Discrimination

  • May 10, 2024

    King & Spalding Accused Of Anti-White, Pro-LGBTQ Bias

    A straight white woman is suing King & Spalding LLP alleging discrimination after getting the green light from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, claiming she incurred "significant damages" when she was dissuaded from applying to a summer associate program open only to "diverse" applicants.

  • May 10, 2024

    Axl Rose Shouldn't Escape NY Sex Assault Suit, Model Says

    A former Penthouse model is urging a New York state court not to toss her case alleging Axl Rose sexually assaulted her in 1989, arguing the Guns N' Roses lead singer is making faulty arguments about attempts to serve him with the suit to avoid accountability.

  • May 10, 2024

    Calif. Forecast: 9th Circ. To Hear Ex-Chief's Free Speech Args

    In the coming week, attorneys should keep an eye out for Ninth Circuit oral arguments in a former police chief's First Amendment case. Here's a look at that case and other labor and employment matters on deck in California.

  • May 10, 2024

    Mont. Utility Co. Ends EEOC Sex Harassment Suit In $50K Deal

    A utility company has agreed to hand over $50,000 to end a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission suit filed in Montana federal court claiming it pushed an employee out of her job after she complained that her supervisor propositioned her for sex, the agency announced.

  • May 10, 2024

    Climate Group Settles DOJ Claims It Shut Out Noncitizens

    A Massachusetts-based nonprofit organization focused on climate action agreed to settle claims it discriminated against non-U.S. citizen job seekers including asylees and green-card holders by inviting only U.S. citizens to apply for jobs, the U.S. Department of Justice announced.

  • May 09, 2024

    Judge 'Tempted' To Transfer MLB Scouts' Colo. Age Bias Suit

    A Colorado federal judge said Thursday he was "somewhat tempted" to transfer an age discrimination lawsuit brought by former MLB scouts if he ultimately decides the court doesn't have jurisdiction over out-of-state teams, despite believing they may have a "fairly strong" argument that he can oversee the case against the league itself.

  • May 09, 2024

    Rail Co. Accused Of Retaliation Over FMLA Use

    CSX Transportation Inc. has been hit with a Florida federal lawsuit brought by its workers, who allege in their proposed class action that the rail company discouraged them from lawfully using the Family and Medical Leave Act, including by punishing them for taking advantage of the law.

  • May 09, 2024

    EEOC Can't Revive Race Harassment Claims At 7th Circ.

    The Seventh Circuit rejected on Thursday the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's bid to revive claims that 15 Black workers were harassed by staff and residents at an assisted living facility because of their race, finding the mistreatment wasn't egregious enough.

  • May 09, 2024

    1st Circ. Backs EPA's Win In Worker's Retaliation Suit

    The First Circuit refused Thursday to reinstate a lawsuit from an Environmental Protection Agency employee who wasn't promoted after complaining he faced bias because he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, saying he hadn't shown his supervisors knew he had PTSD.

  • May 09, 2024

    Feds' Pay Bias Suit Against Wis. Military Affairs Heads To Trial

    A federal judge refused Thursday to grant the Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs a win in a lawsuit brought by the U.S. Department of Justice, saying a jury could find that the state agency lowballed an applicant for a director position because she's a woman.

  • May 09, 2024

    Ga. Fire Department Settles Feds' Race Bias Lawsuit

    A Georgia county has agreed to pay $750,000 to resolve the federal government's lawsuit alleging its use of a written exam and credit checks to select firefighter applicants caused fewer Black job seekers to be hired, according to a Thursday federal court filing.

  • May 09, 2024

    Senate Panel OKs Ban On Mandatory Age Bias Arbitration

    The Senate Judiciary Committee advanced a bill out of committee Thursday that would ban the mandatory arbitration of workplace age discrimination claims in a vote that garnered the support of both Democrats and Republicans.

  • May 09, 2024

    EEOC Vice Chair Says Sex Bias Claims, Arbitration Don't Mix

    U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Vice Chair Jocelyn Samuels said Thursday that the agency thinks all sex-based harassment claims should be able to avoid mandatory arbitration under federal law, giving credence to a legal theory that could lead to more litigation.

