Discrimination

  • May 08, 2024

    NJ Court Reverses Order Piercing School Board Atty Privilege

    A New Jersey appellate court has reversed trial court orders compelling a school district to produce communications with its attorneys in a discrimination and malicious prosecution suit brought by a former administrator, finding that she had not established any Sixth Amendment right at stake to necessitate piercing attorney-client privilege.

  • May 08, 2024

    Littler Atty Named Miami Leader Less Than 1 Year After Arrival

    Littler Mendelson PC has selected one of its newest shareholders in Miami to take over the office managing shareholder position, the firm announced Wednesday.

  • May 08, 2024

    Dems Propose Scrapping Title VII Damages Caps

    House and Senate Democrats unveiled legislation Wednesday that would eliminate ceilings on the amount of damages workers can receive under federal civil rights law if a jury finds they've been discriminated against, a proposal the lawmakers say would correct outdated limits.

  • May 08, 2024

    Lighting Co. Reaches Deal To End Parental Leave Suit

    A lighting company struck a deal with a former project manager who accused the company of firing him because he asked to take parental leave after his child was born and he was then stuck in Egypt at the outset of the pandemic, a Massachusetts federal court filing said.

  • May 08, 2024

    Catholic School Defeats Gay Teacher's Bias Suit At 4th Circ.

    The Fourth Circuit on Wednesday struck down a gay drama teacher's win in his suit alleging he was unlawfully fired by a Catholic school after announcing his wedding on Facebook, finding that his job entailed responsibilities that triggered a religious exception to anti-discrimination law.

  • May 07, 2024

    Gov't Enforcement Concerns Employers, Littler Report Finds

    Almost three-quarters of U.S. employers share great concern over the impact the U.S. Department of Labor's and the National Labor Relations Board's enforcement actions will have on their businesses, according to a survey Littler Mendelson PC released Wednesday.

  • May 07, 2024

    10th Circ. Finds 'Religious Animus' In School's Vaccine Rules

    The Tenth Circuit ruled Tuesday that the University of Colorado System's policies regarding COVID-19 vaccine exemptions violated constitutional religious liberty protections, saying its rules were motivated by "religious animus" and should have been blocked by a trial court.

  • May 07, 2024

    5th Circ. Urged To Reject Challenge To Board Diversity Rule

    The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund urged the Fifth Circuit not to upend a Nasdaq Stock Market rule meant to encourage corporate board diversity, saying in a brief Monday that the rule's opponents have staked out a "radical" position on the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution that threatens to "entrench ... barriers to opportunity."

  • May 07, 2024

    Remote Atty Is No Reason For Mistrial, 10th Circ. Says

    In a published opinion Tuesday, a Tenth Circuit panel ruled that the remote court appearance of a plaintiff's attorney who contracted COVID-19 was not grounds to declare a mistrial after a Black utility worker lost his Title VII workplace discrimination case in Kansas, finding that the plaintiff could not show that he was prejudiced by his lead counsel's absence.

  • May 07, 2024

    8th Circ. To Mull Scope Of 2022 Law Curbing Arbitration

    An Eighth Circuit panel on Wednesday will be the first federal appellate court to grapple with the question of when actions must have occurred to be covered under the Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act, an issue experts say urgently needs more clarity.

  • May 07, 2024

    Ohio City Escapes Police Officer's Age Bias Suit

    An Ohio city on Tuesday defeated a lawsuit from a police officer who claimed he was fired because he was in his 50s, with a federal judge finding he had a record of policy violations that a younger colleague did not.

  • May 07, 2024

    Ex-LSU Director Denied New Trial Bid In Bias Suit

    A former associate athletic director cannot revive her suit claiming that Louisiana State University fired her after she reported sex- and race-based discrimination and harassment, a Louisiana federal judge ruled Tuesday, finding that the former director failed to show that her termination was caused by her reporting of the discrimination.

  • May 07, 2024

    NJ Justices Say Survivor Gag Orders Flout #MeToo Law

    A nondisparagement clause in a former New Jersey police sergeant's settlement agreement resolving sex discrimination, sexual harassment and retaliation claims against her former employer is against public policy and unenforceable, the New Jersey Supreme Court held on Tuesday.

