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Accountant and Attorney Liability NewsBrief - Winter 2018

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Our attorneys have published the Winter 2018 edition of LeClairRyan's Accountant and Attorney Liability NewsBrief, available. Please see full Publication below for more information....more

Court Precludes Parallel Cause of Action Where CEPA Violations Are Plead

On January 30, 2018, the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey granted Defendant Public Service Electric & Gas Co.’s motion to dismiss a New Jersey common law wrongful termination claim in a whistleblower...more

Federal Employment Law Updates

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New Tax Law Limits Deductibility of Confidential Sexual Harassment and Abuse Settlements - Effective December 22, 2017, new Section 162(q) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the "Code"), denies businesses...more

New Tax Bill Eliminates Deductibility of Confidential Sexual Harassment Settlements

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Although business-related settlement payments (and attorneys’ fees) are generally tax-deductible, the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the Tax Act) restricts an employer’s ability to obtain tax deductions for settlements of sexual...more

Fifth Circuit Upholds Jury Verdict in Constructive Discharge Case due to Employer’s “Shifting Reasons” for Its Personnel Decisions

In Delaronde v. Legend Classic Homes, Ltd., No. 17-20027 (January 18, 2018), the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a district court’s denial of an employer’s post-verdict motion for judgment as a matter of law, finding...more

Key California Employment Law Cases: December 2017

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Lopez v. Routt, 17 Cal. App. 5th 1006, 225 Cal. Rptr. 3d 851 (2017) - Facts: Plaintiff sued her employer and supervisor for harassment in violation of the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”). The matter...more

Second Circuit Decision in Sexual Harassment Case Shows Heightened Risk for Health Care Employers

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Health care employers should be aware that a recent holding from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit may indicate that courts and juries are beginning to weigh in on the dramatic sexual harassment developments,...more

Lawyers Suing Lawyers: Spate of Pay Equity Litigation Brought By Female Partners Against Their Firms

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Call it ironic, but even providers of legal services are targets for pay equity litigation. Case in point: a $300 million dollar class action lawsuit filed against a labor and employment law firm in the U.S. District Court...more

The Taxman Cometh for Sexual Harassment Settlements

As you know, over the last few months, sexual harassment allegations have surfaced all over the place, from Hollywood to Capitol Hill to the Today Show. The hot topic of harassment in the workplace has garnered attention from...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

Getting the Dreaded Plaintiff's Letter: Businesses Being Sued for the Accessibility of Their Websites

A rash of lawsuits are being filed around the country against businesses and retailers, claiming their websites are not accessible to those with visual or hearing impairments. These lawsuits are being filed under Title III of...more

Tax Reform Act Denies Deductions for Some Sexual Harassment Settlements

In a little-noticed provision buried deep inside the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (signed into law on Dec. 22) is the following “denial of deduction”: “Payments related to sexual harassment and sexual abuse – No deduction...more

Court Lowers Punitive Damages Bar In Claims Against NYC Employers

by Fisher Phillips on

The state’s highest court might have just made life more difficult for employers facing liability under New York City’s anti-bias law. Clarifying a question left open by New York City’s Human Rights Law (NYCHRL), the New York...more

Missouri Court Tackles Sex Stereotyping, Highlights Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Issues

While nearly half of all states expressly prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and/or gender identity, Missouri is not one of those states. However, the Missouri Court of Appeals recently issued a decision in...more

Securities Fraud Action Based Upon DeVry University's Representations About Graduate Employment Rates Was Dismissed Because...

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On December 6, 2017, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois dismissed a securities fraud lawsuit brought against DeVry Education Group, Inc. and several of its executives (“DeVry”), with leave...more

The More You Know... Or Others Think You Know: Fifth Circuit Finds Decision-maker Had Knowledge to Constitute Retaliation

The Fifth Circuit has issued another opinion in the continuing saga of Jackson State University and its past athletic director, Dr. Vivian Fuller—this one about retaliation against a witness. To refresh everyone’s memory: A...more

November 2017: The Top 14 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 have been an unprecedented number of changes each month in 2017. November was no...more

New York Court Of Appeals Establishes Standard For Punitive Damages Under NYCHRL

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Seyfarth Synopsis: The New York Court of Appeals, on a question certified by the Second Circuit, announced the standard for punitive damages in claims under the New York City Human Rights Law. ...more

New York’s Highest Court Establishes Lowered Threshold for Punitive Damages Under New York City Law

In Chauca v. Abraham, No. 113 (November 20, 2017), the New York State Court of Appeals clarified the standard for awarding punitive damages under the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL). Unlike Title VII of the Civil...more

EEOC Earns First-Ever Title VII Court Win In LGBT Discrimination Case - 3 Things Employers Need To Know About Landmark LGBT Ruling

by Fisher Phillips on

The federal watchdog agency that oversees federal antidiscrimination law just scored a milestone victory when a judge awarded $55,500 to a telemarketer who alleged to have been forced off the job because of sexual orientation...more

UPDATE: Pennsylvania Court Says Title VII Prohibits Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation

by McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC on

Last November, we explained the decision in the case of U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Scott Medical Health Center, P.C., from the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. There, the...more

District Court Awards Punitive Damages In Sex-Based Harassment EEOC Suit

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Seyfarth Synopsis: In E.E.O.C. v. Scott Medical Health Center, P.C. No. CV 16-225, 2017 WL 5493975, at *2 (W.D. Pa. Nov. 16, 2017), a default judgement of liability was entered against the defendant company for sex-based...more

Oklahoma jury awards transgender employee $1.165 million

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The courts, the Department of Justice, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission hold differing views on whether Title VII prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or sexual identity....more

New Employment Laws Will Require Changes for Most Employers in 2018

by Farella Braun + Martel LLP on

The 2017 California legislative session resulted in several new laws that will affect employers’ day-to-day operations and policies in 2018. Some of these new laws, including bans on criminal history and salary history...more

Web Exclusive: EEOC Trial Tactics Lead To Massive Sanctions Award

by Fisher Phillips on

After more than ten years of protracted litigation brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), including a stop at the U.S. Supreme Court, an Iowa federal district court recently upheld an award of nearly...more

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