Sexual Harassment

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New York Votes to Protect Unpaid Interns from Discrimination

On March 26, 2014, the New York City Counsel voted unanimously to amend the New York City Human Rights Law (the “NYCHRL”) to allow unpaid interns to sue for harassment and discrimination. The bill was likely drafted in...more

Testing the Boundaries of the Faragher/Ellerth Defense in Sexual Harassment Cases

In 1998, the U.S. Supreme Court created a defense for employers accused of permitting a supervisor to engage in unlawful sexual harassment of an employee. In two seminal cases, the Court held that an employer is not...more

EEOC Roundup: February 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

You Want Me To Do WHAT?! The Nudity Rider In Film And TV Projects

When we have our monthly strategy meetings with our marketing consultants about how we can generate traffic for this blog, they usually furrow their brows and ask if we can’t make our topics a little “sexier” in order to...more

Anti-Discrimination Laws Going “Intern”-ational? New York City Extends Its Human Rights Law to Unpaid Interns

As we reported last October, a federal court in New York found that an unpaid intern could not bring a hostile work environment sexual harassment claim pursuant to the New York City Human Rights Law (“NYCHRL”). (Wang v....more

Davis Typewriter Company Settles EEOC Sexual Harassment Suit

Operations Manager Used Security Cameras to Ogle Female Subordinate's Breasts, Federal Agency Charged - MINNEAPOLIS - Davis Typewriter Company, a Worthington, Minn., office furniture and office supply company, will be...more

Pitre Car Dealership to Pay over $2 Million to Resolve EEOC Same-Sex Sexual Harassment Suit

Albuquerque Firm's Management Directed and Encouraged the Abuse of Over 50 Male Employees for More Than a Decade, Federal Agency Charged - ALBUQUERQUE -- Pitre Inc., an Albuquerque car dealership on Eagle Ranch Road,...more

Same Sex Harassment Is Actionable, California Court of Appeal Affirms

In Lewis v. City of Benicia, the First Appellate District affirmed once again that in California, same-sex harassment is actionable. Brian Lewis, a volunteer and later paid intern at the City of Benecia’s water...more

EEOC Sues Hot Wheel City for Sexual Harassment

Woman Harassed and Fired in Retaliation for Complaining, Federal Agency Charges - DETROIT - Hot Wheel City, a Detroit-based automotive wheel and accessory store chain, subjected an employee at one of its Detroit stores...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

Policing the workplace: Are you my supervisor?

A recent Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals case involving the rape of an employee by her superior clarifies the Tenth Circuit’s case law on when an individual is considered a “supervisor,” and also provides a cautionary tale for...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

Employment Law

Same-Sex Harassment Suits Yield Sizable Settlements - Why it matters: Same-sex sexual harassment made headlines recently after the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission reached settlements with two different...more

Final Checks Go Out Under $8 Million Decree in EEOC Sexual Harassment Case Against Telemarketer

Monitors of Employer's Compliance With Consent Decree Submit Final Report Finding 'Company Today Is a Different and Far Better Workplace' - CHICAGO - International Services, Inc. (ISI), formerly known as International...more

The Road Not Taken

What is not alleged in a lawsuit can, paradoxically, sometimes serve as more of a cautionary note than what is, for its very absence brings it prominence. Such is the case with Saliba v. Five Towns College, 2014 WL 92690...more

March 2014 California Employment Law Notes

Max Taylor worked as a floorhand on an oil rig where he alleged he was harassed by his supervisors who called him “queer,” “fagot [sic],” “homo,” and “gay porn star” and was subjected to other humiliating and harassing...more

Ricardo's Restaurant will Pay $20,000 to Resolve EEOC Sexual Harassment Suit

Co-Owner's Pervasive Harassment Forced Female Employee to Quit, Federal Agency Charged - ERIE, Pa. -- Ricardo's Restaurant, Inc. of Erie will pay $20,000 and furnish significant equitable relief to resolve a federal...more

Title IX: Responding To Sexual Harassment And Violence Incidents

Confronting these emotionally laden, incendiary events requires an even-handed and fearless approach - A senior administrator recently described the issues related to sexual misconduct as a dormant volcano that lies...more

California Employment Law Notes - March 2014

$150,000 Sexual Harassment Verdict And $680,000 Fee Award Affirmed - Taylor v. Nabors Drilling USA, LP, 222 Cal. App. 4th 1228 (2014) Max Taylor worked as a floorhand on an oil rig where he alleged he was...more

California Appellate Court Holds Substantial Motivating Factor Required In Wrongful Termination Case

Mendoza v. Western Medical Center Santa Ana, G047394 (January 14, 2014): A California Court of Appeal recently held that a retrial is necessary in the case of a gay nurse who was fired after his employer investigated his...more

Washington Grower to Pay $85K to Settle EEOC Same-Sex Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

Company Ignored Male Supervisor's Constant Sexual Harassment of Male Subordinates, Federal Agency Charged - SEATTLE - One of the largest hop producers in the world will pay $85,000 to four workers and provide other...more

Employment Newsletter - March 2014: Practical Tips on Creating an Effective Unlawful Harassment Policy

It has been a long time since the 1991 Clarence Thomas Supreme Court confirmation hearings brought the issue of sexual harassment to the forefront of public consciousness. Hundreds of thousands of unlawful harassment claims...more

Boh Bros. Construction Co. to Pay $125,000 for Same-Sex Harassment in EEOC Lawsuit

Consent Judgment Ending Case Follows En Banc Appeals Court Determination That Actions in Question Were Sex Discrimination and Remand to Determine Damages; Significant Injunctive Relief Reinstated - NEW ORLEANS - Boh...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

EEOC Sues TNT Propane and Affiliated Companies for Sexual Harassment

Owner's Misconduct Toward Female Employee Caused Her to Quit, Federal Agency Charges - ROCK HILL, S.C. - TNT Propane, Inc. violated federal law when it subjected a female employee to a sexually hostile work environment...more

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