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Executive Actions Relating to Labor Matters

On April 8, 2014, President Obama signed an executive order to “promote economy and efficiency in Federal Government Procurement[.]” The Executive Order, “Non-Retaliation for Disclosure of Compensation Information[,]”amends...more

Direct Optical to Pay $53,000 to Settle Disability Discrimination Suit

Farmington Hills Optical Store Fired Employee Because of Request for Service Dog, Federal Agency Charged - DETROIT - Direct Optical, Inc., an optical store in Farmington Hills, Mich., will pay $53,000 and furnish other...more

President Obama Takes Executive Action on National Equal Pay Day

On April 8, 2014, the President signed an Executive Order prohibiting federal contractors from retaliating against employees who choose to discuss their compensation. The President also issued a Memorandum instructing the...more

“Why I Oughta …” Leave Retaliation to the Stooges and Avoid Liability

Retaliation was a linchpin of the slap stick comedy of The Three Stooges. A retaliatory poke in the eye, a tit-for-tat clout to the top of the head, or a responsive jab to the gut — all animated by some well-coordinated but...more

EEOC Sues Panama Transfer, Inc. For Sexual Harassment and Retaliation

Trucking Company Fired Employee Who Opposed Sexual Remarks, Including Over Workplace Intercom, Federal Agency Charges - DES MOINES, Iowa - Panama Transfer, Inc., a multi-state trucking company headquartered in Panama,...more

Why Can't We Be Friends? – The Expanding Scope Of Third Party Retaliation Claims

Of all workplace discrimination claims employers are likely to face, retaliation claims top the list, comprising over one-third of all claims filed with the EEOC in recent years. The reason for their prevalence is that...more

Wal-Mart to Pay $363,419 to Settle EEOC Sexual Harassment and Retaliation Suit

Intellectually Disabled Employee at Retail Giant's Akron Store Was Sexually Harassed and Then Fired for Complaining, Federal Agency Charged - CLEVELAND - Wal-Mart Stores East, L.P., part of the nation's largest retail...more

Federal Judge Finds Global Horizons Liable for Discriminating, Harassing, and Retaliating Against Hundreds of Thai Farm Workers in...

Farm Labor Contractor Physically Abused and Exploited Laborers, Agency Charged - LOS ANGELES -- A federal judge has held that Global Horizons, Inc., a Beverly Hills-based farm labor contractor, is liable for the...more

Olympia Construction to Pay $100,000 to Resolve EEOC Racial Harassment and Retaliation Lawsuit

Federal Agency Says Black Employees Were Racially Harassed by Project Superintendent And Fired for Complaining - SELMA, Ala. - Olympia Construction, Inc. will pay a total of $100,000 jointly to three former employees...more

EEOC Lawsuit Challenges Discriminatory Hiring, Retaliation at PMT Corporation

Minnesota Medical Device Company Barred Women and Older Applicants from Sales Jobs, Retaliated Against Employee for Complaining, Federal Agency Charged - MINNEAPOLIS - A Chanhassen, Minn., medical device and equipment...more

Federal Agencies Resolve Equal Pay and Retaliation Claims Against Harmony Public Schools

EEOC and Department of Justice Claimed Schools Paid Teacher Less Because Of Her Gender And Retaliated Against Her For Complaining About Discrimination - WASHINGTON - The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission...more

10 Strategies for Avoiding Retaliation Claims

Allegations of unlawful workplace retaliation have steadily risen over the last decade and now represent the most common type of discrimination claim filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) —topping even...more

EEOC Sues Nick's Restaurant for Disability Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, Retaliation

Restaurant/Sports Bar Revoked a Reasonable Accommodation for a Disabled Server and Fired Her After She Complained, Federal Agency Charges - HOUSTON - PNS Investments, Inc. operating as Nick's Restaurant and Sports Bar,...more

Employment Law - Feb 20, 2014

EEOC Stats on Enforcement and Litigation, Plus BOL Reports on Union Numbers - Why it matters: What was the most common type of discrimination charge filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in fiscal year...more

Reading between the Headlines: A Lesson in Risk Mitigation from Edward Snowden

Whistleblowing has become a highly charged term, stirring up emotive rhetoric ranging from “ethical hero” to “treasonous traitor” with very little substantive evaluation of the real impact on the corporation and the broader...more

What You Don’t Know Can’t Hurt You: The Lack of Knowledge Defense in Employment Retaliation Claims

When it comes to minimizing the risk of employment retaliation claims, can ignorance be bliss? In today’s competitive business environment, “what you don’t know can’t hurt you” may sound naïve. But in the employment...more

Jiudicy to Pay $150,000 to Settle EEOC Retaliation Suit

Staffing Company Unlawfully Fired Employee Who Reported Sexual Harassment, Federal Agency Charged - ATLANTA - Jiudicy, Inc., doing business as Labor Finders, one of the country's largest industrial labor staffing...more

Retaliation is Flourishing: What You Can Do about It

New data on workplace retaliation is out from two key sources – the Ethics Resource Center (ERC) and the EEOC. Despite fewer incidents of witnessed misconduct and fewer overall charges filed with the EEOC in 2013, reports of...more

Sparks Restaurant to Pay $56,000 and Provide Injunctive Relief in EEOC Retaliation Lawsuit

Menomonie, Wis., Restaurant Retaliated Against Employee for Complaints About Racially Offensive Drawings, Judge Ruled Following Jury's Findings - MADISON, Wis. - A federal district court has ruled that Sparx Restaurant...more

2014 Labor And Employment Law Checklist

Each year, LP’s Labor & Employment Practice Group is pleased to provide a short checklist of steps that all companies should consider taking to measure their readiness for the coming year. We hope that you find this 2014...more

Wal-Mart to Pay $87,500 to Settle EEOC Suit for Unlawful Retaliation

Federal Agency Charged Two Adult Children Were Unlawfully Rejected for Jobs Because of Mother's Prior Sex Discrimination Complaint - ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Wal-Mart Associates, Inc., and Wal-Mart Stores East, Inc., L.P.,...more

2014 Trends: #3 Whistleblowing and Retaliation: Both on the Rise

A continuation of our recent coverage on ethics and compliance trends to watch in 2014, we’re taking a deeper look at whistleblowing and retaliation trends today. ...more

What 2013 Gifts will Employers be Enjoying well into 2014?

The holidays have come and gone. I hope everyone enjoyed them, and I hope everyone received the gifts and presents they asked for. I come from a big family—three siblings, 14 aunts and uncles, and nearly twenty cousins....more

Warning: An EEOC Position Statement Can and Will Be Used Against Your Company

Why was an employee fired? Was it the company’s change in business focus that rendered the employee’s skill set obsolete? A position statement to the EEOC or a state agency that articulates the employer’s reasons in a poorly...more

EEOC Sues Guardsmark for Retaliation

Security Guard Fired for Opposing Sexual Harassment, Federal Agency Charged - DETROIT - Security giant Guardsmark retaliated against a security guard who opposed a sexually hostile work environment by firing him, ...more

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