December 22, 2016

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) -- the federal agency responsible for enforcing employment discrimination laws -- recently resolved a case in which a manager said the above to Cassandra Crawford, as the reason she was not promoted and instead her less-qualified male colleague was. 

According to the EEOC -- 

Cassandra Crawford worked in Dimension's patient financial services...

August 30, 2016

The Center for WorkLife Law at the University of California, Hastings, has issued a 2016 "Family Responsibilities Discrimination Litigation Update" regarding employment cases brought by caregivers. The report analyzed 4,400 cases of family responsibilities discrimination to determine recent trends. 

First, an excerpt from the report about what constitutes family responsibilities or caregiver...

August 8, 2016

The end of July saw the end of the formal 2015-2016 state legislative session. What were some noteworthy pieces of employment legislation that did and did not make it to the Governor's desk?

 What did pass:

Amendments to the Equal Pay Act -- As I've outlined in a past blog post, the amendments tighten up the already existing state Equal Pay Act. There has been a lot of press around this, particular...

August 1, 2016

Tom Spiggle, author of “You’re Pregnant? You’re Fired: Protecting Mothers, Fathers, and Other Caregivers in the Workplace” and an employment lawyer in Virginia and Tennessee does a nice job reviewing two recent cases on postpartum depression under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in which individuals alleged wrongful termination. He summarizes his takeaways as follows:

The lesson of these two...

May 31, 2016

Employment law issues occur in every possible employment scenario... even amongst employment lawyers. The latest case from the Supreme Judicial Court, Verdrager v Mintz, Levin, involves an employment lawyer who alleged she was demoted, and later terminated, from her law firm employer due to illegal sex discrimination (a/k/a gender discrimination, and including pregnancy discrimination) and retali...

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