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Nursing Mothers Are Now Protected Under the NJLAD

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (NJLAD) was amended to prohibit employers from discriminating against women who breastfeed or express milk during breaks....more

New Jersey Bans Breastfeeding Discrimination

Effectively immediately, New Jersey employers are prohibited from discriminating against employees because they choose to breastfeed. Governor Christie signed S. 2709, bringing New Jersey breastfeeding protections in line...more

Governor Christie Expands Protections For Breastfeeding Women Under The New Jersey Law Against Discrimination

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: On January 8, 2018 Governor Chris Christie signed into law an amendment to the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination making it unlawful for an employer to terminate or discriminate against women who...more

Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act Will Be in Effect Before You Know It

by BakerHostetler on

As you may know, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed the Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act in July, expanding state protections for pregnant women and new mothers, and setting new rules for employers with...more

Labor Commissioner Issues New Guidance On Breaks

The California Labor Commissioner recently issued a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) memo regarding breaks and lactation accommodation. The FAQ memo contains no new concepts, but emphasizes the following longstanding...more

Dependable Health Services to Pay $38,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Suit

Health Care Staffing Agency Fired Employee Following Request for Reasonable Accommodation, Federal Agency Charged - BALTIMORE - Dependable Health Services Inc., a health care staffing agency, will pay $38,000 and furnish...more

Eleventh Circuit Upholds Alabama Cop’s Win In Pregnancy And FMLA Case

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit has affirmed a jury verdict in favor of a former Alabama police officer on her pregnancy and Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) claims. Hicks v. City of Tuscaloosa, Ala.,...more

“Royal” additions: handling HR issues that arise due to marriage and childbirth

by FordHarrison on

I admit that, like many Americans, I am fascinated with the lives of the British royal family. That is especially true with respect to Charles and Di’s two young princes. I enjoy hearing news about Prince Williams’ adorable...more

Ichiban Japanese Steakhouse Settles EEOC Pregnancy Discrimination Lawsuit

Hibachi-Style Restaurant Fired Server Because She Was Pregnant, Federal Agency Charged - DETROIT -- Ichiban Japanese Restaurant, LLC, a hibachi-style restaurant doing business as Ichiban Japanese Steakhouse in Jackson,...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

Massachusetts Creates Yet Another Category of Employee Leave for 2018

by Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP on

Massachusetts employers long have had reasonable accommodations obligations to disabled or handicapped employees. And most employers long have understood that a reasonable accommodation can be a leave of absence for the...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

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

Washington State Enacts Healthy Starts Act, Requires Accommodation for Pregnant Employees Regardless of Disability

The new Washington state Healthy Starts Act requires employers with 15 or more employees to provide accommodations to pregnant employees above and beyond those accommodations required by other available laws, including the...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

The ADA: Four Issues To Watch In 2018

Last month, I had the pleasure of speaking to the Federal Bar Association about hot topics under the Americans with Disabilities Act with my blogging buddy Bill Goren, proprietor of the Understanding the ADA blog. If you...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

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

What’s New in Connecticut? 3 Laws to Take Effect on October 1

The turning of the calendar to October in Connecticut means more than just leaf peeping and apple picking. For employers, October 1, 2017, is the date that several new laws impacting employers will go into effect....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

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