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Employment Law - Oct 2014 #2

EEOC Sues Over Transgender Discrimination - Why it matters: In its first cases alleging bias against transgender employees, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed suit against a Florida eye clinic and a...more

Supreme Court Will Hear Three Employment Discrimination Cases

The United States Supreme Court held its traditional first of October meeting to determine which cases it will hear during the 2014-15 term. The Court has accepted three employment discrimination cases....more

U.S. Steel Subsidiary Sued By EEOC for Religious Discrimination and Retaliation

Manufacturing Company Revoked Job Offer and Refused to Accommodate Applicant Whose Religious Beliefs Prohibited Hair from Being Cut From His Scalp, Agency Says - HOUSTON -- U.S. Steel Tubular Products, Inc., a...more

EEOC Emphasizes the Importance of Providing Appropriate Accommodations for Religious Attire and Grooming Practices in the...

As religious diversity in the United States increases, and in light of the ever- present role of religion in international political tensions, religious discrimination claims have increased in recent years. Charges filed with...more

Kentucky Fried Chicken Franchise Pays $40,000 to Settle EEOC Religious Discrimination Lawsuit

Laurinburg Companies Unlawfully Fired Pentecostal Employee for Refusing to Wear Pants, Federal Agency Charged - LAURINBURG, N.C. - Scottish Food Systems, Inc. and Laurinburg KFC Take Home, Inc. will pay $40,000 and...more

EEOC Sues Consol Energy and Consolidation Coal Company for Religious Discrimination

Mining Companies Forced Evangelical Christian to Retire Over Hand Scanning, Federal Agency Charges - PITTSBURGH - Canonsburg, Pa.-based CONSOL Energy and Consolidation Coal Company violated federal law when they forced...more

EEOC Sues Scottish Food Systems / Laurinburg KFC Take Home for Religious Discrimination

Laurinburg Companies Unlawfully Fired Pentecostal Employee for Refusing to Wear Pants, Federal Agency Charges - LAURINBURG, NC - Scottish Food Systems, Inc. and Laurinburg KFC Take Home, Inc., two North Carolina...more

Funeral Leaves Are Not Always What They May Seem

We often counsel employers to be wary of employment law considerations in situations that may not seem obvious at first glance. For example, prohibiting employees from using certain language on social media sites has proven...more

EEOC Sues United Cellular for Religious Discrimination

Company Fired Seventh Day Adventist After Refusing to Accommodate His Religious Beliefs, Federal Agency Charged - BIRMINGHAM, Ala.--United Cellular, Inc., an Alabama corporation, violated federal law by subjecting...more

EEOC Sues Star Transport, Inc. for Religious Discrimination

Agency Charges Trucking Company Failed to Accommodate and Wrongfully Terminated Two Muslim Employees For Refusal to Deliver Alcohol Due to Religious Beliefs - PEORIA, Ill. - Star Transport, Inc., a trucking company...more

Employment Law Newsletter: February 2013

In this issue: -Inspection of Personnel Records (AB 2674) -Wage Statements (AB1744) -Disclosure of Social Media Passwords (AB 1844) -Criminal History Information Requirements (AB 2343) -Human...more

Burger King Franchisee Settles EEOC Discrimination Lawsuit

Fries Restaurant Management Pays $25,000 After Firing Teenage Employee For Seeking to Wear Skirt to Work - DALLAS - Dallas-based Fries Restaurant Management, which operates numerous Burger King franchises in Texas,...more

Federal Court Finds That Veganism May Constitute A Religious Belief

The flu season has started out strong this year, already reaching epidemic proportions. A public health emergency has been declared in Boston as flu cases skyrocket to levels 10 times higher than the 2011-2012 season. A mere...more

Vegan Employee May Proceed with Religious Discrimination Claim

A federal district court in Ohio has refused to dismiss a complaint for religious discrimination made by a hospital employee after the employee was fired for refusing to be vaccinated for the flu. The basis of the refusal to...more

Recent Ruling Demonstrates That You Might Find Religion Where You Least Expect It

A ruling from an Ohio federal court warns that a religious discrimination claim can arise from of a set of beliefs that an employer might not ordinarily equate with religion. In Chenzira v. Cincinnati Childrens’ Hospital...more

Texas Court Refuses To Prohibit RFID Tags In School

On January 8, 2012, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas issued a ruling denying a preliminary injunction in a case involving the use radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags embedded in name badges to...more

Utah Employment Law Letter - January 2013: Human Resources: This year I resolve to . . . really!

Now that the Christmas rush is over and you’ve indulged in all the excesses of the holiday season, it’s time to make your annual New Year’s resolutions. We’re not talking about resolving to lose 15 pounds or be nicer to your...more

Federal Court's "Vegan Discrimination" Decision Reminds Employers Not To Jump To Conclusions Regarding What May Or May Not...

Prior to the termination of her employment, Sakile Chenzira worked for more than a decade as a customer service representative at the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center (the Hospital). In December 2010, the...more

Fourth Circuit Upholds Employer-Favorable Religious Discrimination Decision

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals recently affirmed summary judgment in favor of an employer that was sued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) for religious discrimination. In EEOC v. Thompson Contracting,...more

Social Media and Beyond: California Ushers in New Employment Laws for 2013

The California legislature was particularly busy this past session in enacting new laws that directly affect employers in 2013. The new laws address a wide variety of topics, including social media protections for employees;...more

True Believers at Work—Accommodating Religious Practices on the Job

An employee cannot work on Friday evenings or Saturdays because his religious beliefs forbid working on the Sabbath. Another employee objects to contributing to co-worker birthday celebrations or union dues on religious...more

Seventh Circuit: Employee Not Entitled to Preferred Religious Accommodation Under Title VII

On November 8, 2012, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a Christian employee who objected to working on Sundays because it conflicted with her church attendance lacked a religious discrimination claim under Title...more

Witches, Warlocks....and Santa? Religious Accommodations During the Holiday Season

The law firm is in full Halloween swing. There are severed hands in the outbox, styrofoam tombstones hanging by marketing and a fiendish ghoul that cackles guarding a conference room door. While some people might argue that...more

CA Governor Signs New Law Expanding Protection For Religious Dress And Grooming In The Workplace

On September 8, 2012, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Assembly Bill (AB) 1964 to amend Section 12926 of the California Government Code which embodies the California Fair Employment and Housing Act. The...more

Employer Not Required To Accommodate Bus Driver’s No Sunday Work Request, Third Circuit Holds

In Fouche v. New Jersey Transit, No. 11-3031, 2012 U.S. App. LEXIS 14524, (3rd Cir. July 16, 2012), a bus driver sued his employer under Title VII and the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination for refusing to accommodate his...more

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