Discrimination

  • June 04, 2024

    Airlines Seek Shield From Chicago's New Paid Sick Leave Law

    The trade group representing the largest U.S. airlines alleged in a federal lawsuit Tuesday that Chicago's new paid sick leave law cannot be enforced against airlines because it interferes with flight crew staffing and scheduling in violation of federal law and collective bargaining agreements.

  • June 04, 2024

    EEOC Says Transgender Care Exclusion Violated Title VII

    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ruled that the Office of Personnel Management violated federal civil rights law when it denied a transgender retiree's claims for gender-affirming care, reversing an agency decision that determined he hadn't been subjected to discrimination.

  • June 04, 2024

    Honeywell Manager 'Dismissive' Of Black Employee, Suit Says

    A Black woman who was a global marketing manager for Honeywell International Inc. has accused the conglomerate of using layoffs as a pretext to get rid of her after she filed an internal complaint calling into question her manager's treatment of women and people of color.

  • June 04, 2024

    Property Company Must Face Ex-Manager's Race Bias Suit

    A Pennsylvania federal judge denied a real estate firm's effort to take an early win over a discrimination and retaliation suit brought by one of its Black former property managers, ruling that there are still too many open questions about the worker's treatment as she oversaw a problem-ridden Ohio apartment complex.

  • June 04, 2024

    County Says Exec Can't Pin Firing On Lawyer Bashing

    A fired county executive's letter calling the county's legal counsel incompetent was sent as part of his official job duties, a Michigan county said Monday, arguing that the comments were not protected speech and can't give rise to a retaliation claim.

  • June 04, 2024

    2nd Circ. Won't Revive NYU Doctor's Disability Bias Suit

    The Second Circuit declined Tuesday to reinstate a doctor's suit claiming a New York University hospital fired him instead of accommodating his disability, saying the hospital was on solid ground to let him go because he couldn't perform a particular procedure.

  • June 04, 2024

    8th Circ. Erases Pharmacist's Win In Service Dog ADA Suit

    The Eighth Circuit on Tuesday upended a pharmacist's $134,000 jury trial win in her lawsuit accusing a Missouri city of unlawfully barring her from bringing her service dog to work to help her monitor her diabetes, saying she failed to show that she needed the dog to do her job.

  • June 04, 2024

    2nd Circ. Backs TD Bank's Win Over Ex-Manager's Bias Suit

    The Second Circuit refused Tuesday to revive a former TD Bank manager's suit claiming he was fired because he suffered from anxiety and had requested parental leave, finding he couldn't overcome the bank's explanation that he was let go because of forgery.

  • June 04, 2024

    Legal Tech Co. Wants Ex-Exec's $1M Stock Suit Out Of NY

    A former legal tech executive's lawsuit claiming she was sexually harassed, fired and then cut out of $1 million in stock options should be moved from New York to either Texas or arbitration, or dismissed entirely, her former colleagues said Tuesday, calling the allegations against them "vague and conclusory."

  • June 04, 2024

    Ex-Lumentum VP Traded On Merger Info, SEC Says

    The former vice president of product line management at Lumentum has been accused by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission of using nonpublic information about a pending merger to trade stock during his time with the laser products company.

  • June 04, 2024

    Debevoise Litigation Dept. Gets Shake-Up As Co-Chair Retires

    Debevoise & Plimpton LLP announced Tuesday that it has appointed longtime New York-based partner Jyotin "Joe" Hamid as the new co-chair of its litigation department, succeeding Mary Beth Hogan next month as she prepares to retire at the end of the year.

  • June 04, 2024

    NJ Pitches Rule To Clarify Disparate Impact Bias Ban

    New Jersey's civil rights agency proposed a rule laying out the standards for the state's prohibitions on workplace policies that have a disproportionate impact on people in protected classes.

  • June 04, 2024

    Ogletree Opens 7th California Office In Fresno

    Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC has opened an office in Fresno, California, absorbing a location previously operated by Raimondo Miller ALC and its five attorneys, the firm has announced.

