Tag: nondiscrimination

Elliot Page Shines a Further Light on Transgender Rights in the Workplace

This week, Elliot Page shared on social media that he is transgender and identifies as nonbinary. Elliot, who was formerly known publicly as Ellen Page, is known for such popular films as Juno (for which he received an Oscar nomination) and Inception and can currently be seen in Netflix’s Umbrella Academy. Elliot’s announcement further shed […]

Illinois Court Takes Charge, Finds No Charge in Disability Case

Before an individual may file a lawsuit under federal and state nondiscrimination laws—such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Illinois Human Rights Act (IHRA)—she must first file a timely charge of discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or a parallel state agency, such as the Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR). A recent decision illustrates that not every document alleging discrimination filed with such an agency amounts to a “charge.”

EEOC Slows Enforcement, But Makes Headway on Backlog

Preliminary data from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) shows that in Fiscal Year 2016, it filed fewer lawsuits and resolved fewer claims outside of court than it has in recent years, despite an increase in charges filed. Employers also paid less monetary relief.

As Wellness Rule Deadline Approaches, Questions Remain

As the 2014 plan year nears, plan sponsors are still sifting through the recently finalized changes to HIPAA’s nondiscrimination rules on wellness programs. The rules, issued June 3 (78 Fed. Reg. 33158), legally took effect Aug. 2 and must be met for plan years beginning on or after Jan. 1, 2014. Along with raising the […]

Determination Letter Application Changes for 2012

Just when you thought you’d figured out all the new regulations set to go into effect for 2012, some government agency changes them up on you. At least with last Friday’s announcement from the IRS, you can breathe easy: its changes won’t take effect until Feb. 1, 2012, or later. The Service’s Announcement 2011-82 changes […]

Employer Guidance for ADA Design Standards

By Jeffrey S. Beck As the weather changes, many employers turn their attention to facility maintenance. If you’re one of those employers, you should consider the implications of the Americans with Disabilities Act’s (ADA) building design standards for any significant projects you undertake, whether it’s a new coat of paint, remodeling, or thorough winterizing. Recently, […]

Wal-Mart Settles Sex Discrimination Suit for $11.7

By Saul C. Glazer Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., has agreed to pay $11.7 million in back wages and compensatory damages, its share of employer taxes, and up to $250,000 in administration fees and will furnish other relief, including jobs, to settle a sex discrimination lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The settlement illustrates […]

HHS Regs Offer Protection for Health Care Providers’ Moral Beliefs

In a remarkably last-minute fashion, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued final regulations protecting health care providers who withhold medical care based on conflicting moral beliefs. The rule, which covers federally funded health care providers, takes effect January 18, 2009 — the required 30 days after its under-the-wire December 19 […]

Renhill settles with EEOC on age discrimination, race discrimination, and retaliation suit

Fort Wayne staffing company Renhill Services, Inc., has settled a lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) for retaliation and age and race discrimination. The company will pay $580,000 and up to $5,000 in settlement administrative expenses, according to the EEOC. The EEOC charged that Renhill violated federal law by failing to refer […]