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The United States Supreme Court is the highest court of the United States and is charged with interpreting federal law, including the United States Constitution. The Court's docket is largely discretionary with only a limited number of cases granted review each term.  The Court is comprised of one chief justice and eight associate justices, who are nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate to hold lifetime positions. less -
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What the Supreme Court’s Same-Sex Marriage Ruling Means for Employers

On Friday, the Supreme Court of the United States issued its long-awaited opinion in the Obergefell case, striking down bans on same-sex marriage as unconstitutional and legalizing same-sex marriage in every state. We posted...more

U.S. Supreme Court Finds Disparate Impact Claims Cognizable Under FHA

This case arose from a dispute regarding where housing for low-income persons should be constructed in Dallas, Texas—that is, whether low-income housing projects that received government tax credits should be built in the...more

That is SO last week - June 2015 #3

Last week's historic U.S. Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage dominated the news across the country. Among its many effects, this ruling means that human resources departments will be busy revising Family and...more

Supreme Court Update: Texas Department Of Housing And Community Affairs V. The Inclusive Communities Project (13-1371) And Johnson...

A few hours ago, the gavel banged a close to October Term 2014, after the release of the final three decisions of the term—Glossip v. Gross (14-7955), holding that the use of a particular drug in a three-drug execution...more

Supreme Court Upholds Disparate Impact: What are the Practical Consequences for Mortgage Lenders?

The Supreme Court has held that disparate impact claims are valid under the federal Fair Housing Act (the “FHA”). In essence, this means that liability under the FHA can be proven by showing discriminatory effects of...more

Employment Law - June 2015 #2

Joint Employers Can Be Liable for Employee Misclassification in California: Why it matters - Liability under the California Labor Code extends to joint employers that are aware of a willful misclassification of an...more

SCOTUS Alert: Same-Sex Marriage is a Go, and ACA Stays Alive

Two big decisions in two days from the Supreme Court. Read on for details. Same-Sex Marriage is a Go! Today, the United States Supreme Court issued a monumental decision in Obergefell, et al. v. Hodges, et al.; Case No....more

The Supreme Court Recognizes but Limits Disparate Impact in its Fair Housing Act Decision

On June 25, 2015, the Supreme Court, by a 5-4 margin, upheld the application of disparate impact under the Fair Housing Act (“FHA”) in Texas Department of Housing & Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project, Inc....more

Disparate Impact Doctrine Survives Supreme Court Review

After years of debate and false starts, the Supreme Court has held that the Fair Housing Act (“FHA”) permits disparate impact claims. In Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. Inclusive Communities Project,...more

First Glance: Same-Sex Marriage Equality Decision Raises Myriad Legal Questions

First glance perspective of the historic same-sex marriage equality decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, by Brian Paul, business litigation partner in law firm FaegreBD’s Indianapolis office....more

A First Look at the Workplace Implications of Same-Sex Marriage Equality

We asked attorneys writing on JD Supra to share with us their initial thoughts on the implications of the U.S. Supreme Court's Obergefell decision in favor of same-sex marriage equaliy, especially with the regard to the...more

Housing Discrimination Claims Given Boost By Supreme Court

Today, by a 5-4 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the federal Fair Housing Act (FHA) encompasses claims of disparate-impact discrimination. This decision, which marks the first time that the Supreme Court addressed this...more

The U.S. Supreme Court Finds a Constitutional Right to Same-Sex Marriage: Implications for Employee Benefit Plan Sponsors

On June 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a historic decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, holding that the Fourteenth Amendment’s Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses require states to allow same-sex marriage and to...more

Accommodating Dress Codes

It’s hot outside, and that got us thinking about dress codes. Over the past two weeks, the media has been fascinated with employer dress codes – from Walmart allowing denim to Mayo nixing pantyhose to Abercrombie’s “look...more

Supreme Court to Settle Equal Credit Opportunity Act’s Spouse-Guarantor Rule

The Supreme Court has agreed to address a split between circuits that emerged last summer centering on whether the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (the “ECOA”) permits financial institutions to require the spouse of a loan...more

Supreme Court Holds That Employers Do Not Need Actual Knowledge of an Applicant’s Need for a Religious Accommodation Before They...

The Supreme Court recently held that job applicants may hold their potential employer liable for intentional discrimination under Title VII if the applicant can show that his or her need for an accommodation was a motivating...more

U.S. House Passes Amendment To Ban DOJ’s Use of Disparate Impact Claims

On June 3, the U.S. House of Representatives passed an amendment to H.R. 2578, the Fiscal Year 2016 Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Act. The amendment, passed in a 232-196 vote, would prohibit the DOJ from using...more

BEWARE OF DOG(MA): Did The Supreme Court Just Require Employers to Accommodate Whenever A Request *Might* Be Due to Religion?

The U.S. Supreme Court has issued its long awaited decision in the "Looks Policy" case, and it's not terribly unexpected, but is a little scary considering the potential far reaching effects going forward. ...more

Supreme Court Decides Employers Must Make Religious Accommodations Regardless of Knowledge of Need for Accommodation

On June 1, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court held, in Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores, Inc., that an employer violates federal anti-discrimination law where an applicant’s need for a religious...more

A Pregnant Pause: Using ADR to Resolve Pregnancy-Related Workplace Issues

A recent case heard before the U.S. Supreme Court, Young v. UPS (issued March 25, 2015), caught the attention of many women and employers as well. In Young, the Court interpreted the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA), in...more

Supreme Court Clarifies Religious Accommodation Requirements in Hijab Case, but May Create New Problems for Unwary Employers

In a decision that came as no major surprise to Supreme Court watchers, on June 1, 2015, the Court ruled 8-1 in EEOC v. Abercrombie & Fitch that Abercrombie & Fitch violated the civil rights of a Muslim job applicant when it...more

Dress Codes, Religion and the Workplace – More Than Meets the Eye

What makes 'Abercrombie' difficult for employers is that the employee does not necessarily need to request an accommodation first. First Glance analysis of a recent SCOTUS decision on religious accommodation with broad...more

U.S. Supreme Court Case EEOC v. Abercrombie Ruling: Employees Must Prove "Motive" Not Mere "Knowledge" in Order to Demonstrate...

In a closely-watched case arising from the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, EEOC v. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores Inc., the U.S. Supreme Court held yesterday that an applicant or employee need not prove that an employer had...more

Less Alarming Than It Sounds: Implications of the Religious Accommodation Decision in 'EEOC v. Abercrombie'

First Glance perspective by attorney Robin Shea of the Supreme Court's recent Religious Accommodation decision in EEOC v. Abercrombie. Spoiler alert: more alarming than it sounds....more

Supreme Court Rules Against Abercrombie In Case Of Religious Accommodation

In an 8–1 opinion authored by Justice Antonin Scalia, the U.S. Supreme Court held today that Abercrombie & Fitch Stores, Inc. is liable for refusing to hire an applicant who wore a hijab for religious reasons despite the fact...more

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