Sexual Harassment Title VII

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Courts are Trending Toward Prohibiting Sexual Orientation Discrimination under Federal Law

Two recent court decisions highlight the ongoing struggle by federal courts to determine whether Title VII of the Civil Rights Act prohibits employment discrimination based on sexual orientation....more

Pennsylvania Court Says Title VII Prohibits Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (‘EEOC”) has been aggressively advancing its position that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation even though sexual...more

Same-Sex Harassment Not Actionable When Conduct Not Based on Gender

Employees can consider a working environment to be hostile due to sexual conduct, even when the workplace is all male or all female. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and federal courts have long held that...more

The Continuing Expansion of Sexual Harassment Training Requirements in California

A dozen years ago, the passage in California of Assembly Bill (AB) 1825 began required sexual harassment prevention training for supervisors in companies with 50 or more employees.  Since then, California has led the nation...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: November 2016

Last week, a Pennsylvania federal court held that Title VII protects lesbian, gay, and bisexual employees from sex discrimination. As we noted in last Thursday’s post, courts around the country have differing views about...more

The Employment Law Authority - November/December 2016

Court Upholds Employer’s Dreadlock Ban Finds Grooming Policy Did Not Violate Title VII of the Civil Rights Act - A federal appellate court recently held that an employer’s policy banning dreadlocks did not constitute...more

Federal Court Enjoins "Blacklisting" Rule, but Contractors Are Not Out of the Woods Yet

On Oct. 24, 2016, a U.S. District Court issued a preliminary injunction restraining the U.S. Government from implementing the “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” Executive Order and the related Final Rule and Guidance...more

ABC Phones of North Carolina to Pay $50,000 To Settle EEOC Same-Sex Harassment Lawsuit

Female Sales Consultant Was Subjected to Unwelcome Sexual Comments and Groping By Female Co-Worker, Federal Agency Charged - WILMINGTON, N.C. - ABC Phones of North Carolina, dba A Wireless, a Greenville, N.C.,...more

Controversial Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Rule Partially Blocked

On October 24, 2016, a federal judge enjoined the U.S. government from enforcing certain provisions of the controversial Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces rule. The decision was handed down from Judge Marcia Crone in the U.S....more

Preliminary Injunction Halts Enforcement of Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Rule

Federal contractors recently scored a significant victory when a preliminary injunction blocked much of the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces rule from taking effect. The rule, based on a 2014 executive order, was issued in August...more

Heart of Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Final Rule Blocked by Federal Judge

The injunction prevents the government from enforcing the final rule’s provisions on labor law violation disclosures and the restriction on arbitration agreements. Late in the evening of October 24, mere hours before the...more

Breaking: Federal Judge Enjoins Implementation Of Part Of Fair Pay And Safe Workplaces (“Blacklisting”) Executive Order,...

On October 24, 2016, just one day prior to effective date of the Regulations and Guidance implementing the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order (collectively the “Rule”), Judge Marcia Crone of the U.S. District Court...more

A Win for Federal Contractors, Court Temporarily Enjoins Enforcement of Key "Blacklisting" Rule Provisions

Late in the day on Monday October 24, 2016, a U.S. District Court Judge for the Eastern District of Texas granted a preliminary injunction against implementation of major and contentious provisions of the Fair Pay and Safe...more

How to Address and Prevent Systemic Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

With sexual harassment suits carrying multimillion-dollar price tags, what can employers do to avoid the sting of litigation?...more

Faragher/Ellerth defense used to defeat Oklahoma Anti-Discrimination Act claim

As a recent ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit shows, the same employer defenses used to defeat Title VII discrimination claims can also be used to defeat claims under the Oklahoma Anti-Discrimination...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: October 2016 #3

Last week, the EEOC held a public meeting on the growing use of big data and predictive analytics in employment decision-making. A panel of industrial psychologists, attorneys, and labor economists told the EEOC that the use...more

Variations on the Theme of Sexual Harassment

We’ve written a lot about sexual harassment recently, as have other commentators. As the subject is discussed, it’s important to remember that sexual harassment can present itself in many ways. It doesn’t always involve a...more

Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Regulation, a/k/a Federal Contractor Blacklisting Regulation

On July 31, 2014, without much public attention, President Obama issued a far-reaching Executive Order, No. 13673, which requires bidders on federal contracts to disclose adverse labor law decisions under more than a dozen...more

Transgender Issues in the Workplace: Legal Issues and Considerations for Companies

Over this past year, there has been an increasing amount of attention on transgender persons both in the media and in the law. Garnering particular attention, North Carolina passed Senate Bill 2 which prohibits students and...more

Second Circuit “Purrs” On Cat’s Paw Liability Case

Seyfarth Synopsis: Recently, the Second Circuit held that the “cat’s paw” theory of liability may be used to support recovery for claims of retaliation where an employer negligently relies on information provided by a...more

EEOC Sues Plastipak Packaging For Sexual Harassment and Retaliation

Plastics Manufacturing Company Fired Materials Handler Because She Complained About Harassment, Federal Agency Charges - BALTIMORE - Plastipak Packaging, Inc. violated federal law when it fired a materials handler in...more

The Clock Has Struck 12 On The EEOC Fiscal Year-End Countdown – Surprising Revelations For FY 2016

With the end of another EEOC fiscal year employers look with anticipation to what the year-end trends can tell us about the sometimes elusive EEOC litigation agenda. In years past, the EEOC has engaged in a “filing frenzy,”...more

What is “Immediate and Appropriate”?

In recent posts, we have written about old and new forms of sexual harassment and about the employer’s obligation to investigate harassment complaints. This week, we address what happens when the investigation is complete...more

It’s Time to Get Back to Basics: Keeping Your Workplace Free of Sexual Harassment

In an interview last month, the 2016 Republican presidential nominee stated that if his daughter were sexually harassed, he “would like to think she would find another career or find another company.” His son later stated...more

Cat’s Paw Making New Tracks: Second Circuit Extends Cat’s Paw Principle to Retaliation Claims and to Low-Level Employees

The “cat’s paw” doctrine, a concept first coined by Seventh Circuit Judge Richard Posner in 1990 and adopted by the Supreme Court in 2011, applies when an employee is subjected to an adverse employment action by a decision...more

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