Employment Litigation

EEOC Looks to Spruce Up its Harassment Guidance

EEOC Looks to Spruce Up its Harassment Guidance

Since the last time the EEOC updated its guidance on workplace harassment (oh say, in 1990), a lot has happened. A generation was born, graduated high school and joined American culture. There have been a couple court cases. The EEOC now thinks it’s time for some spring cleaning – proposing a new guidance document found here.

Reason #116 to Have Solid Leave Policies: FMLA Leave

Reason #116 to Have Solid Leave Policies: FMLA Leave

Disciplining an employee who’s on FMLA leave is like walking on holy ground. You’re always a little scared. But don’t fear: Employers can normally expect employees to live by company policy when they ask for leave. An employee who doesn’t has some explaining to do.

Silicon Valley Wage Gap Lawsuits to Visit the Petro Metro?

Silicon Valley Wage Gap Lawsuits to Visit the Petro Metro?

Silicon Valley has faced a recent spate of wage gap lawsuits, but will that trend make it to the Petro Metro? The US Department of Labor has launched lawsuits against Google, Oracle and Palantir – to name a few. Check out the latest courtroom drama from the Google lawsuit here.

7th Circuit Rules That Title VII Covers Sexual Orientation: It’s Bigger Than You Think

7th Circuit Rules That Title VII Covers Sexual Orientation: It’s Bigger Than You Think

It happened. The first federal appellate court just ruled that Title VII prohibits discrimination because of an employee’s sexual orientation. Check out the opinion from the 7th Circuit, which covers Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin, here. That paves the way for SCOTUS to take up the issue.

It’s a bigger deal than you may think.

EEOC: Revenge Is Best Served Never At All

EEOC: Revenge Is Best Served Never At All

Late in the last Presidential Administration, the EEOC issued an “Enforcement Guidance” on retaliation. Out of all the potential workplace fouls that an EEOC charge can allege, retaliation is by far the most common. The sheer volume of retaliation claims has doubled since 1998.  EEOC enforcers will look to the Guidance when they dig into a retaliation charge. And, I bet, so will plaintiff’s counsel – and sometimes even courts.

Should employers care? Probably so.

Gulf Coast Symposium: Living With the Complaining Employee

Gulf Coast Symposium: Living With the Complaining Employee

Gulf Coast Symposium is the second largest SHRM conference in Texas with more than 2,100 attendees.  The Symposium has tapped Alan Bush and Lee Winkelman to speak. One of Alan’s and Lee’s two topics deals with:

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Living With the Complaining Employee

May 11, 2017