC - CRST Van Expedited, Inc. v. EEOC, 578 U.S. ___, 136 S. Ct. 1642 (2016) - The EEOC filed suit against CRST (a trucking company) alleging...more

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