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The ADA: Four issues to watch in 2018

Posted in Affordable Care Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, Discrimination, Family and Medical Leave Act, GINA, Pregnancy
Last month, I had the pleasure of speaking to the Federal Bar Association about hot topics under the Americans with Disabilities Act with my blogging buddy Bill Goren, proprietor of the Understanding the ADA blog. If you haven’t visited Bill’s blog, you should — he covers all aspects of the ADA, including Titles II and III, as well… Continue Reading

Title VII does not ban gender identity discrimination, DOJ says

Posted in Discrimination, Gender Identity Discrimination, Politics, Sexual Orientation
Asserting that the U.S. Department of Justice “must interpret Title VII as written by Congress,” the DOJ is reversing the Obama-era interpretation of Title VII, taking the position that Title VII does not prohibit discrimination based on gender identity. In a memorandum issued this week by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the DOJ formally withdrew a 2014… Continue Reading

Catholic priest is (allegedly) an equal opportunity offender, court says, dismissing bias suit

Posted in Defamation, Discrimination, Harassment, HR, Sexual Orientation
Father, you kiss your mother with that mouth? The recent dismissal of a lawsuit in New York — involving a priest who is principal at a Catholic high school —  illustrates why an (alleged) “equal opportunity offender” is better than a discriminatory one. But that’s not to say it’s good. Father Michael Reilly — as… Continue Reading

Extended medical leave not a “reasonable” accommodation under ADA, court says

Posted in Americans with Disabilities Act, Discrimination, Family and Medical Leave Act, HR
This week, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit held that a “multimonth leave of absence is beyond the scope of a reasonable accommodation” under the Americans with Disabilities Act. In doing so, the court rejected longstanding guidance from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that a long-term medical leave is… Continue Reading

“Overqualified,” or just too old?

Posted in Discrimination, HR
Last week, I received a scathing comment from Dale Kleber, a Chicago-area lawyer and a plaintiff in an age discrimination lawsuit. Mr. Kleber did not like my gut reaction to his lawsuit, which was based on an article that I’d read in The Washington Post. It appeared to me that Mr. Kleber — then a 58-year-old lawyer with… Continue Reading

Trump’s EEOC nominations are rocking along – and here’s what we can expect

Posted in Americans with Disabilities Act, Discrimination, Equal Pay, Gender Identity Discrimination, Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act, GINA, Labor Relations, Politics, Sexual Orientation
With President Trump in office for nine months now, it is hard to believe that none of his people are yet on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The four current Commissioners, including the Acting Chair, Republican Victoria Lipnic, and former Chair Jenny Yang, were all appointed by President Obama. But that may change soon. The Senate… Continue Reading

LabCorp settles with OFCCP for alleged bias in hiring and compensation

Posted in Affirmative Action, Discrimination, Equal Pay, Settlements
Laboratory Corporation of America has agreed to pay approximately $200,000 to resolve a matter with Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs. According to the Conciliation Agreement between the parties, the OFCCP found statistically significant adverse impact against females in the selection process for Lab Assistant and that Asians were paid less than similarly situated non-Asian… Continue Reading

Are the OFCCP and the EEOC merging? Signs point to “No.”

Posted in Affirmative Action, Discrimination, Politics
Based on a recent Senate appropriations bill, it appears that the Trump Administration’s plan to merge the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission with the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs has stalled. The Senate bill would fund the OFCCP for Fiscal Year 2018 at approximately $103.5 million, which is more than the House’s proposed funding of $94.5 million.… Continue Reading

Second-guessing the advice columns: Bad HR practices aren’t necessarily illegal.

Posted in Discrimination, HR, Lawyers!, Wage-Hour, Workers' Compensation
It’s been a while since I’ve picked on an advice columnist for leading readers astray on employment law, but we have one, from the usually-sound Work Advice column by Karla Miller of The Washington Post. The letter writer complains that her employer is going to start evaluating employees based in part on their participation in company-sponsored “social” functions,… Continue Reading

For “Labor Day” (get it?): Three pregnancy cases from the EEOC

Posted in Discrimination, Equal Pay, HR, Pregnancy
Happy Labor Day Weekend, y’all! The month of August was not kind to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The EEOC’s wellness regulations were shot down by a federal court in the District of Columbia, and earlier this week the agency was told that it could not require employers to report compensation data on the new EEO-1 Reports. But the… Continue Reading

Too cute to work?

Posted in Defamation, Discrimination
In New York, if you’re fired for being too cute, your boss may be guilty of gender discrimination. In a case where it sounds like we are hearing only half of the story, a yoga and massage therapist claimed that her chiropractor boss and his wife (who was the COO of the practice) fired her solely because of… Continue Reading

EEO-1 “pay data” requirement is on hold: The details

Posted in Affirmative Action, Discrimination, Equal Pay, HR, Politics
NOTE FROM ROBIN: Last night, I posted briefly that the EEOC’s requirement, starting next March 31, that employers include compensation data in their annual EEO-1 reports had been suspended. We now have more information, and I have drafted a client bulletin that will go out this afternoon. Because the blog subscription and bulletin subscription lists are… Continue Reading

B&H Foto: From lawsuit to $3 million consent decree

Posted in Affirmative Action, Discrimination, Equal Pay, Harassment, 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 in… Continue Reading

BREAKING: EEO-1 “pay survey” reporting deadline suspended

Posted in Affirmative Action, Discrimination
This just in, from Randel Johnson, Vice President of Labor, Immigration, and Employee Benefits at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Members of the Chamber’s Labor Relations and Employee Benefits Committees: We have just learned that the deadline for compliance with the new EEO-1 form reporting requirement for data on hours and compensation will be stayed… Continue Reading

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