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Third Circuit Confirms “But-For” Standard for Retaliation Claims Under the False Claims Act

by Fisher Phillips on

Last month, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals held that an employee’s protected activity must be the “but for” cause of an adverse action to support a claim for retaliation under the False Claims Act (“FCA”). The Court...more

Missouri Court of Appeals Upholds $1.5 Million Whistleblower Jury Verdict

On January 22, 2018, the Missouri Court of Appeals upheld a jury verdict awarding approximately $1.5 million in damages to a radiation oncologist after finding that she had been constructively and wrongfully terminated in...more

Extended Consideration of Accommodation Request OK in Unusual Circumstances

Employers understand their obligation to engage in an interactive process to address accommodation requests made by disabled employees. How long does the employer have to reach a conclusion with regard to the accommodation...more

Fifth Circuit Upholds Jury Verdict in Constructive Discharge Case due to Employer’s “Shifting Reasons” for Its Personnel Decisions

In Delaronde v. Legend Classic Homes, Ltd., No. 17-20027 (January 18, 2018), the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a district court’s denial of an employer’s post-verdict motion for judgment as a matter of law, finding...more

Ohio Supreme Court Holds Punitive Damages Not Recoverable In Breach Of Contract Action

by Reminger Co., LPA on

The Supreme Court of Ohio recently held that punitive damages are not recoverable in a breach-of-contract lawsuit unless (1) the breach involves an independent tort, such as fraud and/or duress; and (2) the conduct that...more

And the False Claims Act Makes Three – 3rd Circuit Applies the More Employer-Friendly Title VII Retaliation and ADEA “But-for”...

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

She was a director of marketing for a drug company who had received a performance improvement plan to address issues related to her relationships with co-workers and supervisors. But she had also raised concerns about the...more

Rescinding Termination May Not Defeat Retaliation Claim

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Proving that non-economic damages and perhaps attorney’s fees are driving forces in litigation, constructive discharge clams were asserted and survived summary judgment in a federal district court action in Oregon. The...more

Does the PDA Protect Nursing Mothers From Workplace Bias? 11th Circuit Says Yes

Does Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964’s Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) protect nursing mothers against post-pregnancy workplace discrimination? One federal court—the Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeals—recently...more

Federal Court Declines to Overturn $780,000 Jury Verdict in Favor of Employer’s Argument that Application for SSDI Trumps the ADA

by Baker Donelson on

In Van Rossum v. Baltimore County, Maryland, a jury awarded a community health inspector $250,000 in compensatory damages and $530,000 in back pay after deciding that her employer, Baltimore County, violated the ADA by...more

Pro Wrestling Photo Not Enough to Pin Employer

by Zuckerman Spaeder LLP on

An employer isn’t immune from a discrimination claim when an employee quits instead of being fired. An employee who quits can still bring a “constructive discharge” claim, arguing that his working conditions were intolerable...more

Constructive dismissal based on breach of the sex equality clause does not amount to sex discrimination

by Dentons on

The case of BMC Software Ltd v. Shaikh UKEAT/0092/16 has held that while breach of a "sex equality clause" can constitute a constructive dismissal, this cannot then form the basis of a sex discrimination claim. This has an...more

The Case of the Breastfeeding Narc: 11th Circuit Confirms Lactating Employee is Covered Under Pregnancy Discrimination Act

Does an employee’s protection under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) stop when the employee ceases to be pregnant? The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals was confronted with this question in Stephanie Hicks v. City of...more

EEOC Sues Whataburger for Retaliation against Manager Who Refused to Hire Only White Applicants

Tallahassee Restaurant Manager Was Told to Consider Only Applications That 'Sounded White,' Federal Agency Charges - TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Fast food restaurant giant Whataburger Restaurants LLC violated federal law when it...more

11th Circuit: Rights Of Breastfeeding Employees Protected By Federal Law

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

On September 7, 2017, the Eleventh Circuit in Hicks v. City of Tuscaloosa, 16-13003 held that breastfeeding is covered under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (“PDA”). In Hicks, the doctor for a police officer with the...more

IHOP Restaurants Sued by EEOC For Sexual Harassment

Conduct Included Simulated Sex Acts, Solicitations for Sex, and Physical Threats, Federal Agency Charges - ST. LOUIS - Two related International House of Pancakes (IHOP) franchises violated federal law when the male...more

Employers Should Engage In The Interactive Process Even If They Believe The Employee Is Not Qualified.

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Diligent and well informed employers know that it is the best practice to engage in an individualized assessment of a requested accommodation. Sometimes an employer may be tempted to refuse to discuss an accommodation because...more

Third Circuit Says No Section 1983 Claim Under ADA Or Title VII

by DeWitt Law, LLC on

In Williams v. Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, No. 16-4383. 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 16618 (3rd Cir. Aug. 30, 2017), the Third Circuit joined all the other circuits that have visited the issue and ruled that alleged...more

Ineligible Coach On The Field – Assessing Whether Restrictions Are Enforceable In Contracts

With the start of college football season around the corner, attention turns to off-season shake ups in coaching staffs. One controversial change involved defensive coordinator Robert H. Shoop. Shoop traded in his blue and...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

When Can An Employee Quit and Sue?

You might think that before filing a lawsuit for wrongful discharge, an employee would have to actually be discharged, but that is not necessarily so. Employment law includes a principle known as “constructive discharge,” in...more

Trump V. Sessions: Are We Witnessing A “Constructive Discharge” In Real Time?

As anyone who’s been following the news is aware, President Trump has been publicly and repeatedly indicating his displeasure with Attorney General Jeff Sessions. We are a non-partisan blog, so I’m not going to get into who’s...more

Workwise: Certain Earnings During Notice Period Not Considered Mitigation

by Field Law on

On May 23, 2017, the Ontario Court of Appeal upheld the decision of the Superior Court of Justice in the case of Brake v. PJ-M2R Restaurant Inc. 2016 ONSC 1795, 2017 ONCA 402, endorsing the lower court’s finding that certain...more

More “Mark of the Beast” – Fourth Circuit Affirms Denial Of Employer’s Post-Verdict Motions In EEOC’s Anti-Christ Discrimination...

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Fourth Circuit recently affirmed a U.S. District Court’s denial of three post-verdict motions brought by an employer in an EEOC religious discrimination case alleging a failure to accommodate an...more

Constructive Discharge

by Zelle LLP on

The concept of constructive discharge appears regularly in employment law cases and commentary, but we’ve found that it’s not always well understood. Because a constructive discharge can have all the consequences of a typical...more

Workwise: 5 Tips to Avoid Constructive Dismissal Claims

by Field Law on

A constructive dismissal claim arises when an employer unilaterally changes a fundamental term of the employment agreement and, while the employer has not directly terminated the employee, the employee feels as though they...more

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