Discrimination

  • June 04, 2024

    Ogletree Opens 7th California Office In Fresno

    Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC has opened an office in Fresno, California, absorbing a location previously operated by Raimondo Miller ALC and its five attorneys, the firm has announced.

  • June 04, 2024

    11th Circ. Won't Revisit Class Nix In AT&T Pregnancy Bias Suit

    The Eleventh Circuit refused to rethink the denial of class certification in a suit alleging AT&T discriminated against pregnant workers by penalizing them for childbirth-related absences, saying an appeal from a worker who intervened following a settlement deal was premature.

  • June 04, 2024

    Single On-The-Job Slur Can't Sustain EEOC Suit, Judge Says

    A Wisconsin plastics company defeated a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission suit claiming a Black employee endured a hostile work environment, with a federal judge finding that one alleged use of a racial slur at work wasn't enough to keep the case alive.

  • June 04, 2024

    Google Settles Suit Claiming It Pushed Out Older Men

    Google reached a deal to resolve a suit from a former manager who claimed he was fired because the company wanted to oust older men in favor of young women, a filing in Texas federal court said.

  • June 03, 2024

    General Mills Facility Run By White Supremacists, Suit Says

    General Mills workers sued in Georgia federal court on Sunday alleging the food giant tolerated a racist environment at its Covington plant perpetuated by a fraternity of white male supremacists who used Confederate and Ku Klux Klan-associated imagery and who treated Black workers unfairly, including by denying them promotions.

  • June 03, 2024

    Hooters Can't Yet Ditch Ex-Workers' Sex Harassment Claims

    A California appellate court has refused to undo a lower court's decision finding that Hooters of America must continue to fight former servers' allegations that they were harassed and abused at work, ruling that Hooters hasn't met its burden of showing that it was entitled to summary adjudication.

  • June 03, 2024

    5th Circ. Mulls Acts Vs. Belief In Anti-Abortion Worker's Firing

    The Fifth Circuit on Monday seemed torn over whether it should "split hairs" between religious conduct and religious belief as it weighed whether to uphold a Southwest flight attendant's win in a wrongful termination suit over graphic anti-abortion messages she sent her union president.

  • June 03, 2024

    3rd Circ. Says High Court Ruling Revives EEOC Age Bias Suit

    The Third Circuit said a lower court needs to take another look at a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission suit alleging Novo Nordisk told a worker she couldn't transfer positions because of her older age, remanding the case in the wake of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

  • June 03, 2024

    Cabinet Co. Cuts Deal To End EEOC Retaliation Suit

    A cabinetmaker reached a $165,000 deal to resolve a lawsuit from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission accusing it of firing employees who complained that Hispanic managers were being barred from certain duties and subjected to higher scrutiny, according to a filing Monday in New Mexico federal court.

  • June 03, 2024

    EEOC, Transportation Co. Settle Demographic Data Suit

    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and a transportation company told a North Carolina federal court they've agreed to end the agency's lawsuit claiming the company failed to report demographic information about its employees for several years.

  • June 03, 2024

    2nd Circ. Revives Ex-Bloomberg Reporter's Bias Case

    The Second Circuit on Monday reopened a former Bloomberg reporter's lawsuit alleging she was denied a job in Manhattan because she's of South Asian descent, after New York state's highest court clarified that state law can protect out-of-state job applicants.

  • June 03, 2024

    EEOC Brings On Chief AI Officer From NLRB

    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said Monday that the former head of data strategy at the National Labor Relations Board has been named the EEOC's new deputy chief information officer and chief artificial intelligence officer.

  • June 03, 2024

    6th Circ. Says $10.5M Ascension Hospitals Vax Deal Too Broad

    The Sixth Circuit scrapped a settlement Monday in a class action claiming that Ascension Health Alliance illegally fired or suspended religious workers who rejected the COVID-19 vaccine, ruling the Michigan-based employees backing the suit lack standing to expand the deal nationwide.