  • May 07, 2024

    Hospital Can't Force Nurse's Retaliation Suit Into Arbitration

    A Texas appellate court said Tuesday that a former nurse does not have to arbitrate claims that she was fired after reporting that a patient slapped her buttock, stating that a recently enacted federal law barring sexual assault-related claims from out-of-court resolutions applies to her case.

  • May 07, 2024

    Wash. Opinion Establishes Pay Transparency Suit Battle Lines

    A Washington federal court opinion on a job applicant's pay transparency suit offers clues to how this novel area of equal pay could play out in future litigation, attorneys say, and it raises questions on what constitutes harm and a sincere application effort.

  • May 07, 2024

    Ark. Restaurant Operator Pays $12K For FMLA Infractions

    The operator of nine restaurants in Arkansas paid nearly $12,000 in back wages and fines for firing a worker who took protected leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act, the U.S. Department of Labor announced Tuesday.

  • May 07, 2024

    Ogletree Adds Shareholder In Detroit From Miller Canfield

    Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC has added a labor and employment partner from Michigan firm Miller Canfield Paddock & Stone PLC to its Detroit office, the firm announced Tuesday.

  • May 07, 2024

    Amazon Worker Wants Class Cert. In Military Leave Suit

    A former Amazon worker urged a New York federal court to greenlight a more than 9,000-member class of military reservists in her lawsuit accusing the e-commerce giant of failing to provide paid leave for employees on active duty, saying the dispute is best suited for class treatment.

  • May 07, 2024

    8th Circ. Seems Unwilling To Revive Ex-Lockheed Atty's Suit

    The Eighth Circuit appeared likely Tuesday to uphold the dismissal of a Black former Lockheed Martin in-house attorney's race discrimination and retaliation lawsuit, questioning whether a lesser sanction would've adequately punished misstatements to the trial court about her current high-paying job.

  • May 07, 2024

    FDIC Review Flags 'Patriarchal' Workplace, Chief's 'Temper'

    The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.'s workplace culture has suffered "far too long" from sexual harassment, discrimination and other abuses that higher-ups failed to adequately address, according to a report released Tuesday that is drawing renewed calls for FDIC Chairman Martin Gruenberg's exit.

  • May 07, 2024

    Women's Advocate Discusses Unions' Impact On Pay Gaps

    Unions help women earn higher wages and narrow gender pay gaps, according to an analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data by the National Women’s Law Center. Here, Law360 speaks with the law center’s senior counsel Adrienne DerVartanian about the protections unions afford women and others.

  • May 07, 2024

    DC Circ. Boots Retired EPA Director's Age Bias Suit

    The D.C. Circuit declined Tuesday to revive a suit from a retired U.S. Environmental Protection Agency director who said she was pushed into a junior role to make way for younger workers, finding she couldn't pursue the case because she didn't lose benefits or pay.

  • May 07, 2024

    Google Says Exec's Firing Based On Behavior, Not Bias

    Google urged a New York federal court to toss a lawsuit from a former executive who said he was fired for being a white man, arguing his termination came because he threw a raucous, alcohol-fueled party at his lake house despite receiving prior warnings about bad behavior.

  • May 07, 2024

    Sidley Brings On Wilson Sonsini Employment Pro In Palo Alto

    Sidley Austin LLP has boosted its labor and employment practice with a partner joining from Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC who boasts more than a decade of experience handling employment-related matters in Silicon Valley.

  • May 06, 2024

    Ikea Sanctioned For Deleting Emails In Age Bias Suit

    A Pennsylvania federal judge on Monday sanctioned Ikea for deleting four email accounts it had a duty to preserve in a proposed collective action alleging the furniture retailer discriminated based on age, saying Ikea was grossly negligent, the plaintiffs were prejudiced and the retailers' subsequent "strategy of delay and obfuscation" was "offensive."

Expert Analysis

  • A Look Into The Developing Regulation Of Employer AI

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    Although employers' use of artificial intelligence is still limited, legislators and companies have been ramping up their efforts to regulate its use in the workplace, with employers actively contributing to the ongoing debate, say Gerald Hathaway and Marc-Joseph Gansah at Faegre Drinker.

