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“You quit!” “No I Didn’t, I’m Sick!”

In Betts v. IBM Canada Ltd., the Court was faced with a dispute between Mr. Betts, who claimed he was legitimately absent from his employment due to illness, and his employer IBM, which claimed that Mr. Betts effectively...more

Yuma-Area Health Center to Pay $50,000 to Settle EEOC Retaliation Lawsuit

Regional Center for Border Health Fired Employee Because She Complained About Sexual Harassment, Federal Agency Charges - PHOENIX - The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") today announced the settlement...more

New Jersey District Court: Dodd-Frank Protects Internal Whistleblower

Further reflecting the divide amongst courts regarding the definition of “whistleblower” under the Dodd-Frank Act, the District Court of New Jersey recently held that an employee who internally reports an alleged securities...more

Has the Fifth Circuit Opened the Door for Potential Liability of Staffing Companies?

In Burton v. Freescale Semiconductor Inc. and Manpower of Texas, LP, No. 14-50944, — F.3d —-, 2015 WL 4742174 (5th Cir. Aug. 10, 2015), the Fifth Circuit reversed the district court’s grant of summary judgment for two...more

National Federation of the Blind Sued for Religious Discrimination by EEOC

Advocacy Group Terminated an Employee because He Would Not Work on the Sabbath, Federal Agency Charged - BALTIMORE - The National Federation of the Blind, the largest organization of blind and low-vision people in the...more

Arthur's Restaurant & Bar Will Pay $20,000 to Settle Pregnancy Discrimination Suit

Dallas Suburb Steakhouse Fired Employee Due to Pregnancy, Federal Agency Charged - DALLAS - Arthur's Restaurant and Bar, a fine dining steakhouse and lounge in Addison, a suburb of Dallas, will pay $20,000 to a former...more

EEOC Sues Loafers Lounge for Pregnancy Discrimination

Restaurant Terminated Pregnant Server, Federal Agency Charges - BALTIMORE - Avalona Enterprises, Inc., doing business as Loafers Lounge in Catonsville, Md., violated federal law when it fired a server because she was...more

How Not To Write An Employment Agreement Arbitration Clause: Court Of Appeal Rejects One Sided Clause As Procedurally And...

In Carlson v. Home Team Pest Defense, Inc. (Ct. of Appeal A142219), published August 17, 2015, the Court of Appeal held that an employer’s arbitration clause which allowed only the employer to file lawsuits for certain...more

Tempe Restaurant Sued by EEOC for Pregnancy Discrimination

Moonshine Whiskey Bar Removed Pregnant Bartender From Her Duties, Federal Agency Charged - PHOENIX - The Moonshine Group, LLC, owners of the Moonshine Whiskey Bar in Tempe, Ariz., violated federal law by removing a...more

U.S. construction companies and manager face fines of nearly $2 million for exposing workers to asbestos

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OHSA) has cited a construction company and its manager for asbestos-related violations and imposed fines of almost $2 million.  Safety regulators are increasingly taking...more

Fourth Circuit Adopts the Joint Employer Test for Title VII Claims

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

Oklahoma court tosses negligent training and supervision claims

Former employees and their attorneys have become increasingly creative when it comes to suing past employers. In addition to filing wrongful termination or discrimination lawsuits, discharged employees have sued their former...more

Mississippi HomeCare of Picayune to Pay $100,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Suit

Home Healthcare Provider Failed to Provide a Reasonable Accommodation and then Terminated Employee, Federal Agency Charged - BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Mississippi HomeCare of Picayune, a major home healthcare provider in the...more

Tide of Circuit Courts Finding Paid Suspension Is Not An Adverse Employment Action Grows

In an issue of first impression, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday, August 12, that a paid suspension does not constitute an adverse employment action under Title VII, joining the unanimous opinion of the six...more

A Cruise Aboard the Love Boat is Not Protected by the FMLA, Even When the Doc Says It's a Good Idea

This post has nothing to do with Netflix and its new, generous parental leave policy. Or GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina’s latest position on paid leave. Sorry to disappoint. But it does involve an exotic...more

Can Arbitrators Rule On Their Own Jurisdiction? The Ninth Circuit Answers Yes

In Brennan v. Opus Bank (9th Cir. 13-35580), published August 11, 2015, the Ninth Circuit ruled on the issue of whether a court versus an arbitrator has jurisdiction over determining the enforceability of a mandatory...more

Is Protected Activity Part Of Your Job? You May Still Be Protected.

If you try to prevent or end workplace discrimination as part of your job, is it legal for your employer retaliate against you? Inquiring HR professionals, in-house lawyers, and counselors want to know!...more

EEOC Wins $365,000 Default Judgment Against Bliss Cabaret for Race Discrimination and Retaliation

Adult Entertainment Club Fired Manager Who Objected to Ban on Hiring African-Americans and Terminated African-American Bartender Due to Race - TAMPA, Fla. - A Clearwater, Fla., adult entertainment club and its parent...more

E.D.N.Y Denies Motion For Summary Judgment In FCA Retaliation Case Based On Finding Of Pretext

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York recently found that two former employees of Eihab Human Services (Company) raised a genuine issue of material fact as to whether they were discharged in retaliation...more

Utah Supreme Court Finds No Employer Protection in Rule of Professional Conduct

The Utah Supreme Court held that Rule 1.13(b) of the Utah Rules of Professional Conduct, which requires in-house counsel to report suspected illegal activity to upper management, does not reflect a “clear and substantial...more

Be Careful What You Say: Allegations Of Worker Misconduct Might Be Defamation

Healthcare institutions have a moral and legal obligation to promote patient safety as an essential component of patient care. Supervisors and managers must be supportive of their staffs while remaining vigilant about the...more

When is a Report not a Whistle?

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5 Ways Employers Can Spend A Lot Less Time In Court

“An apple a day keeps the doctor lawyer away.” Here are five easy and inexpensive things that employers can do to minimize their risk of being sued and maximize their chances of victory if they do get sued. None of these...more

Kane v. Healthfirst and the 60-day Repayment Rule

Case: Kane v.Healthfirst, Inc. et al. and U.S. v. Continuum Health Partners Inc. et al., case number1:11-cv-02325, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. As part of the Affordable Care Act...more

Ninth Circuit Says Employee Who Made Death Threats Against His Co-Workers Could Not Sue His Employer For Disability Discrimination

Joining similar holdings from several other circuits, the Ninth Circuit recently held in Mayo v. PCC Structurals, Inc. that a depressed employee who threatened to kill his co-workers and was thereafter fired was not a...more

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