It's no secret that I approach employment law from a
pro-employer viewpoint. It's right in the blog's title: The Ohio Employer's
Law Blog. Yet, despite my management-side tendencies, I call 'em as I see 'em,
and every now and again a story about an employer's treatment...
After the blog's brief hiatus, I started debating what
sort of post would be worthy of the "first post back" honors, and I realized
that I had so much to update and catch up on within my own
state, that I should just start right here. So, here it is: the
I wonder if there is a recognized legal specialty in the
area of unwed-pregnant-moms-and-religious-schools-discrimination law. If so, I
think I will qualify very soon. Happy belated Mother's Day?
long ago , I wrote about the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, which terminated an
Pennsylvania House Bill No. 2542 (text here) would add "pregnancy" to the list of protected classes under the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act (PHRA). The PHRA is Pennsylvania's version of Title VII, protecting individuals from employment discrimination. The proposed law would just insert...
In previous posts we have emphasized the importance of class actions to individuals seeking to enforce their rights against more powerful corporations, most recently in " Abbey Spanier Comments on the Harm to Individuals Caused by Pre-Dispute Arbitration Clauses ." As we posted in " Can...
The Congressional Office of Compliance recently published
that shows that the number of harassment and discrimination complaints by
Congressional employees has increased over the past five years. The report,
entitled "State of the Congressional Workplace," sought to determine...
CNN reports that a Flint, Michigan, nurse is suing her
hospital because it kowtowed to a man's request that no African-American
employees care for his baby. The lawsuit [pdf] outlines her key allegations:
11. The father told the Charge
Nurse that he did not want any African Americans taking...
The City of Phoenix added "sexual orientation" and
"gender identity or expression" to the groups of protected classes under local
law. The non-discrimination provisions prohibit discrimination in (1) employment;
(2) public accommodations; (3) housing; (4) city construction contracts;...
On March 13, 2013, the New York City Council, by a vote
of 43 to 4, overrode Mayor Michael Bloomberg's February 22, 2013 veto of Local Law 14 of 2013 ("Local Law 14″ or the "Act").
Effective June 11, 2013, Local Law 14 prohibits any employer in New York City
from basing an...
How is "Long- Term Unemployment"
If you have been unemployed for more than 6 months, you are considered
According to data collected via
a recent study completed by HuffPost , 40% of those that have become
unemployed since 2009 fit that criteria...
Discrimination is just plain wrong. It is
shocking that there is still anywhere in America where it is legal to fire
someone for their sexual orientation or gender identity. Americans understand
that it's time to make sure our LGBT friends and family are treated fairly and
have the same opportunities...
Is your company an EEOC target?
before about the Strategic
Enforcement Plan of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission,
which was officially adopted last December, and the Commission's
priorities. Last week, EEOC Commissioner Victoria Lipnic spoke about the
Plan in more...
By now, you've probably already heard about the biggest
news in the world for the past day or so . . . Angelina Jolie's double masectomy . Why an apparently uneventful
preventive surgery on an actress is the number one story in the world is a
riddle I have yet to solve. I have, however, nailed...
Mother's Day is long past, but you'd never know it -- in
employment law, this has been the Week of the Moms. Here's a roundup - tell us
what you think!
First up: Title VII's
ban on pregnancy discrimination includes discrimination based on lactation or
the need to express milk ...
Over the weekend, I read this opinion from the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. From the opening paragraph, it had my attention.
After working at A.B. Data for four months, Michael Benes charged the firm with sex discrimination. The EEOC arranged for mediation in which, after an initial joint session...
In perhaps the biggest employment case this term, the Supreme Court has held that a "but-for" standard – not the "mixed motive" analysis applies to retaliation claims under Title VII. In Univ. of Texas Sw. Med. Ctr. v. Nassar , the court resolved the Circuit split that developed...
Then I suggest "ghetto."
Consider this your performance review ProTip for Tuesday, courtesy of this recent decision from a Texas federal court, in which an employer's summary judgment motion was denied, and a Mexican-American plaintiff's race and national origin discrimination claims...
Twenty-one states and the District of Columbia have laws banning workplace discrimination in the private sector on the basis of sexual orientation. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, which currently bans discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression in public employment...
10 states and more than 50 municipalities and counties have some form of "ban the box" legislation, regulations, or ordinances on their books. Earlier this summer, the city of Seattle, Washington joined them, and on November 1, 2013, Seattle's new "ban the box" ordinance goes...
Jobvite’s sixth annual Social Recruiting Survey came out this week and starts with the headline “[a]nyone not leveraging social referrals is behind the curve. “ The survey found that 94% of recruiters are now using or plan to use social media in their recruitment efforts.
There is currently legislation pending in both the Ohio House [ H.B. 163 ] and Ohio Senate [ S.B. 125 ] that would include “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to the list of classes from which employees are protected from discrimination by their employers. Notably, the...
I had the opportunity to talk with two plaintiff's attorneys last night at a reception recognizing the Michigan lawyers who were newly elected to the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. Both attorneys indicated that they were extremely busy with discrimination cases. The first attorney indicated...
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed a gender-based discrimination suit against Industrial Labor Management Group, Inc. (ILM).
The suit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, alleges that ILM refused to refer qualified female applicants...