The Customer is Not Always Right: Sex Museums and Harassment

New York City’s Museum of Sex (“the Museum”) is facing a lawsuit from a former employee who alleges that the Museum failed to protect her from sexual harassment by her co-workers and the Museum’s patrons.  The plaintiff’s complaint alleges that … Continue reading

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Paid Parental Leave for Employees? Make Sure This Benefit is Truly Gender Neutral

A recent settlement between the American Civil Liberties Union (“ACLU”) and a national employer highlights the importance of ensuring that paid parental leave benefits provided by employers are not just written in a gender neutral policy, but also administered on … Continue reading

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Supreme Court to Consider Whether Title VII Covers LGBT Bias

On Monday, April 22nd, the U.S. Supreme Court said that it will hear three cases that turn on whether existing civil rights bans on discrimination in the workplace under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 include discrimination … Continue reading

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UPDATE: Does Your Employee Handbook Have a Lactation Accommodation Policy? (And Are You Abiding By It?)

Recently, a federal jury awarded a City of Tucson Fire Department paramedic $3.8 million after it found that the department violated the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”) when … Continue reading

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The EEOC Releases Enforcement and Litigation Data for Fiscal Year 2018

Yesterday, the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) released its Enforcement and Litigation Data for Fiscal Year (“FY”) 2018, which began October 1, 2017 and ended September 30, 2018. According to the data, the EEOC received 76,418 charges of … Continue reading

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Let’s Get Out of the Weeds: Understanding Arizona’s Medical Marijuana Laws

Can an employer terminate the employment of a medical marijuana cardholder who tests positive after a work-related injury? A recent decision tackles this question and represents a first look at the legal issues under Arizona’s medical marijuana law. Employers and their … Continue reading

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Q1 2019 Workplace Word – Out Now!

The first edition of the Workplace Word for 2019 has been published! In this edition, we take a look at three critical issues for employers during the hiring process – Form I-9 Compliance; Disability Inclusion and ADA Compliance; and What Not … Continue reading

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Public-Sector Employees Are Making Lemonade Out of Lemmons

Yesterday, the Supreme Court of the United States unanimously held in Mount Lemmon Fire District v. Guido that the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (“the Act”) applies to state and local government employers, regardless of their size. The Act defines … Continue reading

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In-House Counsel Tool Kit: Employment Law Update

A common observation from in-house attorneys is that, unlike those in private practice, many lack the luxury of being able to focus on a specific area of law. Rather, they are often expected to understand and provide legal advice on … Continue reading

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California enacts sweeping legislation designed to address the #MeToo movement

Governor Jerry Brown signed into law four new bills addressing harassment and discrimination in the workplace. Senate Bill 826 mandates that public companies based in California have at least one woman on their board of directors by the end of … Continue reading

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