Title VII Retaliation Hiring & Firing

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act is a United States federal law enacted in 1964 and aimed at preventing discrimination in the workplace on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, and religion. Title VII... more +
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act is a United States federal law enacted in 1964 and aimed at preventing discrimination in the workplace on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, and religion. Title VII has been subsequently extended to discrimination on the basis of pregnancy and sexual stereotypes and to prohibit sexual harassment. Title VII applies to all employers with fifteen or more employees including private employers, state and local governments, and educational institutions.  less -
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Cat’s Paw Making New Tracks: Second Circuit Extends Cat’s Paw Principle to Retaliation Claims and to Low-Level Employees

The “cat’s paw” doctrine, a concept first coined by Seventh Circuit Judge Richard Posner in 1990 and adopted by the Supreme Court in 2011, applies when an employee is subjected to an adverse employment action by a decision...more

Philips Lighting To Pay $56,000 to Settle EEOC Retaliation Charge

Lighting Company Fired Security Guard Because His Grandfather Had Sued It, Federal Agency Charged - ST. LOUIS -- Philips Lighting of North America will pay $56,000 and furnish other relief to settle a retaliation lawsuit...more

Employers Beware of the Cat's Paw

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

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

Headline news: Policies, procedures essential tools in fight against sexual harassment

Last week, former Fox News Anchor Gretchen Carlson slapped Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes with a wrongful termination and sexual harassment lawsuit in New Jersey Superior Court. The lawsuit alleges that Ailes made...more

Peters' Bakery to Pay $40,000 to Settle EEOC Harassment and Retaliation Lawsuit

East San Jose Bakery Subjected Latina Clerk to Verbal Abuse, Then Punished Her for Complaining, Federal Agency Charged - SAN JOSE, Calif. - East San Jose-based Peters' Bakery will pay $40,000 to a Latina employee and...more

Tick-Tock Goes the Clock: SCOTUS Clarifies the Statute of Limitations in Constructive Discharge Actions

On May 23, 2016, the United States Supreme Court issued its opinion in Green v. Brennan, Postmaster General, in which the Court gave aggrieved employees in workplace discrimination cases more time to file complaints against...more

Supreme Court Says Limitations Period for Discrimination Claims Runs Beginning on Date of Constructive Discharge

Title VII and related federal civil rights laws contain short administrative claims periods that often result in preclusion of actions filed after expiration of these dates. These exclusions lead to frequent litigation...more

Spring Forward: Constructive Discharge Clock Doesn’t Start Until Employee Gives “Definite Notice” of Intent to Resign

On May 23, 2016, the Supreme Court resolved a circuit split over the deadline for employees to pursue their administrative remedies in connection with constructive discharge claims under Title VII. Generally, employees must...more

Resignation Date Starts the Statute of Limitations Clock In Constructive Discharge Cases, Supreme Court Holds

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the statute of limitations for purposes of filing a claim alleging constructive discharge begins to run on the date that the employee resigns, as opposed to the last discriminatory...more

Supreme Court Rules that Statute of Limitations Period for Constructive Discharge Claims Begins to Run from Date of Notice of...

The U.S. Supreme Court recently held that the statute of limitations period for constructive discharge claims under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act (Title VII) begins to run from the date that the employee gives the...more

Supreme Court Clarifies the Time Period for Initiating Constructive Discharge Claims

On May 23, 2016, the United States Supreme Court issued its decision in Green v. Brennan, holding that the statute of limitations for a constructive discharge claim begins to run at the time the employee resigns. While the...more

Landis Communities and Landis Homes Retirement Community Will Pay $132,500 to Resolve EEOC Suit

Nursing Home Terminated Pregnant Nursing Supervisor Who Requested a Lifting Accommodation, Conducted Unlawful Medical Inquiry, and Refused Rehire Because of Her Disability, Federal Agency Says - PHILADELPHIA - Nursing...more

Fifth Circuit Holds Third Party Witness’ Retaliation Claim Requires “Reasonable Belief” That a Title VII Violation Has Occurred

The Fifth Circuit recently held that a third party witness who was fired after providing information in response to her employer’s investigation of a coworker’s harassment allegations had to demonstrate she had a “reasonable...more

Employment Law Letter - Spring 2016

Will Smoking Pot on the Job Get You Fired? You’d think that would be a slam dunk question, but if you’re a state employee whose union is willing to take your case to an arbitrator, apparently it isn’t. Back in 2012,...more

The Employment Law Authority - January/February 2016

A federal appellate court recently held that an employer did not violate Title VII of the Civil Rights Act when it discharged an employee shortly after she informed her manager that she was pregnant. According to the Fifth...more

Promoting Workplace Diversity in Times of Trouble

The population in the United States – and by extension, the workforce – is becoming increasingly diverse. According to projections from the U.S. Census Bureau, by 2044, racial and ethnic minorities will be the majority in the...more

Encouraging Employee Complaints. Yes, We’re Serious.

Last Friday, a Yelp employee posted an open letter to her CEO, describing how her customer service job in San Francisco does not pay enough to allow her to buy groceries or see a doctor. Within 24 hours of posting the letter...more

First Circuit Decision Serves as Good Reminder that the Passing of Title VII Limitations Period Does Not Mean Employers are Off...

The United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit recently reinstated race discrimination and retaliation claims that had dismissed by a state administrative agency and the United States District Court in...more

Refusal to Allow Employee to Rescind Resignation May Violate Title VII

In general, once an employee tenders his or her notice of resignation, the employer is under no legal obligation to rescind acceptance of the notice. Last month, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals cast doubt on this rule by...more

Employment Flash - October 2015

SEC Adopts CEO Pay Ratio Rule - The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently adopted a final rule requiring public companies to disclose the ratio of annual pay of their chief executive to median annual pay...more

Fenwick Employment Brief

Legislative Update - Governor Brown recently signed into state law the following employment law bills (among others): SB 358—Referred to as the California Fair Pay Act, this law is directed at closing the pay...more

The Second Circuit (Sort of) and the Fourth Circuit (Completely) Refuse to Apply “Manager Rule” to Title VII Retaliation Claims

The so-called “manager rule” addresses a concern that employers may face a “litigation minefield” if a manager whose very job duties required them to report discrimination complaints could later sue for retaliation if they...more

EEOC Charges Dunkin’ Donuts Franchisee With Sexual Harassment, Retaliation Against Teens

Store Manager Torments Young Female Staff and Terminated Worker Who Opposed Sexual Harassment, Federal Agency Charges - NEW YORK - A franchisee of Dunkin' Donuts with multiple stores and one office/kitchen in Westchester...more

EmCare Challenges Sex Harassment Jury Verdict

EmCare Inc., a Dallas-based company that specializes in providing physician medical services, asked a federal court in Texas last week to reverse a $500,000 jury verdict awarded to three former employees who were terminated...more

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