Tag Archives: Discrimination

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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EEOC Resolves Disability Cases On Behalf Of Temporary Employees

According to a press release issued December 19, 2014, the EEOC resolved a disability discrimination suit involving a temporary employee working for Bank of America in Chicago.  The EEOC alleged that the bank failed to accommodate the temporary employee’s visual impairment … Continue reading

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If You’re Going To Negotiate Hiring Salaries, Do It Right

In Thibodeaux-Woody v. Houston Cmty. Coll., the Fifth Circuit denied a motion for summary judgment for an employer who had allegedly treated male and female candidates for a position differently during wage negotiations.  The Court found that there was a … Continue reading

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DOL Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Florida to Reduce Misclassification of Employees

On January 13, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor issued a press release stating that officials from the U.S. Labor Department and the Florida Department of Revenue inked a memorandum of understanding intended to prevent the misclassification of employees as independent … Continue reading

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Fitness for Duty Release Did Not Undermine Legitimate Reasons for Termination

On December 2, 2014, in Curley v. City of North Las Vegas (9th Cir. 2014), 2014 WL 6765744, —-F.3d—-, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held that a doctor’s finding that an employee did not pose a safety threat did … Continue reading

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DOJ Reverses Course On Transgender Discrimination

The Department of Justice (“DOJ”) has evolved its stance on transgender employment discrimination claims just in time for the holidays. In a Memo composed by Attorney General Eric Holder and released this past Thursday, the DOJ clarified the bounds of … Continue reading

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November 2014 Recent Jury Verdicts and Settlements

Our summary of recent jury verdicts and settlements for November 2014.

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November 2014 EEOC Verdicts and Settlements

Our summary of recent EEOC verdicts and settlements for November 2014.

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Mandatory Arbitration Agreements in Employment Applications May Not Keep You Out Of Court!

According to a press release in August 2014, the EEOC filed suit in the Southern District of Florida against Doherty Enterprises, Inc., a regional owner of more than 140 franchise restaurants, including Applebees and Panera Bread restaurants, alleging that requiring prospective … Continue reading

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Bass Pro Shops Appeals Order Permitting EEOC To Litigate For Anonymous Class Members

The Southern District of Texas certified a recent decision in a class action and pattern or practice case between the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Bass Pro Outdoor World, LLC (known as “Bass Pro Shops”) for interlocutory appeal.  After denying … Continue reading

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Anti-Discrimination And Harassment Protections Extended to Unpaid Interns and Volunteers

On September 9, 2014, Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill (“AB”) 1443, which amended the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”) to extend its anti-discrimination and harassment protections to unpaid interns and volunteers.

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Sixth Circuit Rejects Application of “Honest Belief” in FMLA Interference Claims

The Sixth Circuit recently narrowed the circumstances under which an employer can make use of an “honest mistaken belief” as a defense to FMLA claims.  In Yontz v. Dole Fresh Vegetables, the Sixth Circuit held that an employer “may not use an … Continue reading

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October 2014 EEOC Verdicts and Settlements

Our summary of recent EEOC verdicts and settlements for October 2014.

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Maryland Transgender Anti-Discrimination Law Goes Into Effect October 1st

Maryland’s newest anti-discrimination law goes into effect October 1, 2014.  The Fairness For All Marylanders Act outlaws discrimination against transgender individuals within the state of Maryland.  The law prohibits discrimination against those individuals in employment and housing situations, as well … Continue reading

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September 2014 Recent Jury Verdicts and Settlements

A summary of recent jury verdicts and settlements.

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