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Los Angeles Jury Awards Former UCLA Oncologist $13 Million In Gender Discrimination Case

On Thurs. Feb. 15, 2018, a downtown Los Angeles jury awarded Dr. Lauren Pinter-Brown, a former UCLA oncologist, $13 million in a gender discrimination case. Pinter-Brown alleged that she was forced to take another job after...more

Firefighter loses lawsuit over confidentiality provisions of ADA

by McAfee & Taft on

In an opinion handed down on February 7, 2018, the federal court of appeals that applies to Oklahoma ruled in favor of an employer in a lawsuit over the confidentiality provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)....more

Be My Valentine! – BUT First Please Review and Sign Below

by FordHarrison on

Executive Summary: This Valentine’s Day, employers across industries were reevaluating their workplace dating and sexual harassment policies. Various surveys show that 40 percent of workers date or have dated co-workers. ...more

House Passes Bill To Amend Title III Of The ADA In Attempt To Curb Drive-By Lawsuits

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: HR 620 requires potential plaintiffs to provide businesses with notice of architectural barriers and give them an opportunity to remove them before filing suit. ...more

House Votes To Amend The ADA To Provide Businesses With Notice And Cure Period

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

ADA reform finally may be on the horizon. On February 15, 2018 the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation known as the ADA Education and Reform Act (H.R. 620), that would curb the rampant abuse of Title III of the...more

Memorial Healthcare Sued by EEOC For Religious Discrimination

Hospital Rescinded Job Offer Because of Applicant's Need for Religious Accommodation, Federal Agency Charges - DETROIT- The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit filed today that a...more

Happy 25th Birthday, FMLA! 25 Years Later – Where Are We Now?

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is celebrating its 25th anniversary this month. On February 5, 1993, President Bill Clinton signed the FMLA into law guaranteeing certain employees up to 12 unpaid weeks off of work a...more

You Should Know - February 2018

Despite #MeToo Era, Many Employers Say #NotMe - Major revelations of sexual harassment in the workplace have started a long-overdue movement to protect all workers, but most often women, from a long history of abuse. You...more

FAQs on Washington’s New Paid Sick and Safe Time Requirements Effective Now - Notices to Employees Due No Later Than March 1, 2018

by Perkins Coie on

The state of Washington’s new paid sick and safe time (PSST) requirements became effective January 1, 2018. They apply to all employees covered by Washington’s Minimum Wage Act. Employees who meet the “white collar”...more

New York City Bans Salary History Inquiries

by Mintz Levin - Mintz Edge on

In accordance with a new regulation that took effect on October 31st, 2017, New York City employers are now prohibited from inquiring about or relying on salary history during the hiring process. This ban makes it an unlawful...more

Nobody Doesn’t Like Terminating Sanctions for Fabrication of Text Messages: eDiscovery Case Law

by CloudNine on

In Lee v. Trees, Inc., No. 3:15-cv-0165-AC (D. Or. Nov. 6, 2017), Oregon Magistrate Judge John V. Acosta granted the defendants’ motion for terminating sanctions where the plaintiff was found to have manufactured text...more

You're Gonna Need A Bigger Boat: Pay Equity Initiatives Flood the State Legislatures

by Littler on

In 2017, legislatures in more than 40 jurisdictions across the United States considered more than 100 bills intended to narrow the lingering pay gap between men and women. While only a handful of those proposals ultimately...more

Sexual Harassment Victims: Why Don’t They Speak Up?

by LeClairRyan on

The news is flooded with reports of sexual harassment and victims finally coming forward after decades, for some, of silence. Why? Having cut my teeth on sexual harassment laws and regulations since the early 1980s and...more

Back Pay Burden-New Trial Ordered Where Jury Slashed Plaintiff’s Request For Back Pay

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Sixth Circuit ordered a new trial in a Title VII case where plaintiff presented evidence he was entitled to back pay, the employer presented no evidence to the contrary, and the jury only awarded a...more

Government Initiatives in Response to Wave of Harassment Allegations Challenges Manufacturers

Two recent developments, generated from the tidal forces of the #MeToo movement should get manufacturers’ attention. On December 22, 2017, Congress adopted a comprehensive tax reform law. Included in the statute is an...more

States Ask Congress To Prohibit Arbitration In Sex Harassment Claims

by Fisher Phillips on

A unanimous block of attorneys general from all 50 states and the District of Columbia, not to mention several U.S. territories, sent a letter to Congress on February 12th asking federal lawmakers to prohibit the use of...more

EEOC Announces Strategic Plan for 2018-2022

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced yesterday that it unanimously approved its Strategic Plan for 2018-2022. As reported by the EEOC, the Strategic Plan is the result of a collaborative effort among...more

NYC Council Obligates Employers to Engage in “Cooperative Dialogue” for Reasonable Accommodation Requests

by Murtha Cullina on

Apparently believing that employers are not capable of considering employees’ requests for reasonable accommodation on their own, the New York City Council has decided to dictate how those requests should be handled. An...more

Trump Administration Proposes Cuts To OFCCP Budget

On February 12, 2018, the Trump Administration released its proposed fiscal year 2019 budget. As it did last year, the budget proposes significant cuts to the funds allocated to OFCCP....more

It’s Valentine’s Day – Is There Love in the Workplace? And Should There Be?

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Love is in the air. And in the workplace too. But office romances have hit a 10-year-low, at least according to a new survey from CareerBuilder.com. ...more

EEOC Sues Restaurant Maurizio’s Trattoria Italiana for Pregnancy Discrimination

Restaurant Discriminated Against and Fired Female Employee After Learning She Was Pregnant, Federal Agency Charges - SAN DIEGO - Maurizio's Trattoria Italiana, LLC, a fine-dining Italian restaurant in Encinitas near San...more

Signature Industrial Services Sued By EEOC for Disability Discrimination

Petro-Chemical Contractor Fired Three Brothers Because of Their Blood Disorder, Federal Agency Charges - HOUSTON - Signature Industrial Services, LLC (SIS) unlawfully fired three laborers - all of whom were brothers -...more

Investing Claims of Harassment: A Step-by-Step “How To” Part 4: Note-Taking Techniques and Tips for Assessing Witness Credibility

by Bryan Cave on

In any investigation of a harassment complaint, the investigator must interview people and take notes. This fourth part of a six-part series addresses techniques for note-taking and tips for assessing the credibility of...more

Have a Seat on the Couch -- Employers Can Require Mental Health Exams (Under the Right Conditions)

Mental illness in the United States’ adult population is on the rise. In fact, an estimated 8.3 million – roughly 3.4 percent of the population – suffer from serious psychological distress, which is generally defined as a...more

Updating Guidelines And Asking For Dough: EEOC’s 2018-2022 Strategic Plan & 2019 Budget Request

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: This month the EEOC released its 2018-2022 strategic plan, which focuses on preventing and combating discrimination and improving the EEOC’s organizational functionality. It also released the agency’s 2019...more

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