Discrimination

  • April 30, 2024

    EEOC Says High Court Ruling Supports Ex-Worker's ADA Suit

    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission urged the Tenth Circuit to reinstate a worker's disability bias suit claiming she was fired from a Kansas health system for refusing mental health counseling, arguing that a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling shows her case was improperly tossed.

  • April 30, 2024

    Senior Care Co., EEOC Strike Deal To End Age Bias Suit

    A Georgia senior living community will pay $78,000 to resolve a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission suit alleging it pressured a receptionist in her 70s to retire and then fired her because she was hospitalized for high blood pressure, according to a federal court filing.

  • April 30, 2024

    School Knocks Out Religious Bias Suit Over Pronoun Policy

    An Indiana federal court Tuesday dismissed a suit from a Christian former teacher who objected to using gender-affirming names for trans students, ruling that letting him refer to students by last names only would be asking too much under a standard articulated by the U.S. Supreme Court in June.

  • April 30, 2024

    Logistics Co. Strikes Deal To Exit EEOC Retaliation Suit

    A logistics company will pay $60,000 to resolve a suit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission accusing it of forcing a staffing agency to rescind a worker's employment there after he complained that the facility refused to hire Hispanic workers.

  • April 29, 2024

    6th Circ. Reopens Disability Bias Suit Against Kroger

    The Sixth Circuit on Monday reinstated a Kroger employee's lawsuit alleging her supervisor micromanaged her and pushed her out after revealing she had breast cancer, saying a jury could find the retail company refused to allow her to take it easy after she returned from surgery.

  • April 29, 2024

    Diddy Calls 1991 Rape Claim 'False, Offensive And Salacious'

    Sean "Diddy" Combs has asked a New York court to trim one of the multiple sexual assault suits he is facing, calling plaintiff Joi Dickerson-Neal's allegations of a 1991 rape "false, offensive and salacious."

  • April 29, 2024

    Trans Patients In NC, W.Va. Prevail In 4th Circ. Health Fight

    The Fourth Circuit on Monday affirmed two lower court decisions ordering North Carolina and West Virginia to end discriminatory exclusions for coverage of gender-affirming medical care for transgender people in both states, finding the lower courts properly struck down the policies as "textbook sex discrimination."

  • April 29, 2024

    6th Circ. Revives Black Truck Driver's Race Bias Suit

    The Sixth Circuit reinstated a Black truck driver's race bias suit claiming he was dealt a steeper punishment than white drivers for allegedly driving recklessly on two occasions, stating he put forward enough detail to cast doubt on his employer's position that he was sacked over safety concerns.

  • April 29, 2024

    GSA Guides Agencies On Responsible Generative AI Buying

    The U.S. General Services Administration on Monday issued guidance to federal agencies for buying generative artificial intelligence services and related hardware, intended to ensure that emerging technology is used "responsibly and effectively."

  • April 29, 2024

    Ex-Manager Accuses Hallmark Of Retaliation For Wage Claims

    A former manager said he was illegally let go for speaking up about Hallmark's alleged violations of a minimum wage ordinance, telling a California state court Monday that the greeting card giant terminated him for supposedly saying an expletive when profanity use is "embedded in Hallmark's culture."

  • April 29, 2024

    9th Circ. Backs Raytheon Defeat Of Religious Vaccination Suit

    The Ninth Circuit refused to revive a lawsuit alleging Raytheon Technologies Corp. unlawfully harassed and forced out employees who received religious exemptions from its COVID-19 vaccination policy, finding Monday that companywide reminders about inoculation and other preventative measures weren't based on religion.

  • April 29, 2024

    EEOC To Challenge Texas' PWFA Blockade At 5th Circ.

    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission told a Texas federal judge that the agency will ask the Fifth Circuit to upend his order blocking the EEOC from enforcing the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act against the state.

  • April 29, 2024

    Amtrak Wants Out Of Black Conductor's Bias Suit

    Amtrak is urging a Connecticut federal judge to let it out of a Black conductor's lawsuit alleging she was passed over for union committee assignments in favor of less experienced white men and harassed by a superior after she complained, saying her gripes should be directed solely at the union.

