Discrimination

  • June 06, 2024

    Ex-Globetrotters Player Says GM Sexually Harassed Her

    The general manager of the Harlem Globetrotters declined to renew a female player's contract after she rejected his romantic advances, and covered up the scheme by blaming the nonrenewal on her inability to learn a basketball maneuver, according to a Georgia federal court suit.

  • June 06, 2024

    Troutman Pepper Partner Pulled Into Ex-Associate's Bias Suit

    A Troutman Pepper Hamilton Sanders LLP partner has been added as a defendant in a racial discrimination lawsuit a former Black associate filed, who now claims the partner, a formerly supportive mentor, made the decision to fire her after she complained about an email the associate described as racist.

  • June 06, 2024

    Teachers Want Cozen O'Connor Kicked Off Equal-Pay Case

    Rather than having a Pennsylvania federal judge who has presided over their equal-pay case for years recuse himself over having a son-in-law who's a shareholder at Cozen O'Connor, a class of female teachers asked the court to kick Cozen O'Connor PC off the case Thursday.

  • June 06, 2024

    Tastykake Co. Can't Duck Bias Suit Over Prayer Breaks

    The maker of Tastykake snacks can't escape the bulk of a Black, Muslim ex-worker's suit claiming it unfairly docked time from him for taking prayer breaks, a Pennsylvania federal judge ruled, finding the suit could stay in court even though it read as a "disjointed laundry list" of grievances.

  • June 06, 2024

    Trucking Co. Settles EEOC Race, Religious Bias Suit

    A trucking and logistics company will pay $65,000 to resolve a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission suit claiming it denied a worker's request to rest on the Sabbath and ignored his complaints that his colleagues harassed him, according to an Ohio federal court filing Thursday.

  • June 05, 2024

    Ex-Meta Engineer Says He Was Fired For Flagging Gaza Issue

    A Palestinian American software engineer at Meta Platforms Inc. said his former employer has a "chronic anti-Palestinian bias," and he was fired in the midst of trying to address the company's problems with needlessly censoring Palestinian social media posts, according to a suit filed in California state court.

  • June 05, 2024

    Union Asks NY Court To Toss Musicians' Representation Row

    An American Federation of Musicians local urged a New York federal court Wednesday to dismiss duty of fair representation claims from two orchestra musicians, arguing that the plaintiffs didn't raise allegations of "any plausible violation" of an arbitration award reinstating the duo.

  • June 05, 2024

    Catholic Broadcasters Angry Over FCC 'Gender Ideology' Rule

    The Catholic Radio Association is up in arms over the Federal Communications Commission's new workforce diversity reporting mandates that will require broadcasters to report how many nonbinary people they employ, telling the agency they're being forced to record something that "does not comport to reality."

  • June 05, 2024

    Kanye West Faces Sex Harassment Suit By Ex-Assistant

    Kanye West repeatedly sexually harassed a woman who worked as his assistant by sending her inappropriate and profane texts and forcing her to watch him masturbate, according to a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court against the rapper and some of his companies. 

  • June 05, 2024

    Medical Clinic Must Face Patients' Record-Snooping Suit

    An Indiana appeals court on Wednesday reinstated claims against a medical clinic that employed a physician who improperly accessed the medical records of female patients for personal reasons, saying whether the doctor was acting within the scope of his employment is an issue still up for debate.

  • June 05, 2024

    Fired Team Doctor Sues Emory, Falcons For Discrimination

    A former head medical physician for the NFL's Atlanta Falcons, who is Black, has filed a defamation and civil rights lawsuit against Emory Healthcare Inc. and the team, alleging he was continuously denied leadership opportunities in favor of white colleagues before abruptly being fired.

  • June 05, 2024

    9th Circ. Backs Wag's Win In Black Applicant's Bias Suit

    The Ninth Circuit said a Black job hopeful can't revive his bias and retaliation suit alleging pet care business Wag rejected him for a manager role because he complained that the company's hiring manager discriminated against him in another job, ruling that his case lacks proof to stay in play.

  • June 05, 2024

    EEOC Lambastes Enterprise For Seeking Its Hiring Data

    The Florida arm of rental car giant Enterprise can't use the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's hiring data to combat the agency's allegations that the company discriminated against older applicants for a training program because such information is irrelevant, the federal bias watchdog told a federal court.

