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EEOC Files First Lawsuits to Protect Rights of Transgender Workers

EEOC Files First Lawsuits to Protect Rights of Transgender Workers by Kathryn Kimball In September, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed the first lawsuits seeking to protect the rights of transgender workers under the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The two cases are similar but were filed in different federal courts – one in […]

EEOC Issues Guidance on Criminal Background Checks

The EEOC issued Enforcement Guidance on the Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 in April of 2012, in light of significant recent rulings against employers related to criminal background checks. The guidance does not prohibit criminal background checks, but rather it requires […]

What Not to Wear: The EEOC Guides Employers on Religious Dress and Grooming Practices

by Elan Cameron On March 6, 2014, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released additional guidance on religious accommodations under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII), specifically on issues of religious garb and grooming in the workplace. The guidance requires employers to make exceptions to their usual workplace policies to […]

Oklahoma: Religious Discrimination Case Ends in Settlement

By Jay Shannon Voss Lighting, a Nebraska based supplier of lighting products, announced on March 19th that it will settle a religious dicsrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The Commision’s suit alleged that company personnal refused to hire Edward Wolfe at its Tulsa location due to his religious beliefs, in […]

The Supreme Court To Define Supervisor For Purposes of Title VII

In a case that could have far reaching implications for employers, the Supreme Court has agreed to hear Vance v. Ball State University, a case in which the Court will define “supervisor” for purposes of determining an employer’s liability for harassment under Title VII. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, prohibits employment […]

New Wisconsin Law Limits State Court Discrimination Remedies

On April 6, 2012, Wisconsin employers celebrated as Governor Scott Walker signed into law legislation repealing a state law enacted in 2009 that permitted employees to recover compensatory and punitive damages in employment discrimination suits under the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act. The bill was opposed by special interests groups advocating for women’s rights who painted […]

Proposed Budget: A Good Sign for Workers?

Early last week, the Obama Administration released a proposed budget for fiscal year 2013.  Many believe President Obama’s final budget request has no likelihood of passing, but will serve as a line in the sand for the upcoming presidential campaign. Regardless, examining the proposed budget can shed light on current labor and employment trends. It […]