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Philip Miles
Desperate Housewives - The Lawsuit - COTW #106

The employment law Case of the Week is Touchstone Television v. Nicollette Sheridan (yes, that Nicollette Sheridan). This case has more twists and turns than an episode of Desperate Housewives! I'm guessing . . . never actually seen the show. In any...

Jon Hyman
What qualifies as “opposition” under Title VII?

Last week, I discussed the limits of Title VII's opposition clause in protecting (or not protecting, as the case may be) employees who make unreasonable or unfounded complaints about discrimination. Today, I am going to discuss another aspect of the...

Robin Shea
Phyllis Diller on the latest in labor and employment

If we don't laugh, we'll cry, right? In honor of Phyllis Diller, the queen of the one-liners , who died last week, and her counterpart, the great Henny Youngman , here is the latest labor and employment news - all in one-liners, of course. ...

Robin Shea
Wellness "sticks," as well as "carrots," are legal, court says

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit* has held that employers may use "sticks" to encourage participation in wellness programs as well as "carrots," if the wellness program is part of a group health or other benefit plan...

Jon Hyman
The more you know… Determining when a company knows that an employee engaged in protected activity

"The check is in the mail" is one of the world's oldest (and some would argue lamest) excuses. In Hicks v. SSP America (6th Cir. 8/3/12) , the employer tried a variation in an attempt to avoid an employee's retaliation claim. The employer...

Margaret (Molly) DiBianca
Gordon Ramsay, A Hotel, and a Hen House

Earlier this week I watched the second episode of Gordon Ramsay's new show, Hotel Hell . If you're not familiar with the show, the basic premise is this: Gordon visits a failing hotel and, after lots of screaming and yelling, turns the owners...