  • June 04, 2024

    11th Circ. Won't Revisit Class Nix In AT&T Pregnancy Bias Suit

    The Eleventh Circuit refused to rethink the denial of class certification in a suit alleging AT&T discriminated against pregnant workers by penalizing them for childbirth-related absences, saying an appeal from a worker who intervened following a settlement deal was premature.

  • June 04, 2024

    Single On-The-Job Slur Can't Sustain EEOC Suit, Judge Says

    A Wisconsin plastics company defeated a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission suit claiming a Black employee endured a hostile work environment, with a federal judge finding that one alleged use of a racial slur at work wasn't enough to keep the case alive.

  • June 04, 2024

    Google Settles Suit Claiming It Pushed Out Older Men

    Google reached a deal to resolve a suit from a former manager who claimed he was fired because the company wanted to oust older men in favor of young women, a filing in Texas federal court said.

  • June 03, 2024

    General Mills Facility Run By White Supremacists, Suit Says

    General Mills workers sued in Georgia federal court on Sunday alleging the food giant tolerated a racist environment at its Covington plant perpetuated by a fraternity of white male supremacists who used Confederate and Ku Klux Klan-associated imagery and who treated Black workers unfairly, including by denying them promotions.

  • June 03, 2024

    Hooters Can't Yet Ditch Ex-Workers' Sex Harassment Claims

    A California appellate court has refused to undo a lower court's decision finding that Hooters of America must continue to fight former servers' allegations that they were harassed and abused at work, ruling that Hooters hasn't met its burden of showing that it was entitled to summary adjudication.

  • June 03, 2024

    5th Circ. Mulls Acts Vs. Belief In Anti-Abortion Worker's Firing

    The Fifth Circuit on Monday seemed torn over whether it should "split hairs" between religious conduct and religious belief as it weighed whether to uphold a Southwest flight attendant's win in a wrongful termination suit over graphic anti-abortion messages she sent her union president.

  • June 03, 2024

    3rd Circ. Says High Court Ruling Revives EEOC Age Bias Suit

    The Third Circuit said a lower court needs to take another look at a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission suit alleging Novo Nordisk told a worker she couldn't transfer positions because of her older age, remanding the case in the wake of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

  • June 03, 2024

    Cabinet Co. Cuts Deal To End EEOC Retaliation Suit

    A cabinetmaker reached a $165,000 deal to resolve a lawsuit from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission accusing it of firing employees who complained that Hispanic managers were being barred from certain duties and subjected to higher scrutiny, according to a filing Monday in New Mexico federal court.

  • June 03, 2024

    EEOC, Transportation Co. Settle Demographic Data Suit

    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and a transportation company told a North Carolina federal court they've agreed to end the agency's lawsuit claiming the company failed to report demographic information about its employees for several years.

  • June 03, 2024

    2nd Circ. Revives Ex-Bloomberg Reporter's Bias Case

    The Second Circuit on Monday reopened a former Bloomberg reporter's lawsuit alleging she was denied a job in Manhattan because she's of South Asian descent, after New York state's highest court clarified that state law can protect out-of-state job applicants.

  • June 03, 2024

    EEOC Brings On Chief AI Officer From NLRB

    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said Monday that the former head of data strategy at the National Labor Relations Board has been named the EEOC's new deputy chief information officer and chief artificial intelligence officer.

  • June 03, 2024

    6th Circ. Says $10.5M Ascension Hospitals Vax Deal Too Broad

    The Sixth Circuit scrapped a settlement Monday in a class action claiming that Ascension Health Alliance illegally fired or suspended religious workers who rejected the COVID-19 vaccine, ruling the Michigan-based employees backing the suit lack standing to expand the deal nationwide.

Expert Analysis

  • 10 Steps To Reduce Risks From AI Employment Tools

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    In light of the White House’s recent executive order on responsible use of artificial intelligence, companies using AI tools to make employment decisions should take steps to understand and mitigate the legal risks posed by these products and keep up with the rapidly evolving regulations that govern them, say attorneys at Cooley.

