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."

  • May 06, 2024

    Bridgewater Fights To Keep Bias Claims Under Wraps

    Connecticut asset management firm Bridgewater Associates LP fought Friday to keep dispute with two terminated employees over alleged discrimination in arbitration, saying the Federal Arbitration Act bans its ex-workers from using state court procedures contrary to private dispute resolution agreements, and from airing grievances in public.

  • May 06, 2024

    3rd Circ. Won't Revive Male Biopharma Worker's Sex Bias Suit

    The Third Circuit backed the dismissal Monday of a worker's suit claiming a biopharmaceutical company fired him over gender bias when a woman complained that he created an intolerable and toxic work environment, ruling there isn't enough evidence to support his case.

  • May 06, 2024

    7th Circ. Backs Ford In Black Ex-Plumber's Bias Suit

    The Seventh Circuit on Monday upheld Ford Motor Co.'s defeat of a former plumber's lawsuit alleging she was punished for reporting she'd been treated harshly by her supervisor because she's a Black Muslim woman, finding nothing wrong with a lower court tossing the case.

  • May 06, 2024

    9th Circ. Hints Walmart Can't Avoid Jury In Disability Bias Suit

    A Ninth Circuit panel indicated Monday that it doubted Walmart Inc. was being honest when it told a vision-impaired employee seeking to come back from a leave of absence that no jobs were available, with one judge suggesting a jury should decide if the retail giant lied to the worker.

  • May 06, 2024

    Workday Defeats In-House Atty's Bias Suit, For Now

    A California magistrate judge on Monday dismissed, for now, a lawsuit by a Workday Inc. in-house attorney who accused the company of discriminatory and retaliatory behavior, which included pay inequities and calling the police to conduct an unnecessary wellness check at his house when he was hospitalized. 

  • May 06, 2024

    Chicago To Pay $6M To End Water Workers' Race Bias Suits

    The city of Chicago will pay nearly $6 million to end several lawsuits accusing its water management department of allowing racism to go unchecked and subjecting Black employees to harsher discipline than white workers, counsel for the workers said Monday.

  • May 06, 2024

    NJ Justices Erase Gov't Workplace Probe Confidentiality Rule

    The New Jersey Supreme Court on Monday struck down part of a state statute that directs investigators to request, but not require, confidentiality in discrimination or harassment investigations involving state workers, ruling the provision still reached too far and chilled protected speech.

  • May 06, 2024

    Mass. Justices Wary Of Spiking Uber, Lyft Ballot Questions

    Justices on Massachusetts' highest court appeared unlikely Monday to strike down ballot proposals to reinvent app-based drivers' relationships with Uber, Lyft and the like, commenting that the scattershot ideas for voters in March all carry the underlying theme of creating a carveout from the state's worker-friendly employee classification law.

  • May 06, 2024

    Staffing Co. Can't Slip Mercedes Apprentice's Bias Claims

    A federal judge declined Monday to shut down claims from a Black worker who said she was unlawfully fired from a Mercedes-Benz apprenticeship program for complaining that her white, male counterparts received better treatment, saying the staffing company may have been her joint employer.

  • May 06, 2024

    Ex-Worker Sues Fla. Krispy Kreme Over Transgender Status

    A former employee at a corporate-owned Krispy Kreme restaurant in Miami has sued the company in Florida state court on allegations of sex and gender discrimination, saying that a manager fired her after learning about her transgender status.

  • May 06, 2024

    Colo. High Court Sanctions Ex-Judge Who Harassed Staff

    The Colorado Supreme Court on Monday formally censured a former state judge who sought out relationships with court staff and tried to get another judge to expedite his father's probate case, finding the judge "repeatedly abused his power for self-gain," and ordered him to pay $51,000 in sanctions.

  • May 06, 2024

    Blaze Media Must Show Docs In Harassment Suit, Judge Says

    A Texas federal judge ordered Blaze Media to cough up documents relating to a former commentator accused of sexual harassment, finding that the conservative media company didn't do enough to show that the discovery requests were overly broad and concerned confidential information.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Anticipating The Impact Of 2 Impending New Title IX Rules

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    Two major amendments to Title IX — which the U.S. Department of Education is expected to finalize next month — would substantially alter the process schools must use for sexual discrimination complaints and limiting student participation in athletics based on gender identity, says Rebecca Sha at Phelps Dunbar.