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Dec 22 2016
Harassment & Discrimination 

New California law mandates gender-neutral single-user bathrooms

Starting March 1, 2017, new legislation approved by California Governor Jerry Brown will require public single-user bathrooms to be designated as “all-gender.”

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Nov 21 2016
Harassment & Discrimination 

EEOC issues enforcement guidance on retaliation

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has updated its guidance on retaliation claims under the statutes it enforces, including the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Equal Pay Act (EPA), the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA), and Title VII of the Civil…

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Photo of Lorraine Hoffman
Nov 16 2016
Harassment & DiscriminationTermination & Resignation 

Listen to both sides of the story before making any adverse employment decisions

An incomplete investigation into harassment allegations resulted in the wrong employee being terminated and costly litigation for the employer. A female EMT driver was the victim of unwanted sexual advances from a male dispatcher, and apparently brushed it off until he sent her a graphic text containing a photo of…

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Photo of Karen Davis
Oct 18 2016
Affirmative ActionHarassment & DiscriminationWage and Hour 

OFCCP wrings significant settlements from employers

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has announced a string of recent settlements with federal contractors over alleged employment discrimination.

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Sep 28 2016
Harassment & Discrimination 

Posting anti-harassment policy is not enough – training also necessary

Even though an employee failed to report ongoing sexual harassment by her supervisor or to make use of the posted complaint process, a recent court decision will allow her sexual harassment claim to proceed to trial. The employee, along with many others, stated she had no knowledge of the workplace…

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Sep 14 2016
Harassment & Discrimination 

Prompt investigation saves employer from harassment liability

In a nod to the value of HR professionals, a federal district court in Tennessee dismissed an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) case against Autozone, finding that the company did enough to stop alleged harassment by a store manager. How did the company address allegations of sexual harassment in the workplace? In…

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Aug 04 2016
Harassment & Discrimination 

Transgender rights and issues continue to be on forefront for federal agencies

The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and U.S. Department of Education became the two most recent federal agencies to release guidance regarding treatment of transgender individuals. The EEOC issued a new fact sheet discussing rights of transgender employees and the U.S. Department of Education issued a letter regarding transgender…

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Photo of Karen Davis
Jul 11 2016
Harassment & Discrimination 

Sexual Orientation Discrimination: The EEOC Files First Lawsuits

In two ground-breaking lawsuits this past March, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) alleges that under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, “sex discrimination” includes discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. This is a developing area of employment law, and these lawsuits are part of the EEOC’s national strategy to seek…

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Jun 10 2016
Affirmative ActionHarassment & Discrimination 

Food distribution company to pay $1.85 million to settle entry-level hiring case

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) recently announced that Gordon Food Service, Inc. will pay $1.85 million to resolve allegations that it systematically discriminated against women when hiring for entry-level warehouse laborer jobs at locations in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Kentucky.

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Apr 18 2016
Harassment & DiscriminationHiring

DFEH of California issues guidance on transgender rights

The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) recently issued new guidance for employers regarding transgender rights in the workplace. In order to be protected by the law, a transgender person does not need to complete any particular step in a gender transition (social or medical). The new guidance…

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