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OSHA Orders Reinstatement and Back Pay in Two “AIR21” Whistleblower Cases Against Air Carriers

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

Section 11(c) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act affords protection to employees from being discriminated against or retaliated against for engaging in protected activities, such as making complaints to their employers...more

So What’s it Going to Cost Me?

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

When faced with an employment discrimination, harassment or retaliation claim, often the immediate response is, “We are going to defend ourselves and prove we are right,” followed by, “So what will it cost us if we lose?”...more

Humana Settles Pay Bias Claims for $2.5 Million

Earlier this week, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) announced that it entered into a conciliation agreement with Humana Inc. (“Humana”) to resolve allegations that Humana paid hundreds of women at...more

Remember: Pregnant Employees Are Entitled to Reasonable Accommodations Too!

It should come as no surprise that employers must treat pregnant employees just like everyone else when it comes to reasonable accommodations. We’ve blogged on this topic several times before, but a recent lawsuit by the EEOC...more

“A Telecommute Dispute” – What Is A Reasonable Accommodation Under The ADA?

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals recently held that telecommuting can be a reasonable accommodation under the ADA when the employee is able to perform the essential functions of the position remotely and...more

Key California Employment Law Cases: January 2018

by Payne & Fears on

This month’s key California employment law cases both involve jury trials of discrimination claims, and the extent to which the plaintiffs were able to recover attorney’s fees and damages....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

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

Kansas City Decides 2018 Is The Year For Private Employers To “Ban the Box” - 5-Step Plan To Come Into Compliance

by Fisher Phillips on

The City Council in Kansas City, Missouri just passed an extension of its 2013 public sector “ban the box” rule, which will soon be extended to apply to private sector employers. The new ordinance will go into effect on June...more

Monthly Update—Australian Labour & Employment - December 2017/January 2018

by Jones Day on

MESSAGE FROM THE EDITOR - In this edition of the Update, we report on the exposure draft of the Treasury Laws Amendment (Taxation and Superannuation Guarantee Integrity Measures) Bill 2018. We then consider a decision of...more

Cash Payments Made To Employees In Lieu Of Health Benefits Must Be Factored Into Overtime Pay Under The FLSA

by LeClairRyan on

In Flores v. City of San Gabriel, the Ninth Circuit held that cash payments made by the City to its employees in lieu of healthcare benefits must be factored into the base pay that is used to calculate overtime pay (1.5 times...more

EEOC Files Disability Discrimination Lawsuit Against Heritage Home Group

Home Furnishings Company Denied Accommodation to and Fired Employee, Federal Agency Charges - CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Heritage Home Group, LLC (Heritage Home), a North Carolina corporation that designs, manufactures, sources...more

OFCCP Settles Hiring Discrimination Case with LandCare USA, LLC

The Austin, Texas location of LandCare USA, LLC (the “Company”), a company providing landscaping services, recently entered into a conciliation agreement with the Office of Federal Contractor Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) to...more

Short-Term Layoffs Require Advance Notice Under California WARN

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Like the Federal WARN Act, California’s WARN Act (Cal-WARN) requires employers to notify employees of certain covered layoffs that will affect them. The California Court of Appeal has now confirmed that...more

Memo From Labor Board’s Top Attorney Signals Change Is On Its Way

by Fisher Phillips on

The newly installed General Counsel for the National Labor Relations Board published a memorandum late last week indicating that the General Counsel is preparing to push to reverse many of the controversial positions taken...more

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

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

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

Ninth Circuit Orders Gross Ups for Back Pay Award

by Littler on

In a short published opinion, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit sided with the Third, Seventh and Tenth Circuits, and split with the D.C. Circuit, over whether a federal district court may award a “tax...more

Mining company doomed in resurrected 'mark of the beast' lawsuit

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

The U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals (whose rulings apply to all South Carolina employers) recently decided a religious accommodation case in which a jury awarded a former employee more than half a million dollars. The Equal...more

Case Demonstrates Perils Of Refusing To Discuss Issues With Union

A significant change in NLRB precedent during the last few years was the added requirement that an employer bargain over discretionary aspects of discipline in the period between the union acquiring representational rights...more

West Virginia Supreme Court Decision Clears the Way for Legal Reform

by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC on

On June 16, 2017, the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia delivered its opinion in the matter of Martinez v. Asplundh Tree Expert Co., which involved consideration of whether two key pieces of West Virginia’s...more

Unemployment Benefits Do Not Factor Into Damages Calculations in Employment Discrimination Lawsuits

A recent New Jersey Appellate Division opinion now makes it explicitly clear that unemployment benefits cannot be deducted from back pay damages in employment discrimination cases under the New Jersey Law Against...more

New Jersey Appellate Division Refuses to Deduct Unemployment Benefits from Employee’s Verdict in Discrimination Suit

In a published decision issued March 6, 2017, the New Jersey Appellate Division held that a trial judge erred by reducing an employee-plaintiff’s back pay award in light of his receipt of unemployment compensation benefits....more

NJ Court Rules That Unemployment Benefits Do Not Offset Back Pay Awards

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: New Jersey’s Appellate Division determined that an award of unemployment compensation benefits will not offset an award of back pay in cases brought under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination. ...more

How Did This Ex-General Counsel Win $14.5 Million From His Former Employer?

by Zuckerman Spaeder LLP on

Companies entrust their in-house attorneys with sensitive and confidential information in order to obtain legal advice on important matters. Thus, when an in-house attorney turns on his or her employer, the repercussions can...more

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