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OFCCP Required To Share Statistical Findings In Enforcement Action

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Employers facing a determination by the OFCCP (Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs) that they have violated the anti-discrimination laws applicable to federal contractors often confront a black box when trying to...more

Harvey Weinstein and Sexual Harassment Law: “Me Too”

The reports of women who went on the record to accuse Hollywood businessman Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment, sexual assault, and other abuses, evoked the following recent Twitter message by Alyssa Milano: “If you’ve...more

EEOC Dramatically Reduces Charge Inventory

Focus on New Strategies and Technology Lead to Lowest Inventory Level in 10 years - WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) made significant progress in managing the pending inventory of...more

EEOC Launches Online Services for Inquiries, Appointments and Discrimination Charges

New EEOC Public Portal Allows Online Interactions with the Agency - WASHINGTON - Today the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) launched an EEOC Public Portal to provide online access to individuals...more

Halloween at work: Don’t get BOOed by your employees!

by FordHarrison on

Halloween can be such a fun holiday for kids of all ages. When October 31st falls on a weekday, as it does this year, ghoulish fun will certainly creep its way into the workplace. How can you, as a human resources...more

Harassment in the Workplace: Not a New Issue

Harvey Weinsten, Ben Afleck (bad move, Batman!), John Besh, Mark Halperin, former President George H.W. Bush: it seems like every day now there is another news story about allegations of harassment (or worse) in the...more

New Harassment and Discrimination Policy Requirement for Public Contractors

The Oregon Legislature passed HB 3060, requiring most public contractors to maintain specific policies and practices relating to sexual harassment, sexual assault, and discrimination against employees who are members of a...more

Alabama Employers Take Note – Birmingham Joins Ranks of Cities with an Anti-Discrimination Ordinance

Last month, the Birmingham City Council passed an ordinance criminalizing discrimination in education, housing, employment, and public accommodations. The ordinance not only prohibits discrimination based on the federally...more

Exclusive: New Statistics from CHRO Show Drop in Discrimination Claims

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Through a recent FOI request, I was able to take a peek at the latest case statistics coming out of the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities. (The CHRO has since added them to the website as well.)...more

Think before you joke, so you do not litigate funny

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Studies show that laughing boosts immunity, eases anxiety and stress, improves mood, decreases pain, and can even prevent heart disease. Socially, laughing strengthens relationships. In addition to the value of humor in our...more

DOJ Civil Rights Division Intensifies Efforts to Investigate Discrimination Against US Workers

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On October 11, 2017, the Department of Justice's (DOJ) Civil Rights Division, Immigrant and Employee Rights Section (IER) and the Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs announced a partnership aimed at protecting US...more

Employers Need Not Hire “Most Qualified” Candidate, Says Court

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An applicant for a job posting in education lists his most recent relevant experience as occurring in 1973. You don’t bring him in for an interview. Is it gender discrimination?...more

FY 2017 Litigation Scorecard For The EEOC – What Employers Should Know

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Seyfarth Synopsis: With the EEOC’s Fiscal Year ending on September 30, 2017, loyal blog readers know that our firm has been busy analyzing the major trends of FY 2017 on the EEOC litigation front. In this video, Jerry Maatman...more

The Dialogue: About Firing Employees and Negotiating Severance Agreements

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

The Dialogue – an occasional discussion between myself and a prominent employee-side attorney, Nina Pirrotti returns today after a late summer hiatus. Today’s chat focuses on employee separations and severance agreements. ...more

EEOC Sues Employer for Mandatory Bible Study Meetings

From time to time, we encounter businesses described by their owners as managed and operated under Christian principles. The owners explain that they use their personal faith to guide their business decisions, including...more

Tick, Tock….The EEOC Runs Out The Clock – Fiscal Year 2017 Marks A Last Minute Return To Frantic Filing

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: With uncertain times and profound changes anticipated for the EEOC, employers anxiously await what enforcement litigation the EEOC has in store. Although 2016 showed a marked decline in filings, fiscal year...more

New Jersey Court Holds No Coverage for Sexual Harassment Claim Under E&O Policy

In its recent decision in Aaron Ambulance Med. Transp., Inc. v. Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 149409 (D.N.J. Sept. 14, 2017), the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey had...more

The ADA Is Not a Medical Leave Entitlement, Seventh Circuit Declares

Today’s employers must run their businesses within the competitive environment in which they operate while affording employees an ever-increasing array of leaves. Yet, running a business without a full complement of employees...more

Employment News - September 2017 #2

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Uplifting – injury to feelings compensation must be increased by 10% - After a number of conflicting decisions in the EAT, the Court of Appeal has confirmed that injury to feelings discrimination compensation awarded in...more

EEOC Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s…Forever

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

The Seventh Circuit recently condoned an EEOC practice that dramatically inhibits the private settlement of employment discrimination lawsuits. Two Union Pacific employees filed an EEOC charge. The EEOC provided a Notice...more

EEOC Sues LA Louisanne Restaurant for Pregnancy Discrimination

Restaurant Engaged in a Practice of Removing Pregnant Female Servers, Federal Agency Charges - LOS ANGELES - LA Louisanne, Inc., a Los Angeles restaurant and jazz night club, violated federal law when it discharged an...more

EEOC Sues Pizza Studio Restaurant Owner for Violating Equal Pay Act

Company Offered Female New Hire Less Than a Male and Fired Both After She Complained, Federal Agency Says - ST. LOUIS - A Delaware company that until recently operated a Pizza Studio restaurant in Kansas City, Kan., and...more

EEOC Sues Keer America Corporation for Age Discrimination

Experienced Sales Leader Fired After Company Learned His Age, Federal Agency Charges - GREENVILLE, S.C. - A 47-year-old sales leader with experience in the textile industry was unlawfully fired by Indian Land, S.C.,...more

Balancing Undue Hardship and Reasonable Accommodation with Employees Using Medical Marijuana Lights Up in Massachusetts Court

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In a recent case, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts (the “SJC”) held that medical marijuana may constitute a “reasonable accommodation” for employees.  As a result, employers may not terminate employees for failing...more

Employee Cannot Bypass Title VII, ADA Regulatory Schemes To Hold Public Employers Personally Liable, Third Circuit Rules

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Plaintiff-employees cannot pursue a claim under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 (Section 1983) for rights created under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act, the federal appeals court in Philadelphia has...more

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