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UK Government Publishes Employment Tribunal Statistics

The statistics show a huge fall in the number of claims, which may be due to the introduction of tribunal fees....more

Construction Contractor Sued by EEOC for Sex Discrimination

Company Systematically Fired Female Sheet Metal Workers, Federal Agency Charged - NEW YORK - Vamco Sheet Metals, Inc. violated federal law by serially firing female sheet metal workers working for the company on a...more

Lactation and Breast-Feeding Are “Pregnancy Related Conditions” Protected Under Title VII

In EEOC v. Houston Funding II, Ltd., the Fifth Circuit issued a landmark decision finding that terminating a female employee because she is lactating or expressing milk is unlawful sex discrimination under Title VII of the...more

Breast-Pump Discrimination is Title VII Sex Based Discrimination

Recently, the Fifth Circuit held that discharging a female employee because she is lactating or expressing breast milk constitutes sex discrimination in violation of Title VII....more

Oregon Court of Appeals Continues Debate About Status of Wrongful Discharge Claims In Oregon in Kemp v. Masterbrand Cabinets, Inc.

Last week the Oregon Court of Appeals issued its opinion in Kemp v. Masterbrand Cabinets, Inc., holding that the plaintiff’s common law wrongful discharge claim was not precluded by the statutory remedies then available under...more

Update: Don't Hate Me 'Cause I'm Beautiful: Termination Based on "Irresistible Attraction" is Not Unlawful Sex Discrimination

On January 4, we wrote that the Iowa Supreme Court ruled that a dentist acted legally when he fired a female employee because he had become irresistibly attracted to her – a situation the employer’s wife, also an employee,...more

Legal to Fire Female Employee for Being Irresistible?

The Iowa Supreme Court has recently withdrawn its December 21, 2012 opinion in the sex discrimination suit, Nelson v. Knight, and has declared that it will review the case....more

Labor Letter, July 2013: Can You Fire Someone For Being Too Sexy?

In a recent case decided by the Iowa Supreme Court, the judges held that such an action is acceptable under the law. Before your mind starts wandering too far about the repercussions of this decision, let’s not get ahead of...more

Fifth Circuit Holds Lactation Discrimination is Unlawful Sex Discrimination

Court of Appeals Ruling Overturns District Court's Finding, Permits EEOC's Sex Discrimination Lawsuit Against Houston Funding II LLC to Go Forward - HOUSTON--Overturning a federal trial court's decision from the...more

EEOC Sues QSI/Stellar Management Group for Sex Discrimination

Female Supervisor Fired by Manager Who Wanted a Man in Her Position, Federal Agency Charged - ATLANTA - Stellar Management Group, Inc., doing business as QSI, a contract sanitations services company that provides...more

California Supreme Court Clarifies Standard For “Mixed Motive” Defense To Employment Discrimination Claims

In a partial victory for employers, the California Supreme Court ruled in Harris v. City of Santa Monica that even when an employee proves that a discriminatory motive was a “substantial factor” in an adverse employment...more

California Supreme Court Upholds “Mixed Motive” Defense in Employment Discrimination Cases

In a long-awaited ruling issued Thursday, February 7, 2013, the California Supreme Court affirmed the Court of Appeal's decision overturning a damages verdict against the City of Santa Monica, finding that employers may...more

Metro Special Police & Security Services, Inc. Sued by EEOC for Sexual Harassment and Retaliation

Male Supervisor Subjected Male Employees to Sexual Touching and Comments, Federal Agency Charges - CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Metro Special Police & Security Services, Inc., a Charlotte-based provider of private security and...more

California Court Upholds Arbitration Agreement

Maribel Baltazar sued her former employer, Forever 21, Inc., alleging she was constructively discharged and subjected to discrimination and harassment based on her race and sex....more

Employment Law Blog: Attraction and Jealousy - Not Discrimination

The Iowa Supreme Court decision in Nelson v. James H. Knight DDS, P.C., et al, filed December 21, 2012, has drawn national attention for the holding that the termination of Nelson’s employment was not in violation of the Iowa...more

Don't Hate Me 'Cause I'm Beautiful: Termination Based on "Irresistible Attraction" is Not Unlawful Sex Discrimination

Christmas came a few days early for Iowan employers, when the Iowa Supreme Court ruled that a male employer acted legally when he fired a female employee because he had become irresistibly attracted to her – a situation the...more

Post-Apocalypse (Well, Post-Vacation, Anyway) Employment Law Roundup

Happy new year, everybody! Although I've been on vacation, the news never sleeps, and the Mayans were wrong. Accordingly, I have a few items to catch you up on....more

Yes, Dear, I Will Fire My Employee Because She is "Hot"

Can a boss fire an employee simply because he finds her attractive? Yes, according to the Iowa Supreme Court in a recent decision, Nelson v. James H. Knight, DDS (Iowa, December 21, 2012). And, lest you conclude that the...more

Too Sexy To Work Here: Fired For Being Attractive

Melissa Nelson is “devastated” according to ABC News. She was fired from her job as a dental assistant after 10 years of service because her male employer found her attractive and felt termination necessary to protect his...more

Dads Need Lovin' Too! Father Can Proceed with FMLA Retaliation Claim in "Macho Culture" Lawsuit

Dads need lovin' too. So says a federal court judge, who has allowed a father to proceed on his FMLA retaliation claim after the employee alleged that his employer's "macho man" culture was a culprit in his ouster. ...more

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