Tag: discrimination

California Employee’s Inability to Return to Work Dooms Disability Case

by Marianne Koepf, Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger LLP Winning summary judgment (a judgment in your favor without a full trial) in a disability discrimination case is rare for employers in California. Disability cases are often factually messy and involve complex legal issues. However, it can be done, as the California Court of Appeal’s recent decision […]

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Walmart to Pay $7.5 Million to Settle Same-Sex Benefits Discrimination Suit

Under a proposed settlement agreement filed with the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, retail giant Walmart has agreed to settle a class action lawsuit alleging that it discriminated against gays and lesbians in the administration of its spousal health insurance benefits. The proposed settlement, filed December 2, 2016, must still be approved by Judge William G. Young before becoming final, which could take a few weeks.

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EEOC Seeks Input on Harassment Guidance

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) proposed new antiharassment guidance January 10 and is seeking input from the public. It will accept comments until February 9.

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Pros and Cons of ‘Friending’ Employees Online

As an HR professional, likely there will be many times when you’ll be called upon to mediate or help to resolve personnel issues. This may be something as simple as a misunderstanding or it may be a much more serious issue, like discrimination or harassment, or anything in between.

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EEOC Issues Enforcement Guidance On National Origin Discrimination

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC’s) recently released enforcement guidance on national origin discrimination covers issues related to employment decisions, harassment, and language issues. It also provides a list of “promising practices” employers can use to minimize the risk of national origin discrimination claims.

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Appeals Court Upholds Termination of Employee for Violating Sick Leave Policy

by Brittany E. Medio, JD, Saul Ewing LLP The U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals—which covers Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania—recently affirmed a lower court’s decision to dismiss an employee’s gender discrimination and retaliation claims against her former employer. The court found the employee was terminated not for engaging in protected activity but for violating […]

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Refusal to Undergo Medical Exam Tanks Michigan Worker’s ADA Claim

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit—which covers Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee—recently affirmed a grant of summary judgment (dismissal without a trial) in favor of a city that fired an employee for refusing to undergo a medical examination as a condition of returning to work after medical leave. Facts

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