Category Archives: U.S. Supreme Court

Updated EEOC Guidance Tightens Pregnancy Discrimination Guidelines in Response to Young vs. UPS Decision

On June 25, 2015, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued an update of its Enforcement Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination and Related Issues (Guidance), along with a Q & A document and a fact sheet for small businesses.

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Supreme Court Decision on Pregnancy Discrimination Act Expands Employer Responsibilities

In March 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a lower court’s decision and re-instated a pregnancy discrimination lawsuit brought against United Parcel Service (UPS). The case concerned a UPS employee who, upon becoming pregnant, was advised by her physician to … Continue reading

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Abercrombie Decision Places Burden on Employers to Avoid ‘Accidental’ Discrimination in Pre-Employment Practices

Employers looking to project their brand through the “look” of their employees take notice: Ignorance of an employee’s need for religious accommodation is not a shield against liability.

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Supreme Court: Severance Payments are Taxable Under FICA

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that severance payments to laid off workers are subject to Social Security and Medicare taxes under the Federal Insurance Contributions Act, or FICA.

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Contractors Entitled To Whistleblower Protection Under Sarbanes-Oxley

In Lawson v. FMR, Inc., the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit held, as a matter of first impression, that only employees of public companies receive whistleblower protection against retaliatory actions by their employer.  The Court found that … Continue reading

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Supreme Court Issues Decisions with Significance for Employers

The Supreme Court’s term has come to a close and in the final week the Court issued a number of opinions that have relevance to employers. More after the break.

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Supreme Court Nominee Update

Jottings by an Employer’s Lawyer and Connecticut Employment Law Blog have posts here and here regarding Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayer’s employment law experience and decisions.  Pennsylvania Labor and Employment Law Blog has additional information here.

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Supreme Court Opinions

The U.S. Supreme Court issued two decisions on January 21, 2009, that have employment/labor law implications.  Additional case information can be found on SCOTUS blog. In Fitzgerald v. Barnstable School Committee, the Court held that Title IX of the Education … Continue reading

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Supreme Court Hears First Employment Case Of Term

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument yesterday in its first employment case of the term.  The Court will decide whether an employee who participates in an internal sexual harassment investigation is protected from retaliation under Title VII.  Given the … Continue reading

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Supreme Court Interprets EEOC Regulations As To What Constitutes A “Charge” Of Discrimination

In an opinion issued today, the U.S. Supreme Court found that an intake form and affidavit that requested the EEOC to take action on behalf of the complainant constituted a “charge” of discrimination under the EEOC’s regulations.  The case is … Continue reading

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Supreme Court Decision On “Me-Too” Evidence Leaves Questions Unanswered

The U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision today in Sprint/United Mgmt. Co. v. Mendelsohn, No. 06-1221 (a copy of the opinion is here:  Sprint/United v. Mendelsohn).  The opinion leaves many questions about the admissiblity of so-called “me-too” evidence unanswered.

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Supreme Court Update

As noted throughout the blogosphere (here, here, and here for example), the U.S. Supreme Court decided several employment-related cases today and agreed to hear several more earlier in the week (see here).  This term promises to be heavy on employment … Continue reading

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