Discrimination

  • July 10, 2024

    Ohio Hospital Beats Fired Worker's COVID Testing Bias Suit

    An Ohio federal judge tossed a pharmacist's suit claiming a children's hospital flouted her beliefs by firing her after she refused the COVID-19 vaccine and weekly testing on religious grounds, ruling that she wasn't owed an accommodation that could have hurt hospital business.

  • July 09, 2024

    Ex-SF Transit Worker Tearfully Tells Of Vax-Mandate Firing

    A former San Francisco Bay Area train system police department member who claims the transit agency religiously discriminated with its COVID-19 vaccination mandate testified tearfully on Tuesday that he felt guilt and anxiety after losing his job, saying his family almost had to sell their home.

  • July 09, 2024

    With Chevron's End, LGBTQ+ Healthcare Regs Face New Risk

    The end of Chevron deference is already disrupting regulation meant to protect LGBTQ+ access to healthcare, with three federal judges blocking enforcement of a Biden administration rule prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity in healthcare.

  • July 09, 2024

    6th Circ. Won't Revive Pilots' COVID Vax Preemption Fight

    The Sixth Circuit on Tuesday refused to revive a putative class action by Kalitta Air pilots who were fired over their refusal to get the COVID-19 vaccine, finding that the Railway Labor Act precludes the court from hearing their failure-to-accommodate and disability discrimination claims, which must be resolved through arbitration instead.

  • July 09, 2024

    BCBS Unit Fails To Stop Religious Vaccine Objector Suits

    A Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan subsidiary can't escape claims it treated differently employees who sought accommodations from a COVID-19 vaccine mandate, a Michigan federal judge ruled Tuesday, finding it plausible that religious discrimination "was at least a motivating factor" in the way the workers were dealt with.

  • July 09, 2024

    CBD Cos. Tell Justices RICO Can't Cover Personal Injury

    A trio of CBD companies on Tuesday urged the U.S. Supreme Court to find that a trucker fired for a positive drug test cannot bring a personal injury claim under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.

  • July 09, 2024

    Miracle-Gro Scores Early Win In Benefits Cutoff Suit

    Scotts Miracle-Gro notched an early win in a former worker's lawsuit alleging she was forced out when her health benefits were cut after she asked to work remotely following a bout of COVID-19, with a Georgia federal judge ruling Tuesday her position necessitated in-person attendance.

  • July 09, 2024

    EEOC General Counsel Says She's Homing In On Hiring Bias

    U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission general counsel Karla Gilbride said Tuesday her office is focused on holding employers accountable for hiring discrimination, noting the agency has access to company data that allows it to build a case that an individual job seeker cannot.

  • July 09, 2024

    7th Circ. Passes On Look At 2-Step Cert. Process, For Now

    A Seventh Circuit panel turned down pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly & Co.'s challenge to an Indiana federal court's decision to grant collective certification in an age discrimination suit, but said it would be open to looking at the two-step certification process in place to greenlight collectives.

  • July 09, 2024

    EEOC Asks 11th Circ. To Upend Coal Co. Win In Race Bias Suit

    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission urged the Eleventh Circuit on Tuesday to reinstate a lawsuit against a coal company brought by two Black former workers, saying they adequately showed that a white worker was subjected to more lenient standards than they were.

  • July 09, 2024

    Transportation Co. Fined Daily For Ignoring EEOC Subpoena

    A Minnesota federal judge hit a medical transportation company with a $100-a-day fine for failing to hand over information requested by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to aid its investigation into claims that the company underpaid a female driver out of bias.

  • July 09, 2024

    Ex-Uber Driver Urges 9th Circ. To Rehear Race Bias Suit

    An Asian former Uber driver is asking the Ninth Circuit to overturn a panel's June ruling finding he failed to support his allegations that the ride-hailing giant's rating system is racially biased, saying the court held him to too high of a standard.

