Category: Employment Law

Immigration

On Thin ICE? Must Be Time for an Immigration Enforcement Update!

Winter must be coming, because immigration enforcement has been turning up the heat in recent weeks. What’s new? How about quintupled worksite enforcement efforts, an unprecedented monetary penalty, and a brand-new state law wrinkle in, where else, California?

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High Profile or Not, Sexual Harassment Claims Require Employer Action

Sexual harassment — the subject has exploded in recent weeks as people from all walks have spoken up about a menacing workplace problem. Even though antiharassment efforts are a priority in human resources circles, recent revelations about the actions of some high-profile executives are likely to cause employers to ask the question, “Are we doing […]

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Marijuana

Connecticut’s Workplace Protections for Medical Marijuana Trump Federal Law

Employees and job applicants are now further protected from employment discrimination based on their legal use of medical marijuana under Connecticut state law. Recently, a federal district court judge determined that marijuana’s illicit status under federal law doesn’t preempt Connecticut’s explicit workplace protections for the use of medical marijuana.

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gender gap

Going Against the Grain: Worker Fired After Unequal Pay Complaint

The U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals—which covers Arkansas, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota—recently reversed an Arkansas district court’s dismissal of a former employee’s retaliation claim against a grain company under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Equal Pay Act (EPA), and the Arkansas Civil Rights Act.

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age discrimination

Was CEO’s ‘New Face’ Comment a Mask for Age Discrimination?

“Peter,” a senior information technology (IT) director of a retail order fulfillment company, was terminated when his position was eliminated in an IT department restructuring. Was the CEO’s statement that the company wanted a “new face” enough for Peter to establish direct evidence of age discrimination?

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farm

New Mexico Onion Farm Pays Fines for Favoring Foreign Hires

Making good on promises from earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has begun cracking down on what it calls discrimination against U.S. workers who are being passed over in favor of temporary foreign workers. The DOJ recently announced a settlement with Carrillo Farm Labor, LLC, a New Mexico onion farm.

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