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The Ninth Circuit Flip-Flops on the Equal Pay Act, Butting Heads with the Seventh Circuit

by Polsinelli on

On April 9, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued its decision in Rizo v. Yovino, which held that salary history may not be used by an employer as a factor when defending gender disparities in initial wages, whether...more

Ninth Circuit Finds That Employers May Not Use Salary History to Justify Differences in Pay

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Despite the Equal Pay Act being enacted more than 50 years ago, women still earn only 80 percent of what men earn for equivalent jobs. This pay disparity is perpetuated when a woman is paid less than her male co-worker...more

HUD Files Racial Discrimination FHA Case In Mississippi

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) announced that it charged the owner and manager of a trailer park in Mississippi (with seven lots on 1.25 acres of land, each with water and utility...more

ADA Website Accessibility Lawsuits on the Rise: Companies Should Review Their Potential Exposure

by Blank Rome LLP on

With the recent spike in website accessibility lawsuits, companies should review their websites for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) in order to avoid litigation and should consider taking steps to...more

En Banc 9th Circuit Rules Unequal Pay Cannot be Justified by Salary History

by Weiner Brodsky Kider PC on

The Ninth Circuit, sitting en banc, recently held that an employee’s prior salary does not constitute a “factor other than sex” upon which a wage differential may be based under the statutory “catchall” exception set forth in...more

Macy’s To Pay $75,000 To Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

Retailer Refused to Excuse Asthmatic Employee's One-Day Absence and Fired Her, Federal Agency Charged - CHICAGO - Macy's will pay a former long-term employee $75,000 to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit filed by...more

Massachusetts Pay Equity Law Bans Salary History Inquiry, and So Much More

by Burns & Levinson LLP on

The Act to Establish Pay Equity, amending G.L. c.149, §105A (MA Pay Equity Law), goes into effect July 1, 2018. All employers, regardless of number of employees, whose employees perform all or the greater part of their work...more

Update: New York State Passes Budget, Creates New Sexual Harassment Obligations For Employers

On April 12, 2018, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law a 2019 New York budget implementing the provisions of S-7848A (the “Budget”). Beyond the obligations created by S-7848A, which we summarized in a previous post, the...more

Washington State Amends Domestic Violence Leave Law

by Littler on

Effective June 7, 2018, Washington State amended its domestic violence leave law to require employers to provide reasonable safety accommodations to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking and to incorporate...more

The Dust Has Settled on the Gender Pay Gap Disclosures and What Have We Learnt? – UK Employment Law Update

1. Mandatory reporting under the methodology required by the government indicates some large pay gaps. What does that mean? As of 17 April 2018, 10,364 employers had published their gender pay gap figures....more

“Times Up” for New York Employers – Governor Cuomo Signs Historic Anti-Harassment Legislation

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

On April 12, 2018, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law the New York State budget bill, which makes some big changes in the obligations of New York employers relative to sexual harassment. The new law has both...more

[Webinar] When #MeToo Means #YouToo: What to do when you're in the sexual harassment hot seat - May 2nd, 1:00pm CT

The #MeToo movement has many employers uncertain about the best ways to protect themselves from sexual harassment complaints and the right way to respond after a complaint has been made. This seminar will explore how our...more

NYC Leaps to Cutting Edge of #MeToo Movement

On April 11, 2018, the New York City Council passed the Stop Sexual Harassment in NYC Act (the “Act”), a comprehensive package of legislation aimed at combating sexual harassment in the workplace and strengthening New York...more

Washington Legislature Enacts Multiple Anti-Employer Statutes

In the recently concluded session, Washington legislators enacted numerous laws that will adversely affect employers of all sizes across the State. With so many changes, it is key that employers stay up to date and understand...more

Legislature Mulls Mandating Board Interviews Of Everyone But Nonbinary Persons And Caucasian Males

by Allen Matkins on

I have previously written about one California legislator's plan to impose gender quotas on publicly traded companies that have their principal executive offices in the state. The bill is being heard today by the Senate...more

SDE Issues New Guidelines for IEEs and In-School Observations

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

On March 27, 2018, the Connecticut State Department of Education (SDE) issued the long-awaited and much-anticipated Guidelines Regarding Independent Educational Evaluations at Public Expense and In-School Observations. These...more

Pruitthealth Sued by EEOC For Pregnancy Discrimination

Raleigh Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Refused to Accommodate Pregnant Nursing Assistant and Forced Resignation, Federal Agency Charges - RALEIGH, N.C. - PruittHealth-Raleigh, LLC, a Georgia corporation doing business...more

Bechtel National: Third Party Lawsuit Settlement Cost Allowability Remains Murky After Recent COFC Decision

by Dentons on

Contractor legal costs, including the costs to settle third party lawsuits (i.e., suits brought against a contractor by an individual or non-governmental entity), are allowable if the costs are reasonable, allocable,...more

New York City Council Passes the Stop Sexual Harassment in NYC Act

The New York City Council has passed the Stop Sexual Harassment in NYC Act (the “Act”), a package of bills aimed at addressing and preventing sexual harassment in the workplace. The legislation is now awaiting the signature...more

Governor Cuomo Signs 2019 Budget Bill With Significant Provisions Addressing Workplace Sexual Harassment Claims

On April 12, 2018, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the New York State 2019 Budget Bill (the “Budget”), which contains, among other things, provisions: • Requiring employers to adopt a sexual harassment prevention policy that...more

Sex + Discrimination = Liability, Says First Circuit

In Franchina v. City of Providence, 2018 WL 550511, 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 1919 (1st Cir., Jan. 25, 2018), the First Circuit offered no sympathy to the City in its appeal of a jury award that found the City’s fire department...more

Following State’s Lead, New York City Council Passes “Stop Sexual Harassment in NYC Act”

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The New York City Council has passed, and Mayor Bill de Blasio is expected to sign, a package of eleven bills—together referred to as the Stop Sexual Harassment in NYC Act—that will require most private...more

A Review of Recent Whistleblower Developments

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Whistleblower Developments is a periodic report covering significant cases, decisions, proposals, and legislation related to whistleblower statutes and how they may impact your business. Recent developments include: Only...more

Second Circuit Reverses Course and Rules That Title VII Prohibits Sexual Orientation Discrimination

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

In an en banc decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit decided on February 26 that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII) prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Zarda v....more

New Jersey Legislature Passes New Pay Equity Bill

The New Jersey state legislature has passed a new pay equity law which will, among other things, make it an unlawful employment practice to pay employees of any protected class under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination...more

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