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Pregnancy Discrimination

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

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

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

The EEOC on Pregnancy, Reasonable Accommodation, and Religion

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

Recent Views from the EEOC Charlotte District Office - Thomas M. Colclough, Deputy District Director of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Charlotte District, spoke on October 6th at Ward and Smith's Labor...more

A Nationwide Standstill: Extending the Definition of Sex Discrimination to Include Gender Identity

by Bowditch & Dewey on

On December 31, 2016, the Federal District Court for the Northern District of Texas issued a nationwide injunction blocking the implementation or enforcement of Section 1557’s provision extending the definition of sex...more

Peninsula Packaging Voluntarily Settles EEOC Pregnancy Discrimination Charge for $45,000

Company Placed Pregnant Employee on Involuntary Leave, Federal Agency Charges - FRESNO, Calif. - Exeter, Calif.-based Peninsula Packaging will pay $45,000 and provide other relief to settle a charge of pregnancy...more

MA Pregnant Workers Fairness Act Goes Into Effect April 1, 2018

As 2017 starts to wind down, Massachusetts employers should start reviewing and revising their employment policies and practices so they are prepared for the Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA), which goes into...more

Paid Family Leave Policies May Not All Be Equal: Starbucks Investors Questioning Differing Application of Paid Family Leave Policy

If your company has a family leave policy that goes beyond the legal requirements of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), does that policy need to apply to all employee levels equally? No. But as Starbucks is currently...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

Dash Dream Plant to Pay $110,000 to Settle EEOC Pregnancy Lawsuit

Don't Get Pregnant or You're Fired, Orchid Grower Told Employees, Federal Agency Charged - FRESNO, Calif. - A Merced County orchid grower will pay $110,000 and provide other relief to settle a pregnancy discrimination...more

Massachusetts Will Require Accommodations For Pregnant Employees

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

As of April 1, 2018, employers in Massachusetts will be required to provide accommodations to pregnant employees. In July, the Governor signed into law the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act that amends the Massachusetts’...more

Accommodating Pregnancy Under State and Federal Law

by Conn Maciel Carey LLP on

Laws requiring both public and private employers to accommodate their pregnant employees have become a trend over the past several years. Indeed, this past July, Massachusetts became the 22nd state, along with the District...more

EEOC Sues Friedman Realty Group for Pregnancy Discrimination

Real Estate Investment Firm Fired Three Employees Because of Pregnancy, Federal Agency Charges - CAMDEN, N.J. - Friedman Realty Group, Inc., a real estate investment firm that owns and manages apartment communities,...more

Massachusetts Expands Protections For Pregnant Women In The Workplace

On October 2, 2017, Massachusetts Governor, Charlie Barker, signed into law an amendment to the Massachusetts Fair Employment Practices Act that reinforces what federal and Massachusetts state judges have long held – that...more

October 1, 2017: Connecticut Employers Subject to New Law Protecting Pregnant Employees

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

Connecticut has joined a growing trend of states and municipalities expanding the protections afforded to pregnant employees and applicants. Connecticut’s new law, effective October 1, 2017, entitled An Act Concerning...more

Allsup’s Settles EEOC Pregnancy and Disability Discrimination Lawsuit For $950,000

Convenience Stores Systematically Discriminated Against Pregnant Workers and Refused to Accommodate Their Pregnancy-Related Disabilities, Federal Agency Charged - ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Allsup's Convenience Stores, Inc.,...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

Scribe-X Northwest Sued by EEOC For Pregnancy Discrimination

Employer Withdrew Offer After Applicant Disclosed Pregnancy, Federal Agency Charges - PORTLAND, Ore. - Portland-based medical transcription service Scribe-X Northwest violated federal law by rejecting a well-qualified...more

EEOC Sues Ichiban Japanese Steakhouse For Pregnancy Discrimination

Hibachi-Style Restaurant Fired Server Because She Was Pregnant, Federal Agency Charges - DETROIT -- Jackson, Mich., hibachi-style restaurant Ichiban Japanese Restaurant, LLC, dba Ichiban Japanese Steakhouse, violated...more

Wencor Group Sued By EEOC for Pregnancy Discrimination

Aviation Products Manufacturer Violated Federal Law by Firing Expectant Mother, Federal Agency Charges - ATLANTA - Wencor Group, LLC, a manufacturer and supplier of aviation parts based in Peachtree City, Ga., violated...more

EEOC Sues Trinity Health for Pregnancy Discrimination

Medical Provider Refused to Keep Pregnant Worker on the Job Working Light Duty and Instead Fired Her, Federal Agency Charges - MINNEAPOLIS - Trinity Health, an integrated healthcare provider with 2,500 employees...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

Eleventh Circuit Says PDA May Require Accommodation of Breastfeeding Needs

For years, federal courts have held that pregnancy and sex discrimination laws do not require employers to affirmatively accommodate breastfeeding by employees. However, a recent line of cases has blurred this conclusion,...more

Nevada Pregnant Workers' Fairness Act Goes Into Effect October 1

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Nevada Pregnant Workers' Fairness Act (NPWFA) goes into effect Sunday, October 1, 2017. The NPWFA applies to employers with 15 or more employees and generally expands the scope of protections provided to female employees...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

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