Race Discrimination Retaliation

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Alleged Harassers' Intent Irrelevant to Hostile Environment Determination

Employers investigating allegations of workplace harassment sometimes receive explanations from the accused parties that they never meant to cause distress to the complaining employee. They justify their behavior as joking or...more

First Circuit Decision Serves as Good Reminder that the Passing of Title VII Limitations Period Does Not Mean Employers are Off...

The United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit recently reinstated race discrimination and retaliation claims that had dismissed by a state administrative agency and the United States District Court in...more

California Employment Law Notes - January 2016

Court Reverses $1 Million Discrimination Verdict Entered Against LA Fire Department - Jumaane v. City of Los Angeles, 241 Cal. App. 4th 1390 (2015) - Jabari Jumaane, an African-American firefighter with the Los...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: December 2015 #4

Last week was a big one for the EEOC. Among other things, the agency initiated a lawsuit against McDonald’s Corporate and a Missouri franchisee because the franchisee refused to provide a deaf applicant a sign language...more

Employment Law 101: Race Discrimination

Who, What, Why . . . Who does it apply to: The law applies to all employers regardless of size. What is the issue: The Civil Rights Act of 1866 was passed to prohibit racial discrimination in contracts of...more

Firefighter’s Twelve Year Court Battle Over Racial Discrimination Ends in Reversal of His Million Dollar Judgment

In Jabari Jumaane v. City of Los Angeles (Ct. of Appeal B255763), published November 10, 2015, the Court of Appeal for the Second Appellate District ended 12 years of see-saw litigation, ruling that the racial discrimination...more

The benefits of an appeal or review committee

Retaliation claims are some of the most common employment-based claims that employers face. In 2014, the number of retaliation claims filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission reached a record high – 37,955...more

Harassing Comments Are No Joke: Employer Ordered to Pay Employee $7,500

Mohamud v. Canadian Dewatering (2006) Ltd., 2015 AHRC 16, is a recent decision of the Alberta Human Rights Commission. This decision demonstrates the type of workplace harassment that creates a poisoned workplace and is a...more

Causation In Federal Remedial Rights And Alternative Pleading

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

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

EEOC Sues Morse Moving & Storage For Retaliation Discrimination

Moving Company Fired an Employee For Complaining of Harassment, Federal Agency Charges - DETROIT - Morse Moving & Storage, a residential and corporate moving services provider, violated federal law by firing an employee...more

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

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

EEOC Sues Labor Ready Mid-Atlantic for Sexual and Racial Harassment and Retaliation

Staffing Agency Fired Laborers Because They Complained About Harassment, Federal Agency Says - PITTSBURGH - Labor Ready Mid-Atlantic, Inc., a Tacoma-Wash.-based labor staffing firm, violated federal law when it subjected...more

EEOC Wins $365,000 Default Judgment Against Bliss Cabaret for Race Discrimination and Retaliation

Adult Entertainment Club Fired Manager Who Objected to Ban on Hiring African-Americans and Terminated African-American Bartender Due to Race - TAMPA, Fla. - A Clearwater, Fla., adult entertainment club and its parent...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

Court Issues Preliminary Injunction Prohibiting Employer From Terminating Employee Pending Resolution Of EEOC Lawsuit

On July 22, 2015, in Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Peters’ Bakery, Case No. 13-CV-045107 (N.D. Cal. July 22, 2015), Judge Beth Labson Freeman of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California,...more

Court Prevents Peters’ Bakery from Firing Employee Alleging Discrimination in EEOC Suit

Federal Agency Obtains Preliminary Injunction to Protect Latina Clerk's Job - SAN JOSE, Calif. - Peters' Bakery, a family-owned business in East San Jose, may not terminate a sales clerk whose allegations of ethnic and...more

EEOC Sues Regis Corporation/Smart Style Family Hair Salon for Unlawful Retaliation

Hair Salon Fired Employees for Complaining About Race Discrimination, Federal Agency Charges - WILMINGTON, N.C. - Regis Corporation, doing business as Smart Style Family Hair Salon, a Minnesota-based company that...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

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

In a Win for Employees, Fourth Circuit Finds That Two Racial Slurs May Support Harassment Claim

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals recently made two noteworthy rulings in a single case concerning sexual harassment and retaliation under Title VII. First, as it relates to sexual harassment, the Court found that two...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

EEOC Finds That More Than 40% Of EEOC Charges Of Discrimination Contain Retaliation Claims

Last week, the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released its enforcement litigation data for FY 2014. Continuing a recent trend, the EEOC reported that the percentage of EEOC charges of...more

Skanska USA Building to Pay $95,000 to Settle EEOC Racial Harassment and Retaliation Lawsuit

Building Contractor Ignored Complaints of Racial Harassment and Fired Black Employees in Retaliation, Federal Agency Charges - MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Skanska USA Building, Inc., a building contractor headquartered in...more

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