Discrimination

  • June 26, 2024

    8th Circ. Won't Pause PWFA Regs During GOP States' Appeal

    The Eighth Circuit declined to block U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission regulations implementing the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act while several Republican state attorneys general challenge the dismissal of their suit targeting the rule's abortion coverage.

  • June 26, 2024

    Veteran Says Starbucks Fired Him Over Parental Leave

    Starbucks retaliated against an Army veteran who took time off after the birth of his child by firing him during a Teams call, a lawsuit in Washington federal court claims.

  • June 26, 2024

    Security Co. Cuts Deal To End EEOC Disability Bias Suit

    Security company GardaWorld reached a $37,500 deal with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to resolve its lawsuit accusing the company of wrongly refusing to provide a deaf employee with a sign language interpreter despite the worker's multiple requests, a filing in Florida federal court said.

  • June 26, 2024

    NYC Firm Settles Ex-Receptionist's Retaliatory Firing Suit

    Donaldson & Chilliest LLP has struck a tentative settlement with a former receptionist over claims that the firm retaliated and fired her after she reported that an associate had tried to rape her.

  • June 26, 2024

    Grocer, EEOC End Suit Over Snubbed Rastafarian Applicant

    A grocery chain has agreed to pay a job hopeful $40,000 to close a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission suit alleging the company discriminated against his Spiritualist Rastafarian beliefs when it declined to hire him because he refused to cut his dreadlocks.

  • June 26, 2024

    Feds' 5th Circ. Win On Preventive Care May Imperil ACA

    The Fifth Circuit's decision to knock out a national injunction against preventive services coverage requirements under the Affordable Care Act left healthcare advocates breathing a sigh of relief, but attorneys say even more of those requirements may be on the chopping block.

  • June 26, 2024

    AT&T Strikes Deal To Exit Former Exec's Age Bias Suit

    AT&T reached a deal Wednesday to resolve a former assistant vice president's suit alleging he was fired because he's a 58-year-old white man, a filing in Georgia federal court said.

  • June 25, 2024

    Judge Says ADA Protects Gender Dysphoria In Trans Bias Suit

    A federal judge said two Arizona lawmakers can't toss a suit aiming to block a state law banning transgender girls from participating in girls' school sports, ruling gender dysphoria is protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act to keep their disability bias claims in play.

  • June 25, 2024

    6th Circ. Won't Bless More Relief For Fired FCA Worker

    A former Fiat Chrysler Automobiles employee who scored a $148,000 arbitration award on claims that he was wrongly fired for taking approved time off can't get more damages or reinstatement to the exact position he once held, the Sixth Circuit ruled.

  • June 25, 2024

    9th Circ. Won't Revive Ex-County Worker's Race Bias Suit

    The Ninth Circuit backed a Nevada county's defeat of a Black former juvenile probation officer's lawsuit claiming he was fired because he'd previously filed a discrimination suit against the county, saying Tuesday rumors and a supervisor's rude attitude weren't enough to sustain his bias allegations.

  • June 25, 2024

    EEOC Backs Fired Worker's Pregnancy Bias Suit At 4th Circ.

    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission urged the Fourth Circuit to reinstate a hospital worker's suit claiming she was fired for requesting a reprieve from 12-hour workdays to manage her high-risk pregnancy, arguing the lower court used incorrect legal standards to toss her case.

  • June 25, 2024

    Attys Looking To States For Movement On AI Bias

    With an upcoming presidential election casting a long shadow over Capitol Hill, discrimination lawyers following the regulation of artificial intelligence in the workplace should keep a close eye on the states in the second half of 2024. Here are three things management-side lawyers say they'll be monitoring.

  • June 25, 2024

    United Strikes Deal To Exit Bias Suit Over Mask Policy

    United Airlines told a California federal court it reached a deal with a baggage handler to end his lawsuit after the Ninth Circuit determined a jury should hear his claims that the company unlawfully refused to let him wear a face shield in lieu of a mask during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • June 25, 2024

    CEO Claims She Was Pushed Out, Told To Focus On Family

    The former chief executive officer of a petroleum distributor said in a complaint filed Monday that she was forced out of her position and replaced by a man after her mother, the board chair, told her to focus on spending time with her family.

  • June 25, 2024

    Pipefitters Union Wants Out Of Black Worker's Race Bias Suit

    A pipefitters union local asked a Pennsylvania federal judge to dismiss a member's $10 million racial bias lawsuit, saying the worker's employer, not the union, bears responsibility for any racism he experienced on the job.

  • June 25, 2024

    NJ Says Union Skipped Over Black Workers For Job Referrals

    An ironworkers union passed over workers for job assignments solely because they were Black and looked the other way when workers complained they were subjected to racist, sexist and homophobic harassment, the state of New Jersey told a state court.

  • June 25, 2024

    Co. Denies Deaf Worker's Interpreter Requests, EEOC Says

    Security company GardaWorld refused to provide a deaf employee with a sign language interpreter after it took over a Florida bank location despite the worker's multiple requests, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission told a federal court.

  • June 25, 2024

    Wynn Casino Can't Undo Rehiring Of Worker Fired For Slur

    Wynn Resort's Encore Boston Harbor Casino has lost its effort to overturn an arbitrator's decision to reinstate and issue back pay to a call center reservation worker it fired for allegedly calling a Black colleague a racial slur.

  • June 25, 2024

    Ex-DuPont Workers' Age Bias Suit Cleared For Trial

    A Louisiana federal judge refused to grant a win to DuPont in two former employees' suit alleging they were fired because they were in their 40s and 50s, saying a jury should determine whether age bias or safety violations caused their terminations.

  • June 24, 2024

    Robust Pay Equity Clauses Grab Spotlight In $15M Snap Deal

    A $15 million settlement that Snapchat parent Snap Inc. struck with California's civil rights watchdog to resolve sex bias allegations includes cutting-edge provisions that could foreshadow future trends in pay equity laws, experts said.

  • June 24, 2024

    Split 4th Circ. Panel Reopens DEA Applicant's Retaliation Suit

    The Fourth Circuit reinstated a lawsuit Monday accusing the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration of pulling a job offer after it learned the applicant had participated in a sexual harassment suit against the FBI, saying a trial court held the would-be special agent to too high of a standard.

  • June 24, 2024

    Radio Host Says Politics Behind 'All Lives Matter' Tweet Firing

    A former radio announcer for the Sacramento Kings is forging ahead with his wrongful termination suit in California federal court, emphasizing that broadcaster Bonneville International Corp.'s decision to fire him after he tweeted "All Lives Matter" following the 2020 murder of George Floyd was politically motivated.

  • June 24, 2024

    Health Co. Narrows Doctor's Reneged Benefits Suit

    An Arizona federal judge trimmed a doctor's suit claiming her healthcare system employer refused to let her use her benefits to take time off to undergo cancer treatments, but kept alive claims that the company violated state and federal law by misleading her about paid leave.

  • June 24, 2024

    6th Circ. Backs University's Win In ADA Bias, Retaliation Suit

    The Sixth Circuit refused Monday to revive a former Western Michigan University employee's lawsuit claiming he was fired for requesting accommodations for his attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, ruling Congress didn't have the power to eliminate states' immunity from retaliation claims under federal disability law.

  • June 24, 2024

    8th Circ. Sides With Minn. DOT In Injured Worker's ADA Suit

    The Eighth Circuit on Monday backed the Minnesota Department of Transportation in a suit by a former mechanic who alleged the agency discriminated against him after an on-the-job injury, finding MNDOT reasonably showed that he could not do the work of his prior position.

Expert Analysis

  • '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.

  • 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.