  • April 29, 2024

    DOL Issues Guidance On Using AI In The Workplace

    The U.S. Department of Labor issued guidance Monday on how employers can carefully use artificial intelligence, saying a lack of human eyes could create a domino effect and lead to violations of federal wage and leave laws.

  • April 29, 2024

    Japanese Space Co. Settles White Ex-CEO's Bias Suit

    The U.S. arm of a Japanese space company and its former CEO told a Colorado federal court they have agreed to end the executive's suit alleging he witnessed frequent "anti-foreigner" bias at the company and was ultimately fired because he's white.

  • April 29, 2024

    NC Law Firm Ends Fired Paralegal's Pregnancy Bias Suit

    A real estate law firm agreed to end a former worker's suit claiming she was fired from her paralegal job only 12 days after she notified her bosses that she was pregnant and needed maternity leave, according to a North Carolina federal court filing.

  • April 29, 2024

    EEOC Guidance Addresses Telework, Shields LGBTQ Workers

    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on Monday unveiled the final version of its enforcement guidance on workplace harassment, updating the agency's advice to factor in developments such as the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark Bostock decision and the rise of remote work.

  • April 29, 2024

    Justices Skip Atty's Race Bias Suit Over Paid Suspension

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to wade into a former congressman's case alleging a nonprofit legal aid firm violated Title VII's ban on race discrimination when it suspended him with pay, passing on the chance to apply a newly crafted high court standard addressing what kinds of workplace actions can sustain a bias lawsuit. 

  • April 29, 2024

    Justices To Weigh RICO Injury Scope In CBD Case

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear a case brought by a trio of CBD companies asking the justices to establish whether a plaintiff can bring a personal injury claim under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.

  • April 26, 2024

    Law360 Reveals Titans Of The Plaintiffs Bar

    In the past year, plaintiffs have won settlements and judgments for millions and billions of dollars from companies such as Wells Fargo, Goldman Sachs, Facebook and Fox News, with many high-profile cases finally wrapping up after years of fighting. Such cases — involving over-the-top compensation packages, chemical contamination, gender discrimination and data mining — were led by attorneys whose accomplishments earned them recognition as Law360's Titans of the Plaintiffs Bar for 2024.

  • April 26, 2024

    HHS Finalizes Bolstered Sexual Orientation Bias Protections

    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Friday unveiled a final rule designed to beef up protections against discrimination in healthcare, in particular protecting access to healthcare for the LGBTQ+ community as well as for other vulnerable populations.

  • April 26, 2024

    Ye Fired Worker For Refusing To Shave Dreads, Suit Says

    Ye, his companies and Donda Academy were hit with another discrimination suit in California state court Friday by a former employee who says the rapper treated Black employees far worse than white employees, and terminated him last year when he refused to give into Ye's demands to shave his dreadlocks.

  • April 26, 2024

    Judge Urges End To Suit-Restricting Job Contracts In Mich.

    A judge for a Michigan state appeals court has called on the state's high court to put a stop to terms in employment contracts that give workers less time to file civil rights lawsuits, saying such terms allow employers to get away with discriminatory practices.

  • April 26, 2024

    Ill. Hospital Wins Dismissal Of Genetic Privacy Case

    An Illinois state court judge has thrown out a proposed class action accusing Advocate Health and Hospitals Corp. of violating the state's decades-old genetic information privacy law, saying Wednesday the lead plaintiff not only released the hospital system from liability, but was largely asked about her own medical status after she was already offered a job.

  • April 26, 2024

    High Court's Title VII Ruling May Boost Workers In ADA Suits

    The U.S. Supreme Court's recent watershed decision easing the requirements for bringing a Title VII case may also soften a legal obstacle some courts have put in front of workers bringing Americans with Disabilities Act cases, some experts said.

