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New Jersey Enacts a New “National Standard” For Equal Pay

by Clark Hill PLC on

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed perhaps the strongest Equal Pay Act in the nation on April 24, 2018. The Governor described the law as setting a “national standard” and a “strong message to employers.” Unlike its...more

New Jersey Enacts the Most Sweeping Pay Equity Law in the Country

by Fisher Phillips on

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy just signed the Diane B. Allen Equal Pay Act, which was recently passed by the state legislature. His signature today means New Jersey’s antidiscrimination law will soon be expanded to prohibit...more

New Jersey Governor Signs Into Law Long-Awaited Pay Equity Legislation

On April 24, 2018, Governor Phil Murphy signed into law the Diane B. Allen Equal Pay Act (“Act”), which was passed almost unanimously by the State legislature about a month ago. The Act, which becomes effective July 1, 2018,...more

New Jersey Passes New Law on Pay Equity — and Much More

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Governor Phil Murphy continues to remake the legal landscape in New Jersey. On April 24, 2018, he signed into law far-reaching pay-equity legislation that will take effect on July 1, 2018....more

New Jersey Becomes Latest State To Pass Equal Pay Legislation

by Fisher Phillips on

New Jersey will become the latest state to mandate a comprehensive equal pay law as Governor Phil Murphy announced that he will sign the “Diane B. Allen Equal Pay Act”—recently passed by the state legislature—on April 24,...more

New Jersey Passes Equal Pay Legislation Aimed at Closing the Wage Gap for All Protected Classes

by Fisher Phillips on

On March 27, 2018, New Jersey became the latest state to pass comprehensive equal pay legislation, and one of the first states to pass an equal pay law that extends protections beyond gender to all classes of employees that...more

Transgender, Transitioning, and Title VII: Sixth Circuit Provides Protected Status

Does discrimination based on gender identity fall within Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964’s protection against discrimination “because of sex”? Adopting the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC)...more

Growing Trend: 2nd and 6th Circuits Join 7th in Holding that Gay and Transgender Persons are Protected Under Title VII’s Ban on...

by Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP on

It has been a busy few weeks in the federal courts regarding the development of gay and transgender employment discrimination law. On March 7, 2018, the Sixth Circuit held that Title VII’s prohibitions on sex discrimination...more

The Saga Continues: Second Circuit Court of Appeals Holds that Sexual Orientation Discrimination is Sex Discrimination Under Title...

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

We have steadily followed the evolving legal landscape, including the emerging circuit court split, surrounding whether the federal anti-discrimination law, Title VII, prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation or...more

Another Landmark Ruling: Court Says Transgender Discrimination Violates Federal Anti-Bias Law - Three Things You Need To Know...

by Fisher Phillips on

In what appears to be the first time a federal appeals court has extended the nation’s main federal employment discrimination statute to cover transgender and transitioning employees, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals...more

Second Circuit Breaks Ground: Sexual Orientation Discrimination Federally Protected

On February 26, 2018, the Second Circuit ruled for the first time that discrimination based on sexual orientation is unlawful under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The question at issue in Zarda v. Altitude...more

Second Circuit Joins Seventh in Expanding Gender Discrimination Definition

by Stinson Leonard Street on

On February 26, 2018, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued an en-banc opinion holding that an employment action based on sexual orientation is discrimination based on sex....more

Circuit Split on Sexual Orientation Discrimination Continues With New Second Circuit Opinion

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

On February 26, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit joined the Seventh Circuit in holding that sexual orientation discrimination is prohibited by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII). Zarda v....more

Game Changer? New Sex Discrimination Case Regarding Sexual Orientation

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Discrimination based on sex is illegal. Does that include sexual orientation? It depends on where you live. In Texas, discrimination based on sexual orientation may be inappropriate, but it is not illegal. Elsewhere in the...more

The Split Deepens: 2nd Circuit Holds that Title VII Bans Sexual Orientation Discrimination

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The U.S. Supreme Court now has a greater incentive to resolve the issue of whether Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employers from discriminating against employees on the basis of sexual orientation....more

2nd Circuit Court of Appeals Rules that Title VII of the Civil Right Act of 1964 Protects Against Discrimination on the Basis of...

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

On Monday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit issued a decision that discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is a violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Zanda v. Altitude Express, Inc.,...more

Title VII Evolution Continues: Another Appeals Court Finds Sexual Orientation Discrimination Actionable

by Fisher Phillips on

Another federal court of appeals decided today that Title VII covers claims of sexual orientation discrimination, continuing the evolution of workplace discrimination law that has begun to sweep over the country in recent...more

New Jersey’s Law Against Discrimination Expanded To Include Breastfeeding As A Protected Class

In March 2010, the Fair Labor Standards Act was amended to require employers to provide “reasonable break time for an employee to express breast milk for her nursing child for 1 year after the child’s birth.” Employers are...more

II-25 – Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions for Employers in 2018

by Cozen O'Connor on

From federal agency changes to anticipated developments in sexual harassment, paid leave, overtime, and marijuana use, this episode of Employment Law Now provides ten issues that employers should resolve to understand in the...more

A Deeper Dive Into Oregon’s Landmark Pay Equity Law

by Fisher Phillips on

Six months ago, the Oregon legislature passed the most sweeping statewide equal pay law in the nation. It was a confusing move for some. After all, Oregon has had an equal pay law on the books since the early 1980s, while the...more

ADA Alert: Seventh Circuit Significantly Restricts Leave as a Reasonable Accommodation… but Cities, States and Other Circuits Take...

by Vedder Price on

Employers, at least those in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin, have finally been given clear guidance regarding how much leave an employee should be given when he or she is unable to perform the essential functions of his or...more

I-21 – Sexual Harassment (Still), Political Tweeting, and Intersectional Discrimination

by Cozen O'Connor on

Good faith and timing means everything in employment law. This episode of Employment Law Now provides an update from DC, discusses questions employers should be asking in today’s climate of troubling sexual harassment news,...more

De Pere Joins Wisconsin Municipalities With Nondiscrimination Ordinances

On November 21, 2017, the De Pere city council added to Wisconsin’s list of municipalities with local nondiscrimination ordinances. For employers, the De Pere ordinance creates a unique protected class in Wisconsin: victims...more

Be Aware Belgium November 2017

by DLA Piper on

The law provides various measures in order to promote student employment. The act of 3 July 1978 on employment contracts, for example, provides a specific type of student contract in which some mandatory content must be...more

TITLE VII: Court Breaks from Department of Justice on Transgender Rights

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In the first case following the Department of Justice’s pronouncement that Title VII does not prohibit discrimination against transgender persons on the basis of gender identity, a court in the Western...more

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