Discrimination

  • February 29, 2024

    Steel Co. Ends Paternity Leave Bias Suit In $200K Deal

    A steel manufacturer has agreed to hand over about $200,000 to end a sex discrimination suit alleging the company gave paid parental leave only to mothers and not fathers, according to a Thursday order from a Michigan federal judge giving the deal the final green light.

  • February 29, 2024

    Law Firm Recruited Objectors To Tank Vax Deal, Class Says

    Indianapolis-based law firm Kroger, Gardis & Regas LLP is trying to unravel a settlement with Ascension Health Alliance because the firm wants to pursue its own class litigation, hospital staff told the Sixth Circuit in a brief filed Wednesday.

  • February 29, 2024

    Mercedes-Benz Pays $439K For FMLA Violations

    Mercedes-Benz paid nearly $439,000 for firing two employees who requested to take protected leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act, the U.S. Department of Labor announced Thursday.

  • February 29, 2024

    Tesla Likely To Face 6,000-Member Class Action On Race Bias

    A California state judge said she's prepared to certify a nearly 6,000-member class of Black Tesla workers alleging the manufacturer failed to address rampant racist language and graffiti at a California factory, finding the workers presented enough evidence to proceed as a group.

  • February 29, 2024

    K&L Gates Lands Labor Ace In Dallas From Bell Nunnally

    K&L Gates LLP announced Thursday that it has bolstered its labor, employment and workplace safety group with a partner in Dallas who made the leap from Bell Nunnally & Martin LLP.

  • February 29, 2024

    Asking For Salary History Banned In Columbus, Ohio

    Employers in Columbus, Ohio, will no longer be able to ask job applicants about their salary history under a law set to take effect Friday.

  • February 28, 2024

    7th Circ. Revives Health System Worker's FMLA Suit For Trial

    A split Seventh Circuit panel on Wednesday revived a former OSF Healthcare System employee's suit accusing the company of wrongfully firing her after failing to adjust performance expectations while she worked reduced hours, ruling a factual dispute remains over how much leave she took, which could lead a jury to find in her favor.

  • February 28, 2024

    Sbarro Worker Appeals 'Prejudiced' Verdict On Rape Claims

    A former Sbarro employee asked the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday to order a retrial on her allegations that she was sexually assaulted multiple times by a manager and co-workers, claiming a jury verdict favoring the company resulted from a trial tainted by prejudicial assertions, improper evidence and defamatory comments toward her and her counsel.

  • February 28, 2024

    Tilray Can't Get Exec's $4M Arbitration Award Tossed

    Cannabis company Tilray Brands Inc. can't evade a nearly $4 million arbitration award to a former executive it fired, a federal judge ruled, saying the company's arguments for why the Washington district court should have jurisdiction over a Minnesota arbitration are "wrong on all counts."

  • February 28, 2024

    Church Can't Halt Maine Bias Laws Amid Tuition Program Suit

    Maine can continue to enforce its civil rights laws prohibiting discrimination in education and employment amid a Christian school's suit claiming an amendment to the statute prevents it from participating in a state tuition assistance program, with a federal judge ruling the school's challenge is unlikely to succeed.

  • February 28, 2024

    NC Hospital, Nurses Get OK For Settlement Of Bias Suit

    A North Carolina federal court on Wednesday approved a settlement between a Charlotte hospital and former nurses who had alleged they bore the brunt of a discriminatory campaign to oust veteran nurses and bring in new workers, ending a four-year lawsuit.

  • February 28, 2024

    Fla. Agency Wants Top Court's Ear In Black Worker's Bias Suit

    The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice asked the Eleventh Circuit on Wednesday to delay enforcing its determination that it owes a Black worker nearly $1 million in damages for race discrimination, saying the U.S. Supreme Court should hear the case because the decision created a split with other circuits.

  • February 28, 2024

    2nd Circ. Says Verizon Unit Can't Dodge Gender Bias Suit

    The Second Circuit revived a gender bias suit by a Verizon salesperson who claimed she was regularly subjected to sexual comments and then targeted in a layoff for complaining about it, ruling Wednesday that she put forward enough detail to send her allegations to a jury.

