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Fenwick Employment Brief - October 2014

New Laws Affecting California Employers - The 2014 legislative session is in the books, and it produced several new laws affecting employers in California, including: Private arbitration companies must provide...more

Fourth Circuit Says Courts Retain Jurisdiction Over Retaliation Claim Linked to Untimely EEOC Discrimination Charge

In order to sue for employment discrimination under Title VII, plaintiffs must first file a charge of discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission within a certain time period after the last alleged...more

Eighth Circuit Says That Considerations Of Health Care Cost Savings Could Be Proxy For Age In ADEA Suits

The Eighth Circuit recently concluded that an employer may violate the ADEA by terminating an older employee in order to reduce its health care premiums. Tramp v. Associated Underwriters, Inc., 2014 WL 4977396 (8th Cir....more

Court Affirms Three-Part Title IX Test Applies to High Schools

In a recent decision, Ollier v. Sweetwater Union High School District, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a trial court finding that a public school district intentionally discriminated and retaliated against female...more

Federal Court Notes Flaws in EEOC Stance on Severance Agreements

In a closely watched case, a federal district court questioned the stance of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) that a severance agreement and general release of claims offered to employees can violate...more

EEOC Sues Resource Employment Solutions for Race and National Origin Discrimination

Staffing Agency Placed Hispanic Workers in Preference to African-American Employees, Then Retaliated Against an Employee Who Complained of Discrimination - OXFORD, Miss. - Resource Employment Solutions, LLC, a...more

Brookdale Senior Living Communities Sued by EEOC for Disability Discrimination and Retaliation

Employer Refused to Accommodate and Fired Former Health & Wellness Director, Federal Agency Says - DENVER - Brookdale Senior Living Communities, Inc., a Delaware corporation based in Brentwood, Tenn., violated the...more

A Hiring Supervisor’s Subjective Judgment That the Selected Employee Would “Fit in Better” Could Create an Inference of...

A recent Second Circuit case highlights the potential perils of basing employment decisions upon subjective judgments which are susceptible to multiple interpretations. In Abrams v. Department of Public Safety, the court...more

EEOC Charges Strategic Legal Solutions with Age Discrimination and Retaliation

Company Rescinds Job Offer After Learning Attorney's Age And Bans Her for Complaining About Ageism, Federal Agency Says - NEW YORK - Strategic Legal Solutions, a national legal staffing and legal project management...more

Izza Bending Tube & Wire Resolves EEOC Retaliation Lawsuit

Employee Was Demoted and Then Fired When She Refused to Discriminate Against African-American Employee, Federal Agency Charged - MINNEAPOLIS - A Buffalo, Minn., metal services company will pay $45,000 under a...more

New Mandates For California Businesses

Next summer California employers will have to provide paid sick leave to most employees under a bill (A.B. 1522) signed last week by Democratic Governor Jerry Brown. The new law makes California the second state in the...more

Practical Tips for Dealing with an EEOC Charge

The first step for most disgruntled employees who believe they have been discriminated against is to file a Charge of Discrimination with the EEOC, which is a prerequisite for filing a lawsuit under several discrimination...more

EEOC Sues Taprite Fassco for Sex and Disability Discrimination and Retaliation

Quality Control Inspector Punished After Reporting Unequal Wages and Denied an Accommodation for Her Disability, Federal Agency Charged - SAN ANTONIO, Texas -Taprite Fassco Manufacturing, Inc., a San Antonio-based...more

How Should an Employer Respond to an Employee’s False EEOC Charge?

Some employers have the urge to immediately terminate an employee who has made an unfounded discrimination complaint. In other situations, an employer may gather more information but decide not to discipline. ...more

Judge Approves $2.4 Million EEOC Settlement with Four Hawaii Farms for over 500 Thai Farmworkers

Laborers Kept in Debt Bondage, Housed in Unsanitary Facilities, Threatened, and Denied Adequate Food and Water, Federal Agency Charged - LOS ANGELES - U.S. District Judge Leslie E. Kobayashi in Hawaii has approved...more

EEOC Sues Kone for Retaliation and Breach of Mediation Agreement

Elevator Manufacturer Refused to Rehire Applicant in Retaliation for a Previous Discrimination Complaint, Federal Agency Charges - MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Kone, Inc., a manufacturer and servicer of elevators and escalators,...more

EEOC Benchslaps Just Keep Coming

Yesterday we reported on an entertaining “man bites dog” case initiated by a former EEOC Phoenix Regional Office investigator who sued the EEOC for race discrimination, retaliation, and violation of her civil rights. “Another...more

Another Approaching Benchslap for EEOC?

In a positively delightful “man bites dog” story, a former EEOC investigator just filed suit against the EEOC alleging race discrimination, racially hostile work environment, and retaliation in violation of Title VII and the...more

Washington Court of Appeals Holds Independent Contractors Are Protected from Retaliation by the Washington Law Against...

The Washington courts are strict in their interpretation of the classification of individuals as employees versus independent contractors, resulting in many an employer discovering that an “independent contractor” is instead...more

Better Check The Brakes

The previous month’s sales numbers are final and Jane’s sales are abysmal…again. You’ve had enough and decide to fire her. You call HR to get the paperwork started. Your HR manager tells you that Jane has just left her office...more

Workplace Investigations: What You Need To Know

Employee complaints of discrimination, harassment and retaliation in the workplace have been on the rise over the past years. Employers and administrators must be ready to respond to these types of claims. In the...more

EEOC Roundup: June 2014

Employment is heavily regulated in the U.S., where it is illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person's race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or...more

Turner Machine Company Settles EEOC Retaliation Lawsuit for $80,000

Manufacturer Fired Engineer After He Filed a Discrimination Charge, Federal Agency Charged - NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Turner Machine Company will pay $80,000 and furnish other significant equitable relief to resolve a...more

NJ Appellate Courts Permit Employers to Shorten Statute of Limitations Period Through Employment Applications

A New Jersey Appellate Court recently held that a provision in an employment application shortening the statute of limitation from two years to six months was enforceable under New Jersey law. As a result, the employee’s...more

You can’t fix stupid: Employment law edition

Homo sapiens is fired for teaching about homophones (and his sister is a known thespian rumored to have dramaturgical aspirations). A teacher at a private language school in Utah says that he was fired by the director for...more

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