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Federal Trademark Registration, the First Amendment, and Freedom of Speech: Part I

Looking forward to sharing the podium with Joel MacMull of the Archer firm (counsel for Simon Tam, where our friend Ron Coleman is a partner) to discuss “Trademark Registration and the First Amendment,” on September 28th at...more

“Not So Fast,” Mr. THRILLED Daniel Snyder

Lee Corso (former coach and ESPN football analyst) frequently utters this famous sports media catchphrase on ESPN’s “College GameDay” program: “Not so fast, my friend!”...more

Single Racial Slur May Be Sufficient to Establish Workplace Harassment

by Blank Rome LLP on

Action Item: The Third Circuit Court of Appeals recently held that a single isolated use of a racial slur may be sufficient to establish unlawful workplace harassment. Background and Analysis: On July 14, 2017, a...more

Pennsylvania employers beware: One slur by a supervisor can now create a hostile work environment.

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

The Third Circuit recently ruled that a single extreme act of discrimination can produce an actionable hostile work environment claim. In doing so, the court clarified that the legal standard for such claims requires that an...more

Big 5 Sporting Goods Sued by EEOC for Racial Harassment

Black Employee Taunted with Racial Slurs and Death Threats, Federal Agency Charges - SEATTLE - One of the Western United States' largest sports retailers, Big 5 Sporting Goods, violated federal law when it allowed ongoing...more

Third Circuit Reminds Employers That an Isolated Act of Harassment Can Land Them in Hot Water

by Saul Ewing LLP on

In a decision issued July 14, 2017, the Third Circuit clarified that to prevail on workplace harassment claims, plaintiffs must show that the conduct was “severe or pervasive”—not “severe and pervasive” or “pervasive and...more

Third Circuit Holds that A Single Word Can Lead to Liability for Hostile Work Environment

Most employers take proactive steps to prevent and eliminate workplace harassment. Until recently, courts recognized and rewarded the proactive approach. Businesses in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware could avoid...more

3d Circuit Clarifies Standard in Workplace Harassment Cases

In a decision issued last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit clarified that a single comment may give rise to a claim of workplace harassment. In its decision, issued in Castleberry v. STI Group, the court...more

EEOC's Race Discrimination Suit Against Janitorial Company Includes Background Check Allegations

by Littler on

The filing of a new discrimination lawsuit by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) answers the question whether, after five years of intensive scrutiny, employers can breathe a sigh of relief in terms of...more

EEOC Sued Diversified Maintenance Systems for Race Discrimination and Retaliation

Tampa-Based Janitorial Service Provider Rejected African-Americans for Jobs and Punished Black Employee for Opposing Discrimination, Federal Agency Charges - BALTIMORE - Janitorial Service Provider Diversified Maintenance...more

Antonella’s Restaurant & Pizzeria to Pay $50,000 to Settle EEOC National Origin Discrimination Suit

Dutchess Co. Pizzerias Subjected Hispanic Employees to a Hostile Work Environment Because of Their National Origin, Federal Agency Charged - NEW YORK - A small group of pizzeria restaurants based in Wappinger Falls and...more

Derogatory... racist, or simply a racial descriptor?

by Hogan Lovells on

In a previous edition of our newsletter, we featured the very important Constitutional Court judgment in SARS v Kruger & Others where the court upheld the dismissal of Mr Kruger as being fair where he referred to his superior...more

Rosebud Restaurants to Pay $1.9 Million to Settle EEOC Race Discrimination Suit

Federal Agency Alleged Italian Restaurant Group Refused to Hire African-American Applicants - CHICAGO -- Rosebud Restaurants, Inc. will pay $1.9 million and furnish other relief to settle a class race discrimination...more

Labor and Employment Group News: A Single Racist Comment Can Create a Hostile Work Environment

by Murtha Cullina on

On April 25th, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, which covers New York, Connecticut and Vermont, clarified that a single incident can suffice to state a claim for a discriminatory hostile work...more

Glaser Organic Farms Llega A Un Acuerdo Resolutorio En La Demanda Que La EEOC Habia Radicado Por Acoso Basado En Origen Nacional,...

Trabajadoras de la Cocina Fueron Compensadas por el Discrímen por parte de la Gerencia Basado en Origen Nacional y Color - MIAMI-Glaser Organic Farms, es una granja de venta al detal en Redlands cuyo propietario y...more

Standing ovation for Adam Jones at Fenway

by FordHarrison on

Last Monday, the Orioles made headlines for more than just their 5-2 win over the Red Sox at Fenway Park. Orioles player Adam Jones reported that Red Sox fans called him a racial slur several times and threw a bag of peanuts...more

With N Word, Once is Enough. Second Circuit Rules on Hostile Environment Case

Is a single incident enough for a hostile work environment claim? It is in the Second Circuit. In Daniel v. T&M Protection Resources, Inc., the court held that one racial epithet was sufficiently severe, by itself, to create...more

Hiatt & Mason Enterprises to Pay $35,000 to Settle EEOC Racial Harassment Lawsuit

Black Employee Subjected to Racial Epithets Almost Daily, Federal Agency Charged - MOUNT AIRY, N.C. - Hiatt & Mason Enterprises, Inc., a structural steel erection services company, has agreed to pay $35,000 and provide...more

“Do You Kiss Your Mother With That Post?” Second Circuit Rules on Foul Facebook Post about Employer

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals stepped in to support the NLRB’s finding that an employee’s profanity-ridden social media posting about his employer (and his employer’s mother) was not so offensive that it went beyond the...more

Wahoo: Non-Verbal Equivalent of Racial Slur

by Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A. on

The Cleveland Indian’s loss last evening in the World Series ensures that Chief Wahoo will not end the 2016 MLB season at Chicago’s Wrigley Field, but instead Cleveland’s Progressive Field...more

EEOC Sues T-N-T Of York County, Inc. And Tm Trucking of The Carolinas, LLC For Racial Harassment

Owner Constantly Harassed Black Employees, Forcing Many to Quit, Federal Agency Charges - ROCK HILL, S.C. - Two interconnected South Carolina trucking companies violated federal law when they subjected black employees to...more

Nabors Industries and C&J Energy Services Sued By EEOC for Racial Harassment and Retaliation

Oilfield Services Company Subjected Black Employees to Slurs and Mistreatment and Then Fired Employees for Reporting the Discrimination, Federal Agency Charged - SAN ANTONIO, Texas - Bermuda-based oilfield services...more

What Does the Trademark Registration Say?

Remember a while back when many were humming to the tune “What Does the Fox Say“? Today, I’m asking, what does the trademark registration say? Not, what does the trademark say — that is a different and more complicated...more

Washington’s NFL Team and U.S. Customs

Last week the NFL franchise that plays football near — but not in — our Nation’s Capital, was dealt another significant legal and public relations blow that would have any rational brand owner working overtime on its...more

In re Tam – Federal Circuit Orders En Banc Review of Trademark Act’s Ban Against Registration of Disparaging Marks

by BakerHostetler on

The Slants is a Portland-based band composed of musicians of Asian-American descent who characterize their genre as “Chinatown Dance Rock.” The band’s bassist, Simon Tam, filed a trademark application for THE SLANTS for...more

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