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Controversial Head Scarf Issue Heads to the Supreme Court

Image often plays a significant role in a company’s ability to market its products or services. But does maintaining that image justify violating a person’s civil rights? That's the question the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to...more

Supreme Court Agrees to Review EEOC Suit Against Abercrombie Based on Rejection of Applicant With Headscarf

At the opening of its new term last week, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s appeal of a lower court decision dismissing a Title VII claim against the Abercrombie clothing...more

Supreme Court To Decide Religious Accommodation Case

Last year, we reported on a decision from a federal judge in San Francisco granting summary judgment to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in a case brought on behalf of a former Abercrombie & Fitch employee...more

Employment Flash - September 2014

In This Issue: - SEC Pays First Whistleblower Award to Audit and Compliance Professional - Supreme Court Allows Affordable Care Act Contraceptives Religious Exemption - EEOC Adopts New Pregnancy...more

Polsinelli Podcasts - Can Your Employee Wear That to Work? EEOC Updated Guidelines [Video]

You're an employer with a successful business that caters to the public. One day an employee walks in with attire that is making the rest of your employees uncomfortable. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has...more

Labor & Employment E-Note

In This Issue: - High Court to Hear Case on Pregnancy Accommodations - Supreme Court Says Some Employees Don't Have to Pay Union Fees - Recent Decision Leaves Questions About Religion in Hiring Process - NLRB...more

New EEOC Guidelines Regarding Employers’ Obligations With Respect to Background Checks and Accommodation of Religious Dress and...

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) recently announced new guidelines that may impact the way employers conduct background checks and accommodate religious dress and grooming practices....more

EEOC Sues United Health Programs of America and Parent Company for Religious Discrimination

Company Coerced Participation in Religious Activities and Fired Employees Who Opposed Them, Federal Agency Charges - NEW YORK - A Syosset, N.Y.-based health network violated federal law when it forced employees to take...more

For The Love Of G-D, Don't Say You Love Me

We have come to this in our workplaces, in the lyrics of Annie Lennox: “No more ‘I love you’s.” Please enjoy today’s guest post from one of your employees: I have difficulty getting close to people. I have trouble...more

EEOC Issues Guidance for Employers on Accommodating Religious Dress and Grooming Practices

Religious diversity in the workplace is fast becoming a hot issue for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Accordingly, the agency answered questions about the application of federal employment discrimination...more

Employment Law

PAGA Suit Belongs in State, Not Federal, Court Says Ninth Circuit - Why it matters: A wage and hour suit brought under California’s Private Attorney General Act (PAGA) belongs in state , not federal , court, the Ninth...more

Labor & Employment E- Note - March 21, 2014

In This Issue: - High Court Mulls if Amazon Must Pay for Worker Security Checks - Silicon Valley Class-Action Accuses Executives of Hiring Collusion - EEOC Issues New Guidelines for Religious Bias as Complaints...more

EEOC Issues New Guidance on Accommodation of Religious Dress and Grooming in the Workplace

Responding to an increasing number of workplace disputes, last week the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued guidance for employers regarding their obligation to accommodate employees’ religious dress and grooming...more

EEOC Publishes Guidance on Employment Rights Related to Religious Garb and Grooming in the Workplace

On March 6, 2014, in an effort to answer questions about how federal employment discrimination law applies to religious dress and grooming practices, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued a...more

#WWJD? EEOC Provides Guidance on Religious Accommodation

Last week, the EEOC issued specific guidance for employers regarding religious accommodation under Title VII. Entitled "Religious Garb and Grooming in the Workplace: Rights and Responsibilities," the guidance focuses on the...more

EEOC Clarifies Rules on Religious Garb and Grooming in the Workplace

On March 6, 2014, the EEOC issued new guidance (“Guidance”) on employers’ responsibilities with regard to employee religious garb and grooming in the workplace. The guidance covers disparate treatment of individuals with...more

EEOC Issues New Guidance On Religious Accommodations

The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") recently issued new guidance concerning religious workplace accommodations. The first document, titled Religious Garb and Grooming in the Workplace: Rights...more

EEOC Issues New Religious Accommodation Guidelines

New guidelines focus on an employer’s obligation to reasonably accommodate religious garb in the workplace. On March 6, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) published new guidelines that discuss the...more

EEOC Issues New Guidance on Religious Garb and Grooming in the Workplace

On March 6, 2014, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") released a new question-and-answer guide and accompanying fact sheet on religious dress and grooming in the workplace, under Title VII of the Civil Rights...more

EEOC Issues New Publications on Religious Garb and Grooming in the Workplace

Practical Guides Will Assist Employers and Employees - WASHINGTON- The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission today issued two new technical assistance publications addressing workplace rights and...more

The EEOC's Focus On Religious Accommodations

Religious accommodation claims are on the EEOC’s radar screen. This means that offering religious accommodations to employees and applicants must be on your radar screen as well. ...more

Employment Law Commentary -- Volume 25, Issue 12 -- December 2013: Religious Discrimination and Muslim Employees

Religious discrimination charges are on the rise. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has seen a 223% increase from 1997 to 2012. And over in the UK, the number of religious discrimination claims has more...more

Three Questions Employers Should Ask About Religious Accommodation Requests

A recent survey by the Pew Research Center reports that 58% of Americans say that religion is very important in their lives and 76% of Americans say that prayer is an important part of their daily lives. The survey also...more

EMPLOYMENT LAW UPDATE: Tenth Circuit to employees: Onus on you to speak up about religious accommodation

On October 2nd, the U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision that put employees on notice that the Tenth Circuit expects employees to speak up for their rights regarding religious accommodation. The...more

Fenwick Employment Brief - September 2013: New A & F’s Appearance Policy Violates Employee’s Religious Rights

In EEOC v. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores, Inc. dba Hollister Co California, LLC, a federal district court in California recently held that Abercrombie & Fitch’s “Look Policy” violated a part-time associate’s religious rights...more

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