  • July 09, 2024

    Ex-Worker Says She Was Assaulted By Fulton Court Staffer

    A former Fulton County Clerk of Superior and Magistrate Courts employee has filed a lawsuit against the clerk and county for allegedly protecting and enabling a senior staff member who she says sexually assaulted and harassed her.

  • July 09, 2024

    Jackson Lewis Snags Proskauer Atty In NYC Office

    Nationwide employment law firm Jackson Lewis PC announced Tuesday that it has hired a former Proskauer Rose LLP associate as a principal in its New York City office.

  • July 09, 2024

    Akamai Can't Arbitrate Saleswoman's Sex Harassment Suit

    A New York federal judge said Akamai Technologies can't arbitrate a senior account executive's claims that she endured years of sexual harassment and was hit with sexist sales quotas, ruling that her sexual misconduct claims shield the entire case from arbitration under the Ending Forced Arbitration Act.

  • July 09, 2024

    Weinstein May Face Nov. Retrial As DA Vets New Rape Claims

    Manhattan prosecutors Tuesday said November is a "realistic" date for Harvey Weinstein's retrial on rape charges as they continue to investigate new claims that the disgraced Hollywood producer assaulted other women, saying they expect to seek a superseding indictment by late September.

  • July 09, 2024

    Alaska Senators Condemn District Judge After Resignation

    Alaska's two Republican senators reprimanded the federal judge from their state who was found by a special committee to have created a hostile work environment and had an "inappropriately sexualized relationship" with one of his clerks, and has resigned.

  • July 09, 2024

    Biz Groups, Nonprofits Back EEOC Harassment Guidelines

    Several business groups and nonprofits urged a Tennessee federal court to reject a bid from a coalition of Republican state attorneys general to block new guidance from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, saying the agency's guidelines are necessary for safeguarding LGBTQ+ individuals from workplace harassment.

  • July 09, 2024

    UNC Health Worker's Age Bias Mediation Ends In Stalemate

    The University of North Carolina Health Care System and a former supply chain manager have reached an impasse trying to resolve his age discrimination claims outside of court, according to a mediator's recent report.

  • July 08, 2024

    Fintech Co. Current Can't Stop Ex-GC's Depo In Bias Case

    Fintech company Current must allow the deposition of its former general counsel in a suit claiming it fostered a discriminatory work culture, a New York federal magistrate judge has ruled though the judge limited the deposition to focus on discrimination the general counsel may have personally experienced or witnessed.

  • July 08, 2024

    Polsinelli Adds Prominent Employment Attys To Calif. Offices

    Polsinelli LLP has added a pair of experienced labor and employment attorneys to its Los Angeles and San Francisco offices, bolstering the firm's wage-and-hour and general employment practice in the Golden State, according to an announcement made Monday.

  • July 08, 2024

    UPS Beats 'Old Boys' Club' Gender Bias Suit For Good

    United Parcel Service Inc. scored a pretrial win Monday in a lawsuit claiming it passed over women for promotions and gave men better pay and working conditions after a California federal judge ruled that the three plaintiffs hadn't done enough to show the shipping company discriminated against them.

  • July 08, 2024

    Biggest Michigan Decisions Of 2024: A Midyear Report

    Michigan's appellate courts started off the year with notable labor and no-fault insurance opinions, allowing retaliation claims from a whistleblower's friends who didn't make any complaints themselves, and clarifying confusing auto insurance coverage changes after legislative reforms. Here is a look at some of the biggest decisions in Michigan so far this year.

  • July 08, 2024

    State Pay Equity Laws May Ease Path For EEOC Salary Survey

    While the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's first attempt to collect salary details from employers faced strong headwinds, experts said the proliferation of state-level pay transparency mandates may make a fresh wage data collection effort an easier lift for businesses.

