Discrimination

  • April 17, 2024

    11th Circ. Says Haitian Worker's Bias Suit Isn't 'Shotgun' Case

    The Eleventh Circuit revived a Black Haitian worker's suit claiming she was fired from two government contractors for complaining that she wasn't receiving raises or promotions because of her race, saying the lower court was too critical when it tossed her suit as a "shotgun pleading."

  • April 17, 2024

    Fisher Phillips Adds Longtime Littler Atty In Ohio

    A longtime Littler Mendelson PC attorney has joined international labor and employment firm Fisher Phillips as a partner in its Cleveland office.

  • April 17, 2024

    Discovery In $500M Severance Fight Against X, Musk Will Wait

    A California federal judge paused discovery in a suit claiming X, formerly Twitter, owes $500 million in severance to the workers the company laid off after Elon Musk's takeover, saying the court should wait to sort out the company's dismissal bid.

  • April 17, 2024

    DHL To Pay $8.7M To End Long-Running EEOC Race Bias Suit

    Logistics company DHL will pay $8.7 million to resolve a 14-year-old U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission suit alleging it gave Black workers more difficult and dangerous work assignments than white employees, according to an agreement filed in Illinois federal court.

  • April 17, 2024

    Justices Ease Pathway For Title VII Suits Over Job Transfers

    The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act prohibits discriminatory job transfers even if they don't come with significant harm, a declaration that clears the way for more workplace bias suits to move ahead.

  • April 16, 2024

    Al Roker Fired Producer For Supporting DEI Policy, Suit Says

    Television producer William Schultz has sued Al Roker and his production company in New York federal court, alleging that he was wrongfully fired from the show "Weather Hunters" after voicing support for an initiative to bring minority writers onto the PBS children's show.

  • April 16, 2024

    What To Watch Now That EEOC Pregnant Worker Rule Is Final

    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's recently finalized rule to implement the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act poses new compliance questions for employers and is all but certain to be challenged in court, experts say. Here are three areas to keep an eye on now that the final regulations are out.

  • April 16, 2024

    NY High Court Zeroes In On Abortion Coverage Exemptions

    New York's highest court grappled Tuesday with whether a state regulation's exemption process shielding religious groups from a requirement that employee health plans cover abortions conflicted with a 2021 U.S. Supreme Court decision, with multiple judges questioning the constitutionality of the carveout procedure.

  • April 16, 2024

    Russell Simmons Says Rape Accuser Already Settled In 1997

    A lawyer for hip-hop mogul and Def Jam Recordings co-founder Russell Simmons told a Manhattan federal judge Tuesday that a 1997 settlement agreement and release bars a former label executive from pursuing her rape claims in court.

  • April 16, 2024

    J&J Must Face Scientist's Pregnancy Discrimination Suit

    Johnson & Johnson can't escape a scientist's lawsuit alleging it terminated her because she was pregnant so it could avoid paying her salary while on maternity leave, with a New Jersey federal judge ruling her allegations were detailed enough to stay in court.

  • April 16, 2024

    6th Circ. Won't Rehear White Ex-Kroger Manager's Bias Case

    A former manager for Kroger will not get to argue his claims he was fired because he is a white man before the full Sixth Circuit, according to a new order, letting stand the appellate court's decision to dismiss the former manager's claims.

  • April 16, 2024

    Texas Auto Dealership Resolves EEOC Cancer Bias Suit

    A Texas automotive dealership has agreed to pay $325,000 to end a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission lawsuit alleging it fired a 65-year-old executive after he was diagnosed with cancer to avoid covering his medical bills, according to a filing in Texas federal court.

  • April 16, 2024

    Builder Ends EEOC Suit Accusing It Of Firing White Worker

    A manufactured-home builder will pay $135,000 to end a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission lawsuit accusing it of firing a white worker because he has a multiracial family and refused to take part in conversations belittling Black people, the agency said Tuesday.

