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See how you do with these guaranteed true news items from the last week, all relating to employment law. Then tell me whether you agree that we are living in some crazy times. YCMTSU.* *You Can’t Make This Stuff Up. (I...more

Employer Beware: Bad “Optics” Create Hostile Work Environment?

Yesterday, I posted about a disability discrimination case that the employer did not really screw up. Even so, a few less-than-optimal moves resulted in an adverse jury verdict that was upheld on appeal. In Chapter 2 of...more

Good Faith Belief in Employee’s Wrongdoing Serves as Defense Against Retaliation Claim

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A recent Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling may offer employers in North and South Carolina another defense against an employee’s retaliation claim: No liability for adverse action against an employee based on the...more

Politics in the Workplace

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Employees are complaining that they are being discriminated against or harassed by management or other employees based on their political beliefs because an employee's political beliefs may relate to, or be intertwined with,...more

Citing Statistics, Yankee Institute Critical of CHRO - Again

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

This week, the Yankee Institute for Public Policy, a self-described “free market” think tank, issued an article suggesting that Connecticut had nearly the same number of discrimination complaints as our neighboring state,...more

Persistent “sexual annoyance” of five female coworkers gets employee fired for cause, despite late reporting of incidents

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A shelter support worker’s persistent pattern of sexual comments to five female coworkers justified his dismissal for cause, despite the coworkers’ failure to promptly report the incidents, a labour arbitrator has decided....more

Sweet Justice! Dismissal of Bully's FMLA Claim Proves Employers Can Safely Terminate an Employee on the Heels of FMLA Leave

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

I hate bullies. Back in 4th grade, Sister Mary Demetria, OSF, told us that “hating” someone was a sin. I’m convinced Sister never met a bully. Forgive me, Father, for I have sinned. Cause, you see, whenever I...more

Fourth Circuit Says Failure to Replace Employee Does Not Defeat Discriminatory Termination Claim

When a terminated employee alleges that her firing resulted from discrimination or retaliation, employers often dispute those claims by noting that the employer never hired anyone to take the terminated employee’s position....more

UK Tribunal Defines Some Limits on Employee Privacy Protections and Expands Anti-Discrimination Rights

Employee’s Privacy Rights - European courts continue to grapple with the limits on employee protections under Article 8 of the European Convention of Human Rights. Article 8 protects a person’s right to respect for...more

Fourth Circuit Finds Rebellious Behavior by Subordinates Insufficient to Constitute Hostile Work Environment

Most hostile environment harassment claims brought under Title VII involve allegations of offensive conduct by the plaintiff’s supervisors or co-workers. In a few situations, the employee alleges that his or her subordinates...more

Lego-Based Workplace Harassment Will NOT Be Tolerated.

You’ve heard of sex-based harassment, race-based harassment, and disability-based harassment. But have you ever heard of Lego-based harassment? Shawn Roy was terminated from his job because he was allegedly creating...more

When A Customer Harasses Your Employee – What Should You Do?

As an employer, what do you do when one of your employees reports being sexually harassed by a vendor? Easy, right? You call the vendor’s boss and say, “If you want to continue doing business with us, then you will not...more

Discipline Based on Social Media Activity – An Update

by Zelle LLP on

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

The Appropriate Punishment for Actual and Perceived Threats in the Workplace-Take Two; the Appellate Court (Sensibly) Speaks

Last year, I wrote about an unsuccessful attempt to vacate a puzzling arbitration award that overturned the termination of a school custodian who made threats of violence. In a decision that was officially issued on October...more

Something is Rotten at the Pork Roll Company … and it’s not the Pork Rolls: Flatulent Employee (and his Wife) Bring Claims for...

Is passing gas now protected by our anti-discrimination laws? Over the past several years, we have written extensively about the possibility of obesity discrimination lawsuits becoming the next wave of disability...more

Fourth Circuit Adopts the Joint Employer Test for Title VII Claims

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

Who's The Boss? - In Butler v. Drive Auto. Indus. of Am., Inc., the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals (which has jurisdiction over North and South Carolina) joined the majority of federal appellate courts in holding that...more

Federal Arbitration Case Update | Compelling and Appealing

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Following are two recent federal court rulings related to arbitration. Acknowledgement of Dispute Resolution Policy Sufficient to Compel Arbitration of Retaliation Claim - Ashbey v. Archstone Property Management,...more

New Harassment and Retaliation Standard in Fourth Circuit

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

Last month, in Boyer-Liberto v. Fontainebleau Corp., No. 13-1473 (4th Cir. May 7, 2015), the federal Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, which includes North and South Carolina, articulated a new standard for analyzing...more

In a Win for Employees, Fourth Circuit Finds That Two Racial Slurs May Support Harassment Claim

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals recently made two noteworthy rulings in a single case concerning sexual harassment and retaliation under Title VII. First, as it relates to sexual harassment, the Court found that two...more

Sixth Circuit Contradicts New TN Supreme Court Decision Regarding Retaliation Claims

by Miller & Martin PLLC on

Last month, the Tennessee Supreme Court narrowed the definition of retaliation under state law. Less than one month later, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals (which has jurisdiction over Tennessee, Michigan, Ohio and...more

Employment Client Alert: Punitive Damages Award in Title VII Sexual Harassment Case Does Not Violate Due Process

In State of Arizona v. ASARCO LLC, WL 6918577, published December 10, 2014, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held that an award of $300,000 in punitive damages did not violate due process even though no compensatory damages...more

California Employment Law Notes

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

Google Required To Produce Emails In Response To Former Employer's Subpoena - Negro v. Superior Court, 2014 WL 5341926 (Cal. Ct. App. 2014) - Navalimpianti USA, Inc. subpoenaed Google, Inc. to produce copies of...more

“Discipline” included “dismissal”: employer did not breach safety-reprisal settlement when it dismissed employee after harassment...

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An employer that dismissed an employee after a harassment investigation did not breach a previous safety-reprisal settlement with the employee, the Ontario Labour Relations Board has held. In effect, the employer never...more

NLRB Finds That Employer Improperly Disciplined Employee Who Obscenely Grabbed His Crotch in Front of Female Co-Worker

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

On July 3, 2014, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) handed down a decision in the case of Consolidated Communications d/b/a Illinois Consolidated Telephone Co. and Local 702, Int'l Brotherhood of Electrical Workers,...more

Fired Employee Who Accused Coworkers of Sleeping with Boyfriend Lacks Triable Bias Claim

A retail employer did not violate federal civil rights laws or the Massachusetts state anti-discrimination law when it fired an employee because she made harassing, disparaging, and inappropriate accusations against her...more

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