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Race Discrimination

“Don’t Tase Me, Boss!” Eleventh Circuit Reinstates Claims of Police Officer Who Refused Taser Training

If an employee gets a doctor’s note saying she can’t participate in training because of a physical limitation, does that make her disabled? It might if you treat her like she is—at least that is what the Eleventh Circuit...more

Inquiry about MLK Jr. Day as Basis for Race Discrimination Claim

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

I’ve previously talked about Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) day in prior posts (including way back in 2008!). But this year, I was curious — have any race discrimination claims used evidence relating to the day to support a...more

Aloha Auto Group to Pay $30,000 To Settle EEOC Retaliation Suit

Employee Fired for Advising Other Employees to File Hostile Work Environment Complaints, Federal Agency Says - HONOLULU, Hawaii - Aloha Auto Group, Ltd. will pay $30,000 and provide other relief to settle a lawsuit for...more

What Was The EEOC Up To This Year? Takeaways From 2017

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s fiscal year ended on Sept. 30, 2017 and it has released its yearly "Performance and Accountability Report." Although this is a look back, it provides insight on what is...more

The EEOC Continues to Press Litigation Under Title VII Concerning Employer Criminal Records Checks

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In April 2012, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) issued updated “Enforcement Guidance on the Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of...more

OFCCP Settles Hiring Discrimination Case with LandCare USA, LLC

The Austin, Texas location of LandCare USA, LLC (the “Company”), a company providing landscaping services, recently entered into a conciliation agreement with the Office of Federal Contractor Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) to...more

EEOC Sues Aaron’s For Race Harassment

Managers at Warehouse Used Racist Slurs and Assigned Them the Most Difficult Work, Federal Agency Charges - NEW YORK - Aarons, Inc., a nationwide chain of rent-to-own stores, violated federal law when supervisors engaged...more

Full Eleventh Circuit Declines to Revisit Meaning of Race Under Title VII

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits race discrimination in employment, but it does not define what race means. Over the past decade, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has shifted its definition of...more

Employers: Paid Family Leave is IN and Salary Inquiries are OUT

by Vedder Price on

Recent employment legislation in New York State and New York City affords new benefits and protections to employees and job applicants. These laws also bring new obligations for employers. Before the holiday season is in full...more

Key California Employment Law Cases: October 2017

by Payne & Fears on

This month’s key California employment law cases involve disability discrimination claims and procedural issues related to workers’ compensation proceedings....more

Court rules employee’s termination not in retaliation for repeated complaints

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In a recent case in federal court in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Carissa Nealis, a white woman and account executive for CoxCom, LLC, made a retaliation claim based on her reports of a coworker being treated unfairly....more

The Importance of Adopting Effective Policies and Procedures for Handling Harassment in the Workplace

by Poyner Spruill LLP on

The news has been filled lately with reports of harassment allegations against all sorts of famous people. From politicians to movie stars, many public figures are finding themselves embroiled in legal battles based on their...more

Employer’s Victory In Workers’ Compensation Proceeding Leads To Dismissal Of Discrimination Claims

A recent California Court of Appeal opinion reminds employers of the need to carefully monitor parallel workers’ compensation proceedings involving litigants who also have civil claims pending against the employer. Ly v....more

With Sovereign Immunity, the McCaskill Bill, and Oil States, Big Changes Might Be in Store for Inter Partes Review

When the American Invents Act was passed in 2011, most of us saw the inter partes review process as a streamlined, relatively inexpensive procedure that would permit accused infringers, especially those accused by...more

Trick or Treat? Employee Claims Discrimination After Attending Office Halloween Party

Before you send out that next office-wide invite to a “holiday” party, think twice. Carmelite Lofton has sued her employer, BSN Sports, LLC—a Texas uniform and equipment retailer—when things turned sour after she was forced...more

What Can Happen If A Builder Only Wants To Sell Homes To Members Of One Religion?

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

A real world example of developing a community without knowledge of or procedures to comply with the Fair Housing Act (FHA) is on display in Maryland right now. A developer started work on a community (with just under 60...more

Debtor’s Actions Immediately After Default Doom Time Barred ECOA Claim

An unpublished opinion from the Sixth Circuit provides a useful application of the statute of limitations to bar a debtor’s claims under the Equal Credit Opportunity Act, 15 U.S.C. § 1691e (“ECOA”). In Guy v. Mercantile Bank...more

Local 100, United Labor Unions to Pay $30,000 to Settle EEOC Race Discrimination Lawsuit

Union Fired Two Black Organizers Due to Race, Federal Agency Charged - HOUSTON - Local 100 of the United Labor Unions, a multi-state service workers' union, has agreed to pay $30,000 in lost wages and damages to settle a...more

Does Denial of a Lateral Transfer Violate Title VII? In Some Cases, Yes, Says D.C. Circuit.

The federal courts in D.C. have long held that denial of a lateral transfer does not violate Title VII for the reason that, unlike where a promotion is denied, there is no adverse employment action when an employee is denied...more

Workers’ Compensation Ruling Given Preclusive Effect In Discrimination Lawsuit

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In Ly v. County of Fresno, the Court of Appeal held that correctional officers’ claims for race, ethnicity, and national origin discrimination were barred because the claims had been previously denied in...more

Reliable Nissan Agrees to Settle EEOC Race, Religion and National Origin Harassment Case

Minority Employees Were Subjected to Degrading Slurs and Innuendos - ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Reliable Inc., doing business as Reliable Nissan, along with other entities involved in operating the Albuquerque car dealership,...more

EEOC Sues Aqua America for Racial Harassment and Retaliation

Water Company Fired Foreman Because He Complained About Racial Slurs, Federal Agency Charges - PHILADELPHIA - Aqua America, Inc., doing business as, Aqua Resources Inc., a Pennsylvania-based water company, violated...more

Dear Littler: Can We Discipline An Employee Who "Took a Knee" During the Anthem?

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Dear Littler: I work for a prominent company in a small city here in the Hoosier State, and we are very involved in our local community. We sponsor a corporate softball team, and last night one of our team members “took a...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 'Digest of EEO Law' Issued by EEOC

Includes Key Federal Sector Decisions, Special Article on Race Discrimination in the 21st Century Workplace WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today announced the latest edition of its...more

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