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    Former Yale Student Found Not Guilty in Rape Trial

    A New Haven, Connecticut jury recently found a former Yale University student not guilty of raping his classmate. This much publicized case is among the small percentage of campus sexual misconduct cases that have actually made it to trial. In 2015, Yale University student, referred to as Jane Doe, accused Saifullah Khan of raping her […]

    Proposed Bill Would Require College and University Presidents to Review Sexual Misconduct Claims

    Bipartisan legislation announced recently in the U.S. Senate would hold campus leaders accountable for sexual abuse cases involving college and university employees. The proposed bill, the Accountability of Leaders in Education to Report Title IX Investigations Act (“Alert Act”), would require all presidents, and at least one other member of the institution’s governing board, to […]

    California Supreme Court finds GrubHub Drivers to be Independent Contractors

    Recently, in a very telling decision, a federal Magistrate Judge found that drivers for GrubHub Inc. (“Grubhub”) are independent contractors and not employees. In doing so, U.S. Magistrate Judge, Jacqueline Corley, found that gig-economy drivers do not qualify for the protections of employees under California state law. Employee Raef Lawson, brought this claim against Grubhub, […]

    Manhattan District Attorney’s Office Implements a Work-Related Sexual Violence Team

    The Manhattan District Attorney, Cyrus Vance, Jr., recently announced the implementation of a Work-Related Sexual Violence team. The announcement comes in the wake of growing awareness of sexual misconduct in the workplace. The new task force will focus on engaging and encouraging alleged victims of work-related sexual violence to report their incidents. The team will […]

    Second Circuit finds Title VII protects against Sexual Orientation Discrimination

    Last week, the Second Circuit held that Title VII, which protects against discrimination in the workplace on the basis of sex, includes discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Notably, the Second Circuit is only the second court in the country to do so. While Title VII forbids discrimination in the workplace based on “race, […]

    Supreme Court Declines to Expand Whistleblower Protection

    On February 21, the Supreme Court ruled that the Dodd-Franks Act’s anti-retaliation provision only applies to individuals who have reported a violation to the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). The court found that the Dodd-Frank Act does not protect employees who make internal complaints of corporate wrongdoing. In 2010, Congress enacted the Dodd-Frank Act in […]

    New York State Paid Family Leave and Minimum Wage Updates for 2018

    New York Paid Family Leave As of January 1, 2018, New York private employers must offer Paid Family Leave to their employees. The Paid Family Leave Act allows workers to take paid leave in order to: care for a new child, provide care for a family member with a serious health condition, or when a family […]

    Restaurant Chain Settles Transgender Employee’s Claim of Sexual Harassment and Retaliation

    Last month, Bojangles’ Restaurants Inc., settled a sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) on behalf of a transgender employee. Jonathan (De’Ashia) Wolfe, a transgender woman, worked at Bojangles’ restaurant in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Bojangles’ is a fast food restaurant chain with many locations throughout the United States. […]

    The Supreme Court Hears Arguments on Collective Proceeding Waivers in Employment Arbitration Agreements

    In its first argument of the new term, the U.S. Supreme Court considered whether collective proceeding waivers in employment arbitration agreements may be enforced. The Federal Arbitration Act (“FAA”) allows employers to include arbitration agreements that require workers to bring legal claims to arbitration, rather than to court. Collective proceeding waivers are becoming a common […]

    Second Circuit Rules in Favor of Fraternity Brothers in “Jackie” Rape Dispute

    In late September, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit found that the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York erred in dismissing a lawsuit brought by former members of the fraternity at the center of the Rolling Stone article, “A Rape on Campus.” In November 2014, Rolling Stone […]