  • April 16, 2024

    Shulman Rogers Opens In Baltimore With Bowie & Jensen Trio

    Washington, D.C.-area firm Shulman Rogers PA announced that it hired a trio of former Bowie & Jensen LLC attorneys to lead the firm's expansion to Baltimore, where it plans to open a new office in the near future.

  • April 16, 2024

    5th Circ. Won't Disturb County Win In Officers' Retaliation Suit

    The Fifth Circuit declined to reinstate constitutional claims from officers who said a constable punished them for not supporting his reelection campaign, upholding a finding that a Texas county can't be held liable for his actions.

  • April 16, 2024

    Va. Hospital System Beats COVID Vaccine Bias Suit

    A Virginia healthcare system defeated a suit claiming it unlawfully refused to excuse two Christian employees from its COVID-19 vaccination requirement, with a federal judge finding they could have taken a version of the vaccine that didn't conflict with their religious beliefs.

  • April 15, 2024

    Conn. Court Should Allow Award For PTSD Firing, Agency Says

    Connecticut's state human rights watchdog has urged a state court to uphold a $62,000 award in favor of a Charter Communications worker who says she was fired because she had post-traumatic stress disorder, arguing that the decision followed sound legal principles and the judicial branch should defer to the agency's ruling.

  • April 15, 2024

    Tesla Workers' Atty Rips Claim Of Influence Over State Agency

    Counsel representing a putative class of roughly 6,000 Black Tesla workers alleging the automaker has allowed racism to run rampant at its California factory fired back during a class certification hearing Monday, calling Tesla's suggestion that plaintiffs counsel are driving the state's civil-rights litigation "beyond preposterous."

  • April 15, 2024

    Hospital To Pay $45K To Resolve EEOC Racial Slur Firing Suit

    A North Dakota hospital will pay $45,000 to resolve a lawsuit the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission lodged accusing it of firing a Black nurse's aide less than a week after she reported that a colleague had called her the N-word, the agency announced Monday.

  • April 15, 2024

    10th Circ. Backs Kansas Hospital's Disability Bias Suit Win

    The Tenth Circuit refused Monday to revive a doctor's lawsuit claiming a Kansas hospital refused to let him work after he was diagnosed with minor neurocognitive disorder, finding it was unreasonable to expect the medical center to pay over $1 million for another physician to supervise him.

  • April 15, 2024

    Harvard Says Antisemitism Case Not 'Legally Appropriate'

    Harvard University has said a lawsuit seeking to force it to submit to court-ordered monitoring and other conditions following allegations of antisemitism on campus "is neither an effective nor legally appropriate vehicle" to address the issue.

  • April 15, 2024

    Jury Sides With Ala. City Education Board In Pay Bias Suit

    An Alabama federal jury rejected a former athletic director's gender bias suit alleging she was paid less than male colleagues and demoted by an Alabama school board, four months after the case was revived by the Eleventh Circuit.

  • April 15, 2024

    Iowa Justices Nix Social Worker's $790K Harassment Suit Win

    The Iowa Supreme Court overturned a social worker's $790,000 jury trial win in her lawsuit accusing Iowa's Department of Human Services of allowing a male supervisor to make sexualized comments to her and other female employees, saying she couldn't rely on other workers' experiences to prove her case.

  • April 15, 2024

    Google Says Worker Fired Over Threats, Not Bipolar Disorder

    Google told a California federal court it should toss a lawsuit alleging the tech giant fired an employee because he took medical leave due to his bipolar disorder, arguing he was let go because of threatening emails he sent rather than his mental illness.

  • April 15, 2024

    Long Island Debt Collector Settles Disabled Worker's Bias Suit

    A Long Island debt collection law firm told a New York federal judge it reached a settlement in principle Monday to end a former employee's suit alleging the firm discriminated against her by failing to give her accommodations after a car accident and then terminating her.

Expert Analysis

  • What Texas Employers Should Know After PWFA Ruling

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    After a Texas federal judge recently enjoined federal agencies from enforcing the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act against the state of Texas, all employers must still remain sensitive to local, state and federal protections for pregnant workers, and proactive in their approach to pregnancy-related accommodations, says Maritza Sanchez at Phelps Dunbar.

