Discrimination

  • June 21, 2024

    Logistics Co. Says EEOC Didn't Properly Serve It

    A supply chain consulting firm urged a Tennessee federal court to toss a suit that the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission launched accusing it and a staffing company of subjecting female employees to sexual harassment, saying the agency failed to jump through all the hurdles before filing the suit.

  • June 21, 2024

    AAA, Worker End Sex Bias Suit After Missed Eclipse Day Depo

    AAA and a former insurance agent told a Florida federal court Friday that they've settled the ex-employee's gender discrimination lawsuit amid a fight over how much his attorney owes the organization for missing a deposition because he was traveling to see April's solar eclipse.

  • June 21, 2024

    Ex-CFO Ends Bias Suit Against Anderson Kill In New York

    A disability discrimination lawsuit filed in New York federal court against insurance recovery law firm Anderson Kill PC by its former chief financial officer has been voluntarily dismissed per a stipulated order submitted by the litigation parties.

  • June 21, 2024

    NY Paid Lactation Break Law Brings Protection, Confusion

    New York state now requires employers to provide paid lactation breaks, representing another boon to equal pay efforts, but questions remain regarding the specifics of compliance and enforcement, attorneys say.

  • June 20, 2024

    Logistics Cos. Face Skilled Worker Visa Misuse Class Action

    A pair of logistics companies in the United States face a proposed worker class action alleging they misled prospective employees in Mexico about purported engineering roles that, in reality, were menial labor.

  • June 20, 2024

    NC Agency Hit With Race Bias Suit Over $17.8M Project

    The North Carolina Department of Transportation and one of its contractors subjected Black employees of a subcontractor to "flagrant racial discrimination," according to a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday.

  • June 20, 2024

    NY State Rep. Fired Adviser Before Amputation, Suit Says

    A senior adviser for a New York state assembly member hit his former boss with a disability bias suit in state court, claiming he was fired days before undergoing a diabetes-induced amputation that ultimately cost him half of his leg, so that the state could avoid handing him medical leave.

  • June 20, 2024

    Staffing Co. To Pay $558K To End DOJ Immigrant Bias Probe

    The U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday that a staffing firm will pay nearly $558,000 to end an investigation into its hiring practices that found it deterred non-U.S. citizens with permission to work in the country from applying for open job opportunities.

  • June 20, 2024

    DLA Piper Accused Of Evading Order In Pregnancy Bias Case

    DLA Piper continues to evade a court directive to turn certain documents over to a former attorney with the firm who has filed a pregnancy bias suit, a lawyer representing the former employee has told a New York federal magistrate judge.

  • June 20, 2024

    White Women Barred From Fellowship, Anti-DEI Group Says

    A women's rights nonprofit unlawfully prevents white women from receiving a $20,000 fellowship aimed at helping women obtain legal, medical and other advanced degrees, an anti-diversity, equity and inclusion organization told a District of Columbia federal court Thursday.

  • June 20, 2024

    11th Circ. Backs Stryker's Defeat Of Fired Worker's Leave Suit

    The Eleventh Circuit refused Thursday to revive a suit claiming medical technology company Stryker illegally fired a worker on leave awaiting the birth of his child, ruling that because the leave didn't formally kick in until the child was born, his termination was fair game.

  • June 20, 2024

    Greenberg Gains Another Shareholder From Jackson Lewis

    Greenberg Traurig LLP is adding another former Jackson Lewis PC attorney to its ranks, announcing Tuesday that its new shareholder brings more than three decades of workplace law experience.

  • June 20, 2024

    2nd Circ. Affirms AIG's Win In Ex-Atty's Retaliation Suit

    A former legal executive's retaliation lawsuit against American International Group Inc. has fizzled out as the Second Circuit on Thursday upheld an earlier ruling that found he was not fired for blowing the whistle on alleged fraud.

