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Los Angeles Jury Awards Former UCLA Oncologist $13 Million In Gender Discrimination Case

On Thurs. Feb. 15, 2018, a downtown Los Angeles jury awarded Dr. Lauren Pinter-Brown, a former UCLA oncologist, $13 million in a gender discrimination case. Pinter-Brown alleged that she was forced to take another job after...more

Memorial Healthcare Sued by EEOC For Religious Discrimination

Hospital Rescinded Job Offer Because of Applicant's Need for Religious Accommodation, Federal Agency Charges - DETROIT- The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit filed today that a...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

Decostar Industries to Pay $38,500 to Settle EEOC Religious Discrimination Suit

Company Fired Employee Over Religious Sabbath Request, Federal Agency Charged - ATLANTA - Decostar Industries, Inc., a manufacturer and supplier of automotive parts based in Carrollton, Ga., will pay $38,500 and provide...more

Confidential Harassment Settlements No Longer Subject To Tax Deduction

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Q.  Has the #MeToo Movement led to any changes on how companies settle harassment complaints? A.  While there are numerous legislative initiatives on the horizon intended to change how employers handle harassment...more

Massachusetts Legislature Considers Prohibiting Mandatory Arbitration of Employment Claims

A bill prohibiting mandatory arbitration of employment-related claims, introduced in late 2017 before the Massachusetts House of Representatives, continues to gain traction in early 2018. The bill (House Bill 4058), which...more

Even If Sexual Orientation And Gender Identity Are Not Covered By Title VII -- Very Much an Open Question -- LGBTQ Employees May...

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Some pretty horrifying facts about workplace conduct at the Providence, R.I., Fire Department involving co-workers: calling a female lieutenant firefighter “bitch” “c—t,” “lesbian lover,” and “lesbo”; telling her, “I don’t...more

EEOC's Background Check Guidance Suffers Loss in Texas Federal Court

by Littler on

On February 1, 2018, a federal judge enjoined the EEOC and U.S. Attorney General from enforcing against the State of Texas the EEOC’s 2012 Enforcement Guidance on the Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in...more

Coleman Company and EEOC Reach Agreement To Resolve Discrimination Charge And Revise Settlement Agreements

DENVER - The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and The Coleman Company, Inc. have reached a voluntary conciliation agreement to resolve allegations of disability discrimination raised by a former employee,...more

How Should Employers Respond to #MeToo?

by Cozen O'Connor on

The #MeToo movement started as a wave of press coverage exposing long-suppressed stories of sexual harassment and exploitation in Hollywood. That movement, however, has now gone far beyond Harvey Weinstein. ...more

EEOC Sues West Meade Place, LLP For Disability Discrimination

Company Fired Employee Because of Her Anxiety Disorder, Federal Agency Charges - NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee-based West Meade Place LLP, doing business as The HealthCare Center at West Meade Place, violated federal law...more

EEOC Sues SMX Staffing Company for Sexual Harassment

Male Supervisor Harassed Female Workers, Demanded Sex and Exposed Himself, Federal Agency Charges - ST. LOUIS - An international staffing company violated federal law when it allowed a manager at a Kansas City, Kan.,...more

Aqua Resources to Pay $150,000 to Settle EEOC Racial Harassment and Retaliation Suit

Water Company Fired Foreman Because He Complained about Racial Slurs, Federal Agency Charged - PHILADELPHIA - Aqua Resources Inc., a Delaware-based water and wastewater service company, will pay $150,000 and provide...more

Vantage Drilling Sued by EEOC For Disability Discrimination

Drilling Contractor Fired Employee Because of Heart Attack, Federal Agency Charges - HOUSTON - Vantage, a Houston-based group of interrelated energy, drilling and management companies, violated federal law by firing an...more

Re-Evaluating the Weight of the “Subtle” Discriminatory Remarks: One Pennsylvania Federal Court Discusses "Subtle” Sex...

by Fisher Phillips on

Although sex discrimination claims are often met with explanations that the alleged offender didn’t realize what they said or did was offensive, or that the recipient misinterpreted the words or actions of the alleged...more

XPO Last Mile Will Pay $94,541 To Settle EEOC Religious Discrimination Suit

Logistics Company Rescinded Job Offer to Jewish Employee Who Could Not Work on Rosh Hashanah, Federal Agency Charges - BALTIMORE - XPO Last Mile, Inc., a logistics company that specializes in the delivery of items such as...more

Challenging Harassment in the Workplace: A Key Priority at the EEOC

by Littler on

While EEO compliance remains an important objective for the employer community, minimizing the risk of facing a harassment claim has become a top priority. The weekly, and sometimes daily, headlines of new harassment...more

Plastipak Packaging Will Pay $90,000 To Settle EEOC Retaliation Suit

Plastics Manufacturing Company Fired Materials Handler Because She Complained About Sexual Harassment, Federal Agency Charged - BALTIMORE - Plastipak Packaging, Inc. will pay $90,000 and furnish significant equitable...more

Silverado to Pay $80,000 to Settle EEOC Pregnancy Discrimination Lawsuit

Residential Care Provider Refused to Put Pregnant Worker on Light Duty and Fired Her Instead, Federal Agency Had Charged - MILWAUKEE, Wis. - Silverado, a network of memory care, at-home care, and hospice care centers,...more

Addressing Workplace Sexual Harassment in the #MeToo Era

Stories of high-profile individuals in politics, media, entertainment and hospitality alleged to have engaged in sexual harassment, or worse, have been breaking at an unprecedented rate. In the wake of these allegations,...more

Four Employment Law Issues to Watch in 2018

by Zuckerman Spaeder LLP on

1. Does Title VII Protect Against Discrimination Based on Gender Identification or Sexual Orientation? The Supreme Court has not yet resolved whether Title VII of the Civil Rights Act—which forbids discrimination in...more

Security Services Company to Pay $90,000 To Settle EEOC Religious Discrimination Suit

Muslim Security Guard Was Denied Accommodation, Federal Agency Charges - SAN DIEGO - Universal Protection Services, LP, dba Allied Universal Security Services, a nationwide private security services company, will pay...more

Artis v. D.C.: SCOTUS Explains How § 1367(d) Stops the Clock

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The federal supplemental jurisdiction statute, 28 U.S.C. § 1367, allows a litigant with a federal claim to bring into federal court with it any state claims that are so related to the federal claim that they “form part of the...more

Work schedule conflict leads to religious accommodation lawsuit

by McAfee & Taft on

A recent decision by the U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals (the jurisdiction that covers Oklahoma federal courts) provides another reminder that religious accommodations come in all shapes and sizes, and that proving “undue...more

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