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11th Circuit Reminds Employers: Proceed Cautiously When Terminating Employees Shortly After FMLA Leave

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: While employees who have recently taken leave may be terminated for legitimate reasons, establishing a non-retaliatory termination can be challenging. The timing of the termination alone can support...more

No Evidence Of Age Bias When Job Was Eliminated As Part Of Reduction In Force

by DeWitt Law, LLC on

The Fifth Circuit, in Lay v. Singing River Health System, No. 16-60431, 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 10758 (5th Cir. June 19, 2017), recently upheld the district court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of the defendant employer in...more

Fourth Circuit Holds No Title VII Retaliation Claim When Employer Fires An Employee On Mistaken Belief The Employee Lied About...

by DeWitt Law, LLC on

Employers investigating Title VII discrimination claims should take some comfort, based on a recent Fourth Circuit case, that if they terminate an employee for making a false claim after a good-faith investigation, they will...more

4th Circuit sets a match to battalion chief's First Amendment claims

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

Lately, we’ve been seeing more cases in which public-sector employees accuse their governmental employer of violating the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Such claims can arise in many ways, but with the...more

Refusal to Allow Employee to Rescind Her Voluntary Resignation Not an Adverse Employment Action

by Wilson Elser on

In its recent decision in Featherstone v. Southern California Permanente Medical Group, the California Court of Appeal for the Second District held that refusing to allow an employee to rescind her voluntary resignation does...more

Sensitivity to Electromagnetic Voltage Not a “Disability” Under the Americans With Disabilities Act

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the grant of summary judgment dismissing a former employee’s claim that he was terminated because of his purported disability, “sensitivity to electromagnetic voltage.” Hirmiz v....more

Employee Suspected of Drug Diversion Could Not Establish “Regarded as Disabled” Claim

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

An appellate court recently affirmed summary judgment in favor of a hospital that terminated the employment of a nurse for diverting medications, rejecting her claim that she had been perceived to be a drug addict by her...more

Food and Beverage Law Update: March 2017

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Legalized Drug Use Impacts the Food and Beverage Industry - In the November 2016 general election, voters in Arkansas, Florida and North Dakota amended their state constitutions to authorize the use of marijuana for...more

California Employment Law Notes - March 2017

Victoria Zetwick, a county correctional officer, alleged that the county sheriff created a sexually hostile environment in violation of Title VII and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act by, among other things,...more

Eighth Circuit Methodically Rejects Plaintiff’s Allegations of Pretext in Age Discrimination Case

On March 1, 2017, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals issued an important decision affirming summary judgment in an age discrimination claim under the Minnesota Human Rights Act. Although the case, Nash v. Optomec, Inc., did...more

Court Labels Employer Post-Offer Medical Examination “Textbook Case” of ADA Regarded As Liability

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

When used lawfully, post-offer, pre-employment medical examinations can be a powerful tool. But a recent federal district court case demonstrates the importance of carefully implementing such programs...more

Employment Law - February 2017

Ninth Circuit Sends Employment Dispute to Arbitration - Why it matters - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit sent an employment dispute to arbitration, reversing a denial of the employer's motion to...more

S.D.N.Y. Dismisses Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Retaliation Claim

In one of the first cases to address the standard governing a motion for summary judgment in a Dodd-Frank whistleblower retaliation case, Judge Jed S. Rakoff ruled that two former executives of Vista Outdoor Inc. (the...more

Evidence That Younger Employees Violated Company Policy Without Consequences Results in Denial of Summary Judgment

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

In light of evidence that younger employees committed similar infractions as the plaintiff, and did not suffer significant disciplinary action, an Illinois federal district court denied an employer’s summary judgment motion....more

Arkansas Federal Court: Failure to Accommodate, in and of Itself, Violates the ADA

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Despite the lack of a clear causal connection between an employer’s failure to grant an employee’s request for additional training and its decision to terminate her employment, an Arkansas federal district court recently...more

Third Circuit Permits ADEA “Subgroup” Claims

The Third Circuit recently held in Karlo v. Pittsburgh Glass Works, LLC, No. 15-3435, 2017 WL 83385 (3d Cir. Jan. 10, 2017), that workers in their 50s may be recognized as a “subgroup” of employees protected by the Age...more

Third Circuit Rules "Subgroup" Disparate Impact Claims Are Cognizable Under the ADEA

by Littler on

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit recently became the first appellate court to find that so-called “subgroup” disparate impact claims are cognizable under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), which...more

Employee’s Retaliation and Hostile Work Environment Claims Based on a Rumor Spread in the Workplace Survives Motion for Summary...

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

In Baez v. Anne Fontaine USA, Inc., the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York denied an employer’s motion for summary judgment to dismiss a terminated employee’s retaliation claims under Title...more

Three Point Shot - February 2017

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

Ski Manufacturer Chills Bode Miller's Comeback - World champion skier and six-time Olympic medalist Samuel "Bode" Miller had his eye on coming out of retirement for the 2016-17 season before a contract dispute with his...more

Termination Clause Enforced: Oudin and the Supreme Court of Canada

by Littler on

In Canada, termination clauses in employment agreements are critical tools that allow an employer to avoid providing reasonable notice of termination under the common law.  Each year there are numerous court decisions on this...more

Anxiety, Absenteeism, and the ADA

As accommodating and flexible as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compels employers to be, the harsh reality is that there are some jobs that a person with certain disabilities simply cannot do. When an employee...more

Indiana Court of Appeals Allows Negligent Hiring Claim Despite Admission that Employee Acted Within Scope of Employment

by Reminger Co., LPA on

The Indiana Court of Appeals recently determined that a negligent hiring claim against Pizza Hut can continue to move through the trial court after finding that the trial court erred when it granted summary judgment in favor...more

Texas Appellate Court Holds Condition Subsequent in Noncompete Agreement Excused Former Employee’s Competitive Activities

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

A Texas Court of Appeals affirmed a summary judgment last month in favor of an ex-employee declaring that a noncompete clause in an asset purchase agreement and separate noncompete agreement did not bar him from competing...more

Third Circuit Clarifies Plaintiff’s Burden of Proof for USERRA Claims

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Third Circuit held that, in a failure-to-promote USERRA case, plaintiffs need not plead or prove that they are objectively qualified for the position sought in order to meet their initial burden of...more

Causation Counts: Strategic Use of Summary Judgment Post-Spokeo

by Alston & Bird on

Early scorecards in the aftermath of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Spokeo Inc. v. Robins all note high marks in the plaintiffs’ column, especially at the motion to dismiss stage. Emboldened by these decisions,...more

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