Employment & Labor Insider

Employment & Labor Insider

Legalese is not spoken here

Category Archives: Discrimination

Subscribe to Discrimination RSS Feed

Before you fire that political extremist . . .

Posted in Discrimination, Harassment, HR, Politics, Public Sector Employment, Social media, Wrongful Discharge
If you’re a private sector employer, you can generally fire an at-will employee for his or her political beliefs or expression. The First Amendment, as we discussed last week, does not limit you. Depending on where you are, there may be state or local laws protecting employees from discrimination based on their political beliefs or… Continue Reading

You decide: Why the DOJ says Title VII does NOT prohibit sexual orientation bias

Posted in Discrimination, ENDA, Sexual Orientation
Last week, I had a short post about the position taken by the U.S. Department of Justice in the Zarda v. Altitude Express “gay skydiver” case. The DOJ has directly opposed the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which had also filed a brief in the case. The EEOC says that sexual orientation discrimination is prohibited by Title VII.… Continue Reading

President Trump nominates Iraq veteran Daniel Gade to EEOC Commissioner spot

Posted in Americans with Disabilities Act, Discrimination, Politics
President Trump has nominated Daniel M. Gade to the last vacant slot on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Dr. Gade, who has a Master’s and Ph.D. in Public Administration and Public Policy, is a veteran of the second Iraq War, and lost his right leg in 2005 after an explosion that occurred while he was carrying out… Continue Reading

Battle of the feds! DOJ, EEOC lock horns on sexual orientation bias

Posted in Discrimination, Sexual Orientation
Whoa. The U.S. Department of Justice and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission are at cross purposes in the “gay skydiver” case. Are they ever. Do you remember Zarda v. Altitude Express? The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently signaled that it might overrule its precedent holding that Title VII’s ban on sex discrimination… Continue Reading

Gender identity not covered by Missouri Human Rights Act, court says

Posted in Discrimination, Gender Identity Discrimination, Sexual Orientation
Last week, the Missouri Court of Appeals issued an opinion holding that gender identity is not covered by the prohibition on sex discrimination in the Missouri Human Rights Act. The opinion builds on a 2015 opinion from the same court, which held that sexual orientation was not covered under the MHRA. Last week’s opinion arose from… Continue Reading

EEOC sues over – get this – “Spanish-only” policy

Posted in Affirmative Action, Discrimination
Louise Davies is an Affirmative Action Paralegal in Constangy’s Winston-Salem, North Carolina, office. For more than 15 years, she has helped employers develop affirmative action plans and respond to audits and on-site investigations by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs. She also conducts diversity training for employers. Louise is a graduate of Wesleyan College… Continue Reading

Hate those EEOC regs? Here’s your big chance!

Posted in Discrimination, Politics
In February, President Trump issued Executive Order 13777, “Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda,” which directs federal agencies to establish regulatory reform task forces to make recommendations about repealing, replacing, or modifying existing regulations that do the following: eliminate jobs, or inhibit job creation; are outdated, unnecessary, or ineffective; impose costs that exceed benefits; create a serious inconsistency… Continue Reading

Is “reverse discrimination” still a thing?

Posted in Affirmative Action, Discrimination
A recent study in Australia sought to determine whether “de-identifying” applications – removing any information relating to race and gender – would eliminate the effects of implicit or unconscious bias and “help promote gender equality and diversity in hiring. . . .” Surprisingly, the study found that non-minorities and males were more likely to be… Continue Reading

Weekly catch-up

Posted in California FEHA, Discrimination, Gender Identity Discrimination, Politics, Wage-Hour
Overtime rule – what’s the Trump Administration doing? Last Friday, I posted about the U.S. Department of Labor’s brief in the case challenging the Obama Administration’s overtime rule, which has been enjoined since November 2016. The Trump DOL position had me scratching my head because it sounded an awful lot like the Obama DOL position,… Continue Reading

Are you ready for the new EEO-1 report?