  • February 28, 2024

    Google Seeks Sanctions For Ex-Employee's Atty Conduct

    Tech behemoth Google LLC asked a Texas federal court Tuesday to sanction its former worker in the latest tit-for-tat in an ongoing age and gender discrimination suit, saying the former employee's attorneys had engaged in a "blatant attempt to harass and bully opposing counsel and witnesses."

  • February 28, 2024

    Alaska Airlines Says Religion Didn't Factor Into Worker Firings

    Alaska Airlines is urging a Washington federal judge to toss two Christian flight attendants' claims that they were pushed out of work due to bias against their religious beliefs by the company and their union, saying they were actually fired because they expressed their beliefs in a discriminatory manner.

  • February 28, 2024

    Pilots Say Airline Shorted Servicemembers' 401(k) Funds

    A discount airline unlawfully failed to contribute to employees' retirement funds when they were on military leave despite repeatedly being told about the oversight by pilots and their union, according to a proposed class action in Minnesota federal court.

  • February 28, 2024

    Ex-Development Director Asks 4th Circ. To Flip Bias Suit Loss

    A former development director for a North Carolina city said she supported her sex discrimination and retaliation claims with evidence that she was treated differently from male colleagues, urging the Fourth Circuit to overturn the city's win in her suit.

  • February 28, 2024

    8th Circ. Axes Federal Mine Agency's Win In Pay Bias Row

    A unanimous Eighth Circuit panel tossed a Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission ruling that a cement company discriminated against a worker by cutting bonuses she was to receive for helping federal inspectors at a mine, saying Wednesday the cut was not motivated by bias.

  • February 28, 2024

    TKO Reveals Ongoing Impact Of McMahon Issues In Filing

    WWE is not immune to the personal legal battles and controversies of disgraced founder Vince McMahon, who was recently accused of trafficking a former employee, according to a recent regulatory filing by parent company TKO.

  • February 28, 2024

    11th Circ. Says Late Filing Dooms Black Trucker's Bias Suit

    The Eleventh Circuit has refused to reinstate a lawsuit filed by a Black former truck driver for a waste management company who said he was unfairly berated by his supervisor and then fired after 30 years of service, saying he filed his pre-suit discrimination charge too late.

  • February 28, 2024

    3 Tips To Not Mess Up Calif. Pay Data Reports

    Reporting pay data to state agencies is a newer facet of pay transparency, and attorneys say employers must set out clear compensation decision schemes and start gathering information sooner rather than later to stay in compliance. 

  • February 28, 2024

    Conn. State Worker Wants Atty Fees After Noose Trial Win

    A Black employee of Connecticut's state energy and environmental regulator is asking a federal judge to award more than $200,000 in attorney fees after he prevailed in a lawsuit alleging that he was racially tormented and exposed to nooses in a hostile work environment.

  • February 28, 2024

    US Army Escapes Male HR Worker's Gender Bias Suit

    A Kentucky federal judge threw out a civilian human resources employee's lawsuit against the U.S. Army accusing it of holding women to more lax standards than him, saying he failed to rebut his employer's argument that he made a lot of mistakes on the job.

  • February 28, 2024

    NM Health Dept. Says Worker In Bias Suit Fired For Behavior

    The New Mexico public health department said that it passed on promoting a former business operations specialist supervisor because someone else was more qualified and that it terminated the worker for inappropriate behavior, urging a federal court to grant it a win in his disability bias suit.

  • February 28, 2024

    Pizza Hut Franchisee Resolves EEOC Disability Bias Probe

    A Pizza Hut franchise will pay $15,000 to settle U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission allegations that an Ohio restaurant subjected an employee to derogatory comments based on her disability, the commission said Wednesday.

Expert Analysis

  • 6 Ways To Minimize Risk, Remain Respectful During Layoffs

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    With a recent Resume Builder survey finding that 38% of companies expect to lay off employees this year, now is a good time for employers to review several strategies that can help mitigate legal risks and maintain compassion in the reduction-in-force process, says Sahara Pynes at Fox Rothschild.

