• Cullen and Dykman LLP Blogs

  • Archives

  • Author Archives: James G. Ryan

    Florida School Board Settles Pregnancy Discrimination Case with U.S. Department of Justice

    The Palm Beach County School Board (“School Board”) recently settled a lawsuit brought by the United States Justice Department alleging that a local school’s principal unlawfully demoted an assistant principal after she became pregnant with twins. Anne Williams Dorsey (“Dorsey”) was employed by Turning Points Academy as an assistant principal. In 2010, Dorsey informed principal […]

    U.S. Department of Education Finds Students Accused of Sexual Misconduct Had Title IX Rights Violated by Wesley College

    The U.S. Department of Education recently announced that Wesley College, a private, liberal arts university in Dover, Delaware, violated Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”) by allegedly disregarding the due process rights of male students accused of sexual misconduct. By way of background, Title IX prohibits sex discrimination in education programs […]

    Class Action Age Discrimination Case Against Google Moves Forward

    A software developer in California recently prevailed in a key ruling regarding her lawsuit against Google. The developer, Cheryl Fillekes, originally brought a suit against the multinational technology company in 2015, claiming that the company systemically discriminates against older job applicants and employees. By way of background, Fillekes interviewed with Google for four different positions […]

    U.S. Supreme Court Declines to Hear O’Bannon v. NCAA

    The U.S. Supreme Court recently decided not to hear the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (“NCAA”) appeal of the O’Bannon case, a class-action lawsuit that was filed by the former UCLA basketball star and other college basketball and football players. O’Bannon v. NCAA originated in 2009, when Ed O’Bannon, a former All-American UCLA basketball player, along […]

    NY Attorney General Launches Antitrust Investigation Into Maker of EpiPen

    New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman recently announced that his office would commence an investigation into Mylan Pharmaceuticals (“Mylan”). Mylan, an American global generic and specialty pharmaceutical company, is the maker of the EpiPen, an epinephrine auto-injector used to treat severe allergic reactions, like anaphylaxis, to insect stings, foods, drugs, and other allergens. Mylan’s EpiPen4Schools […]

    EEOC Issues Final Enforcement Guidance on Retaliation Claims

    In the past few years, there has been an unprecedented increase in the number of workplace related claims filed against employers. Interestingly, retaliation-based claims are among the most commonly filed complaints by employees. According to Jenny R. Yang, the Chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”), “[r]etaliation is asserted in nearly 45 percent of […]

    Fifth Circuit Expands EEOC’s Ability to Bring Pattern or Practice Discrimination Claims

    In a decision that grants the Equal Employment Opportunity Corporation (“EEOC”) broader discretion to bring pattern or practice discrimination claims against employers, the Fifth Circuit recently held that, at least in that circuit, the EEOC may bring such a claim under Section 706 of Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. The case, EEOC […]

    Delaware Supreme Court Holds that Merely Registering to do Business in the State Not Sufficient to Subject Corporation to General Personal Jurisdiction

    The Delaware Supreme Court recently held that a corporation that simply registers to do business in Delaware without more is not subject to general personal jurisdiction. The court held that a state’s registration statute does not constitute consent to be subject to general jurisdiction.  The case, Genuine Parts Co. v. Cepec, 2016 Del. LEXIS 247 […]

    The EEOC Calls for Federal Judge to Continue with Sexual Orientation Discrimination Case

    The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) asked U.S. District Court Judge Cathy Bissoon in the Western District of Pennsylvania to reject a motion to dismiss in a lawsuit alleging a worker was discriminated against on the basis of his sexual orientation. The lawsuit, originally filed in March by the EEOC, alleges that Dale Baxley, a […]

    Obama Administration Announces Overtime Expansion, Affecting Over 4 Million Workers

    On May 17, 2016, the Obama administration announced a new regulation passed by the U.S. Department of Labor to raise workers’ overtime pay cutoff. The regulation will raise the overtime pay cutoff from $23,660 to $47,476 per year, or $913 per week. By way of background, President Obama called upon the Department of Labor to […]