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Eric A. Welter is an employment lawyer and litigator with the Welter Law Firm, P.C. in Herndon, Virginia. He is licensed to practice law in Virginia, Maryland, Washington D.C., Texas and California.
The Welter Law Firm represents and advises employers on all aspects of the employment relationship and represents businesses in commercial and franchise litigation. The firm’s offices are located in Northern Virginia; Los Angeles, California; and Austin, Texas.
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Category Archives: Sexual harassment
Here’s a roundup of recent employment law jury verdicts and settlements of note to employers from across the United States:
Federal contractors should be on the lookout for new OFCCP rules this fall and winter instituting new reporting requirements for federal contractors and updating federal contractor regulations regarding sex and gender discrimination. These new rules demonstrate significant changes to contractors’ … Continue reading
A California Court of Appeal recently held, in Lewis v. City of Benicia, that conduct such as frequent gifts, lunch purchases, several sexual jokes, and the sharing of pornographic computer images, by a same-sex supervisor was sufficient evidence for a … Continue reading
In an opinion published last Friday, a Federal Appeals Court ruled that a plaintiff’s attorney improperly prejudiced jurors during a sexual harassment trial by sharing her own story of being harassed during closing arguments.
In McMiller v. Missouri-Illinois, the Eighth Circuit overruled a summary judgment ruling in a recent sexual harassment case based not on sexual contact, but on a potentially inappropriate personal grooming request.
Sniffing and hovering over a female worker may constitute unlawful sexual harassment under Title VII according to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Royal v. CCC&R Tres Arboles, L.L.C., No. 12-11022 (5th Cir. November 21, 2013). Of course … Continue reading
In a recent bench trial before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, an employment plaintiff prevailed on a retaliation claim under Title VII and was awarded $1.2 million by the judge. A copy of the final … Continue reading
Governor Jerry Brown recently signed into law Senate Bill 292, which amends the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”) to states “[s]exually harassing conduct need not be motivated by sexual desire.” More after the break.
This is an interesting article from a non-lawyer perspective on how individuals should handle varying levels of sexual attention: Sexual Harassment—Or Unwanted Sexual Attention? Adulthood requires that we know when unexpected sexual attention is harmless. Published on June 14, 2012 … Continue reading
On January 19, 2012, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit vacated a district court’s judgment as a matter of law in a sexual harassment case involving same-sex conduct and remanded the case to the district court with directions … Continue reading
Kissing, Fondling, Propositioning, Questioning and Describing (Sex) Add Up To A Sexual Harassment Trial
On August 8, 2011, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit reversed the District of Maryland’s grant of summary judgment for the City of Baltimore in a hostile work environment, quid pro quo sexual harassment, and retaliation … Continue reading
In EEOC v. Fairbrook Medical Clinic, the Fourth Circuit reversed the grant of summary judgment for the defendant on the plaintiff’s hostile work environment claim. More after the break.
In the face of allegations of repeated harassing behavior over the course of two years, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia recently denied a Motion to Dismiss claims of sexual harassment, retaliation and constructive discharge. More … Continue reading
A decision by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court shows that an inappropriate Halloween constume may come back to haunt you. The Court affirmed a jury verdict in favor of an employer over the appeal of the plaintiff, who claimed that allowing the … Continue reading
In a rare published opinion, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit reversed the pretrial dismissal of a race and sex harassment lawsuit on summary judgment. The court’s opinion in EEOC v. Central Wholesalers, Inc. can be found … Continue reading