Termination Discrimination

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SFI of Tennessee to Pay $210,000 To Settle EEOC Race Discrimination Lawsuit

Steel Fabricator Fired Three Black Employees Because of Their Race, Federal Agency Charged - MEMPHIS, Tenn. - SFI of Tennessee, LLC, a fabricator and supplier of heavy-gauge steel and value-added products, has agreed to...more

Bend Don’t Break: The EEOC Says Inflexible Attendance Policies Violate the ADA

In managing employee attendance, be careful about policies that suggest automatic termination after a certain number of absences as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) believes such policies violate the...more

Seventh Circuit to Plaintiffs: Here's Your Burden of Proof

Most employees who file employment discrimination claims hope for one of two things – a really sympathetic jury or an employer that is willing to generously settle the lawsuit to avoid the risks and uncertainties of trial. ...more

EEOC Sues Legendary Baking For Disability Discrimination

Federal Agency Says Food Service Company Denied Long-Term Employee Accommodations, Then Fired and Failed to Rehire Her Because of Her Disability - CHICAGO - American Blue Ribbons Holding, LLC, dba Legendary Baking,...more

Florida Appellate Court Finds Widow Could Independently Bring FCRA Discrimination Claim After Her Husband’s Death

On January 20, a Florida appellate court held that a personal representative can initiate a Florida Civil Rights Act (FCRA) complaint alleging discrimination on behalf of the deceased former employee. In Cimino v. American...more

Seventh Circuit Reins in EEOC: Agency Cannot Bypass Conciliation Requirement

On December 17, the Seventh Circuit in U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. CVS Pharmacy, Inc., No. 14-3653 (7th Cir. Dec. 17, 2015), rejected the EEOC’s aggressive effort to sue an employer without engaging in...more

Seventh Circuit Rejects EEOC’s Attack on Severance Agreements

On December 17, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit by the EEOC against CVS Pharmacy, Inc. In Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. CVS Pharmacy, Inc., the EEOC...more

Be Thankful You’re Not An Employment Law Turkey

Well, it’s that time of year again – what are you thankful for? Here are some Human Resources and employment law matters for which I am thankful. Please feel free to add your own in the comments....more

Truthful Terminations May Lead to Better Consequences

We are often asked what, if anything, employers should tell an employee about the reasons for the employee’s termination, especially if the termination is abrupt. We tell employers to tell the truth....more

California Employment Law Notes - November 2015

Newly Enacted California Statutes - Paid Sick Leave Law Is Amended - The amendments to the law include a clarification as to who is a covered worker; alternative accrual and payment methods; and a grandfather...more

Discipline Based on Social Media Activity – An Update

Social media is no longer trendy. It’s commonplace, and so is discipline imposed because an employee posts something inappropriate. According to a Proskauer survey, 70 percent of employers report taking disciplinary action...more

Ninth Circuit: The EEOC Can Subpoena Extensive Employee Information

As our readers may recall, in November 2012, Judge G. Murray Snow of the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona nixed a subpoena issued by the EEOC seeking employee pedigree information (name, address, telephone...more

Cat’s Paw, Part II: “Termination Review” by Independent Decision Makers Can Break the Causal Chain

Last week, we wrote about the “Cat’s Paw” theory of liability —where a person is used unwittingly to accomplish another person’s discriminatory purpose in the workplace. A common example would be when a racist employee...more

Third Circuit Issues Employer-Friendly Ruling in Discrimination and Retaliation Case

On August 12, 2015, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals issued a precedential opinion in Jones v. SEPTA, a discrimination and retaliation claim brought by a former employee of the Philadelphia-area transit agency. The Third...more

Retaliation: Realities and Myths

Unlawful workplace retaliation can take several forms, and claims for retaliation arise under a number of different statutes and common law theories. Workers compensation statutes, for example, contain provisions that...more

FRANCHISEE 101: 7-Eleven Ordered to Disclose Metadata

A federal court has ordered 7-Eleven to disclose its metadata in three franchisees' claims that they were targeted for termination for financial, political and racially discriminatory reasons. Metadata is deep down "data...more

Supreme Court to Decide When Limitations Period Begins Running for Constructive Discharge Discrimination Claims

Green v. Donahoe involves a Postal Service worker who alleges that he was forced to choose between retirement and a demotion and transfer to another position. The plaintiff quit several months after being given this choice,...more

From Hiring To Firing: A Basic Guide To The Chinese Employment Law Life Cycle

HIRING - For many employers, the key to having a productive and high-performing workforce is recruiting the right people to start with. However, it is important for employers to be aware that even before an employee...more

Court Shoots Down ADA Discrimination Claim Premised on Employer's Alleged Embarrassment

It would never occur to most employers that "embarrassment" could serve as the grounds for a disability discrimination claim, but that's exactly what an employee attempted to argue in Lester v. City of Lafayette. In this...more

Pregnant Dancers are Sexy and They Know It

In considering a motion for summary judgment that may have been written just so I could write about it, in Berry v. The Great American Dream, Inc. (No. 13-CV-3297-TWT), the Northern District of Georgia decided – once and for...more

Court Rejects General Unconscionability Argument And Compels Arbitration

Late last year, a district court judge in Connecticut granted Defendant General Electric’s (“GE”) motion to compel arbitration based on Plaintiff’s signature to GE’s Acknowledgement Conditions of Employment Form. Ms. Pingel,...more

Supervisor Not "Qualified Individual" Under ADA after Failing DOT Medical Certification

Determining the essential functions of a job can be tricky, especially if there is no information or documentation with which to compare and consider. In this case, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit considered...more

Spiritual Director Doesn't Have a Prayer When it Comes to Her Discrimination and Termination Claims

Religious employers can rejoice once again, as yet another court upholds the ministerial exception and dismisses an employee's discrimination and termination claims....more

“Honest Belief” Defense Remains Unresolved In California

The California Supreme Court refused to decide whether the “honest belief” defense to discrimination and retaliation claims is valid under California law. Instead, in Richey v. Autonation, Inc., the Court punted on the...more

Employers, Don’t Be Caught In The “Bogus RIF” Trap!

I was disappointed earlier this week to see a consultant quoted in an otherwise good article in the Wall Street Journal – “Employee Theft Often Leads Small Firms to Make Bad Choices” — as advising the “bogus RIF” strategy...more

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