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New EEOC online Public Portal up and running

November 6th, 2017

On November 1, 2017, the EEOC launched a Public Portal that gives online access to people inquiring about discrimination. The secure online system makes both EEOC information and a person’s own charge information available whenever and wherever it’s convenient for that person. EEOC Acting Chair Victoria A. Lipnic called the system “a giant leap forward [Read more...]

State workers fail (again) in privacy challenge to search of their drug records in state database

November 3rd, 2017

By Lisa Milam-Perez, J.D.
Two state employees whose prescription drug records were accessed by a detective while investigating the theft of opioids from city ambulances were unable to revive their Fourth Amendment or Fair Credit Reporting Act claims against the detective or the municipality. The Tenth Circuit affirmed the lower courts’ conclusions that the defendants were [Read more...]

Employee fired for submitting false FMLA paperwork, not disability or leave

November 3rd, 2017

By Marjorie Johnson, J.D.
An employee who suffered from severe migraines and successfully took FMLA leave for several years, but who was fired after submitting an altered FMLA certification, failed to defeat summary judgment on his claims of disability discrimination and FMLA retaliation. A federal court in Pennsylvania found that he failed to cast doubt on [Read more...]

Jury to decide if university overrode tenure recommendation in retaliation for prof’s EEOC charge

November 3rd, 2017

By Marjorie Johnson, J.D.
A jury will decide whether a university official’s decision to reject a judicial review board’s recommendation to grant a professor a promotion and tenure, made just eight weeks after she filed an EEOC charge alleging gender bias, constituted unlawful Title VII retaliation. Declining to grant summary judgment against her, a federal court [Read more...]

Driver who refused fingerprinting as ‘mark of the devil’ states religious bias claim

November 2nd, 2017

By Marjorie Johnson, J.D.
A school bus driver who was denied her request not to undergo legally mandated fingerprinting due to her religious belief that fingerprinting was the “the mark of the devil,” while a coworker with “unreadable” fingerprints was purportedly allowed to undergo an alternative background check, plausibly alleged claims of religious discrimination and retaliation [Read more...]