  • In Focus At The EEOC: Advancing Equal Pay

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    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s recently finalized strategic enforcement plan expresses a renewed commitment to advancing equal pay at a time when employees have unprecedented access to compensation information, highlighting for employers the importance of open communication and ongoing pay equity analyses, say Paul Evans at Baker McKenzie and Christine Hendrickson at Syndio.

  • 2nd Circ. Ruling Clarifies Title VII Claim Standards

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    The Second Circuit's recent opinion in Banks v. General Motors, although it does not break new ground legally, comes at a crucial time when courts are reevaluating standards that apply to Title VII claims of discrimination and provides many useful lessons for practitioners, says Carolyn Wheeler at Katz Banks.

  • In Focus At The EEOC: Preventing Systemic Harassment

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    With the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's recently finalized strategic enforcement plan identifying a renewed commitment to preventing and remedying systemic harassment, employers must ensure that workplace policies address the many complex elements of this pervasive issue — including virtual harassment and workers' intersecting identities, say Ally Coll and Shea Holman at the Purple Method.

  • Cos. Must Reassess Retaliation Risk As 2nd. Circ. Lowers Bar

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    After a recent Second Circuit decision broadened the federal standard for workplace retaliation, employers should reinforce their nondiscrimination and complaint-handling policies to help management anticipate and monitor worker grievances that could give rise to such claims, says Thomas Eron at Bond Schoeneck.

  • An Employer's Guide To EEOC Draft Harassment Guidance

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    Rudy Gomez and Steven Reardon at FordHarrison discuss the most notable aspects of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s recently proposed workplace harassment guidance, examine how it fits into the context of recent enforcement trends, and advise on proactive compliance measures in light of the commission’s first update on the issue in 24 years.

  • To Responsibly Rock Out At Work, Draft A Music Policy

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    Employers may be tempted to turn down the tunes after a Ninth Circuit decision that blasting misogynist music could count as workplace harassment, but companies can safely provide a soundtrack to the workday if they first take practical steps to ensure their playlists don’t demean or disrespect workers or patrons, says Ally Coll at the Purple Method.

  • 5 Surprises In New Pregnancy Law's Proposed Regulations

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    Attorneys at Baker McKenzie examine five significant ways that recently proposed regulations for implementing the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act could catch U.S. employers off guard by changing how pregnant workers and those with related medical conditions must be accommodated.

  • How Employers Can Take A Measured Approach To DEI

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    While corporate diversity, equity and inclusion programs are facing intense scrutiny, companies need not abandon efforts altogether — rather, now is the time to develop an action plan that can help ensure policies are legally compliant while still advancing DEI goals, say Erin Connell and Alexandria Elliott at Orrick.

  • Courts Should Revisit Availability Of Age Bias Law Damages

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    Federal courts have held that compensatory damages, including for emotional distress, are unavailable in Age Discrimination in Employment Act cases, but it's time for a revamped textualist approach to ensure plaintiffs can receive the critical make-whole remedies Congress intended the law to provide, say attorneys at Sanford Heisler.

  • Employers Should Take Note Of EEOC Focus On Conciliation

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    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's recent strategic plan signals that the agency could take a more aggressive approach when verifying employer compliance with conciliation agreements related to discrimination charges, and serves as a reminder that certain employer best practices can help to avoid negative consequences, says Jacqueline Hayduk at Foley & Lardner.

  • 7th Circ. Ruling May Steer ADA Toward Commuter Issues

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    Employers faced with commuting-accommodation requests from employees who do not require on-site modifications under the Americans with Disabilities Act should consider the Seventh Circuit's recent reopening of a lawsuit alleging unlawful refusal of a night-vision-challenged worker's request to extend a shift change, says Robin Shea at Constangy.

  • How Calif. Ruling Extends Worker Bias Liability To 3rd Parties

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    The California Supreme Court's recent significant decision in Raines v. U.S. Healthworks Medical Group means businesses that provide employment-related services to California employers can potentially be held liable for California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act violations, says Ryan Larocca at CDF Labor.