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EEOC asks court to throw out wellness lawsuit filed by AARP

Posted in Americans with Disabilities Act, Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act, GINA
I’ve written here and here about the lawsuit filed by the AARP against the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, seeking to invalidate the EEOC regulations relating to wellness programs and the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act. On Wednesday, the EEOC filed a motion asking the court to throw out the… 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

Is the new EEO-1 form here to stay? Maybe yes, and maybe no . . .

Posted in Affirmative Action, Equal Pay
As we have previously reported, the new EEO-1 Form is set to be used as of March 31, 2018, for the October-December “snapshot” period in 2017. The new form will require federal contractors and employers with 100 or more employees to provide summary compensation data to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in each EEO-1 category, divided… Continue Reading

Workplace harassment: EEOC’s employer best practices

Posted in Elections, Harassment, Politics, Sexual Orientation
How can an employer best prevent workplace harassment from occurring, and deal with it effectively when it occurs? What would the EEOC say employers should do? This is my third and final installment on the proposed Enforcement Guidance on Unlawful Harassment, which was recently issued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The EEOC is accepting comments until February… Continue Reading

Daily Trumpdate (2): Victoria Lipnic named as acting chair of EEOC

Posted in Elections, Politics
Law360 reported this afternoon that Victoria Lipnic, who has served as one of the two Republican Commissioners of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission during the Obama Administration, has been appointed by President Trump to be acting chair of the EEOC. Ms. Lipnic has been on record as opposing the EEO-1 compensation reporting requirement that was supposed… Continue Reading

EEOC finalizes rule on federal employees with disabilities – but will it survive the “freeze”?

Posted in Affirmative Action
On January 3, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued final regulations intended to increase the number of individuals with disabilities employed by federal agencies. The new regulations require that each federal agency aim to have a workforce of which 12 percent have disabilities and 2 percent of that 12 percent have “targeted” or severe disabilities. A list… Continue Reading

9 “fun” facts about workplace harassment, from the EEOC

Posted in Harassment
Last week, I shared with you what I didn’t like about the proposed Enforcement Guidance from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on workplace harassment. Well, this is warm-and-fuzzy week. Moving on to the parts of the proposed guidance that I thought were well done, I’ve tried to boil the rest of the proposed guidance into nine… 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

Court won’t block EEOC’s wellness rules — for now.

Posted in Americans with Disabilities Act, Benefits, Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act, GINA
A federal judge in the District of Columbia has denied the AARP’s request for a preliminary injunction against the wellness rules issued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission last May. As a result, the EEOC rules — which establish when participation in an employer-sponsored wellness program is “voluntary” within the meaning of the Americans with… Continue Reading

Employment and labor law developments (and a few other things) I’m thankful for

Posted in Affirmative Action, Discrimination, Elections, FOCUS, Gender Identity Discrimination, Labor Relations, Public Sector Employment, Settlements, Sexual Orientation
This has been a weird year for me. (And, no, I’m not even thinking about the election!) But I have much to be thankful for, and I hope you do, too. BREAKING THING TO BE THANKFUL FOR: Yesterday evening, the U.S. Department of Labor’s new rule governing white-collar exemptions under the Fair Labor Standards Act was struck… Continue Reading

What is “voluntary”? Thoughts about the AARP wellness lawsuit against the EEOC

Posted in Americans with Disabilities Act, Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act, GINA, HIPAA Privacy
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is only the latest in a string of federal agencies who’ve been sued recently in an effort to stop their regulations from taking effect. We have the two lawsuits against the U.S. Department of Labor challenging the overtime rule that is scheduled to take effect on December 1 (argument in those… Continue Reading

EEOC appeals loss in Detroit transgender case

Posted in Discrimination, Gender Identity Discrimination
As we knew it would, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has appealed the decision of Judge Sean Cox, who granted summary judgment to a Detroit-area funeral home chain in a transgender discrimination case. Here is my analysis of Judge Cox’s decision. The case will go to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, which hears… Continue Reading

Court sets aside Title VII sexual orientation decision, agrees to rehear

Posted in Discrimination, Gender Identity Discrimination, Sexual Orientation
The full U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has vacated Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College, which found that Title VII did not protect against sexual orientation discrimination. I wrote about the decision, issued by a three-judge panel of the Seventh Circuit, in August. The court will rehear the case with all of the… Continue Reading

Restroom use “catch 22” for transgender individuals violates Title VII, court says

Posted in Discrimination, Gender Identity Discrimination, Settlements
Roberts v. Clark County (NV) School District involved a female-to-male transgender police officer. Although the School District later changed its policy, when Bradley Roberts first told the District in 2011 that he was presenting as a male, he was told that he could not use the men’s room until he submitted proof of gender reassignment surgery.… Continue Reading

Weekly catch-up

Posted in Affirmative Action, Discrimination, Elections, Equal Pay, Reference
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced last week that it would indeed require all employers with 100 or more employees to file EEO-1 reports that contain compensation data by EEO category, race, ethnicity, and sex. The first compensation reports will be due March 31, 2018, for a “snapshot” period that will run from October 1 through… Continue Reading

EEO-1 reports will require comp information starting 2017-18

Posted in Affirmative Action, Discrimination, Equal Pay
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced yesterday that it will indeed start requiring employers with 100 or more employees to include compensation information in their annual EEO-1 reports. This includes companies that are not federal contractors as well as those that are. The new reporting obligations will begin on March 31, 2018, for the 2017 calendar year.… Continue Reading

EEOC Small Business Resource Center: Two thumbs up!

Posted in Discrimination, Equal Pay, Gender Identity Discrimination, Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act, GINA, Harassment, Pregnancy, Product Review, Retaliation, Sexual Orientation
I spent some time yesterday at the new Small Business Resource Center, which went live this week on the website of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. I think it’s great. Small businesses, which may be just below or at the cusp of coverage by federal anti-discrimination laws, are often confused about (1) whether they are covered, and (2)… Continue Reading

Will “ban the box” backfire?

Posted in Affirmative Action, Background Checks, Discrimination
Ever since the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission updated its Enforcement Guidance on the Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions in 2012, many state and local jurisdictions have adopted laws limiting employers’ ability to inquire about applicants’ criminal histories. And many employers not covered by those laws are voluntarily adopting policies against considering criminal information… Continue Reading

How to make the EEOC love you (retaliation edition)

Posted in Retaliation
Employers, imagine that a retaliation charge has been filed against your company. What can you do to make the EEOC investigator love you? Late last week, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued its final Enforcement Guidance on Retaliation and Related Issues, accompanied by a Q&A, and a Small Business Fact Sheet. I had three fairly detailed… Continue Reading

The EEOC’s defeat in Detroit: Pants, skirts, gender identity, and religion

Posted in Discrimination, Gender Identity Discrimination
UPDATE (10/17/16): As expected, the EEOC has appealed the District Court’s decision described below to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Last week, I reported that summary judgment was granted against the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in its transgender discrimination lawsuit against R.G. and G.R. Harris Funeral Homes, linked to the decision… Continue Reading

BREAKING: Detroit-area funeral home wins in EEOC transgender case

Posted in Discrimination, Gender Identity Discrimination
Remember EEOC v. R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes? This was the transgender discrimination case brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against a suburban Detroit funeral home chain for allegedly discriminating against an employee after she began presenting as a female. It’s one of the few cases where the employer actually fought back, with the… Continue Reading