Discrimination

  • June 07, 2024

    Workforce Co. Inks $125K Deal In EEOC Pregnancy Bias Suit

    A workforce development company will pay $125,000 to resolve a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission suit alleging it fired an employee for taking time off to treat medical conditions that arose during her high-risk pregnancy, according to a New Mexico federal court filing.

  • June 07, 2024

    9th Circ. Says University Can Sue Over Wash. AG Hiring Probe

    A Ninth Circuit panel breathed new life Friday into a private Christian university's lawsuit accusing Washington state's attorney general of improperly investigating its anti-LGBTQ+ hiring practices, finding the possibility of potential future enforcement gives the school standing to sue.

  • June 07, 2024

    Calif. Forecast: $3.6M Freight Co. Wage Deal Up For Approval

    In the coming week, attorneys should keep an eye out for the potential initial sign-off on a more than $3.6 million deal to resolve a proposed wage and hour class action against freight carrier Oak Harbor Freight Lines Inc. Here's a look at that case and other labor and employment matters on deck in California.

  • June 06, 2024

    Ex-Telemundo Worker Urges Panel To Revive Harassment Suit

    A former Telemundo advertising executive urged an Eleventh Circuit panel Thursday to reverse a lower court's ruling to dismiss her sexual harassment lawsuit against the company, saying she sufficiently alleged a hostile work environment after reporting sexual harassment by her supervisors.

  • June 06, 2024

    PNC Settles Former Worker's Race Bias Suit

    PNC National Bank has reached an agreement to end a former employee's racial discrimination suit in a federal court in Pittsburgh, the parties said Wednesday.

  • June 06, 2024

    Pharmacy Pushed Its Own Services On Workers, EEOC Says

    A pharmacy recruited workers who have hemophilia or family members with the condition and pressured them to let the company take over their prescriptions and switch to medications that would benefit the pharmacy financially, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said in a lawsuit filed in Colorado federal court.

  • June 06, 2024

    3 Things To Know As Grant Program For Black Women Halts

    The Eleventh Circuit this week blocked a venture capital fund's grant program for Black women entrepreneurs, a ruling that experts say will only embolden opponents of workplace diversity, equity and inclusion, and should serve as the latest warning to employers to fine-tune their inclusion initiatives. Here, Law360 looks at three observations discrimination lawyers had after Monday's ruling.  

  • June 06, 2024

    Jury Says Black Tech Worker Owed $535K In Retaliation Suit

    A Georgia federal jury awarded a Black tech company worker $535,000 in damages after finding he was fired in retaliation for complaining that his supervisor discriminated against him and that he was denied a raise because of his race.

  • June 06, 2024

    Navy Denied IT Worker Promotions For Race, 11th Circ. Told

    A Florida-based Navy information technology worker urged the Eleventh Circuit in a hearing Thursday to reverse a lower court's decision to toss his discrimination lawsuit, saying he was passed over for promotion because he was Hispanic and older than other candidates despite being the best qualified.

  • June 06, 2024

    Catholic Bishops' PWFA Suit Too Hypothetical, EEOC Says

    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission urged a Louisiana federal court to reject Catholic institutions' attempt to block recently finalized Pregnant Workers Fairness Act regulations, arguing the religious organizations' concerns about abortion accommodations rely on a series of speculative uncertainties.

  • June 06, 2024

    Workers Ask NLRB To Reverse Whole Foods BLM Case Ruling

    Wearing Black Lives Matter apparel at Whole Foods is protected under federal labor law, a group of workers argued to the National Labor Relations Board, saying employees wore BLM masks and attire on the job to push the company to confront racial bias in the workplace.

  • June 06, 2024

    Ex-Globetrotters Player Says GM Sexually Harassed Her

    The general manager of the Harlem Globetrotters declined to renew a female player's contract after she rejected his romantic advances, and covered up the scheme by blaming the nonrenewal on her inability to learn a basketball maneuver, according to a Georgia federal court suit.

  • June 06, 2024

    Troutman Pepper Partner Pulled Into Ex-Associate's Bias Suit

    A Troutman Pepper Hamilton Sanders LLP partner has been added as a defendant in a racial discrimination lawsuit a former Black associate filed, who now claims the partner, a formerly supportive mentor, made the decision to fire her after she complained about an email the associate described as racist.

