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Superstore: America Ferrera Tackles Big-Box Retail

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In Superstore, NBC has gifted us The Office-caliber employment law issues in a big-box retail setting. The show focuses on the fictional Cloud 9 Superstore in Missouri and its delightful staff of misfits, led by America...more

Heads Up, Employers: New York Reacts to the “Time’s Up” Movement by Expanding Protections against Sexual Harassment at Work

On April 12, 2018, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law the 2018-2019 New York State budget, which imposes substantial new obligations on employers with respect to combating sexual harassment in the workplace....more

Web Exclusive - April 2018: The Top 19 Labor And Employment Law Stories

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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 were an unprecedented number of changes all through 2017. And if the first four months...more

Legislative Update: Sexual Harassment Training Bill Fails; Limits on Government NDAs Passes

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It seemed that a bill requiring employers to conduct additional training on sexual harassment matters was a no-brainer to pass the General Assembly. After all, Senate Bill 132 passed 31-5 in the state Senate and in this...more

Blindfolding Employers: New Laws in California Further Restrict Job Applicant Information

The state of California has long led the nation in regulating the employment relationship. From continuously expanding the classes of employees protected under its anti-discrimination laws, to passing one of the nation’s most...more

New Jersey Governor Signs Sweeping Pay Equity Act Into Law

As anticipated, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has signed into law the Diane B. Allen Pay Equity Act (the “Act”).  The Act will take effect on July 1, 2018, giving employers approximately two months to review their policies...more

Westchester County, New York Enacts Salary History Inquiry Law

The Westchester County, NY Board of Legislators has unanimously enacted legislation that will prohibit employers and their agents from relying on, requiring, requesting, or seeking information about a prospective employee’s...more

Facebook Stops Funding Opposition to California Privacy Focused Ballot Act

Facebook has recently chosen to no longer fund opposition to the California Consumer Privacy Act, which could appear on the California State Ballot as an initiated state statute on November 6, 2018. According to the petition...more

Washington State Amends Domestic Violence Leave Law

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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

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

New Jersey Becomes Latest State To Pass Equal Pay Legislation

by Fisher Phillips on

New Jersey will become the latest state to mandate a comprehensive equal pay law as Governor Phil Murphy announced that he will sign the “Diane B. Allen Equal Pay Act”—recently passed by the state legislature—on April 24,...more

Candid Litho Settles EEOC Sex Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation Lawsuit for Over $240,000

Female Employee Subjected to Sex Discrimination and Retaliatory Discharge, Federal Agency Charged - LAS VEGAS - Candid Litho Printing, LTD, doing business as Candid Worldwide, a printing and graphic arts company with...more

Employer Refusals to Accommodate Long Term ADA Leave Requests Find Growing Support

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The Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals’ ruling in Severson v. Heartland Woodcraft, Inc., leaving in place dismissal of an employee’s Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”)...more

Fair Housing Act Turns 50 and Continues to Evolve

Musicians need to practice their instruments, both to learn music and to hone their craft. A beginner’s practice might be difficult to listen to, but beginners usually do not practice for a long time. Professional musicians...more

Holland & Knight's Israel Practice Newsletter: Spring 2018

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Holland & Knight invites you to read our Spring 2018 Israel Practice newsletter, in which our authors discuss pertinent American-Israeli topics. As Israel has been a crossroads and a prolific source of new ideas for more than...more

Court Orders Scottsdale Wine Bar to Pay $100,000 In EEOC Sexual Harassment and Retaliation Suit

PHOENIX - A federal district court on March 21 ordered a Scottsdale, Ariz., wine bar to pay $100,000 for sexual harassment against two servers because of their actual or perceived sexual orientation and for retaliation...more

Blow Out Your Candles…and Clean Out Your Desk: The Dangers of Firing an Employee after Her 65th Birthday

Nothing ruins a birthday celebration faster than a pink slip. Karen Ruerat, a receptionist, was terminated from her position at Professional Endodontics, P.C. four days after her 65th birthday. She alleges it was because of...more

Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act Goes Into Effect on April 1, 2018

by Goodwin on

The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (the PWFA) goes into effect on April 1, 2018. It amends G.L. c. 151B § 4, the Massachusetts employment anti-discrimination statute. The PWFA prohibits employers from discriminating against...more

Being Called a Racist Is Not Unlawful Harassment If Comments Are Not Racially Motivated

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

Employers are equipped and know how to handle complaints of racial discrimination and harassment—or at least should be so prepared. However, facts have a funny way of developing into novel situations. What happens, for...more

A Closer Look: Recent NVCA Form Updates Highlight Discrimination And Harassment Key Issues

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Recently, we discussed generally the NVCA’s updated model legal documents on this blog. Of particular interest in the new forms is the NVCA’s attention to anti-discrimination and anti-harassment policies for emerging...more

Ten Ways to Prevent Sex Discrimination in the Workplace

by Jaburg Wilk on

The #metoo movement has many employers worried about protecting their employees from discrimination and harassment. Employers often ask what they should be doing to prevent discrimination in the workplace and how best to...more

Highlighting Women’s Workplace Rights and Entitlements in the Asia-Pacific Region

Happy International Women’s Day! At a time when women around the globe are proudly asserting their rights to be free from discrimination and harassment at work, here is a quick rundown of some laws in the Asia-Pacific (APAC)...more

DOJ Announces Sexual Harassment Enforcement Initiative - State and Local Government Employers Face Additional Federal Scrutiny

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State and local governments – many of whom are already facing new sexual harassment regulations and enforcement actions at the state level – are now subject to additional federal scrutiny and potential enforcement pursuant to...more

Religious School Does Not Have to Restrict Hiring By Faith to Claim Ministerial Exemption

In its 2012 Hosanna-Tabor decision, the U.S. Supreme Court recognized a “ministerial exemption” to employment claims brought under Title VII and the ADA. The exception allows religious employers to make what otherwise would...more

NRLB Rules on Google’s Firing of Outspoken Engineer

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A recently released NLRB memo has concluded that Google did not break any labor laws when they fired James Damore. Damore, a senior software engineer, was fired in August after writing and circulating an internal memo that...more

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