  • July 08, 2024

    World Economic Forum Illegally Fired Black Worker, Suit Says

    The World Economic Forum fired a Black employee the day she returned from maternity leave and replaced her with a white worker who wasn't pregnant, even though she was told her position had been eliminated, according to a suit filed Monday in New York federal court.

Expert Analysis

  • EEOC Case Reminds That Men Can Also Claim Pay Bias

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    The Maryland State Highway Administration recently settled U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission claims that a male employee was paid less than his female colleagues, highlighting why employers should not focus on a particular protected class when it comes to assessing pay bias risk, say Barbara Grandjean and Audrey Merkel at Husch Blackwell.

  • Shaping Speech Policies After NLRB's BLM Protest Ruling

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    After the National Labor Relations Board decided last month that a Home Depot employee was protected by federal labor law when they wore a Black Lives Matter slogan on their apron, employers should consider four questions in order to mitigate legal risks associated with workplace political speech policies, say Louis Cannon and Cassandra Horton at Baker Donelson.

  • Avoiding Jurisdictional Risks From Execs' Remote Work

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    Following a California federal court's recent decision in Evans v. Cardlytics — where the case was remanded to state court because the company’s executives worked remotely in California — there are several steps employers can take to ensure they will not be exposed to unfavored jurisdictions, says Eric Fox at Quarles & Brady.

  • 11th Circ. FMLA Ruling Deepens Divide Over Causation

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    The Eleventh Circuit's recent ruling in Lapham v. Walgreen distinguishes the circuit as the loudest advocate for the but-for causation standard for assessing Family and Medical Leave Act retaliation claims, though employers in other jurisdictions may encounter less favorable standards and the U.S. Supreme Court will likely have to address the circuit split eventually, say attorneys at Benesch.

  • Handling Neurodivergence As The Basis Of Disability Claims

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    Three recent discrimination claims in Rhode Island and New Jersey show how allegations of adverse treatment of neurodivergent individuals will continue to be tested in court, so employers should create an environment that welcomes the disclosure of such conditions, says Ting Cheung at Sanford Heisler.

  • Employers Should Take Surgeon's Sex Bias Suit As A Warning

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    A Philadelphia federal jury's recent verdict in a sex bias suit over Thomas Jefferson University's inaction on a male plaintiff's sexual harassment complaint is a reminder to employers of all stripes about the importance of consistently applied protocols for handling complaints, say attorneys at Williams & Connolly.

  • Eye On Compliance: Workplace March Madness Pools

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    With March Madness set to begin in a few weeks, employers should recognize that workplace sports betting is technically illegal, keeping federal and state gambling laws in mind when determining whether they will permit ever-popular bracket pools, says Laura Stutz at Wilson Elser.

  • Generative AI Adds Risk To Employee 'Self-Help' Discovery

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    Plaintiffs have long engaged in their own evidence gathering for claims against current or former employers, but as more companies implement generative AI tools, both the potential scope and the potential risks of such "self-help" discovery are rising quickly, says Nick Peterson at Wiley.

  • Handbook Hot Topics: Workplace AI Risks

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    As generative artificial intelligence tools penetrate workplaces, employers should incorporate sound AI policies and procedures in their handbooks in order to mitigate liability risks, maintain control of the technology, and protect their brands, says Laura Corvo at White and Williams.

  • Employer Pointers As Wage And Hour AI Risks Emerge

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    Following the Biden administration's executive order on artificial intelligence, employers using or considering artificial intelligence tools should carefully assess whether such use could increase their exposure to liability under federal and state wage and hour laws, and be wary of algorithmic discrimination, bias and inaccurate or incomplete reporting, say attorneys at ArentFox Schiff.

  • Race Bias Defense Considerations After 11th Circ. Ruling

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    In Tynes v. Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, the Eleventh Circuit affirmed that the McDonnell Douglas test for employment discrimination cases is merely an evidentiary framework, so employers relying on it as a substantive standard of liability may need to rethink their litigation strategy, says Helen Jay at Phelps Dunbar.

  • 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.