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Microsoft Has Eliminated Mandatory Arbitration of Employee Sexual Harassment Claims. So, What?

The #MeToo movement. The #TimesUp movement. Icons of media and industry brought down by sexual harassment scandals that date back years and decades. All this has led to much discussion in state legislatures, in legal circles,...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

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

Massachusetts Legislature Considers Prohibiting Mandatory Arbitration of Employment Claims

A bill prohibiting mandatory arbitration of employment-related claims, introduced in late 2017 before the Massachusetts House of Representatives, continues to gain traction in early 2018. The bill (House Bill 4058), which...more

Four Employment Law Issues to Watch in 2018

by Zuckerman Spaeder LLP on

1. Does Title VII Protect Against Discrimination Based on Gender Identification or Sexual Orientation? The Supreme Court has not yet resolved whether Title VII of the Civil Rights Act—which forbids discrimination in...more

Legislators respond to recent sexual harassment scandals by introducing bills to ban arbitration in sex bias cases

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

Many employers rely on pre-dispute arbitration agreements, usually entered at the beginning of employment, to resolve disputes that may arise during employment in binding and private arbitration rather than in public...more

Lawmakers Take Aim: Will #MeToo Curb Nondisclosure or Arbitration Agreements?

by Littler on

In 2017, the #MeToo movement highlighted the prevalence of sexual harassment in the workplace, toppling prominent figures in numerous fields. Sexual harassment has been unlawful for decades, of course, yet this vexing problem...more

Los Angeles Jury Awards $17.4 Million to Sanitation Bureau Employee

Continuing an alarming recent pattern of multi-million dollar jury awards, a Los Angeles jury panel recently awarded $17.4 million to a former employee of the Bureau of Sanitation. The employee claimed he had been retaliated...more

#MeToo – Is Mandatory Arbitration On The Chopping Block?

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On an almost daily basis, the news is filled with reported allegations of harassment by news anchors, Hollywood titans, Senate candidates, sitting congressmen, celebrity chefs, network executives and even the president. The...more

Beltway Buzz - December, 2017 #3

Washington, D.C., in December is known for its holiday parties, where lobbyists and Hill denizens gather to stab food with toothpicks and knock back cheap—and sometimes not-so-cheap—drinks. Despite all this partying, people...more

Could Congress Ban Arbitration Of Sex Discrimination And Harassment Claims?

by Fisher Phillips on

A bipartisan group of federal legislators has turned their attention to the sweeping revelations of sexual harassment in the American workplace by introducing a bill that would prevent employers from forcing claims of sex...more

SLOW DOWN Congress: You Are About To Render The FAA Inapplicable To Employment Disputes (And Class Waivers), And You Probably...

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Pending bi-partisan legislation aimed at preventing employers from enforcing arbitration agreements of sexual harassment claims might make employers unable to enforce arbitration agreements, and class...more

GAO Finds That Proposal’s Mention of Arbitration Agreements Warrants Sustaining Protest

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The Situation: GAO sustained a protest challenging a task order award where the awardee's proposal included letters of intent that mentioned an arbitration agreement that was required as a condition of employment. The...more

Employment Law - November 2017 #2

California Court Tosses Arbitration Agreement ‘Permeated’ by Unconscionability - Why it matters - Concluding that an arbitration agreement was both substantively and procedurally unconscionable, a California appellate...more

Employment Law - October 2017 #2

California Appellate Court Sides With Plaintiff in PAGA Suit - Why it matters - A plaintiff seeking civil penalties under the Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) for a violation of the Labor Code is not required to...more

Key California Employment Law Cases: September 2017

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This month’s key California employment law cases involve wage and hour issues, arbitration, and employment discrimination based on marital status....more

Upcoming SCOTUS Term Promises To Be A Blockbuster

by Fisher Phillips on

If you are the kind of person who gets excited by hot-button legal topics and monumental court decisions, this is the Supreme Court term for you. The SCOTUS kicked off their 2017-2018 term several days ago by hearing...more

Arbitrator Awards $40 Million in Gender and Sexual Orientation Case

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Employers face several trade-offs when considering the implementation of mandatory arbitration policies. One of the positive attributes of arbitration, from an employer’s perspective, is the avoidance of a runaway jury award....more

Employment Flash - September 2017

This edition examines recent labor and employment developments at the U.S. federal, state and local levels, including a Texas district court ruling invalidating the Department of Labor's overtime rule; a New York appellate...more

The Bubbler: September 2017

What is happening in employment law? We will be providing you with quick employment law updates on a bi-monthly basis in a new series called “The Bubbler.” It will let you know what’s what and who’s who in the...more

Fenwick Employment Brief - Summer 2017 Update

by Fenwick & West LLP on

California Legislative and Agency Update - Read about the latest California cities to increase hourly minimum wages, newly expanded transgender protections, criminal background check limitations and other changes in...more

S.D.N.Y. Dismisses Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Claim Because Retaliation Claims Were Already Arbitrated

The Southern District of New York recently dismissed Dodd-Frank whistleblower retaliation claims brought by an employer’s ex-President and an ex-Director pursuant to Rule 12(b)(6) on res judicata grounds, determining that...more

Six Steps to Arbitrating an Age Discrimination Case

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Fifty years ago, in 1967, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) was passed by Congress. According to the Department of Labor, it protects “employees 40 years of age and older from discrimination on the basis of age...more

Employment Matters Newsletter, Summer 2017

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Mediation in Employment Discrimination Disputes Can Serve the Interests of All Parties - Federal and state laws protect the right of individuals to obtain and hold employment without discrimination. Courts and...more

Employment Law - June 2017

California Appeals Court: Employee Must Arbitrate Employment Dispute - Why it matters - Holding that an employee was equitably estopped from denying a defendant’s right to arbitrate an employment dispute, a California...more

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