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6th Circuit: Transgender Discrimination Is Sex Discrimination

by Weiner Brodsky Kider PC on

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals recently held that a funeral home engaged in sex discrimination, in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, when it fired a transgender employee for expressing her intent to...more

Employment Law - March 2018 #2

California Supreme Court Provides Clarification When Calculating Overtime Rate - Why it matters - In an employee-friendly opinion, the California Supreme Court set forth the calculation of a worker’s overtime pay rate...more

Grab The Spotlight In Haste, Repent In Leisure

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

Buried on the third and fourth pages of The Wall Street Journal and my local newspaper recently, I found two interesting business stories. These stories followed much more prominent stories. In the first, the WSJ reported...more

Eleventh Circuit Reiterates Employers' Heavy Burden Under Equal Pay Act

by Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell on

The Eleventh Circuit’s holding in Bowen v. Manheim Remarketing, Inc., 882 F.3d 1358 (11th Cir. 2018) reiterates an employer’s heavy burden to establish an affirmative defense in order to win summary judgment in cases alleging...more

Eleventh Circuit Finds Failure to Increase Salary After New Employee Becomes Proficient May Violate the Equal Pay Act

In Bowen v. Manheim Remarketing, Inc., 882 F.3d 1358 (11th Cir. Feb. 21, 2018), the court upheld a female arbitration manager’s pay disparity claim despite the employer’s reliance on proof that the employee who was paid more...more

Second Circuit Upholds Sexual Orientation Discrimination Claim Under Title VII, Primes Debate for Supreme Court

On February 26, 2018, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals rendered an en banc decision in Zarda v. Altitude Express that significantly expands employees’ rights under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Ten judges...more

LGBTQ Rights Making News and Making Law In Recent Weeks

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

In the past two weeks, we saw two major decisions in the area of LGBTQ rights in the workplace. First, the Second Circuit in New York held that Title VII does prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation. Zarda v....more

Court Issues Guidance Concerning Evaluating When An Animal Might Be A “Direct Threat”

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

When evaluating assistance animal requests from our residents, one of the issues faced by apartment leasing offices across the country is what to do if the animal is believed to be a “direct threat.” The law is absolutely...more

Chadbourne Litigation Settles, Leaving Unanswered Questions About Equal Pay Claims

by Fisher Phillips on

The parties to a high-profile Equal Pay Act lawsuit have reached a multi-million dollar settlement that will be sure to capture the attention of employers across the country. Former partners of the law firm Chadbourne & Parke...more

Unicorn Sighting: NLRB Overturns ALJ Credibility Determination

As we have seen, there are few things that can be counted on in labor relations. Oftentimes, several experts look at the same problem and come to vastly different conclusions. What is (almost) guaranteed, however, is that the...more

Fifth Circuit Emphasizes Narrowed Liability for Employee Transfer Under the Louisiana Whistleblower Statute

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana’s grant of summary judgment under the Louisiana whistleblower law, Louisiana Revised Statutes section 23:967, in favor...more

School Scores Summary Judgment Win In ADEA Collective Action

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Synopsis: In an ADEA collective action alleging that a community college discriminated on the basis of age when it announced it would no longer employ any person receiving an annuity from the State Universities Retirement...more

Eleventh Circuit Reinstates Former Manager’s Equal Pay Act and Title VII Sex Discrimination Lawsuit

In Bowen v. Manheim Remarketing, Inc., No. 16-17237 (February 21, 2018), the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated the Equal Pay Act and Title VII sex discrimination claims of a former manager of a car auction facility...more

Web Exclusive: February 2018: The Top 15 Labor And Employment Law Stories

by Fisher Phillips on

It’s hard to keep up with all the recent changes to labor and employment law. While the law always seems to evolve at a rapid pace, there were an unprecedented number of changes all through 2017. And if the first two months...more

Second Circuit and Seventh Circuit are in Agreement - Sex Discrimination Includes Sexual Orientation

by Poyner Spruill LLP on

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals recently issued an opinion in Zarda v. Altitude Express and held that Title VII provides protection from discrimination and harassment because of an individual’s sexual orientation. The...more

Fourth Circuit Rejects Sexual Harassment Claim by Employee Who Quit Days Into Her Investigation

Employers are not strictly liable for hostile environment sexual harassment by a victim’s co-workers. The employer may be held responsible under Title VII if it knew or should have known of the harassment and failed to take...more

Sixth Circuit rules Title VII outweighs religious defense in case of transgender employee

by McAfee & Taft on

While the debate is still not settled as to whether Title VII’s prohibition on sex discrimination applies to LGBTQ workers, at least one more federal appeals court has officially weighed in on the subject. On March 7, 2018,...more

New York Court Addresses Coverage for School District’s Alleged Civil Rights Violations

In its recent decision in Graphic Arts Mut. Ins. Co. v. Pine Bush Central School District, 2018 N.Y. App. Div. LEXIS 1553 (N.Y. 2d Dep’t Mar. 9, 2018), the Second Department of the New York Appellate Division had occasion to...more

Sixth Circuit Holds Discrimination Based on Transgender Status is Prohibited Under Title VII

In a unanimous decision in EEOC v. R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes, Inc., a three-judge Sixth Circuit panel has held that discrimination on the basis of transgender status is “necessarily” discrimination on the basis of sex...more

Supreme Court Limits the Definition of Whistleblower for Anti-Retaliation

by Weiner Brodsky Kider PC on

In an opinion that settled a circuit split, the Supreme Court has decided that the definition of “whistleblower” in the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 is limited to employees who provide information relating to violations of...more

Sixth Circuit Says Title VII Protects Transgender Employees

On the heels of last week’s Second Circuit decision finding sexual orientation discrimination prohibited under Title VII, on Wednesday, a Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals panel held that Title VII likewise protects transgender...more

Credit Screen? Check. Criminal Background Screen? Check? Immigration Status Screen? Think Again.

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Acting pursuant to state law, the New York Division of Human Rights initiated a complaint against a property manager in New York City alleging discrimination against individuals based on their immigration status. The...more

Second Circuit Prohibits Sexual Orientation Discrimination

by Murtha Cullina on

In a significant decision reflecting the evolution of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, which covers Connecticut, New York and Vermont, has ruled in Zarda v....more

Second Circuit Joins Seventh Circuit in Finding Title VII Bars Sexual Orientation Discrimination

On February 26, 2018, the Second Circuit, in Zarda v. Altitude Express, Inc., No. 15-3775, 2018 WL 1040820 (2d Cir. Feb. 26, 2018), held that sexual orientation discrimination is actionable sex discrimination under Title VII...more

Second Circuit Holds That Discrimination Based On Sexual Orientation Is Illegal Under Title VII

by Cole Schotz on

In a landmark decision, the Second Circuit (which covers New York, Connecticut, and Vermont), ruled that discrimination based on an employees’ sexual orientation is actionable under Title VII. The Second Circuit in Zarda v....more

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