Expert Analysis

  • NY, Minn. Set Pace For Employee Breastfeeding Protections

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    Breastfeeding employees have gotten increased legal protections through recently effective amendments in New York and Minnesota, and the laws underline the need for employers to watch for state-level legislative efforts to extend these protections beyond federal requirements, say John Litchfield and Miranda Curtis at Foley & Lardner.

  • Bar Score Is Best Hiring Metric Post-Affirmative Action

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    After the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling striking down affirmative action admissions policies, law firms looking to foster diversity in hiring should view an applicant's Multistate Bar Examination score as the best metric of legal ability — over law school name or GPA, says attorney Alice Griffin.

  • What To Expect From High Court's Whistleblower Case

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    The U.S. Supreme Court's upcoming decision in Murray v. UBS Securities will likely have widespread implications for the future of anti-retaliation whistleblower litigation, and could make it more difficult for would-be whistleblower-employees to succeed on anti-retaliation claims under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, say Ann-Elizabeth Ostrager and Diane McGimsey at Sullivan & Cromwell.

  • 'Equal Harassment' Is No Shield Against Title VII Claims

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    The Ninth Circuit’s decision in Sharp v. S&S Activewear, rejecting an employer's claim that it did not create a sexually hostile work environment because the misogynist music it played offended all workers equally, reminds companies that they can face Title VII liability even when misconduct does not target a specific group, says Laura Lawless at Squire Patton.

  • Recent Changes Mark A Key Moment For New York High Court

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    Recent developments in the New York Court of Appeals — from rapid turnover and increasing diversity, to a perception among some of growing politicization — mark an important turning point, and the court will continue to evolve in the coming year as it considers a number of important cases, say attorneys at Gibson Dunn.

  • How End Of Forced Arb. Is Affecting Sex Harassment Cases

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    A little over a year after the Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault Act became effective, we have started seeing substantive interpretation of the EFAA, almost exclusively from the U.S. district courts in New York, and there are two key takeaways for employers, says Lisa Haldar at Lawrence & Bundy.

  • Adjusting Anti-Harassment Policies For Remote Work

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    Limited employee oversight and a lack of privacy in virtual meetings are just two examples of drawbacks to remote work that increase the risk of workplace harassment — but employers can adapt their existing anti-harassment policies to better suit these circumstances, says Ellen Holloman at Cadwalader.

  • Worker Accommodations After Justices' Religious Bias Ruling

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    While the U.S. Supreme Court's recent Groff v. DeJoy decision makes it easier for employees to obtain religious accommodations under Title VII, it also guarantees more litigation over what counts as a substantial hardship for businesses, as lower courts will have to interpret the exact contours of the new standard, says Caroline Corbin at the University of Miami School of Law.

  • The Differing Court Approaches To Pay Equity Questions

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    Employers face the tough task of navigating an increasingly complex patchwork of pay equity laws and court interpretations, say attorneys at Hunton.

  • Legal Profession Must Do More For Lawyers With Disabilities

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    At the start of Disability Pride month, Rosalyn Richter at Arnold & Porter looks at why lawyers with disabilities are significantly underrepresented in private practice, asserting that law firms and other employers must do more to conquer the implicit bias that deters attorneys from seeking accommodations.

  • Calif. Whistleblower Decision Signals Change For Employers

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    Because the California Supreme Court's recent The People v. Kolla's decision significantly expands employee whistleblower protections, employers should ensure that internal reporting procedures clearly communicate the appropriate methods of reporting and elevating suspected violations of law, say Alison Tsao and Sophia Jimenez at CDF Labor Law.

  • What Affirmative Action Ruling Means For Higher Ed And Cos.

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    The U.S. Supreme Court's holding that race-conscious admissions programs at two educational institutions violate the Constitution's equal protection clause applied the "strict scrutiny" standard that governs race-conscious programs in a way that will be very difficult for educational institutions and other entities to satisfy, say attorneys at Jenner & Block.

  • Pay Transparency And ESG Synergy Can Inform Initiatives

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    The proliferation of pay transparency laws and ESG initiatives has created unique opportunities for companies to comply with the challenging laws while furthering their social aims, says Kelly Cardin at Ogletree.