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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 -

District Court Awards Punitive Damages In Sex-Based Harassment EEOC Suit

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In E.E.O.C. v. Scott Medical Health Center, P.C. No. CV 16-225, 2017 WL 5493975, at *2 (W.D. Pa. Nov. 16, 2017), a default judgement of liability was entered against the defendant company for sex-based...more

An Employer’s Duty To Accommodate Not So-Common Religious Practices

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Q. An employee has requested that the company give her an accommodation due to a religious practice I have never heard of. Do we have to comply with this request? A. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects...more

10 Things For Which This Employment Lawyer Is Thankful In 2017

What are you grateful for this year? Here is my list.- 1. The actual end of the Obama Administration's overtime and "Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces" rules. I was thankful last year that these two rules were on their last...more

The EEOC on Pregnancy, Reasonable Accommodation, and Religion

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

Recent Views from the EEOC Charlotte District Office - Thomas M. Colclough, Deputy District Director of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Charlotte District, spoke on October 6th at Ward and Smith's Labor...more

Tax Reform/Tax Cuts, Who Cares? Tax Gross Up Damages Are Available Under Title VII

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Tax reform legislation is certainly one of the hottest topics in the media. Among others, several of the pressing questions regarding the proposed legislation are: Will it pass? If so, who will receive tax relief (and who...more

Lessons You Can Learn From the Chadbourne Litigation and Ensuing Discovery Disputes

by Fisher Phillips on

When you combine an increased social awareness of pay disparity issues with an influx of new pay equity legislation at the state and local level, it’s no surprise that lawsuits involving large and high-profile employers are...more

WARNING: A Tsunami of Sexual Harassment Complaints Are on the Way

You can take this one to the bank. Complaints of sexual harassment will rise significantly as a result of the sexual abuse allegations against Harvey Weinstein and related media coverage. ...more

Mitigating Employment Litigation Landmines With Workplace Diversity and Inclusion Efforts

Meaningful diversity and inclusion efforts in the workplace have evolved from being the right thing to do to being the smart thing to do—and now they are quickly moving toward being the essential thing companies must do to...more

GAO Finds That Proposal’s Mention of Arbitration Agreements Warrants Sustaining Protest

by Jones Day on

The Situation: GAO sustained a protest challenging a task order award where the awardee's proposal included letters of intent that mentioned an arbitration agreement that was required as a condition of employment. The...more

NOW is the Time - Commit to a Sexual Harassment Free Workplace

by Nossaman LLP on

Unfortunately, 2017 will most likely be remembered as the Year of Sexual Harassment. Notwithstanding that AB 1825 mandated harassment prevention training in California in 2004, the statute was amended to require training on...more

Employment Law - November 2017 #2

California Court Tosses Arbitration Agreement ‘Permeated’ by Unconscionability - Why it matters - Concluding that an arbitration agreement was both substantively and procedurally unconscionable, a California appellate...more

Now Hear This: Preventing Sexual Harassment Claims

by Burr & Forman on

It seems that almost every day, another high-profile executive, politician or celebrity has now been accused of scandalous sexual harassment directed at subordinate employees. This topic not only increases news ratings, its...more

Spec Formliners To Pay $105,000 To Settle EEOC Equal Pay Lawsuit

Female Sales Representative Was Paid Less Than Her Male Coworker, Federal Agency Charged - LOS ANGELES - Spec Formliners, Inc., a Santa Ana, Calif.-based business, will pay $105,000 and provide other relief to settle an...more

Pay Equity Litigation – Even winning can be expensive!

by Fisher Phillips on

The Third Circuit’s affirmation of summary judgment in a pay equity case after ten years of litigation shows that even non-meritorious claims can be time-consuming and costly. As many who have been involved in lawsuits know,...more

Community Pharmacy to Pay $60,000 To Settle Equal Pay Discrimination Suit

San Diego Pharmacy Chain Paid Female Pharmacy Tech Less Than a Male Tech and Fired Her for Complaining, Federal Agency Charges - SAN DIEGO - CJMBS Pharmacies, Inc., dba Community Pharmacy, a pharmacy chain in north San...more

Ninth Circuit Orders Gross Ups for Back Pay Award

by Littler on

In a short published opinion, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit sided with the Third, Seventh and Tenth Circuits, and split with the D.C. Circuit, over whether a federal district court may award a “tax...more

When the floodgates open, expect water at your doorstep

by FordHarrison on

About a month ago, my colleague Kristin Gray wrote about the breaking Harvey Weinstein scandal and best practices for employers to prevent harassment and discrimination from invading the workplace. And while I have no...more

WEB EXCLUSIVE: EEOC Trial Tactics Lead To Massive Sanctions Award

by Fisher Phillips on

After more than ten years of protracted litigation brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), including a stop at the U.S. Supreme Court, an Iowa federal district court recently upheld an award of nearly...more

Short-Term Disability Denial for Gender Reassignment

by Bowditch & Dewey on

In Baker v. Aetna, (U.S. Northern District Court of Texas, 2017), Charlize Marie Baker filed claims against her employer and Aetna after having been denied benefits under the health plan and the short-term disability plan for...more

Protecting Your Company Against the Perils of Office Parties

by Snell & Wilmer on

Whether you’re ready or not, it’s almost time to deck the halls and pull out the punch bowl for your office holiday party. But before you start dusting off your religiously neutral décor, make sure you take steps to limit the...more

The Supreme Court - November 8, 2017

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Hamer v. Neighborhood Housing Servs. Of Chicago, No. 16-658: Petitioner Chamaine Hamer’s Title VII action was dismissed at summary judgment, and final judgment was entered. A week before the 30-day deadline for her notice...more

Is a Dependent’s Gender Reassignment Covered Under Employer-Sponsored Benefits Plans?

by Bowditch & Dewey on

In Tovar v. Essentia Health (U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, 2017), Brittany Tovar sought and was denied benefits needed for her son’s gender reassignment based on a diagnosis of gender dysphoria, as the Essentia health...more

Dear Littler: Is an Employee's #MeToo Social Media Post a Harassment Complaint?

by Littler on

Dear Littler: I work in HR and have a very modern-day dilemma. An employee (Lauren) told me about a social media post by another employee (Jane). I don’t follow Jane on social media, but a few days ago she posted this...more

Fourth Circuit Finds Employer Not Liable for Terminating Employee Believed to Have Made False Report of Harassment

by Poyner Spruill LLP on

Can an employer be held liable under Title VII when it fires an employee based on a good faith belief that she falsely accused another employee of sexual harassment — even if that belief may have been based upon a mistake of...more

EEOC’s Online Filing Tool For The Public Is Now Fully Operational

by Fisher Phillips on

The latest tool that can be used against employers is now fully operational. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC’s) online filing portal, or Public Portal, which was tested in five cities over the past six...more

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