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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

OFCCP versus Google: The battle continues.

Posted in Affirmative Action, Discrimination, Equal Pay
I posted in January about a lawsuit filed by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs against Google, seeking to force Google to provide detailed information about its equal employment practices and affirmative action program, including compensation information. Google had already provided some information to the OFCCP but contended the information that it withheld was… Continue Reading

Weekly catch-up

Posted in Discrimination, HR, Immigration, Sexual Orientation
Attention, H-1B employers! The Trump Administration announced this week that it would take a closer look at employers who use workers with H-1B visas. Elizabeth Joiner has the details in this Immigration Dispatch. Sexual orientation discrimination does violate Title VII, appeals court says. This week’s decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit… Continue Reading

The Deep Dive: A closer look at the Seventh Circuit’s sexual orientation decision

Posted in Discrimination, Sexual Orientation
As we reported early this morning, the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit decided in Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana that the prohibition in Title VII against discrimination based on “sex” encompasses discrimination based on sexual orientation. It is the first federal appellate court to do so, although recent… Continue Reading

BREAKING: Title VII bans sexual orientation bias, court finds

Posted in Discrimination, Sexual Orientation
The full U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled yesterday that sexual orientation discrimination is indeed prohibited “sex discrimination” within the meaning of Title VII. The decision was issued in the case of Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana. A three-judge panel of the Seventh Circuit had found last year that… Continue Reading

10 habits of highly effective HR professionals (April Fool’s edition)

Posted in Americans with Disabilities Act, Corporate Culture, Discrimination, Elections, Employment at Will, Equal Pay, Family and Medical Leave Act, Harassment, HR, Labor Relations, Politics, Protected Concerted Activity, Retaliation, Safety, Wage-Hour, Workers' Compensation
DEAR READERS: Before you accuse me of legal malpractice, take a look at tomorrow’s date.   Habit 1: Discriminate, retaliate, harass — have a ball! There’s a new sheriff in town, with a more employer-friendly, compliance-assistance-oriented U.S. Department of Labor (we think) and the nullification of burdensome regulations like the gone-and-not-lamented Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Rule.… Continue Reading

“Free to Be . . . You and Me”: The 11th Circuit’s strange LGBT decision

Posted in Discrimination, Sexual Orientation
This latest decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit on sexual orientation discrimination is weird. A panel of the court found 2-1 in Evans v. Georgia Regional Hospital that the plaintiff did not have a valid Title VII claim against her employer for sexual orientation discrimination. Whether you agree with it or not,… Continue Reading

Queen for a day: If I ran the world, would I scrap our employment laws?

Posted in Americans with Disabilities Act, Discrimination, Employment at Will, Family and Medical Leave Act, HR, Labor Relations, Telecommuting, Wage-Hour
Walter Olson of the great Overlawyered.com sent a challenge over Twitter earlier this week: For those of you who don’t know Mr. Olson, he’s a libertarian.  :-) I have to admit, I needed time to process this! I complain about these laws all the time, but would I really want to get rid of all protections… Continue Reading

Trumpdate: Tons of employment-related stuff!

Posted in Discrimination, Elections, Immigration, Politics, Wage-Hour
The employment law week in Trumpland started out a little slow, but now we’re back in business. Acosta looking good for confirmation as Secretary of Labor. In contrast to nominee Andrew Puzder, the outlook appears good for his successor nominee Alexander Acosta. Mr. Acosta seems to have bipartisan support in the Senate, and has even… Continue Reading

Weekly catch-up

Posted in ConstangyTV, Discrimination, Elections, ERISA, Labor Relations, Politics, Protected Concerted Activity, Safety
Yikes. I hope I haven’t missed anybody. Wild week! We hope that the immigrant strikes are about over by now, but they may continue into today, and a women’s strike is reportedly set for March 8. Do employers have any recourse when their employees go out on strike? It depends. If the strike is “protected… Continue Reading

Trumpdate: What do you think about Andrew Puzder and his “scandals”?

Posted in Discrimination, Elections, Immigration, Politics, Wage-Hour
The confirmation hearing for Andrew Puzder, President Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Labor, is supposed to take place tomorrow. While we wait to see what happens, I thought it might be fun to open a comment thread so we can opine about the issues that have been raised against him. Do you think they’re legitimate? Do you… Continue Reading

Daily Trumpdate: Gorsuch seems to care about real people

Posted in Discrimination, Elections, Politics, Pregnancy
President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch is still looking good to me. I’ve now read his famous (among law nerds, anyway) concurrence in Gutierrez-Brizuela v. Lynch, in which he criticizes the Chevron doctrine. (Judge Gorsuch also wrote the majority opinion in Gutierrez-Brizuela, but his concurrence starts at pdf page 15.) The Chevron doctrine, from… Continue Reading

President Obama’s labor and employment legacy

Posted in Affirmative Action, Discrimination, Elections, Equal Pay, Gender Identity Discrimination, HR, Labor Relations, Politics, Protected Concerted Activity, Same-sex marriage, Sexual Orientation, Social media, Wage-Hour
NOTE FROM ROBIN: A portion of Jill’s remarks below appeared Tuesday morning in Law360 (paid subscription required). Notwithstanding what might happen over the next four (or eight) years, there is no question that President Barack Obama has left his mark on labor and employment law in some very important ways. Even if President-Elect Trump’s administration… Continue Reading

Nitpicking the EEOC’s proposed guidance on harassment

Posted in Discrimination, Gender Identity Discrimination, Harassment, Sexual Orientation
This week, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued a proposed Enforcement Guidance on workplace harassment. It’s 75 pages long, so a little too much to cover in a single blog post. The EEOC is seeking comments from the public until February 9, so I will start with the comment-worthy provisions. Next week, I’ll post about… Continue Reading