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Addressing Workplace Harassment in an Age of Heightened Awareness - Four Steps Employers Can Take Now

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The hashtag #MeToo started a long-overdue, nationwide conversation about sexual harassment. It is a source of strength for those who have suffered silently, and revelations about new high-profile harassment cases are emerging...more

Court Refuses To Release Correctional Facility Employer From Age Discrimination Suit, But Orders The EEOC To Identify Aggrieved...

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In an ADEA action brought by the EEOC alleging that the New Mexico Department of Corrections failed to promote correctional officers over the age of 40, a federal district court in New Mexico denied the...more

How Well Do Your Anti-Harassment Tools Work Overseas?

by Littler on

The 2017 tsunami of high-profile sex harassment allegations against politicians, entertainers and news reporters has employers rethinking their approach to eradicating workplace harassment. And this issue is global—the news...more

Will The “Spirits” Of The Holiday Haunt You? (Not Just Your Obligatory “Holiday Party” Blog Post)

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Over the next few weeks, we’re going to weigh in on the growing national debate around the recent wave of sexual harassment allegations. To date, no one seems immune from the allegations: celebrities,...more

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

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

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

What Happened?!? Five Reasons Why Your Sexual Harassment Training Isn't Working

by Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell on

Each day brings news about yet another sexual harassment claim against a high-profile and powerful man. Just to name a few in the broadcasting industry: Bill O’Reilly, Charlie Rose, and now Matt Lauer. As women continue to...more

Road to Lawsuit Paved with Good Intentions

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

A federal district court in Alabama recently denied summary judgment to an employer in a Title VII pregnancy discrimination claim. The employee, a pregnant nurse working at a home for intellectually disabled individuals, was...more

#MeToo: Addressing allegations of sexual harassment in the workplace and shaping company culture

by Bricker & Eckler LLP on

Sexual harassment claims are making headlines at an unprecedented rate, with new allegations being made nearly every day. Just this week, NBC News announced that it fired Matt Lauer, the face of the Today Show for over two...more

Siskind Group to Pay $50,000 To Settle EEOC Pregnancy Discrimination Suit

New York City-Based Apparel Company Fired Employee Rather Than Allow Her to Return to Work After Childbirth, Federal Agency Charged - NEW YORK - Manhattan-based apparel company R. Siskind & Company, Inc., doing business as...more

Trans Ocean Seafoods To Pay $75,000 To Settle EEOC Sexual Harassment Suit

Mixtec Clam Diggers Faced Explicit Sexual Harassment, Federal Agency Charged - SEATTLE - Northwestern Washington-based Trans Ocean Seafoods, Inc., doing business as New England Shellfish, will pay $75,000 to three female...more

Revisiting Your Sexual Harassment Policy During the #MeToo Uprising

by Littler on

Unlawful sexual harassment, long a problem in the workplace, has become the most visible employment issue in corporate America. Victims of sexual harassment are emboldened to speak up, as they should. ...more

Matt Lauer Too? Unlike Cats, VIPs No Longer Have Nine Lives

by Carlton Fields on

Accusers of Harvey Weinstein were catalysts for an important national dialogue on sexual harassment. Weinstein’s company reportedly knew of his behavior and settled multiple harassment claims against the former mogul. By all...more

References: A Treacherous Slope

by Locke Lord LLP on

A recent opinion of federal Judge Timothy Hillman sends a message to employers in Massachusetts that providing references on behalf of former employees is a dangerous practice. In Soni v. Wespiser et al, Judge Hillman...more

Winner Ford to Pay $150,000 To Settle EEOC National Origin Discrimination Suit

Cherry Hill Car Dealership Paid Its Chinese Technicians Less than Non-Chinese Technicians, Federal Agency Charged - PHILADELPHIA - Chas. S. Winner, Inc., doing business as Winner Ford of Cherry Hill and Winner Ford, will...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

An Employer’s Duty To Accommodate Not So-Common Religious Practices

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Q. An employee has requested that the company give her an accommodation due to a religious practice I have never heard of. Do we have to comply with this request? A. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects...more

WARNING: A Tsunami of Sexual Harassment Complaints Are on the Way

You can take this one to the bank. Complaints of sexual harassment will rise significantly as a result of the sexual abuse allegations against Harvey Weinstein and related media coverage. ...more

Mitigating Employment Litigation Landmines With Workplace Diversity and Inclusion Efforts

Meaningful diversity and inclusion efforts in the workplace have evolved from being the right thing to do to being the smart thing to do—and now they are quickly moving toward being the essential thing companies must do to...more

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

by Jones Day on

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

NOW is the Time - Commit to a Sexual Harassment Free Workplace

by Nossaman LLP on

Unfortunately, 2017 will most likely be remembered as the Year of Sexual Harassment. Notwithstanding that AB 1825 mandated harassment prevention training in California in 2004, the statute was amended to require training on...more

Now Hear This: Preventing Sexual Harassment Claims

by Burr & Forman on

It seems that almost every day, another high-profile executive, politician or celebrity has now been accused of scandalous sexual harassment directed at subordinate employees. This topic not only increases news ratings, its...more

Pay Equity Litigation – Even winning can be expensive!

by Fisher Phillips on

The Third Circuit’s affirmation of summary judgment in a pay equity case after ten years of litigation shows that even non-meritorious claims can be time-consuming and costly. As many who have been involved in lawsuits know,...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

The Federal Courthouses of Birmingham - 11th Circuit Historical News

Sitting just a few blocks from the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, Kelly Ingram Park and the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, the Judge Robert Vance Federal Building and United States Courthouse in Birmingham, Alabama, was...more

When the floodgates open, expect water at your doorstep

by FordHarrison on

About a month ago, my colleague Kristin Gray wrote about the breaking Harvey Weinstein scandal and best practices for employers to prevent harassment and discrimination from invading the workplace. And while I have no...more

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