Race Discrimination Title VII

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“Ban the Box” Gains Momentum, At Least with Public Employers – Tennessee Becomes Latest State to Bar State Agencies from Asking...

Tennessee has become one of the latest states to “ban the box,” joining a growing list of jurisdictions barring employers from asking about job applicants’ criminal histories. As of April 18, 2016, a total of 23 states and...more

Federal Judge Awards EEOC $7,658,500 in Case Against Farm Labor Contractor Global Horizons

62 Thai Farmworkers Vindicated After Exploitation at the Hands of Global Horizons - LOS ANGELES - A federal judge has ordered farm labor contractor Global Horizons, Inc. to pay $7,658,500 for a pattern or practice of...more

Lawler Foods to Pay over $1 Million to Settle EEOC Race and National Origin Discrimination Suit

Bakery Refused to Hire Applicants Based on Their Race/National Origin, Federal Agency Alleged - HOUSTON - A large local bakery will pay $1,042,000 as part of the settlement of a class race and national origin...more

Massachusetts High Court Examines Disparate Impact Theory in Light of Recent Supreme Court Decision

A ruling last week by Massachusetts' highest state court demonstrates courts' vigorous examination of disparate impact housing claims in light of recent judicial guidance, as well as the type of proactive measures property...more

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

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

Fourth Circuit Says Employer's Response to Race Discrimination Claims Did Not Excuse Plaintiff's Failure to Allege Claims in EEOC...

Before filing suit alleging discrimination, Title VII requires plaintiffs to file a charge of discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. If the plaintiff files an EEOC charge, but includes claims in his...more

Promoting Workplace Diversity in Times of Trouble

The population in the United States – and by extension, the workforce – is becoming increasingly diverse. According to projections from the U.S. Census Bureau, by 2044, racial and ethnic minorities will be the majority in the...more

Update on the U.S. Supreme Court’s Inclusive Communities Decision

As previously reported on this blog, the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. Inclusive Communities Project, Inc., 135 S. Ct. 2507 (2015) adopted a burden-shifting approach to...more

Employment Law - March 2016

Failure to WARN Alleged in Complaint Against Yahoo - Why it matters - In a novel lawsuit, a former employee of Yahoo claims that the company manipulated its performance-review rating system in order to dodge both...more

Warnings and Loss of Bonus Deemed Acceptable Response to Harassment Complaints

Employers understand that once they become aware of allegations of workplace harassment, they are legally obligated to investigate the claims and if appropriate, to take disciplinary action against the harasser. In some...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

EEOC Revela Datos de Aplicación y Litigio Para el Año Fiscal 2015

Represalias, Discriminación Racial y el Acoso Persisten; Quejas de Discapacidad Aumentan - WASHINGTON - La Comisión para la Igualdad de Oportunidades en el Empleo de los EE.UU. (EEOC) reveló hoy un desglose detallado de...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

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

Court Certifies Title VII Discrimination Case Based On Discretionary Decision-Making

In Rollins v. Traylor Brothers, Case No. 14-CV-1414 (W.D. Wash. Jan. 21, 2016), Judge John Coughenour of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington certified the claims of a class of workers alleging...more

Employment Law - January 2016

Does The ADEA Permit Disparate Impact Suits by Applicants? Eleventh Circuit Says Yes - Why it matters - The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals created a circuit split with a decision that the Age Discrimination in...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

Third Circuit Opens a New Avenue of Liability to Temporary Employees

When it comes to using temporary employees, the set-up is all too familiar. An employer engages a staffing firm, which hires, pays, and places temps to meet the employer’s needs. The employer’s costs are fixed and payable...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

Recent Third Circuit Decision Regarding Joint Employers Extends Liability for Violation of Title VII to the Clients of Staffing...

On November 18, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit issued a decision regarding joint employers that extends liability for violations of Title VII to the clients of staffing companies. In the case...more

Third Circuit Rules that Temporary Worker Assigned by Staffing Agency Can Bring Race Discrimination Claim Against Company Where He...

The Third Circuit’s decision should cause companies to review their relationships with temporary workers, assess the risk of their being viewed as joint employers and, if appropriate, restructure the relationships to minimize...more

Common-Law Employee, But No Contract

In Faush v. Tuesday Morning, Inc., No. 14-1452 (3d Cir. November 18, 2015), the court addressed race discrimination claims brought by a former temporary worker against the company he was assigned to assist. The plaintiff...more

NC Court Case Demonstrates Potential of "Individual" Liability For Discrimination

In discussing the topic of employment discrimination in the workplace, much attention is generally focused on the claims that may be brought against employers and what employers can do to avoid those claims through good...more

Employee Does Not Have to Seek Raise to Maintain Pay Discrimination Action

Title VII and related federal anti-discrimination laws prohibit employers from discriminating against persons based on their membership in a protected category. These discrimination prohibitions include pay disparities. What...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

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