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MCAD Issues Timely Guidance on the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

On February 28, 2018, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination posted on its website four pages of Questions and Answers that supplement the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act Guidance it posted a few weeks earlier, in...more

Remember: Pregnant Employees Are Entitled to Reasonable Accommodations Too!

It should come as no surprise that employers must treat pregnant employees just like everyone else when it comes to reasonable accommodations. We’ve blogged on this topic several times before, but a recent lawsuit by the EEOC...more

Dollar Tree Stores Sued by EEOC For Pregnancy Discrimination

Discount Retail Chain Store Harassed and Then Fired Employee Because of Her Pregnancy, Federal Agency Charges - ATLANTA - A Martinez, Ga., location of a discount retail chain store headquartered in Chesapeake, Va.,...more

Jury May Find Pregnancy Discrimination Where Employer Refused To Assign Work To Avoid Injury To Pregnant Worker

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Pregnancy discrimination can arise from an employer’s effort to “protect” a pregnant worker from harm, just as it can from other adverse actions. In Cameron v. NYC Dept. of Educ., 15-cv-9900 (S.D.N.Y), it was alleged that...more

EEOC Lawsuit Reminds Employers to Accommodate Pregnant Workers As It Does Other Employees

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

Reminding employers of their obligation to accommodate pregnant employees in the same manner as non-pregnant employees, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently filed a sex discrimination lawsuit against a North...more

Are You Prepared for the Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act to Go Into Effect on April 1?

As the April 1, 2018 effective date of the Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (“MPWFA”) draws near, it is time to ensure that company policies and practices are in compliance with the new law. Within the last few...more

March is Women’s History Month: A Look at 3 Laws Protecting the Rights of Women in the Workplace

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, nearly half of U.S. workers are women. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits sex discrimination in all aspects of employment, was enacted over 50 years ago, but...more

Consent for Treatment of Minors in Idaho

by Holland & Hart LLP on

In Idaho, persons under the age of 18 ("minors") may consent to their own healthcare in only limited circumstances. Treatment of a minor without proper consent may expose the practitioner to tort liability for lack of...more

Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act Update: Commission Guidance And Q&As Available

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) on February 28, 2018, issued questions and answers (Q&A) to provide additional interpretive information about the Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA)....more

The Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act: Effective April 1

by Locke Lord LLP on

This is a quick reminder that in Massachusetts, the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act will become effective on April 1. In essence, the MPWFA forbids those who employ six or more employees from denying reasonable accommodations...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

Q&A with Paula Williams: Pregnancy-related claims remain EEOC priority

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Pregnancy-related claims remain a priority for the EEOC - Q: What is the position of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on pregnancy-related discrimination? A: The EEOC continues to prioritize pregnancy...more

NJ Prohibits Discrimination Against Breastfeeding Employees

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In one of his final acts in office, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed legislation to prohibit discrimination against breastfeeding employees. The bill, which was introduced by Democratic legislators and passed both...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

Company Settles EEOC Pregnancy Accommodation Suit For $80K

A residential care provider has settled an EEOC lawsuit alleging failure to accommodate an employee's pregnancy. Silverado Menomenee Falls, LLC, a residential care provider, has settled a lawsuit filed by the Equal...more

Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act Takes Effect on April 1, 2018

The Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, enacted in July of 2017, will take effect on April 1, 2018. The Act prohibits Massachusetts employers from denying pregnant women and new mothers reasonable accommodation for...more

Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act Takes Effect April 1, 2018

by LeClairRyan on

Pregnant workers in Massachusetts will soon benefit from broader protection against discrimination under the recently enacted Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (“MPWFA”). This new law, which applies to all...more

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

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