Federal nondiscrimination law prohibits employers from discriminating against employees on the basis of their sexual orientation, a federal appeals court ruled for the first time on April 4.
“Ban the box” refers to the initiatives, which have gained widespread traction, by which laws are put into place that prohibit employers from asking questions of applicants regarding previous criminal history (and discriminating against them on the basis of their answer) too early in the hiring and recruiting process. These types of initiatives have been […]
The 6th Circuit recently overturned a lower court’s dismissal of an employee’s disability and age discrimination claims and sent the case back for trial. The employee, who is unable to lift more than 35 pounds because he has scoliosis, was discharged after nearly 40 years on the job when his supervisor discovered that his condition […]
An African-American railroad worker alleged that he was denied overtime and certain training due to race discrimination. His employer denied the allegations.
C’mon, guys. We’re better than this!
Recently, a California employee sued her employer, claiming, among other things, that it discriminated against her because of her disability and failed to engage in the interactive process with her. The trial court dismissed her claims, and she appealed. This case exemplifies how an employer’s patience in providing reasonable accommodations pays off.
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 […]
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.
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.
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.