Tag Archives: Discrimination

Update: Families First Coronavirus Act

The Department of Labor issued new guidance over the weekend regarding the Families First Act, including important definitions and clarifications.  I broke down the new guidance into the overall framework of the new EFMLA and EPSLA in this recorded webinar. … Continue reading

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EEOC Releases 2017 Enforcement & Litigation Statistics

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) – the federal agency tasked with enforcing certain federal employment laws – recently released its fiscal year 2017 Enforcement and Litigation Statistics. In fiscal year 2017, the EEOC resolved 99,109 charges of discrimination.  In … Continue reading

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Employees May Now File Discrimination Complaints Online with the EEOC

On November 1st, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) launched an online system that allows employees nationwide to inquire about potential discrimination and electronically sign and file discrimination charges against their employers.  Following initial filing, the online system will permit … Continue reading

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Massachusetts High Court Recognizes Employee Right of Qualified Medical Marijuana Users To Allege Handicap Discrimination For Off-Site Use of Medicinal Marijuana

In a long-awaited decision, the highest court in Massachusetts – the Supreme Judicial Court (“SJC”) – ruled today in Cristina Barbuto v. Advantage Sales & Marketing, LLC, et al. that an employee who used medical marijuana to treat a debilitating … Continue reading

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EEOC Releases 2016 Enforcement & Litigation Statistics

As many employers are aware, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) is a federal agency tasked with enforcing certain federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, and/or genetic information.  The EEOC … Continue reading

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Massachusetts Transgender Public Accommodations Bill Becomes Law

Earlier this month, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed the Transgender Public Accommodations Bill into law.  While Massachusetts has statutorily prohibited employment discrimination against transgender persons since July 1, 2012, the law extends those protections to include all places of public … Continue reading

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Could You be Liable for the Sins of Your Staffing Agency?

Many businesses use staffing agencies to supplement their regular employee workforce with temporary workers.  Staffing agencies can be extremely valuable for a company seeking to save money (e.g., taxes and employee benefits) which it would have to pay for regular … Continue reading

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In connection with the White House’s United State of Women Summit, EEOC Issues Resource Documents on Equal Pay, Pregnancy Bias

On June 14, 2016, the inaugural United State of Women Summit (the “Summit”) convened by the White House was held in Washington, DC.  More than 5,000 women, including experts and leaders who work both domestically and internationally, gathered for the … Continue reading

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EEOC Issues Proposed Enforcement Guidance on National Origin Discrimination

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) recently released a proposed enforcement guidance addressing national origin discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Proposed Guidance”). While the Proposed Guidance is fairly long, key provisions are as … Continue reading

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EEOC Issues Fact Sheet on Bathroom Access Rights for Transgender Employees

Just weeks after Bob Kilroy and Amanda Baer presented on this topic at the Firm’s Annual Labor and Employment Seminar, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued a Fact Sheet entitled Bathroom Access for Transgender Employees Under Title VII of … Continue reading

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