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EEOC Lawsuit Reminds Employers to Accommodate Pregnant Workers As It Does Other Employees

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

Reminding employers of their obligation to accommodate pregnant employees in the same manner as non-pregnant employees, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently filed a sex discrimination lawsuit against a North...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

Through Good Times and Bad: Husband Has Retaliation Claim Based on Assisting Spouse’s Pregnancy Discrimination Claim

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

A federal district court in Kansas denied a car dealership’s motion for summary judgment regarding a former sales manager’s retaliation claims. Specifically, the sales manager contended that the company fired him because he...more

The Breakdown On That "Transgender Funeral Home" Decision

The Sixth Circuit decision seems overall correct, although it contains some "woke dicta," too. Last week, a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit issued its decision in the EEOC v. R.G. & G.R. Harris...more

Sixth Circuit Says Transgender Discrimination is Protected Under Title VII

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

Last week, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit held—for the first time—that discrimination based on transgender and transitioning status violates Title VII. Although the court has previously held that...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

Professional Endodontics to Pay $47,000 to Settle EEOC Age Discrimination Suit

Medical Practice Discharged Employee Because She Turned 65, Federal Agency Charged - DETROIT - A Southfield, Mich.-based oral surgery practice will pay $47,000 to settle an age discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S....more

North Carolina Hospital Settles Religious Discrimination Claims Over Flu Vaccine Policy

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

Many healthcare providers in North Carolina have instituted policies requiring their employees who have patient contact to receive the flu vaccine each year. Such policies will typically include a process by which an employee...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

Religious Liberty v. Gender Identity – Sixth Circuit Grants Summary Judgment to EEOC in Transgender Discrimination Case

Like the recent proliferation of sexual harassment discussions in the workplace, issues concerning transgender employees are slowly but surely confronting employers and policies that may reinforce sex and gender stereotypes....more

Federal Appeals Court Finds Title VII Precludes Discrimination Based On Transgender Status

by Littler on

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit recently ruled, in what many have described as a ground-breaking decision, that discrimination based on an employee’s transgender status is discrimination based on “sex” in...more

Forcing The Flu Shot? DOJ Sues Over Flu Policy That Requires A Note From The Clergy

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Department of Justice filed a lawsuit on behalf of a nursing home employee alleging she was forced to receive a flu shot to keep her job when she could not provide a note from a clergy member in support...more

Timing Is Everything When Firing Someone

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

A recent decision from a federal court in Connecticut serves as a reminder of something you will likely hear whenever you consult a lawyer about the possibility of terminating an employee. Has the employee recently engaged in...more

FLSA Implications When Telecommuting Due To Illness

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Q: I received an email from an employee stating that he is sick, but will be working from home. Should I allow my employee to work remotely while sick? What are the FLSA implications of allowing an employee to work from...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

Can Inclusion Riders Force Demographic Proportionality In Hiring?

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: With a single utterance at the recent Academy Awards ceremony, “inclusion rider” entered the popular lexicon. That has led many to wonder, “What is an inclusion rider?” The next question, of course, is...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

Telecommuting Deemed Reasonable Accommodation for In-House Attorney

As technology changes, courts have increasingly accepted disabled employees’ arguments that they can remotely perform the essential functions of their jobs. Therefore, telecommuting may be recognized as a form of required...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

Sixth Circuit Holds That Discrimination Based on Transgender Status is Considered Sex Discrimination Under Title VII

by Reminger Co., LPA on

The Sixth Circuit recently joined a growing number of federal courts to expand the definition of what constitutes sexual discrimination under Title VII. It found that discrimination based on an individual’s transgender status...more

Reminder: EEO-1 Reports Must be Filed by March 31, 2018

by Stinson Leonard Street on

Since the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued an immediate stay of the employee compensation reporting requirements on August 29, 2017, employers have until March 31, 2018 to complete and file their EEO-1 Report for...more

OFCCP Issues New Directive In Furtherance Of Commitment To Increased Transparency

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Under the leadership of new OFCCP Director Ondray Harris, the Agency has issued its first policy directive of 2018. Directive 2018-01, effective February 27, addresses an area of concern discussed at length during the...more

Washington Lawmakers Aim to Stop Workplace Sexual Harassment and Close Gender Pay Gaps

by Lane Powell PC on

In the wake of the #MeToo movement, Washington state's legislature has adopted sweeping reforms to state laws against discrimination and created a work group to develop model sexual harassment policies and best practices....more

Emerging LGBTQ Protections: Two Circuits Expand Coverage of Title VII

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

Nexsen Pruet’s webinar series presentation last month was on Hot Topics in Employment Discrimination and included a segment on the ABC’s of LGBTQ issues in the workplace. As we discussed in the webinar, the Fourth Circuit...more

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