  • June 20, 2024

    Calif. Court, Judge Escape Former Exec's Racial Bias Suit

    A California federal judge handed an early win Wednesday to a state court and one of its judges, tossing out a racial discrimination and retaliation suit after finding that a former court executive officer failed to show how the judge who fired her had discriminated against her as a Black woman.

  • June 20, 2024

    ZoomInfo Hit With Race Bias Claim By Fired Account Exec

    A Black former senior account executive at ZoomInfo Technologies Inc. says he was repeatedly denied promotions and transfers despite outperforming white colleagues, then was fired in retaliation for filing a discrimination complaint.

  • June 20, 2024

    Tesla Let Racism Go Unchecked In Calif. Factories, Suit Says

    Harassment ran rampant in two Tesla factories where racist graffiti was commonplace and Black and Hispanic workers were taunted with racial slurs, according to a suit filed in California state court.

  • June 20, 2024

    ACLU Urges 9th Circ. To Reject Insurer's Trans Health Appeal

    The American Civil Liberties Union urged the Ninth Circuit to reject Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois' appeal seeking to overturn a lower court ruling that found denying transgender health plan participants gender-affirming care violated the Affordable Care Act, arguing federal healthcare nondiscrimination laws clearly protected against gender identity bias.

  • June 20, 2024

    4 Discrimination Cases To Watch In 2nd Half Of 2024

    Software vendor Workday is battling a suit over its artificial intelligence tools, Tesla is preparing for a sweeping race discrimination trial, lawyers for Southwest Airlines hope to dodge court-mandated religious bias training and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is defending its new pregnant worker rule. Here are four discrimination cases lawyers should keep an eye on in the latter half of 2024.

  • June 20, 2024

    Rocket Mortgage Hit With Race Bias, FMLA Suit

    Rocket Mortgage refused to let a Black associate banker transfer positions while letting her white counterparts do so, held her to stricter standards, reduced her wages and eventually terminated her partly due to her use of medical leave, she said in a complaint lodged in Michigan federal court.

  • June 20, 2024

    Raytheon, Christian Ex-Worker Agree To End Vax Bias Suit

    Raytheon and a Christian former data manager agreed to end her suit alleging the defense contractor unlawfully fired her because she requested a religious exemption to its COVID-19 vaccination policy, a filing in Florida federal court said.

  • June 20, 2024

    Snapchat Inks $15M Deal In Calif. Watchdog's Sex Bias Suit

    The parent company of Snapchat agreed to pay $15 million to end a California Civil Rights Department suit alleging it discouraged women from applying for promotions and failed to protect them from inappropriate sexual advances, according to a filing in California state court.

  • June 18, 2024

    4 Takeaways From Rulings On EEOC Pregnant Worker Regs

    Two Republican states won an injunction blocking abortion-related parts of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's pregnant worker accommodation rule in their states days after another federal court rejected a similar challenge to the regulations — dueling decisions that may trigger parallel appeals, experts say. Here are four takeaways from the pair of recent rulings in challenges to the EEOC regulations.

  • June 18, 2024

    Newsom, Legislators Reach Agreement On PAGA Reform

    California Gov. Gavin Newsom and state legislative leaders on Tuesday unveiled reforms to California's Private Attorneys General Act, including major changes to the law's penalty structure, changes they say will avoid a "contentious" ballot measure campaign.

  • June 18, 2024

    Cuomo's Ex-Aide Details Sex Harassment Claims In New Suit

    Former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's onetime executive assistant has filed a civil lawsuit in New York state court, accusing Cuomo of "outrageous sex discrimination and retaliation" roughly two years after related misdemeanor charges over the alleged misconduct were dropped.

  • June 18, 2024

    Seattle Can't Stop Firefighters' COVID Vaccine Suit

    Firefighters who sued over Seattle's COVID-19 vaccine mandate have offered sufficient evidence to allege they faced religious discrimination, according to a federal magistrate judge who trimmed some claims on Tuesday but refused to toss the lawsuit.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • 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.