Retaliation

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Another Exception to Employment At-Will

Virginia is known as a stalwart adherent to the doctrine of employment at-will. The courts in Virginia have long recognized that the employment relationship is for an indefinite term and may be terminated for any reason or...more

Windmill Farms Nurseries to Pay $40,000 to Settle EEOC Sexual Harassment Lawsuit and Retaliation

Female Agricultural Worker Was Subjected to Sexual Harassment by Crew Leader and Fired for Complaining, Federal Agency Charged - Tampa, Fla. - Windmill Farms Nurseries, Inc., a plant material wholesaler and nursery...more

Worker’s Failure to Perform His Job Duties Satisfactorily Dooms FEHA Retaliation Claim

Manner v. Intevac, Inc., No. H038979 (January 2, 2015): The California Court of Appeal recently upheld a trial court’s granting of summary judgment of a former employee’s claims of retaliation in violation of the Fair...more

EEOC Finds That More Than 40% Of EEOC Charges Of Discrimination Contain Retaliation Claims

Last week, the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released its enforcement litigation data for FY 2014. Continuing a recent trend, the EEOC reported that the percentage of EEOC charges of...more

Is Summary Judgment Unavailable for Sexual Harassment Claims? The Impact of the Walker v. Mod-U-Kraf Ruling on Sexual Harassment...

In modern employment litigation, the employer’s ultimate goal is to prevail at summary judgment, thereby avoiding the expense of trial and the unpredictability of a jury. A recent decision from the Fourth Circuit Court of...more

Virginia Supreme Court Opinions Affecting Local Government Law – February 26, 2015

This term resulted in two cases which, in our opinion, affect Virginia local government law.  One, decided by order, deals with the effect of a failure to name a necessary party (a governing body) in appealing a BZA decision....more

The District of Columbia Council Passes Its Own Wage Theft Prevention Amendment Act

The Council of the District of Columbia passed the Wage Theft Prevention Amendment Act (WTPAA) of 2014 which then mayor Vincent C. Gray signed in September 2014. Pursuant to the District of Columbia Home Rule Act, this...more

District of Columbia Wage Theft Prevention Act Takes Effect February 26, 2015; Recent Amendments Modify Notice, Timekeeping,...

As we previously reported (see the Act Now Advisory titled “New District of Columbia Law Greatly Expands Remedies for Wage Law Violations and Places New Notice Requirements on Employers”), the “Wage Theft Prevention Amendment...more

SEC Argues in Second Circuit Amicus Brief That Dodd-Frank Protects Inside Whistleblowers

On February 6, the Securities Exchange Commission filed an amicus brief advising the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit that the whistleblower protections of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer...more

The Employment Law Authority - January/February 2015

In This Issue: - High Tech, High Risk: Protecting Health Plan Data: Recent Cyber Attack Reminds Employers to Take Swift Action - EEOC FY 2014 Statistics Are Here: What Do They Mean for Employers? - State...more

EEOC Loses Argument That Company Converting Employees to Contractors Cannot Require Release of Pending Discrimination Claims

Over the past several years, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed several high profile lawsuits accusing employers of retaliating against employees by requiring them to waive discrimination claims in return...more

Court Finds Naming Names in Public Filings and Imprudent Emails Support Action For Retaliation

In Celia Greengrass v. International Monetary Systems, Ltd., 2015 WL 137891, (7th Cir. Jan. 12, 2015), the Seventh Circuit relied in part on the fact that an employer identified a former employee by name in its discussion of...more

Victory or Death: William Barret Travis and the Obligations of a CCO

Today in 1836, Alamo commander William Barret Travis issued his famous ‘Victory or Death’ plea for reinforcements. It was short so I quote it in full: To the People of Texas & All Americans in the World...more

2014 EEOC Enforcement and Litigation Statistics: Retaliation Claims on the Rise

On February 4, the EEOC released a comprehensive set of private sector data for fiscal year 2014. The data tables provide detailed breakdowns of the 88,778 charges of workplace discrimination filed with the agency. While the...more

Ex-Dallas ISD Employees Say HR Department Operated Through Fear, Retaliation

Shortly after Chrystal Thierry refused to approve some extremely high pay raises for several top administrators within the Dallas Independent School District, she says she became the victim of retaliation. As the compensation...more

Justice Department Settles Sexual Harassment and Retaliation Suit Against the State of Maryland, Queen Anne’s County, and the...

WASHINGTON - The Justice Department announced today that it has entered into a consent decree with the state of Maryland and the Queen Anne's County Sheriff. If approved by the court, the settlement will resolve Murphy-Taylor...more

Bernstein Shur’s Labor and Employment Practice Group Highlights Legal Issues to Watch in 2015

HIPAA in the Workplace - In late 2013, the Office of Inspector General issued a report critical of the Office of Civil Rights’ enforcement of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. OCR enforcement of...more

Tread Carefully When Implementing a Reduction in Force

With recent price drops in the oil and gas industry it is likely that reductions in force (RIFs) are looming on the horizon. But employers need to tread carefully when implementing any RIF, as it can raise thorny issues under...more

Government Shutdown Leads to Fewer EEOC Charges, But Retaliation Claims Continue to Lead the Pack

The EEOC released its FY2014 (Oct. 1, 2013 – Sept. 30, 2014) enforcement statistics last week. Overall, the EEOC reported a decrease in filed charges compared with recent years. The agency attributed the 5.2 percent...more

Court Rules That Outing a Whistleblower Constitutes Retaliation

When whistleblowers intend to remain in their company after alerting authorities to wrongdoing, it is imperative that they are able to maintain their privacy so that they would not be the victims of retaliation by other...more

EEOC FY 2014 Statistics Are Here: What Do They Mean for Employers?

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) just released its fiscal year (FY) 2014 enforcement and litigation statistical report for the private sector. Presented annually, the report always contains some nuggets...more

EEOC Releases Fiscal Year 2014 Enforcement and Litigation Data

Percentage of Claims Alleging Retaliation Reaches Record High, While Number of Charges Decrease - WASHINGTON-The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today released a comprehensive set of fiscal year...more

4th Circuit: 4 Year Statute Of Limitations Applies To SOX Claims

The Fourth Circuit recently held that SOX whistleblower retaliation claims are subject to a four-year statute of limitations and that emotional distress damages are available in SOX actions. Jones v. SouthPeak Interactive...more

Whistleblower Fired After Uncovering ‘Too Much Corruption’

A whistleblower case involving a nonprofit organization made big news recently after an employee was fired for “uncovering too much corruption” in grants given to the organization. That employee was John Parsons, a former...more

Healthcare Employer Lands in Patient-Privacy Predicament

Healthcare providers are required by law to maintain the privacy of most patient information, and there are good business reasons for medical practices to protect patients’ personal information. In a recent case, a medical...more

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