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Title VII of the Civil Rights Act is a United States federal law enacted in 1964 and aimed at preventing discrimination in the workplace on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, and religion. Title VII... more +
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act is a United States federal law enacted in 1964 and aimed at preventing discrimination in the workplace on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, and religion. Title VII has been subsequently extended to discrimination on the basis of pregnancy and sexual stereotypes and to prohibit sexual harassment. Title VII applies to all employers with fifteen or more employees including private employers, state and local governments, and educational institutions.  less -

Cooper Machine Company Sued by EEOC for Disability Discrimination

Company Fired Employee Because of Her Disability Federal Agency Charged - ATLANTA - Cooper Machine Company, Inc., a Wadley, Ga., company that sells and manu­factures equipment used in the sawmill industry, violated...more

University of Denver to Pay $2.66 Million and Increase Salaries to Settle EEOC Equal Pay Lawsuit

Female Full Professors at the University's Sturm College of Law Were Paid Average of Nearly $20,000 Less Than Their Male Counterparts, Federal Agency Charged - DENVER - The University of Denver will pay $2.66 million and...more

EEOC Sues Staffing Solutions for Multiple Discriminatory Hiring Practices

Owner Frequently Used Racial Slurs and Forced Out Manager Who Opposed Hiring Discrimination, Federal Agency Charges - BUFFALO, N.Y. - Staffing Solutions of WNY Inc., a Buffalo-based staffing company that places employees...more

Employee Grooming Policies and the Limits of Title VII

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Employers may regulate the length, style, and neatness of employees’ hair in the workplace through so-called grooming policies, unless the hair style is a matter of sincere religious observance posing no more than a minimal...more

Arbitrating Class Actions – Does Arbitration Bind Employees Who Do Not Opt-in?

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The Second Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments last week to determine whether an arbitrator’s award in a Title VII class action applies only to the 254 employees who are named plaintiffs or otherwise opted in to the...more

Employment Law - May 2018 #2

Decision Provides Successor Liability Warning for Employers - Why it matters - A federal court sided with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on the question of successor liability with respect to an...more

Fourth Circuit Says Manager's Alleged Fear of 'Voodoo Curses' Constituted Race Discrimination

The legal line between race and national origin discrimination claims continues to fade as federal courts take an increasingly expansive definition of the term “race.” Last month in an unpublished decision, the Fourth Circuit...more

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: New Awareness and Strategies to Address an Old Problem

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It’s been more than 30 years since the U.S. Supreme Court first recognized sexual harassment as a form of illegal discrimination, but the issue is currently receiving more attention now than at any time in recent history. ...more

California Employment Law Notes - May 2018

We invite you to review our newly-posted May 2018 California Employment Law Notes, a comprehensive review of the latest and most significant developments in California employment law. The highlights include...more

Goodwill and Affiliate to Pay $850,000 to Settle EEOC Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

Night Shift Janitors Left Vulnerable to Supervisor's Abuse, Supportive Managers Faced Retaliation, Federal Agency Charged - OAKLAND, Calif. - Goodwill Industries of the East Bay Area and its affiliate, Calidad Industries...more

The Continuing “Trans-formation” of Title VII: Texas Federal Court Holds Transgender People Have Title VII Protection

A Texas district court recently held, for the first time in the Fifth Circuit, that transgender people are a protected class under Title VII—but the plaintiff still lost her case. In Wittmer v. Phillips 66 Company, the...more

Federal Appellate Court Finds That Title VII Bans Gender Identity Discrimination

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The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit ruled on March 7, 2018, that workplace discrimination on the basis of gender identity and gender expression violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The language of...more

Aviation Port Services Sued by EEOC For Religious Discrimination and Retaliation

Employer Fired Passenger Service Agents for Requesting Religious Accommodations, Federal Agency Charges - BOSTON - Aviation Port Services, LLC, a Sumner, Wash.-based nationwide provider of support services to airlines,...more

Seventh Circuit Says Applicant Can Bring ADEA Disparate Impact Claim

Disparate impact discrimination claims involve allegations of bias based not on intentional conduct, but rather otherwise neutral policies that have a statistically significant negative result with respect to persons in a...more

Employment Law - May 2018

California Makes Seismic Shift With New ‘ABC’ Independent Contractor Test - The Dynamex Ruling - In a landmark decision in Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v. Superior Court of Los Angeles (Charles Lee), the California...more

EEOC Sues Albertsons for Harassment of Hispanic Employees

SAN DIEGO - Albertsons, Inc., a national retail grocery chain, violated federal law when a class of Hispanic employees in San Diego were subjected to harassment and a hostile work environment through the implementation of a...more

Blindfolding Employers: New Laws in California Further Restrict Job Applicant Information

The state of California has long led the nation in regulating the employment relationship. From continuously expanding the classes of employees protected under its anti-discrimination laws, to passing one of the nation’s most...more

The Children’s Home Settles EEOC Sex Discrimination Lawsuit

Nonprofit Refused to Hire Male Employee for a Maternity Program Position Because of His Sex, Federal Agency Charged - TAMPA, Fla. - The Children's Home, Inc., a Tampa nonprofit child care organization also known as the...more

Dear Littler: Will These Recruiting Ideas Help Me Meet Our Diversity Goals?

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Our boss is really pushing for us to increase our number of diverse employees. I see his point—we are a predominantly white and male workforce, though we have more than 150 workers. My managers had a meeting to set some...more

Employment Flash - April 2018

This edition of Employment Flash looks at recent court decisions, including the U.S. Supreme Court's rulings on cases relating to the definition of a whistleblower and exemptions from the overtime pay provisions. This edition...more

Jackson Lewis Class Action Trends Report Spring 2018 Now Available

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Below is the latest issue of the Jackson Lewis Class Action Trends Report. This report is published on a quarterly basis by our firm’s class action practice group in conjunction with Wolters Kluwer. We hope you will find...more

Spring Is In The Air! But Telling Your Employees You Love Them Could Cost You $5 Million

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19th-century British poet Alfred Tennyson once said, “In the Spring, a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love.” And while you might hold a certain amount of affection for your employees this time of year and want...more

Tarr & Zenith Settle EEOC Pregnancy Discrimination Lawsuit

Dietary Company Fired Pregnant Employees, Federal Agency Charges - SAN DIEGO - Tarr, Inc. and Zenith, LLC, a San Diego-based company that sells dietary supplements, will pay $50,000 and provide other significant relief to...more

New ‘Digest of EEOC Law’ Issued By EEOC

Includes Key Federal Sector Decisions, Special Article on Harassment in the Workplace - WASHINGTON - The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today announced the latest edition of its federal sector Digest...more

Jury Awards $5.1 Million For Workers in EEOC Religious Discrimination Case Against United Health Programs of America, Inc. And...

Health Network Violated Federal Law by Creating a Hostile Work Environment through Forced Participation in Religious Activities, Jury Found - NEW YORK - Following a three-week trial, on April 25, a unanimous Brooklyn...more

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