  • June 06, 2024

    Teachers Want Cozen O'Connor Kicked Off Equal-Pay Case

    Rather than having a Pennsylvania federal judge who has presided over their equal-pay case for years recuse himself over having a son-in-law who's a shareholder at Cozen O'Connor, a class of female teachers asked the court to kick Cozen O'Connor PC off the case Thursday.

  • June 06, 2024

    Tastykake Co. Can't Duck Bias Suit Over Prayer Breaks

    The maker of Tastykake snacks can't escape the bulk of a Black, Muslim ex-worker's suit claiming it unfairly docked time from him for taking prayer breaks, a Pennsylvania federal judge ruled, finding the suit could stay in court even though it read as a "disjointed laundry list" of grievances.

  • June 06, 2024

    Trucking Co. Settles EEOC Race, Religious Bias Suit

    A trucking and logistics company will pay $65,000 to resolve a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission suit claiming it denied a worker's request to rest on the Sabbath and ignored his complaints that his colleagues harassed him, according to an Ohio federal court filing Thursday.

  • June 05, 2024

    Ex-Meta Engineer Says He Was Fired For Flagging Gaza Issue

    A Palestinian American software engineer at Meta Platforms Inc. said his former employer has a "chronic anti-Palestinian bias," and he was fired in the midst of trying to address the company's problems with needlessly censoring Palestinian social media posts, according to a suit filed in California state court.

  • June 05, 2024

    Union Asks NY Court To Toss Musicians' Representation Row

    An American Federation of Musicians local urged a New York federal court Wednesday to dismiss duty of fair representation claims from two orchestra musicians, arguing that the plaintiffs didn't raise allegations of "any plausible violation" of an arbitration award reinstating the duo.

  • June 05, 2024

    Catholic Broadcasters Angry Over FCC 'Gender Ideology' Rule

    The Catholic Radio Association is up in arms over the Federal Communications Commission's new workforce diversity reporting mandates that will require broadcasters to report how many nonbinary people they employ, telling the agency they're being forced to record something that "does not comport to reality."

  • June 05, 2024

    Kanye West Faces Sex Harassment Suit By Ex-Assistant

    Kanye West repeatedly sexually harassed a woman who worked as his assistant by sending her inappropriate and profane texts and forcing her to watch him masturbate, according to a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court against the rapper and some of his companies. 

  • June 05, 2024

    Medical Clinic Must Face Patients' Record-Snooping Suit

    An Indiana appeals court on Wednesday reinstated claims against a medical clinic that employed a physician who improperly accessed the medical records of female patients for personal reasons, saying whether the doctor was acting within the scope of his employment is an issue still up for debate.

  • June 05, 2024

    Fired Team Doctor Sues Emory, Falcons For Discrimination

    A former head medical physician for the NFL's Atlanta Falcons, who is Black, has filed a defamation and civil rights lawsuit against Emory Healthcare Inc. and the team, alleging he was continuously denied leadership opportunities in favor of white colleagues before abruptly being fired.

  • June 05, 2024

    9th Circ. Backs Wag's Win In Black Applicant's Bias Suit

    The Ninth Circuit said a Black job hopeful can't revive his bias and retaliation suit alleging pet care business Wag rejected him for a manager role because he complained that the company's hiring manager discriminated against him in another job, ruling that his case lacks proof to stay in play.

  • June 05, 2024

    EEOC Lambastes Enterprise For Seeking Its Hiring Data

    The Florida arm of rental car giant Enterprise can't use the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's hiring data to combat the agency's allegations that the company discriminated against older applicants for a training program because such information is irrelevant, the federal bias watchdog told a federal court.

  • June 05, 2024

    Worker's Sexual Harassment Suit Against Fiat Gets Tossed

    A Michigan federal judge has tossed a Fiat Chrysler employee's sexual harassment and retaliation claims against the company over the alleged actions of her union steward, saying the worker hadn't responded to a court order.

