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Web

Will Your Website Survive an ADA Challenge?

By now, employers should know that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and similar state and local laws protect the employment of qualified individuals with disabilities. And while you may be aware that the same laws offer similar protections for disabled individuals’ other areas of daily living—such as education, housing, and commerce—you may not realize […]

workplace

New York State Lawmakers Ratify Dramatic Proemployee Changes to NYSHRL

On August 12, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law substantial and far-reaching amendments to the New York State Human Rights Law (NYSHRL), the state statute that prohibits discrimination and discriminatory harassment. The amendments amplify laws that New York state enacted in 2018 to combat sexual harassment. Here are important facts about the amendments […]

leadership

When Can You Say No to Religious Garb in the Workplace?

If your employee’s religious clothing poses a potential safety risk, you can tell them to not wear it, right? Though that might seem logical from a safety perspective, managers need to concern themselves with a discrimination and compliance perspective as well. As is so often the case, the matter is complicated, and some consideration of […]

Sexual Orientation

Is Sexual Orientation Protected by Federal Law?

The U.S. 1st Circuit Court of Appeals—which covers Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island—recently upheld a six-figure jury award for a firefighter’s “sex-plus” discrimination claim, ruling that federal antidiscrimination law extends protections to gay and lesbian workers in cases where they claim discrimination based on both their gender and sexual orientation.

sexual harassment

TCJA Creates Catch-22 for Sexual Harassment Settlements

One of the primary concerns addressed through the #MeToo movement is that claims of sexual harassment in the workplace are often settled discreetly and without scrutiny. For years, employers have resolved sexual harassment claims with a settlement payout in exchange for a general release of the company from all liability. The terms of the settlement […]

Supreme Court issues number of important employment rulings

by Sean D. Lee The U.S. Supreme Court’s October 2015 term ended in late June 2016. Employers and federal contractors should take note of several recent decisions that affect businesses nationwide across a broad range of areas, including employment discrimination, affirmative action, and overtime exemptions.   Green v. Brennan In Green v. Brennan (May 23, 2016), […]

No More Compensatory and Punitive Damages for WFEA Violations

By Saul C. Glazer The Wisconsin Assembly passed a bill on February 21 eliminating compensatory and punitive damages awards for violations of Wisconsin’s Fair Employment Act (WFEA). This bill was passed by the Wisconsin Senate in November 2011 and is expected to be signed into law by Governor Scott Walker shortly. This law reverses a […]