  • AI In Performance Management: Mitigating Employer Risk

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    Companies are increasingly turning to artificial intelligence tools in performance management, exposing organizations to significant risks, which they can manage through employee training, bias assessments, and comprehensive policies and procedures related to the new technology, say Gregory Brown and Cindy Huang at Jackson Lewis.

  • Spartan Arbitration Tactics Against Well-Funded Opponents

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    Like the ancient Spartans who held off a numerically superior Persian army at the Battle of Thermopylae, trial attorneys and clients faced with arbitration against an opponent with a bigger war chest can take a strategic approach to create a pass to victory, say Kostas Katsiris and Benjamin Argyle at Venable.

  • What 2 Years Of Ukraine-Russia Conflict Can Teach Cos.

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    A few key legal lessons for the global business community since Russia's invasion of Ukraine could help protect global commerce in times of future conflict, including how to respond to disparate trade restrictions and sanctions, navigate war-related contract disputes, and protect against heightened cybersecurity risks, say attorneys at Morgan Lewis.

  • EEOC Case Reminds That Men Can Also Claim Pay Bias

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    The Maryland State Highway Administration recently settled U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission claims that a male employee was paid less than his female colleagues, highlighting why employers should not focus on a particular protected class when it comes to assessing pay bias risk, say Barbara Grandjean and Audrey Merkel at Husch Blackwell.

  • Shaping Speech Policies After NLRB's BLM Protest Ruling

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    After the National Labor Relations Board decided last month that a Home Depot employee was protected by federal labor law when they wore a Black Lives Matter slogan on their apron, employers should consider four questions in order to mitigate legal risks associated with workplace political speech policies, say Louis Cannon and Cassandra Horton at Baker Donelson.

  • Avoiding Jurisdictional Risks From Execs' Remote Work

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    Following a California federal court's recent decision in Evans v. Cardlytics — where the case was remanded to state court because the company’s executives worked remotely in California — there are several steps employers can take to ensure they will not be exposed to unfavored jurisdictions, says Eric Fox at Quarles & Brady.

  • 11th Circ. FMLA Ruling Deepens Divide Over Causation

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    The Eleventh Circuit's recent ruling in Lapham v. Walgreen distinguishes the circuit as the loudest advocate for the but-for causation standard for assessing Family and Medical Leave Act retaliation claims, though employers in other jurisdictions may encounter less favorable standards and the U.S. Supreme Court will likely have to address the circuit split eventually, say attorneys at Benesch.

  • Handling Neurodivergence As The Basis Of Disability Claims

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    Three recent discrimination claims in Rhode Island and New Jersey show how allegations of adverse treatment of neurodivergent individuals will continue to be tested in court, so employers should create an environment that welcomes the disclosure of such conditions, says Ting Cheung at Sanford Heisler.

  • Employers Should Take Surgeon's Sex Bias Suit As A Warning

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    A Philadelphia federal jury's recent verdict in a sex bias suit over Thomas Jefferson University's inaction on a male plaintiff's sexual harassment complaint is a reminder to employers of all stripes about the importance of consistently applied protocols for handling complaints, say attorneys at Williams & Connolly.

  • Eye On Compliance: Workplace March Madness Pools

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    With March Madness set to begin in a few weeks, employers should recognize that workplace sports betting is technically illegal, keeping federal and state gambling laws in mind when determining whether they will permit ever-popular bracket pools, says Laura Stutz at Wilson Elser.

  • Generative AI Adds Risk To Employee 'Self-Help' Discovery

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    Plaintiffs have long engaged in their own evidence gathering for claims against current or former employers, but as more companies implement generative AI tools, both the potential scope and the potential risks of such "self-help" discovery are rising quickly, says Nick Peterson at Wiley.

  • Handbook Hot Topics: Workplace AI Risks

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    As generative artificial intelligence tools penetrate workplaces, employers should incorporate sound AI policies and procedures in their handbooks in order to mitigate liability risks, maintain control of the technology, and protect their brands, says Laura Corvo at White and Williams.