  • May 09, 2024

    Ballard Spahr Atty Among 5 Rimon Arrivals On Both Coasts

    Rimon PC has expanded its offices in New Jersey, Philadelphia, Orlando, San Francisco and San Diego with the addition of five attorneys, bolstering its intellectual property, investment management, real estate, employment and litigation capabilities, the firm announced Thursday.

  • May 09, 2024

    Philly Doctor Loses Bid To Restore $15M Bias Award

    A Philadelphia federal judge on Thursday denied a former Thomas Jefferson University Hospital surgeon's request to reinstate a $15 million jury verdict against his onetime employer, reasoning that the judge would have reached the same conclusion as a previous judge who vacated the award before recusing himself from a new trial.

  • May 09, 2024

    Chancery Tosses Qualcomm Investor's Diversity Suit

    A shareholder who sued Qualcomm Inc. for allegedly misleading the public and investors about its efforts to diversify its board has failed to show that the company didn't consider diverse candidates, Delaware's Court of Chancery said Thursday, dismissing the shareholder's case.

  • May 09, 2024

    Acting Labor Sec. Urges Senate Panel To Back DOL Funding

    Acting Labor Secretary Julie Su on Thursday defended President Joe Biden's U.S. Department of Labor budget, telling a Senate panel that such funding is necessary to recover workers' stolen wages and fight unlawful child labor, among other priorities.

  • May 09, 2024

    Nike Denied Nursing Workers Lactation Spaces, Suit Says

    Nike failed to provide nursing employees with adequate breaks or spaces to express breast milk and told a manager that she was setting a bad example for her team when she asked to pump milk outside of her scheduled breaks, a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles County superior court said.

  • May 09, 2024

    'You Have To Engage,' Judge Tells Attys In Damages Debate

    A Georgia federal judge on Thursday chided attorneys for a man hoping to beat back a challenge to a $3.4 million discrimination verdict he won last year, saying that they needed to put a little more sweat equity into their filings if they hoped to keep their hefty judgment whole.

  • May 09, 2024

    IBM Unit Fired White Man To Meet Diversity Quotas, Suit Says

    A white male employee said software company Red Hat fired him to make room for more women and people of color in its workforce after it announced diversity quotas that he had vocally opposed, according to a suit filed in Idaho federal court.

  • May 09, 2024

    NYC Denies IVF Coverage To Gay Male Workers, Court Told

    New York City unlawfully discriminates against gay male employees by refusing to cover in vitro fertilization under its healthcare plan while providing heterosexual and lesbian workers with those benefits, according to a proposed class action filed Thursday in federal court.

  • May 08, 2024

    Texas Univ. Says Rules, Not Sex Bias, Behind Coach Firing

    The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley pushed back Wednesday against a former assistant tennis coach who accused the school of firing her because of her sexual orientation, arguing that she was dismissed for violating its policy while traveling for a tournament.

  • May 08, 2024

    EEOC Atty Highlights Top PWFA Compliance Challenges

    U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission legal counsel Carol Miaskoff gave her take Wednesday on some notable compliance challenges the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act will pose for employers, pointing to areas where numerous laws may overlap and the requirement that workers core tasks could be paused.

  • May 08, 2024

    EEOC's Lucas Says Worker Groups Can Be A DEI 'Blind Spot'

    Workplace groups, even purely social ones, that restrict membership based on race or sex may be on shaky legal ground in the wake of a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission member Andrea Lucas suggested Wednesday.

  • May 08, 2024

    Duke Doctor Partially Resuscitates NC Firing Suit

    The North Carolina state appeals court has partially revived a fired Duke University hospital resident's lawsuit alleging that health care system officials terminated him because of his depression after an inadequate firing-review process that violated an employment contract.

Expert Analysis

  • How AI 'Cultural Fit' Assessments Can Be Analyzed For Bias

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    Attorneys at Sanford Heisler explore how the use of artificial intelligence to assess workplace cultural fit may provide employees with increased opportunities to challenge biased hiring practices, and employers with more potential to mitigate against bias in algorithmic evaluations.