  • NYC Workplace AI Regulation Has Been Largely Insignificant

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    Though a Cornell University study suggests that a New York City law intended to regulate artificial intelligence in the workplace has had an underwhelming impact, the law may still help shape the city's future AI regulation efforts, say Reid Skibell and Nathan Ades at Glenn Agre.

  • Water Cooler Talk: Investigation Lessons In 'Minority Report'

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    Tracey Diamond and Evan Gibbs at Troutman Pepper discuss how themes in Steven Spielberg's Science Fiction masterpiece "Minority Report" — including prediction, prevention and the fallibility of systems — can have real-life implications in workplace investigations.

  • NYC Cos. Must Prepare For Increased Sick Leave Liability

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    A recent amendment to New York City's sick leave law authorizes employees for the first time to sue their employers for violations — so employers should ensure their policies and practices are compliant now to avoid the crosshairs of litigation once the law takes effect in March, says Melissa Camire at Fisher Phillips.

  • Employer Best Practices In Light Of NY Anti-Trans Bias Report

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    A recent report from the New York State Department of Labor indicates that bias against transgender and nonbinary people endures in the workplace, highlighting why employers must create supportive policies and gender transition plans, not only to mitigate the risk of discrimination claims, but also to foster an inclusive work culture, says Michelle Phillips at Jackson Lewis.

  • In Focus At The EEOC: Protecting Vulnerable Workers

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    It's meaningful that the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's strategic enforcement plan prioritizes protecting vulnerable workers, particularly as the backlash to workplace racial equity and diversity, equity and inclusion programs continues to unfold, says Dariely Rodriguez at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.

  • 4 Steps To Navigating Employee Dementia With Care

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    A recent Connecticut suit brought by an employee terminated after her managers could not reasonably accommodate her Alzheimer's-related dementia should prompt employers to plan how they can compassionately address older employees whose cognitive impairments affect their job performance, while also protecting the company from potential disability and age discrimination claims, says Robin Shea at Constangy.

  • Compliance Tips For Employers Facing An Aggressive EEOC

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    This year, the combination of an aggressive U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, a renewed focus on large-scale recruiting and hiring claims, and the injection of the complicated landscape of AI in the workplace means employers should be prepared to defend, among other things, their use of technology during the hiring process, say attorneys at Seyfarth Shaw.

  • Employer Lessons From Nixed Calif. Arbitration Agreement

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    A California state appeals court’s recent decision to throw out an otherwise valid arbitration agreement, where an employee claimed a confusing electronic signature system led her to agree to unfair terms, should alert employers to scrutinize any waivers or signing procedures that may appear to unconscionably favor the company, say Guillermo Tello and Monique Eginli at Clark Hill.

  • EEO-1 Ruling May Affect Other Gov't Agency Disclosures

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    By tightly construing a rarely litigated but frequently asserted term, a California federal court’s ruling that the Freedom of Information Act does not exempt reports to the U.S. Department of Labor on workplace demographics could expand the range of government contractor information susceptible to public disclosure, says John Zabriskie at Foley & Lardner.

  • Workplace Speech Policies Limit Legal And PR Risks

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    As workers increasingly speak out on controversies like the 2024 elections and the Israel-Hamas war, companies should implement practical workplace expression policies and plans to protect their brands and mitigate the risk of violating federal and state anti-discrimination and free speech laws, say attorneys at McDermott.

  • In Focus At The EEOC: Preserving Legal System Access

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    The track records of and public commentary from U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission leaders — including two recently confirmed Democratic appointees — can provide insight into how the agency may approach access to justice priorities, as identified in its latest strategic enforcement plan, says Aniko Schwarcz at Cohen Milstein.

  • Mitigating Compliance And Litigation Risks Of Evolving Tech

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    Amid artificial intelligence and other technological advances, companies must prepare for the associated risks, including a growing suite of privacy regulations, enterprising class action theories and consumer protection challenges, and proliferating disclosure obligations, say attorneys at Eversheds Sutherland.