  • June 03, 2024

    3rd Circ. Backs Bad Subpoena Sanction In Race, Sex Bias Suit

    The Third Circuit has upheld a $6,720 fee sanction against a New Jersey attorney for serving an intentionally misleading subpoena while representing a Garden State management company against federal race and sex bias claims.

  • June 03, 2024

    Grocer Strikes Deal To Exit EEOC Sex Harassment Suit

    A grocery store chain agreed to pay $75,000 to resolve a lawsuit from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission accusing it of firing an employee after she complained that a male supervisor had sexually harassed her, a Monday filing in Pennsylvania federal court said.

  • June 03, 2024

    Ex-Conn. Dispensary Supervisor Drops Transgender Bias Suit

    A former supervisor at a Branford, Connecticut, cannabis dispensary has withdrawn her claims that her colleagues targeted her for being transgender and tried to get her in trouble at work by falsely claiming she was high on the job, targeting that allegedly led to her termination.

  • June 03, 2024

    Supreme Court Ruling Keeps Amazon Race Bias Suit Alive

    Amazon Music can't sink a Black former worker's suit alleging her responsibilities were reduced and she was placed on a performance improvement plan for complaining about her manager, a New York federal judge said, ruling her claims are viable based on a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision.

  • June 01, 2024

    Blockbuster Summer: 10 Big Issues Justices Still Must Decide

    As the calendar flips over to June, the U.S. Supreme Court still has heaps of cases to decide on issues ranging from trademark registration rules to judicial deference and presidential immunity. Here, Law360 looks at 10 of the most important topics the court has yet to decide.

  • May 31, 2024

    Colo. AI Bias Law Lays 'Foundation' For New State Patchwork

    Colorado's trailblazing legislation for regulating high-risk uses of artificial intelligence is likely to inspire other states to act, although a host of "reservations" about the measure from advocates and even Colorado's governor are likely to result in a fragmented national landscape as other states' legislatures use the measure as a launching point rather than a model they'd want to fully replicate. 

  • May 31, 2024

    PepsiCo Illegally Fired Blind Call Center Worker, EEOC Says

    PepsiCo fired a blind employee after refusing to find a screen-reading tool that worked with its software system to allow him to do his job as a call center worker, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission claimed in a suit Friday in North Carolina federal court.

  • May 31, 2024

    Maritime Employees Stiffed On Sick Leave, Wash. Court Told

    A nonprofit representing shipping industry employers and a Washington state marine terminal operator have not been providing longshoremen with paid sick leave in violation of state wage law and a Seattle city ordinance, a longshoreman told a state court.

  • May 31, 2024

    Mass. Town Settles Ex-Superintendent's Gay Bias Suit

    A Massachusetts town settled a former school superintendent's suit claiming he was investigated and fired for exchanging personal texts with a former student because he was gay, shortly after a trial had started.

  • May 31, 2024

    4 Argument Sessions In June Bias Lawyers Should Know

    A group of Republican state attorneys general will urge a federal judge Monday to Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to block regulations implementing the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, and the Fifth Circuit will hear Southwest Airlines’ push to overturn an anti-abortion former flight attendant's win in her religious bias suit. ​​​​​Here are four June argument sessions discrimination lawyers should have on their radar. 

  • May 31, 2024

    Race Bias Suit Against Ga. Housing Authority Trimmed

    A Georgia federal judge has narrowed the scope of a civil rights lawsuit filed by a woman who said she was denied a senior position with a local housing authority after leaders found out she'd sued her prior employer, tossing several claims Friday against the ex-chairman of the authority's board.

  • May 31, 2024

    Pa. Media Co. Must Face Ex-Editor's Age, Disability Bias Suit

    A local media company can't dodge a former editor's lawsuit claiming she was fired and replaced with younger workers for requesting to work from home because of arthritis, a Pennsylvania federal judge ruled, finding her allegations were detailed enough to move forward.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • 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.