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5 New Laws: California Governor Approves Employee-Friendly Laws

The 2017 California Legislature adjourned on September 15, 2017, and resulted in more than 700 bills being sent to Governor Jerry Brown’s desk for approval. Although the deadline for the Governor to sign new bills into law...more

City Council Passes “Hands Off, Pants On” and Automated External Defibrillator Ordinances for Chicago Hotels

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

On October 11, 2017, the Chicago City Council passed the so-called "Hands Off, Pants On" Ordinance requiring Chicago hotel employers to provide all housekeepers and restroom workers who work alone with mobile notification...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

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HSBC’s making good on its plans to shift to a focus on Asia by naming John Flint—who spent his first 14 years at the bank in Asia—as its new CEO. Flint will take over from Stuart Gulliver in February....more

Eight Takes On Sexual Harassment And Harvey Weinstein

Words fail me. Let’s just say that I hope he is sincere about getting the help he needs to turn his life around. Which, among other things, should include trying to make some form of restitution to his alleged victims....more

Harvey Weinstein: beauty and the beastly mogul

by FordHarrison on

Over the last week, the fallout from a New York Times article regarding Harvey Weinstein has been swift and significant. On October 5, 2017, The Times published an explosive story about Hollywood producer and media mogul...more

Sixth Circuit Holds Employer Not Vicariously Liable For Actions Of Alleged Supervisor In Title VII Same-Sex Sexual Harassment...

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Recently, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Hylko v. U.S. Steel Corporation affirmed the district court’s grant of summary judgment to the employer in a lawsuit alleging same-sex sexual harassment...more

Employment Law Commentary, September 2017 - Volume 29, Issue 9: Workplace Bias And Gender Pay Equity In Silicon Valley 2017

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

It was only a couple of years ago, on March 27, 2015, that a jury rejected Ellen Pao’s gender discrimination claims and rendered a defense verdict in favor of her former employer, a prominent Silicon Valley venture capital...more

U.S. Department of Education Revises Guidance Concerning Campus Sexual Misconduct

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Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX) and its corresponding regulations prohibit sex discrimination in education programs or activities conducted by educational institutions that receive federal financial...more

Department of Education Rescinds Obama-Era Title IX Guidance Documents, Introduces New Q&A on Campus Sexual Misconduct

by Hogan Lovells on

On September 22, the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights issued a Dear Colleague Letter withdrawing the statements of policy and guidance reflected in two key documents about Title IX and sexual violence...more

Chicago City Council Committee Approves Hands Off-Pants On Ordinance to Protect Hotel Employees

On October 2, 2017, the Chicago City Council Committee on Workplace Development and Audit approved an amendment to the Municipal Code (the “Ordinance”) that, if approved by the full City Council, will require hotel employers...more

A New Era of Big Sexual Harassment Claims is Upon Us

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Back in the 1990s, employers still had the Anita Hill-Clarence Thomas hearings and the tawdry sexual harassment allegations relatively fresh on their minds. Employment lawyers will tell you that they started to see a bump up...more

Four “Red Flags” Schools Should Address in Title IX Sexual Violence Polices

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

On September 22, 2017, the U.S. Department of Education issued new Interim Title IX Guidance providing Questions and Answers on Title IX sexual violence. Significantly, the new guidance withdraws the April 4, 2011 Dear...more

EEOC Sues Bluefield, Va. Restaurant for Sex Harassment and Retaliation

Manager Groped and Propositioned Teenaged Hostess; Then Restaurant Reduced Her Hours After She Complained, Federal Agency Charges - ABINGDON, Va. - A Bluefield, Va., restaurant violated federal law by subjecting a female...more

Is Bullying Harassment?

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

California is oft thought of as a trailblazer in the arena of sexual harassment law. Because California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act mirrors Title VII, practitioners and employers in other states often look to California...more

EEOC Sues ACF And BJ’s For Sex Harassment, Retaliation

Seafood Processor and Staffing Firm Maintained Hostile Work Environment Based on Sex, Federal Agency Charges - BOSTON - Atlantic Capes Fisheries, Inc. (ACF) and BJ's Service Company, Inc. violated federal law by...more

Truth and Consequences: Title VII's Opposition Clause and Employer's Reasonable Belief

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

This summer, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, which hears appeals from North Carolina federal courts, issued an opinion that has employers taking note. In Villa v. CavaMezze Grill, LLC, the court...more

DOE Announces Intention to Revise Title IX Campus Sexual Misconduct Investigation Requirements

As we suggested in our February 2017 blog post, the future of Title IX application in our institutions is in flux. The Department of Education Office for Civil Rights rescinded the Obama era 2011 Dear Colleague Letter and...more

DOE Rescinds Prior Guidance on Title IX and Sexual Violence, Issues Interim Advice on Campus Sexual Misconduct

by Littler on

On September 22, 2017, the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) rescinded its April 4, 2011 Dear Colleague Letter regarding sexual assault and its April 29, 2014 Questions and Answers on Title IX and Sexual Violence.1 This is...more

EEOC Ordered To Pay $1.9 Million For Frivolous Claims Against Trucking Company

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In the latest chapter of the ongoing legal battle between the EEOC and delivery company CRST Van Expedited regarding the agency’s sexual harassment claims, a federal district court ordered the EEOC to pay...more

DOE’s New Q&A On Campus Sexual Misconduct Increases Flexibility For Schools

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Announcing several significant policy changes in the handling of sexual misconduct on college campuses, the U.S. Department of Education has published a new Q&A that replaces guidance issued by the Obama...more

U.S. Department of Education Issues New Interim Title IX Guidance

by Clark Hill PLC on

On Friday, September 22, 2017, the U.S. Department of Education ("the Department") issued new interim guidance on sexual misconduct under Title IX. The guidance is in advance of rulemaking by the Department on Title IX...more

OCR Withdraws Obama-Era Title IX Guidance

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On September 22, 2017, the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued a "Dear Colleague Letter" that withdrew two key Title IX documents issued during the Obama administration—a Dear Colleague Letter...more

New OCR Title IX Dear Colleague Letter Withdraws Obama Era Guidance

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Late last week, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced the intention of the Department of Education to overhaul the way it addressed sexual misconduct on college and university campuses, as well as in K-12 schools. As...more

DOE Replaces Obama Title IX Guidance with New, Interim Q&A Document

by Baker Donelson on

As predicted in our previous update, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) rolled out its first wave of changes to the Obama Administration's Title IX guidance on Friday, September 22....more

New Jersey Court Holds No Coverage for Sexual Harassment Claim Under E&O Policy

In its recent decision in Aaron Ambulance Med. Transp., Inc. v. Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 149409 (D.N.J. Sept. 14, 2017), the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey had...more

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