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Fourth Circuit Tosses Sexual Harassment Claim Based on Failure of Employee to Report Supervisor's Conduct

When a supervisor engages in sexual harassment in violation of Title VII, the employer can be held vicariously liable for the action even if it takes immediate steps to end the harassment once it learns of the conduct....more

When are Supervisors Liable for the Actions of Subordinates in Federal Civil Rights and Police Liability Cases?

In Federal civil rights actions under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, supervisors are frequently named as defendants, even in circumstances were the supervisor was not directly involved or did not even have knowledge of the actions of the...more

Postcards from the R-Case Edge: Insights into Supervisory Status Issues in a Proposed Unit

Since the new “ambush” election rules went into effect on April 14, 2015, there have been over 1,000 petitions for elections filed with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Approximately 60 of those petitions have led...more

PHMSA Proposes to Expand the Requirements for Pipelines Carrying Hazardous Liquids

The rules would add gathering lines and pipelines in non-HCA areas. On October 13, the US Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued a Proposed Rule that would...more

Employment Law - October 2015 #2

Take the Cure: New California Law Permits Corrections of Wage Statement Violations - Why it matters: Employers may want to review their wage statements after Governor Jerry Brown signed a new law that permits them...more

The Cat Fights Back: 7th Circuit Discusses Cat's Paw Theory Post-Staub

In 2011, the United States Supreme Court made the"cat's paw" theory of liability significantly easier for employees to prove. An employee can establish a cat's paw theory of liability in an employment discrimination suit when...more

How not to handle a Reservist with PTSD: Volvo Dismisses Army Reservist in violation of USERRA and the ADA

This week, Volvo said it would "take the blame if one of its self-driving cars crashes," but it's also taking the blame for dismissing an Army Reservist who deployed twice during the six years she worked for Volvo. This case...more

The Ten Most Important Rules for Employers

Despite the complexity of employment law and the speed with which the law, technology, and the workplace are changing, there are a few basic principles that capture the best advice we can give to employers. They’re not a...more

Potato Packing Companies to Pay $450,000 to Settle EEOC Suit for Sex Harassment and Retaliation

At Least 13 Women at Monte Vista Plant Physically and Verbally Abused and Three Fired for Refusing to Submit or Complaining, Federal Agency Charged - DENVER - Two potato packing companies will pay $450,000 and furnish...more

Empacadoras de Papas Pagaran $450,000 Para Resolver Demanda de Discriminación por Acoso Sexual y Represalias

Por lo menos 13 Mujeres en la Planta de Monte Vista Fueron Abusadas Física y Verbalmente y Tres Despedidas Por Rechazar Avances o Quejarse, Alega la Agencia Federal - DENVER - Dos empacadoras de papas pagarán $450,000...more

A Quick Update on Speedy Election Rules (Hint: The Predictions Have Come True — Somewhat)

The National Labor Relation Board’s new election procedures became effective April 14, 2015. You may recall that the new rules were largely designed to shorten significantly the time between a union’s filing of a petition for...more

FINRA Bars Former President Of Broker-Dealer Along With Former Registered Representatives

Reflecting increased regulatory willingness to discipline principals and supervisors, FINRA recently announced that it had imposed an industry bar on the former president of a defunct broker-dealer, along with five registered...more

Avoiding FMLA Interference Claims: Walking a Fine Line Between Permissible and Impermissible Comments

When it comes to Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave, not all comments are treated equally. Some comments may discourage an employee from using FMLA leave, thereby interfering with the employee’s FMLA rights and...more

Employment Law Reporter – September 2015

BACK TO SCHOOL SPECIAL EDITION: Teaching Supervisors When To Contact The Human Resources Department. It’s September. Traffic has swollen to new highs—kids are back in school. Many have forgotten what they learned. Many...more

Are FCA Retaliation Claims Against Supervisors, Executives Viable?

When the False Claims Act (FCA) retaliation provision was amended in 2009, the amendment was not explicit as to whether plaintiffs could only recover for retaliation claims against companies, or whether plaintiffs also could...more

Inability to Work Under A Particular Supervisor Is Not a Disability in California

In response to standard negative performance feedback from a supervisor, an employee takes a leave of absence due to stress and submits a medical note stating that the employee must be transferred to another department as an...more

Oklahoma court tosses negligent training and supervision claims

Former employees and their attorneys have become increasingly creative when it comes to suing past employers. In addition to filing wrongful termination or discrimination lawsuits, discharged employees have sued their former...more

California’s New Workplace Anti-Bullying Law in Effect – May Spread to Litigation and to Other States

California’s new anti-bullying law, which became effective in that state at the beginning of 2015, may be a precursor to other states enacting similar statutes. The law requires that all California employers with 50 or more...more

Fourth Circuit Says Host User of Temporary Employee Liable for Title VII Violations

Most employers using temporary workers from an employment agency assume that they are liable as employers for certain legal claims. While a reasonable assumption, until last week, this status had never been formally...more

Employer Potentially Liable for Harassment of Supervisor by Her Subordinates

Employers are well aware of their potential liability for workplace harassment claims involving co-workers or third parties. They also understand their heightened legal responsibility when the alleged harasser is the...more

Stressed Out By Your Supervisor? Too Bad, Say California Courts

California employers may finally rejoice: there is now an employer-friendly state court decision, Higgins-Williams v. Sutter Med. Found., 237 Cal. App. 4th 78 (2015). The case takeaway is straightforward: an employee’s...more

Another Mini-Dukes Action Revived

Current and former women employees of Wal-Mart recently won big in the Sixth Circuit in their mini-Dukes discrimination class action. The trial court had ruled that the class action was filed too late, but the court of appeal...more

NLRB Decision Highlights Problems For Colleges Responding To Organizing Efforts

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has upheld the SEIU’s narrow election victory at Laguna College of Art + Design, despite evidence that a supervisory full-time faculty member had campaigned for the union. In Laguna,...more

Taking the Stress Out of Employee Claims of Disability Caused by the Stress of Working for a Particular Supervisor

Navigating an employee’s claim of stress-related disability continues to challenge employers. Recently, the California Court of Appeal provided helpful guidance for employers when an employee claimed to be unable to work...more

Culture of Corruption in the Financial Industry: A Closer Look

A closer look at new research data about corruption in the financial industry: is the industry as far behind on organizational culture as it might seem?  A recent study, “The Street, The Bull and The Crisis: A Survey of...more

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