  • What Employers Can Learn From EEOC's 2023 ADA Priorities

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    Between a spike in Americans with Disabilities Act suits filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in 2023 and the agency’s newly released priorities, the EEOC has provided employers a preview of several ADA issues — like web accessibility, pregnancy discrimination and inflexible policies — it will likely focus enforcement on next year, says Stacy Bunck at Ogletree.

  • Eye On Compliance: EEOC Focus On Workplace AI

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    With the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s recent guidance and enforcement focus on the use of artificial intelligence tools during the hiring process and other job-related assessments, companies should be mindful that anti-discrimination laws apply equally to both human- and AI-generated decisions, say Laura Stutz and Lisa Ackerman at Wilson Elser.

  • 5th Circ. Ruling Sets Bostock, Faith Exemption Up For Review

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    The Fifth Circuit's Braidwood v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission decision could tee up U.S. Supreme Court review of whether employing an individual to whose protected class the employer objects infringes on the employer's religious beliefs, potentially narrowing LGBTQ worker protections from the high court's 2020 Bostock v. Clayton County decision, says Adam Grogan at Bell Law.

  • Legal Profession Gender Parity Requires Equal Parental Leave

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    To truly foster equity in the legal profession and to promote attorney retention, workplaces need to better support all parents, regardless of gender — starting by offering equal and robust parental leave to both birthing and non-birthing parents, says Ali Spindler at Irwin Fritchie.

  • Why Employers Should Refrain From 'Quiet Firing'

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    While quiet firing — when an employer deliberately makes working conditions intolerable with the goal of forcing an employee to quit — has recently been identified in the news as a new trend, such constructive discharge tactics have been around for ages, and employers would do well to remember that, comparatively, direct firings may provide more legal protection, says Robin Shea at Constangy.

  • 5 New Calif. Laws Employers Need To Know

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    Now is a good time for employers to evaluate personnel rules to keep pace with California’s newly adopted employee protections, which go into effect early next year and include laws regarding reproductive loss leave, cannabis use, workplace violence prevention and noncompete agreements, say attorneys at Farella Braun.

  • 3 Employer Strategies To Streamline Mass Arbitrations

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    Workers under arbitration agreements have gained an edge on their employers by filing floods of tedious and expensive individualized claims, but companies can adapt to this new world of mass arbitration by applying several new strategies that may streamline the dispute-resolution process, says Michael Strauss at Alternative Resolution Centers.

  • How AI 'Cultural Fit' Assessments Can Be Analyzed For Bias

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    Attorneys at Sanford Heisler explore how the use of artificial intelligence to assess workplace cultural fit may provide employees with increased opportunities to challenge biased hiring practices, and employers with more potential to mitigate against bias in algorithmic evaluations.

  • High Court's Old, Bad Stats Analysis Can Miss Discrimination

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    Courts and practitioners should reconsider a common statistical test for evidence of employment discrimination, created by the U.S. Supreme Court for its 1977 Castaneda and Hazelwood cases, because its “two or three standard deviations” criteria stems from a misunderstanding of statistical methods that can dramatically minimize the actual prevalence of discrimination, says Daniel Levy at Advanced Analytical Consulting Group.

  • Transparency And Explainability Are Critical To AI Compliance

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    Although there is not yet a comprehensive law governing artificial intelligence, regulators have tools to hold businesses accountable, and companies need to focus on ensuring that consumers and key stakeholders understand how their AI systems operate and make decisions, say Chanley Howell and Lauren Hudon at Foley & Lardner.

  • In Focus At The EEOC: Emerging And Developing Issues

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    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's recently finalized strategic enforcement plan highlights how the agency will prioritize its limited resources over the next four years, and the most notable emerging issues include ensuring protections for pregnant workers and those dealing with long-term COVID-19 effects, says Jim Paretti at Littler.

  • Employer Takeaways From 2nd Circ. Equal Pay Ruling

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    The Second Circuit 's recent decision in Eisenhauer v. Culinary Institute of America reversed a long-held understanding of the Equal Pay Act, ultimately making it easier for employers to defend against equal pay claims brought under federal law, but it is not a clear escape hatch for employers, say Thelma Akpan and Katelyn McCombs at Littler.