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    Amtrak Employee Reinstated Following Retaliation for Whistleblowing

    A former employee of the National Railroad Passenger Corp. (“Amtrak”) was recently awarded a $892,551 settlement and was reinstated as an Amtrak employee, following an order from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”). The employee worked for Amtrak as a supervisory special agent in Amtrak’s inspector general’s office. In 2010, […]

    U.S. Supreme Court to Weigh in on Religious Exemptions from ERISA

    The United States Supreme Court recently agreed to hear appeals from hospitals with Christian affiliations regarding the Employee Retirement Income Security Act’s (“ERISA”) exemption for church retirement plans. ERISA is a federal law that sets forth minimum standards for pension plans established by private companies. In an effort to protect the interests of employee benefit […]

    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 […]

    EEOC Issues Guidance on Rights of Employees with Mental Health Conditions

    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) recently issued a resource document titled “Depression, PTSD, & Other Mental Health Conditions in the Workplace: Your Legal Rights” intended to provide guidance on workplace rights for individuals with mental health conditions under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (“ADA”). The EEOC, the government agency responsible for […]

    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 […]

    Uber Victory in Ninth Circuit Regarding Dispute Over Enforceability of Arbitration

    The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (the “Ninth Circuit”) recently ruled that the majority of Uber’s contract drivers must resolve their disputes through individual arbitration and cannot pursue their labor claims as a class. This decision serves as a major setback for Uber drivers seeking recognition as employees and is a […]

    Colleges Placed at the Mercy of the States They Are In: How State Laws Can Strip Host Cities of NCAA Tournament Games and Affect Athletic Programs

    Every year colleges and universities bid to host National Collegiate Athletic Association (“NCAA”) tournament games. Hosting these games attracts incoming students, boosts school pride, increases alumni contributions, and provides free marketing and advertising for the host college on a national scale. A recent NCAA decision, however, should put colleges on notice that the laws of […]

    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 […]

    Seventh Circuit: Title VII Does Not Cover Sexual-Orientation Discrimination

    The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, in a decision on July 26, 2016, held that Title VII, a chapter of the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964 that protects employees from being discriminated against based upon race, sex, religion and national origin, does not protect employees against discrimination based upon sexual orientation. In Hively v. […]