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Supervalu must counter evidence of its indifference to racial harassment at distribution center

September 1st, 2021

By Brandi O. Brown, J.D.
In a lawsuit brought by two Black Supervalu employees under Title VII, Section 1981, and state laws, a federal district court in Minnesota has determined that a jury’s input is necessary on the racial harassment, retaliation, and negligence claims of one of the employees. One plaintiff described a series of incidents [Read more...]


Claims of Black male compensation analyst, paid less than later-hired White female, revived,

August 31st, 2021

By Brandi O. Brown, J.D.
Reversing and remanding a summary judgment decision in favor of a university employer in an EPA and Title VII suit brought by a compensation analyst, the Sixth Circuit found fact issues justifying a trial. The record did not show beyond dispute that any of the factors suggested by the employer were [Read more...]


Delaying injured employee’s training was not an unreasonable accommodation

August 30th, 2021

By Marjorie Johnson, J.D.
An employer provided a reasonable accommodation to a recently hired employee who had suffered an ankle injury by allowing her to delay her training until several days after her temporary restrictions were lifted. It was not required to instead have a trainer come down to the first floor to provide training, the [Read more...]


Private insurers no longer waiving out-of-pocket costs for COVID-19 treatment, employer waivers may be expiring too

August 27th, 2021

By Rebecca Mayo, J.D. and WK Editorial Staff
Testing and vaccination for COVID-19 must be provided at no cost to individuals, however there is no federal mandate requiring insurers to waive out-of-pocket treatment costs for COVID-19. Early in the pandemic, the majority of private health plans waived out-of-pocket costs for COVID-19 treatment, but a survey by the [Read more...]


Servers can proceed to trial due to restaurant’s inadequate investigation of sexual harassment complaints against bartender

August 26th, 2021

By Tulay Turan, J.D.
Two female servers can proceed to trial with their hostile work environment sexual harassment claims where there was a genuine dispute whether the employer could be held liable for a bartender’s harassment, a federal district court in Colorado ruled. There were triable issues as to whether the employer vested the bartender with [Read more...]