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Cooper Machine Company Sued by EEOC for Disability Discrimination

Company Fired Employee Because of Her Disability Federal Agency Charged - ATLANTA - Cooper Machine Company, Inc., a Wadley, Ga., company that sells and manu­factures equipment used in the sawmill industry, violated...more

University of Denver to Pay $2.66 Million and Increase Salaries to Settle EEOC Equal Pay Lawsuit

Female Full Professors at the University's Sturm College of Law Were Paid Average of Nearly $20,000 Less Than Their Male Counterparts, Federal Agency Charged - DENVER - The University of Denver will pay $2.66 million and...more

EEOC Sues Staffing Solutions for Multiple Discriminatory Hiring Practices

Owner Frequently Used Racial Slurs and Forced Out Manager Who Opposed Hiring Discrimination, Federal Agency Charges - BUFFALO, N.Y. - Staffing Solutions of WNY Inc., a Buffalo-based staffing company that places employees...more

Employee Grooming Policies and the Limits of Title VII

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Employers may regulate the length, style, and neatness of employees’ hair in the workplace through so-called grooming policies, unless the hair style is a matter of sincere religious observance posing no more than a minimal...more

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: New Awareness and Strategies to Address an Old Problem

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It’s been more than 30 years since the U.S. Supreme Court first recognized sexual harassment as a form of illegal discrimination, but the issue is currently receiving more attention now than at any time in recent history. ...more

Goodwill and Affiliate to Pay $850,000 to Settle EEOC Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

Night Shift Janitors Left Vulnerable to Supervisor's Abuse, Supportive Managers Faced Retaliation, Federal Agency Charged - OAKLAND, Calif. - Goodwill Industries of the East Bay Area and its affiliate, Calidad Industries...more

Interesting and Useful Cases in Torts and Insurance - December 2017 and January 2018 in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

Nexsen Pruet attorney Marc Manos, a member of the SC Bar Torts and Insurance Practice Section Council, sheds light on a few recent cases from the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, focused in the area of Torts & Insurance. ...more

Federal Appellate Court Finds That Title VII Bans Gender Identity Discrimination

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit ruled on March 7, 2018, that workplace discrimination on the basis of gender identity and gender expression violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The language of...more

Aviation Port Services Sued by EEOC For Religious Discrimination and Retaliation

Employer Fired Passenger Service Agents for Requesting Religious Accommodations, Federal Agency Charges - BOSTON - Aviation Port Services, LLC, a Sumner, Wash.-based nationwide provider of support services to airlines,...more

EEOC Sues Albertsons for Harassment of Hispanic Employees

SAN DIEGO - Albertsons, Inc., a national retail grocery chain, violated federal law when a class of Hispanic employees in San Diego were subjected to harassment and a hostile work environment through the implementation of a...more

The Children’s Home Settles EEOC Sex Discrimination Lawsuit

Nonprofit Refused to Hire Male Employee for a Maternity Program Position Because of His Sex, Federal Agency Charged - TAMPA, Fla. - The Children's Home, Inc., a Tampa nonprofit child care organization also known as the...more

Dear Littler: Will These Recruiting Ideas Help Me Meet Our Diversity Goals?

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Our boss is really pushing for us to increase our number of diverse employees. I see his point—we are a predominantly white and male workforce, though we have more than 150 workers. My managers had a meeting to set some...more

Spring Is In The Air! But Telling Your Employees You Love Them Could Cost You $5 Million

by Fisher Phillips on

19th-century British poet Alfred Tennyson once said, “In the Spring, a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love.” And while you might hold a certain amount of affection for your employees this time of year and want...more

Tarr & Zenith Settle EEOC Pregnancy Discrimination Lawsuit

Dietary Company Fired Pregnant Employees, Federal Agency Charges - SAN DIEGO - Tarr, Inc. and Zenith, LLC, a San Diego-based company that sells dietary supplements, will pay $50,000 and provide other significant relief to...more

Jury Awards $5.1 Million For Workers in EEOC Religious Discrimination Case Against United Health Programs of America, Inc. And...

Health Network Violated Federal Law by Creating a Hostile Work Environment through Forced Participation in Religious Activities, Jury Found - NEW YORK - Following a three-week trial, on April 25, a unanimous Brooklyn...more

Evergreen KIA to Pay $100,000 To Settle EEOC Sexual Orientation and Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

Car Dealership Subjected Employee to Harassment for Being Gay and Having Crohn's Disease, Federal Agency Had Charged - CHICAGO - Chicago car dealership Evergreen Kia will pay $100,000 and provide other relief to settle a...more

Lohan Loses (Yet Another) Publicity Rights Suit

Lindsay Lohan has lost yet another publicity rights lawsuit, this time in New York’s highest court....more

Federal Court Rulings Growing in Favor of LGBT+ Employees

As members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community (LGBT+) are increasingly open at work about their identities, circuit courts are recognizing that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act protects them from...more

Unsuccessful Successor: Court Finds Employer May Be Liable In EEOC Lawsuit For Its Predecessor’s Conduct Under Title VII

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: A Maryland federal district court recently found that a successor employer could be liable in an EEOC lawsuit for its predecessor’s alleged employment discrimination. ...more

Recent Decision Re-Enforces The Legal Framework For Sexual Harassment Claims

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In recent months, sexual harassment has seized national headlines and raised significant questions about company policies, procedures, and culture. ...more

Employee Complaints Of Pay Inequity Can Trigger Protected Activity Even With No Mention Of “Sex Discrimination”

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

In Mumm v. Charter Township of Superior, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit held that Plaintiff is entitled to a trial where her employer began the termination process on the same day she threatened suit...more

Maryland Adopts New Sexual Harassment Protections

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

With the Maryland Legislature’s passage of the Disclosing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace Act of 2018, SB1010, Maryland employers will face new restrictions in drafting, renewing, or extending employment agreements....more

Pruitthealth Sued by EEOC For Pregnancy Discrimination

Raleigh Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Refused to Accommodate Pregnant Nursing Assistant and Forced Resignation, Federal Agency Charges - RALEIGH, N.C. - PruittHealth-Raleigh, LLC, a Georgia corporation doing business...more

Second Circuit Reverses Course and Rules That Title VII Prohibits Sexual Orientation Discrimination

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

In an en banc decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit decided on February 26 that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII) prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Zarda v....more

DDZ To Pay $625,400 To Settle EEOC Sex Discrimination Lawsuit

Louisville Printer Shunned Women for Hire Into Boxer/Packer Jobs for Nearly Three Years and Created Hostile Environment for Women, Federal Agency Charged - LOUISVILLE, Ky. - DDZ, Inc., doing business as DDZ CA, Inc.,...more

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