  • High Court's Old, Bad Stats Analysis Can Miss Discrimination

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    Courts and practitioners should reconsider a common statistical test for evidence of employment discrimination, created by the U.S. Supreme Court for its 1977 Castaneda and Hazelwood cases, because its “two or three standard deviations” criteria stems from a misunderstanding of statistical methods that can dramatically minimize the actual prevalence of discrimination, says Daniel Levy at Advanced Analytical Consulting Group.

  • Transparency And Explainability Are Critical To AI Compliance

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    Although there is not yet a comprehensive law governing artificial intelligence, regulators have tools to hold businesses accountable, and companies need to focus on ensuring that consumers and key stakeholders understand how their AI systems operate and make decisions, say Chanley Howell and Lauren Hudon at Foley & Lardner.

  • In Focus At The EEOC: Emerging And Developing Issues

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    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's recently finalized strategic enforcement plan highlights how the agency will prioritize its limited resources over the next four years, and the most notable emerging issues include ensuring protections for pregnant workers and those dealing with long-term COVID-19 effects, says Jim Paretti at Littler.

  • Employer Takeaways From 2nd Circ. Equal Pay Ruling

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    The Second Circuit 's recent decision in Eisenhauer v. Culinary Institute of America reversed a long-held understanding of the Equal Pay Act, ultimately making it easier for employers to defend against equal pay claims brought under federal law, but it is not a clear escape hatch for employers, say Thelma Akpan and Katelyn McCombs at Littler.

  • AI Isn't The Wild West, So Prepare Now For Bias Risks

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    In addition to President Joe Biden's recent historic executive order on safe, secure and trustworthy artificial intelligence, there are existing federal and state laws prohibiting fraud, defamation and even discrimination, so companies considering using or developing AI should take steps to minimize legal and business risks, says civil rights attorney Farhana Khera.

  • AI's Baked-In Bias: What To Watch Out For

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    The federal AI executive order is a direct acknowledgment of the perils of inherent bias in artificial intelligence systems, and highlights the need for legal professionals to thoroughly vet AI systems, including data and sources, algorithms and AI training methods, and more, say Jonathan Hummel and Jonathan Talcott at Ballard Spahr.

  • 'Miss Manners' Scenarios Holds Job Accommodation Lessons

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    Robin Shea at Constangy looks at the potentially negative legal consequences for employers who follow some advice recently given in the Washington Post's "Miss Manners" column, and offers solutions of her own.

  • How Biden's AI Order Stacks Up Against Calif. And G7 Activity

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    Evaluating the federal AI executive order alongside the California AI executive order and the G7's Hiroshima AI Code of Conduct can offer a more robust picture of key risks and concerns companies should proactively work to mitigate as they build or integrate artificial intelligence tools into their products and services, say attorneys at Jenner & Block.

  • Handling Religious Objections To Abortion-Related Job Duties

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    While health care and pharmacy employee religious exemption requests concerning abortion-related procedures or drugs are not new, recent cases demonstrate why employer accommodation considerations should factor in the Title VII standard set forth by the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2023 Groff v. DeJoy ruling, as well as applicable federal, state and local laws, say attorneys at Epstein Becker.

  • Transgender Worker Rights: A Guide For California Employers

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    California employers should know their obligations under overlapping state and federal law to protect the rights of their transgender, nonbinary and gender-nonconforming workers, and implement best practices to avoid discriminating in how they hire and promote, offer medical benefits to, and prevent harassment of these employees, says Michael Guasco at Littler.

  • The Self-Funded Plan's Guide To Gender-Affirming Coverage

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    Self-funded group health plans face complicated legal risks when determining whether to cover gender-affirming health benefits for their transgender participants, so plan sponsors should carefully weigh how federal nondiscrimination laws and state penalties for providing care for trans minors could affect their decision to offer coverage, say Tim Kennedy and Anne Tyler Hall at Hall Benefits Law.

  • In Focus At The EEOC: Eliminating Recruiting, Hiring Barriers

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    While the recruiting and hiring segment of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s recently finalized strategic enforcement plan spotlights the potential discriminatory effects of artificial intelligence, employers should note that it also touches on traditional bias issues such as unlawfully targeted job advertisements and application inaccessibility, say Rachel See and Annette Tyman at Seyfarth.