  • June 05, 2024

    Worker's Sexual Harassment Suit Against Fiat Gets Tossed

    A Michigan federal judge has tossed a Fiat Chrysler employee's sexual harassment and retaliation claims against the company over the alleged actions of her union steward, saying the worker hadn't responded to a court order.

  • June 05, 2024

    Atty Accused Of 'Quiet Quitting' Ends Bias Suit Against Firm

    New York-based plaintiffs firm Napoli Shkolnik PLLC and a former attorney told a federal court they've agreed to end the ex-employee's lawsuit alleging she was publicly accused of breaking her employment contract by "quiet quitting" because she challenged the racist behavior she witnessed.

  • June 05, 2024

    Machinery Co. Can't Beat Suit Over Gender-Affirming Care

    A New Hampshire turbomachinery company can't dodge a transgender employee's lawsuit alleging its healthcare plan's ban on gender dysphoria treatment coverage is discriminatory, with a federal judge ruling the company overlooked the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark Bostock decision.

  • June 05, 2024

    Amtrak, Chick-Fil-A Franchise Face Pregnancy Bias Charges

    Amtrak and a Chick-fil-A franchise ran afoul of the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act by punishing workers for taking time off for pregnancy-related medical care, according to U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission charges a worker advocacy group said it filed Wednesday.

  • June 05, 2024

    Ohio Panel Revives Cancer Scientist's Misconduct Probe Suit

    An Ohio appellate court revived parts of a cancer research scientist's suit accusing Ohio State University of mishandling a probe into his conduct sparked by a New York Times article the scientist said defamed him, ruling his claims the school failed to follow its own policy should continue.

  • June 05, 2024

    AAA Says Fee Critique 'Flawed' For Missed Eclipse Day Depo

    An attorney sanctioned for missing a deposition in Florida while he was in Arkansas viewing April's solar eclipse used "guesswork" in a response asking a federal judge in the Sunshine State to whittle a request for $7,800 in fees down to just over $1,200, according to a reply filed this week by AAA in a lawsuit by a former employee.

  • June 05, 2024

    Lewis Brisbois Employment Attys Join Kaufman Dolowich

    Kaufman Dolowich has hired a pair of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP employment attorneys as partners in Los Angeles.

  • June 05, 2024

    Waste Co. Strikes Deal To Exit DOL Sex Bias Probe

    A Southern California waste collection company will pay more than $104,000 and hire 10 women to end an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor into the company's discriminatory hiring practices against female job applicants.

  • June 05, 2024

    Ally Bank Unlawfully Denied White Man Senior Role, Suit Says

    Ally Financial Inc. declined to tap a white male employee for a leadership position so it could pick a woman and fulfill its diversity quotas and pushed him into an analyst role he was later forced to resign from, according to a suit filed in North Carolina federal court.

  • June 05, 2024

    Public Input On EEOC/NLRB Memo A Must, US Rep. Says

    A coming joint memorandum from the nation's federal discrimination and labor law watchdogs addressing when workplace speech qualifies as unlawful harassment should be opened to public comment before being published, the Republican chairwoman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee said. 

  • June 05, 2024

    Atty Retaliation Claim 'Self-Serving Spin,' Major Lindsey Says

    Legal recruiter Major Lindsey & Africa has asked a Maryland federal judge to toss an associate's claim that she was retaliated against after suing Troutman Pepper for racial discrimination, arguing that the absence of a contract between the parties dooms her claim, and that she failed to show that the recruiter "acted with a retaliatory motive or intent."

  • June 04, 2024

    JPMorgan Accused Of Retaliating Against Indian H-1B Worker

    JPMorgan Chase & Co. is facing a new lawsuit accusing it of firing an Indian product manager on an H-1B visa after the former employee confronted his supervisor for allegedly discriminating against him based on his race and nationality.

Expert Analysis

  • 10 Steps To Reduce Risks From AI Employment Tools

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    In light of the White House’s recent executive order on responsible use of artificial intelligence, companies using AI tools to make employment decisions should take steps to understand and mitigate the legal risks posed by these products and keep up with the rapidly evolving regulations that govern them, say attorneys at Cooley.

