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Redskins Appeal TTAB Ruling

On Thursday, August 14, 2014, the Washington Redskins filed a much-anticipated appeal in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia of a June Trademark Trial and Appeal Board decision which resulted in...more

Seventh Circuit Says One Use of “N-Word” Does Not Create Hostile Work Environment

Under Title VII, single acts of verbal abuse typically do not rise to the level of legally actionable harassment. Only when these behaviors are repeated over a discrete period of time will courts consider them to create a...more

Hostile Work Environment Case Gets Additional Fourth Circuit Scrutiny

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals has agreed to an en banc rehearing (in which all judges on the court will hear the case) of Boyer-Liberto v. Fountainebleau Corp. after a three-judge panel of the court ruled in May 2014...more

Deep-Fried Discrimination Claim: Lisa T. Jackson v. Paula Deen, et al.

The whole country watched as celebrity chef Paula Deen was roasted over the lawsuit filed by a former general manager of a Deen-affiliated restaurant. Now that the media storm is starting to fade, what lessons can employers...more

TTAB Refuses to Register “The Slants,” Finding it to be “Disparaging”

Racial and ethnic disparagement is a hot topic at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board these days. While a decision is still pending in the latest cancellation action involving the long disputed WASHINGTON REDSKINS...more

The R-Word, Postponing the Inevitable

As many anxiously await the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board’s (TTAB) decision in Blackhorse v. Pro Football, Inc., a trademark cancellation action seeking to revoke six federal service mark registrations containing the...more

Redskins Name Is an 'Ethnic Slur,' Says Lawyer  [Video]

Sept. 24 (Bloomberg) -- Jesse Witten, partner at Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, talks with Bloomberg Law's Spencer Mazyck about his representation of a group of Native Americans who have petitioned to cancel the trademark...more

White Employee Lacks Title VII Race Discrimination Claim In Paula Deen Case

Although most of the media attention surrounding Jackson v. Deen has focused on Paula Deen’s admission during a deposition that she used racial slurs, the underlying case presents an interesting legal question: Can a white...more

EEOC Sues Battaglia Distributing Company for Racial Discrimination

Company Defended Racial Slurs in the Workplace as 'Locker Room Talk,' Federal Agency Charged - CHICAGO, Ill. - Battaglia Distributing Co., Inc., a Chicago wholesale food distributor located at 2500 South Ashland...more

Racial Slurs Take Down A Culinary Giant

Words matter. They matter to your employees, clients, shareholders, and customers. When employees and leaders use toxic words—including slurs related to race, sexual orientation and national origin—the organization’s...more

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