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Pornographic emails targeted gay employee; post-Zarda Title VII hostile environment claim proceeds

October 15th, 2018

By Lorene D. Park, J.D.
On remand from the Second Circuit, a federal court in New York granted an employee leave to amend his complaint to assert a sex-based hostile work environment claim under Title VII, finding it plausible based largely on his contention that he received unwanted emails having to do with his sexual orientation [Read more...]


Florida Senate pushes back against EEOC’s prosecution of sexual harassment allegations

October 15th, 2018

By Pamela Wolf, J.D.
Make no mistake: The EEOC is tuned into the #MeToo movement. The agency is apparently taking on the Florida State Senate for its alleged role in permitting and failing to correct a sexually hostile environment that it either knew or should have known about.
But the Florida legislative body is fighting back. In [Read more...]


Giving light duty to injured workers but not pregnant worker did not violate PDA

October 12th, 2018

By Lorene D. Park, J.D.
Granting summary judgment against a Pregnancy Discrimination Act claim by an emergency medical technician who was denied light duty when she had lifting restrictions during her pregnancy, a federal district court in Alabama found that she failed to proffer any evidence that non-pregnant employees were treated more favorably in comparable circumstances. [Read more...]


Distance disabled prof had to walk between classes supports Rehab Act claims

October 12th, 2018

By Brandi O. Brown, J.D.
An English professor whose ability to walk was limited by an on-the-job injury and arthritis, and who requested accommodations that included having classrooms scheduled close to one another, will proceed with two Rehabilitation Act claims, a federal district court in Maryland ruled. The remainder of her claims, including claims under the [Read more...]


Employers should be able to discriminate against LGBTQ workers based on religious beliefs, suit asserts

October 12th, 2018

By Pamela Wolf, J.D.
The U.S. Pastor Council and Hotze Health & Wellness Center have teamed up to file a lawsuit against the EEOC and its Commissioners, as well as Attorney General Jeff Sessions (all of whom are charged with enforcing Title VII), challenging the EEOC’s interpretation of Title VII to make employment discrimination based on [Read more...]