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Governor Brown Signs Bill to Significantly Alter California Retaliation Law to Benefit Employees

by Fisher Phillips on

Senate Bill 306, among other things, allows an employee or the Labor Commissioner to obtain a preliminary injunction (ordering the employee to be reinstated pending their retaliation claim) upon a mere showing of “reasonable...more

Truth and Consequences: Title VII's Opposition Clause and Employer's Reasonable Belief

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

This summer, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, which hears appeals from North Carolina federal courts, issued an opinion that has employers taking note. In Villa v. CavaMezze Grill, LLC, the court...more

Contractual Restrictions Against Forum Shopping May Be Illegal

by Clark Hill PLC on

Many collective bargaining agreements restrict employees from pursuing the same complaint in multiple forums. For example, if an employee files a grievance over an employment issue but then files a complaint or charge of...more

I-13 – Policies, Policies, Policies, and Microchips Embedded in Employees

by Cozen O'Connor on

Michael Schmidt of Cozen O'Connor addresses recent trends and noteworthy developments on certain employment policies related to political activity, confidential customer information, FMLA retaliation, and maximum leave...more

Second Circuit Lowers Causation Standard for Employees Alleging FMLA Violations

by BakerHostetler on

Last week, the Second Circuit joined the Third Circuit in lowering the causation standard in evaluating alleged Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) violations against employers. Under a lower “motivating factor” standard...more

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

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

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

Second Circuit Applies More Lenient “Motivating Factor” Standard to Employee’s FMLA Retaliation Claim

In an opinion issued July 19, the Second Circuit vacated a jury verdict in favor of the employer, ruling that the district court judge had instructed the jury to use an incorrect standard of proof under the Family and Medical...more

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

“You Can’t Fire Me, I Just Came Back From FMLA Leave.”

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Contrary to apparent popular belief, employees who have recently taken leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) can be terminated for legitimate reasons unrelated to their FMLA leave. Establishing a...more

“You’re Fired” Is Not A Good Response To A Report Of Harassment

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

This is not a post about any of the activities of the Trump Administration even though the headline uses his catch phrase. We are taking a break from our multi-part series of commenting on the investigation of Trump’s ties...more

Day 15 of One Month to Better Compliance Through HR-Employment Separation Issues

by Thomas Fox on

Employment separation and layoffs can present some unique challenges for the compliance practitioner. Employees can use layoffs to claim that they were retaliated against for a wide variety of complaints, including those for...more

4 Retaliation Lessons from Comey’s Firing

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

Regardless of your political views, most will agree that President Trump’s firing of F.B.I. Director James Comey was fraught with potential controversy. Employers can find at least four takeaways from what was, in short, a...more

Puerto Rico Issues Comprehensive Labor Law Reform

by FordHarrison on

On January 26, 2017, Puerto Rico’s Governor, Ricardo Roselló, signed into law the Labor Transformation and Flexibility Act (the “Act”). The Act represents the first significant and comprehensive labor law reform to occur in...more

Third Circuit Says “Last Call” for Employee Terminated After Caught Drinking While on FMLA “Bed Rest”

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

On January 31, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit joined the Seventh, Eighth and Tenth Circuits in holding that an employer’s honest belief that its employee was misusing FMLA leave is enough to...more

Third Circuit adopts the “honest belief” defense to FMLA retaliation claims and confirms that FMLA leave requests can double as...

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

The Third Circuit’s recent decision in Capps v. Mondelez Global, LLC is a mixed bag for employers. The good news is that it establishes that an employer’s honest belief that its employee misused FMLA leave can defeat a...more

Kansas City Gives St. Louis A Run For The Money–Literally

St. Louis and Kansas City have long been cross-state baseball rivals. Who can forget the 1985 I-70 World Series? So it is hardly surprising that on the eve of St. Louis being named by the American Tort Reform Association...more

Opposing Employer Actions Directed at General Public Not Protected Activity

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: An employee who expresses opposition to an employer’s policies and practices that affect members of the general public is not engaging in an activity that FEHA protects, because the activity is not opposing...more

After being told that she should just “quit” if she felt unsafe, dismissed employee awarded $15,000 in damages

by Dentons on

A charity has been ordered to pay a dismissed employee $15,000 in damages after dismissing her shortly after she had raised safety issues, in violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act. The charity ran retail...more

E.D. Pennsylvania Limits Protected Activity Under SOX

In Westawski v. Merck & Co., No. 14-cv-3239 (E.D. Pa. Oct. 18, 2016), the Eastern District of Pennsylvania granted Defendant Merck & Co. (Company) summary judgment on Plaintiff Joni Westawski’s (Plaintiff) SOX whistleblower...more

Employee fired while on FMLA leave: Why it was OK

by McAfee & Taft on

Don’t get me wrong: Firing an employee while they are on a Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) absence is dicey. But, as a recent federal appeals court decision that covers Oklahoma employers demonstrates, there are...more

Granite Mesa Health Center Sued By EEOC for Disability Discrimination and Retaliation

Nursing Home Fired a Certified Nurse Assistant When He Disclosed He Was HIV-Positive, Federal Agency Charged - AUSTIN, Texas - A nursing home violated federal law by discharging an employee who hesitated when ordered to...more

SDNY Refuses to Dismiss Executive’s Dodd-Frank Retaliation Claim

On August 24, 2016, the Southern District of New York denied Defendants’ motion to dismiss a Dodd-Frank whistleblower retaliation claim brought by its former co-CEO and Executive Chairman of its Board of Directors, finding...more

SDNY Awards Front Pay in Sarbanes-Oxley Whistleblower Retaliation Case

Perez v. Progenics Pharmaceuticals, Inc., involved a case where Plaintiff Perez drafted a memo to Progenics’ general counsel and his department head, accusing Progenics of committing fraud by publishing a false press release...more

Employers Beware of the Cat's Paw

by Baker Donelson on

The cat scratches again! Five years ago, the United States Supreme Court handed down Staub v. Proctor Hospital, wherein it held that an employer may be liable for a supervisor's discriminatory animus when the independent...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

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