Posted in Affirmative Action, Discrimination, Equal Pay, HR, Politics
The beginning of July conjures many images for Americans – barbecues, picnics, fireworks.  But for many employers, July also triggered preparation for the annual EEO-1 Report filing.  Until this year, covered employers were required to file their reports no later than September 30, and the data submitted had to be from any pay period in… Continue Reading

Trump nominates Janet Dhillon to head EEOC

Posted in Discrimination, Politics
Janet Dhillon, general counsel and corporate secretary for Burlington Stores, Inc., has been nominated by President Trump to fill a vacant seat on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and to become its Chair. If confirmed, Ms. Dhillon will serve a five-year term that will expire July 1, 2022. I was expecting him to nominate Victoria… Continue Reading

Happy 45th birthday, Title IX: You’ve changed a bit over the years

Posted in Discrimination, Gender Identity Discrimination, Harassment, Politics, Sexual Torts
LaLonnie wrote this post with Sandra Sok, who is clerking for the summer in our Denver Office. Sandra is a rising second-year student at the University of Colorado Law School. Before starting law school, she worked as a paralegal while earning her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Irvine. A law was born.  On June 23,… Continue Reading

Pros and cons of the proposed EEOC-OFCCP merger

Posted in Affirmative Action, Discrimination, Politics
President Donald Trump has proposed to merge two of the primary government agencies focused on equal employment in the workplace – the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs.  Robin has discussed this proposed merger here, here, and here. She’s asked for input from the Affirmative Action team, so here it… Continue Reading

Weekly catch-up

Posted in Discrimination, FOCUS, Franchise, Labor Relations, Politics
You want my salary history? That’s sex discrimination! Well, actually, it’s a little more complicated. Kacy Coble of our Memphis Office has a great post over at FOCUS, our women’s leadership blog, about the perfectly legitimate, non-discriminatory reasons why employers sometimes use salary history in setting pay — and how alternatives may be even more unfair. As state and… Continue Reading

OFCCP: Like a dog with a bone

Posted in Affirmative Action, Discrimination, Settlements
Louise Davies is an Affirmative Action Paralegal in Constangy’s Winston-Salem, North Carolina, office. For more than 15 years, she has helped employers develop affirmative action plans and respond to audits and on-site investigations by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs. She also conducts diversity training for employers. Louise is a graduate of Wesleyan College… Continue Reading

BREAKING: Full Second Circuit to reconsider whether Title VII prohibits sexual orientation bias

Posted in Discrimination, Sexual Orientation
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (Connecticut, New York, and Vermont) agreed yesterday to rehear en banc an appeal from the estate of a gay skydiving instructor who alleged he was fired after a customer complained about his sexual orientation. The case is Zarda v. Altitude Express. The issue to be decided by… Continue Reading

Trumpdate: Proposed budget shows “yuuuge” changes afoot in labor and employment arena

Posted in Affirmative Action, Benefits, Discrimination, Equal Pay, HR, Immigration, Labor Relations, Politics, Pregnancy, Safety, Unemployment, Wage-Hour
Yesterday, the Trump Administration released its proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2018, which runs from October 1, 2017, through September 30, 2018. Here are the highlights related to labor and employment law, and there are a BUNCH. The following is a compilation of a number of articles published in yesterday’s edition of Bloomberg BNA’s Daily Labor Report (paid… Continue Reading

Proposed merger of EEOC, OFCCP faces opposition from both sides

Posted in Affirmative Action, Discrimination, Elections, Politics
Last week, I wrote about a report in Bloomberg BNA that the Trump Administration was thinking about letting the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission “absorb” the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs. The idea had some appeal for me because both agencies enforce variants on federal prohibitions against discrimination. But I admitted that I hadn’t thought it through, and… Continue Reading

Here’s more on that Google-OFCCP donnybrook*

Posted in Affirmative Action, Discrimination, Equal Pay
*Donnybrook: Named for the Donnybrook Fair near Dublin, “a notoriously disorderly event, held annually from 1204 until the middle of the 19th century.” Meaning a “free-for-all; brawl; a usually public quarrel or dispute.” I promised earlier this month to have more detail about that decision by an Administrative Law Judge in the case filed against… Continue Reading

Mother’s Day Employment Law Quiz! Pregnancy, lactation, you name it!

Posted in Discrimination, Family and Medical Leave Act, HR, Lactation, Pregnancy
Happy Mother’s Day weekend to all of you who are, or who have, mothers. (I think that covers everybody.) I couldn’t think of a better way to start this weekend than with a quiz on pregnancy discrimination, lactation accommodation, “family discrimination,” and the Family and Medical Leave Act. As always, answers are at the end of… Continue Reading