  • What Employers Can Learn From EEOC's 2023 ADA Priorities

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    Between a spike in Americans with Disabilities Act suits filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in 2023 and the agency’s newly released priorities, the EEOC has provided employers a preview of several ADA issues — like web accessibility, pregnancy discrimination and inflexible policies — it will likely focus enforcement on next year, says Stacy Bunck at Ogletree.

  • Eye On Compliance: EEOC Focus On Workplace AI

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    With the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s recent guidance and enforcement focus on the use of artificial intelligence tools during the hiring process and other job-related assessments, companies should be mindful that anti-discrimination laws apply equally to both human- and AI-generated decisions, say Laura Stutz and Lisa Ackerman at Wilson Elser.

  • 5th Circ. Ruling Sets Bostock, Faith Exemption Up For Review

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    The Fifth Circuit's Braidwood v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission decision could tee up U.S. Supreme Court review of whether employing an individual to whose protected class the employer objects infringes on the employer's religious beliefs, potentially narrowing LGBTQ worker protections from the high court's 2020 Bostock v. Clayton County decision, says Adam Grogan at Bell Law.

  • Legal Profession Gender Parity Requires Equal Parental Leave

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    To truly foster equity in the legal profession and to promote attorney retention, workplaces need to better support all parents, regardless of gender — starting by offering equal and robust parental leave to both birthing and non-birthing parents, says Ali Spindler at Irwin Fritchie.

  • Why Employers Should Refrain From 'Quiet Firing'

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    While quiet firing — when an employer deliberately makes working conditions intolerable with the goal of forcing an employee to quit — has recently been identified in the news as a new trend, such constructive discharge tactics have been around for ages, and employers would do well to remember that, comparatively, direct firings may provide more legal protection, says Robin Shea at Constangy.

  • 5 New Calif. Laws Employers Need To Know

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    Now is a good time for employers to evaluate personnel rules to keep pace with California’s newly adopted employee protections, which go into effect early next year and include laws regarding reproductive loss leave, cannabis use, workplace violence prevention and noncompete agreements, say attorneys at Farella Braun.

  • 3 Employer Strategies To Streamline Mass Arbitrations

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    Workers under arbitration agreements have gained an edge on their employers by filing floods of tedious and expensive individualized claims, but companies can adapt to this new world of mass arbitration by applying several new strategies that may streamline the dispute-resolution process, says Michael Strauss at Alternative Resolution Centers.

  • How AI 'Cultural Fit' Assessments Can Be Analyzed For Bias

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    Attorneys at Sanford Heisler explore how the use of artificial intelligence to assess workplace cultural fit may provide employees with increased opportunities to challenge biased hiring practices, and employers with more potential to mitigate against bias in algorithmic evaluations.

  • High Court's Old, Bad Stats Analysis Can Miss Discrimination

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    Courts and practitioners should reconsider a common statistical test for evidence of employment discrimination, created by the U.S. Supreme Court for its 1977 Castaneda and Hazelwood cases, because its “two or three standard deviations” criteria stems from a misunderstanding of statistical methods that can dramatically minimize the actual prevalence of discrimination, says Daniel Levy at Advanced Analytical Consulting Group.

  • Transparency And Explainability Are Critical To AI Compliance

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    Although there is not yet a comprehensive law governing artificial intelligence, regulators have tools to hold businesses accountable, and companies need to focus on ensuring that consumers and key stakeholders understand how their AI systems operate and make decisions, say Chanley Howell and Lauren Hudon at Foley & Lardner.

  • In Focus At The EEOC: Emerging And Developing Issues

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    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's recently finalized strategic enforcement plan highlights how the agency will prioritize its limited resources over the next four years, and the most notable emerging issues include ensuring protections for pregnant workers and those dealing with long-term COVID-19 effects, says Jim Paretti at Littler.

  • Employer Takeaways From 2nd Circ. Equal Pay Ruling

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    The Second Circuit 's recent decision in Eisenhauer v. Culinary Institute of America reversed a long-held understanding of the Equal Pay Act, ultimately making it easier for employers to defend against equal pay claims brought under federal law, but it is not a clear escape hatch for employers, say Thelma Akpan and Katelyn McCombs at Littler.