Expert Analysis

  • Vaccine Accommodation Suits Show Risk Of Blanket Policies

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    A recent federal class action alleging Tyson Foods inappropriately applied a one-size-fits-all response to Arkansas employees seeking religious COVID-19 vaccine exemptions, with similar suits going back to 2022, should remind employers to individually consider every worker request for a religious accommodation, say Christopher Pardo and Elizabeth Sherwood at Hunton.

  • Workplace Challenges Amid Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

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    Recent tension over the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has caused challenges in the employment sphere, sparking the question of whether employees can be legally disciplined for speaking out on issues related to the conflict, which depends on various circumstances, says Alok Nadig at Sanford Heisler.

  • Water Cooler Talk: Insights On Noncompetes From 'The Office'

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    Troutman Pepper’s Tracey Diamond, Evan Gibbs, Constance Brewster and Jim Earle compare scenarios from “The Office” to the complex world of noncompetes and associated tax issues, as employers are becoming increasingly hesitant to look to noncompete provisions amid a potential federal ban.

  • High Court's Job Bias Questions May Predict Title VII Ruling

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    Employers may be able to predict — and prepare for — important changes to workplace discrimination laws by examining the questions the U.S. Supreme Court asked during oral arguments for Muldrow v. St. Louis, where several justices seemed to favor a low threshold for Title VII suits, says Wendy LaManque at Pryor Cashman.

  • 2 Cases Highlight NJ Cannabis Employment Law Uncertainties

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    More than two years after its enactment, the employee protections and employer obligations in New Jersey's Cannabis Regulatory, Enforcement Assistance and Marketplace Modernization Act remain unsettled, and two recent lawsuits draw attention to the law's enforceability and its intersection with federal law, say Ruth Rauls at Saul Ewing and David White at Seton Hall.

  • 3 Compliance Reminders For Calif. Employers In 2024

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    As we enter into the new year, several recent updates to California employment law — including minimum wage and sick leave requirements — necessitate immediate compliance actions for employers, says Daniel Pyne at Hopkins & Carley.

  • Sex Harassment Arbitration Exemption: Devil Is In The Date

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    A Federal Arbitration Act amendment that exempts workplace sexual harassment claims from arbitration is muddled in ongoing confusion about its chronological reach — and as many such cases begin to run up against applicable statutes of limitations, the clock is ticking for claimants to bring their actions in court, says Abe Melamed at Signature Resolution.

  • Top 10 Employer Resolutions For 2024

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    From technological leaps to sea changes in labor policy to literal sea changes, 2024 provides opportunities for employers to face big-picture questions that will shape their business for years to come, say Allegra Lawrence-Hardy and Lisa Haldar at Lawrence & Bundy.

  • Lessons Learned From 2023's Top FMLA Decisions

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    This year’s most significant Family and Medical Leave Act decisions offer lessons on the act's technical requirements, including the definition of serious health condition, compliance with notice requirements and whether it is permissible to give an employee substantial extra work upon their return from leave, says Linda Dwoskin at Dechert.

  • Artificial Intelligence Is In Need Of Regulation — But How?

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    Since most of the artificial intelligence-related laws in 2023 were part of more extensive consumer privacy law, the U.S. still has a lot of work to do to build consensus on how to oversee AI, and even who should do the regulating, before moving forward on specific and reasonable guidelines as AI's capabilities grow, say Nick Toufexis and Paul Saputo at Saputo Toufexis.

  • Lessons Learned From 2023's Top ADA Decisions

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    This year saw the courts delving into the complexities of employee accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act in the post-pandemic workplace, going beyond bright-line rules with fact-intensive inquiries that are likely to create uncertainty for employers, says Linda Dwoskin at Dechert.

  • What's Ahead For Immigrant Employee Rights Enforcement

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    The U.S. Department of Justice’s increased enforcement related to immigration-based employment discrimination is coupled with pending constitutional challenges to administrative tribunals, suggesting employers should leverage those headwinds when facing investigations or class action-style litigation, say attorneys at Jones Day.

  • Top 10 Whistleblowing And Retaliation Events Of 2023

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    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and federal and state courts made 2023 another groundbreaking year for whistleblower litigation and retaliation developments, including the SEC’s massive whistleblower awards, which are likely to continue into 2024 and further incentivize individuals to submit tips, say attorneys at Proskauer.