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Latest U.S. Supreme Court Case Favors Religious Rights Over Laws Prohibiting Discrimination Against LGBTQ+, Signals Potential Expansion of Religious Rights
June 18, 2021
In a potential expansion of religious freedom rights, the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Fulton v. City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, held that the City of Philadelphia could not require Catholic Social Services, a group contracting with the City to provide foster care services for over 50 years, to certify same-sex couples as foster care providers in violation of the Catholic church’s view that marriage is a sacred bond between one man and one woman.
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SOGI (Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity) Discrimination? The EEOC Offers Guidance
June 16, 2021
Coining a new acronym (which we are not sure how to pronounce), the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced new resources regarding LGBTQ+ workplace rights on June 14, 2021.
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Employers – Make Sure Your Story Makes Sense! (And Is Truthful!)
April 7, 2021
Every now and then I read a case where from the beginning when presented with the employer’s handling of a termination, I can see the wheels coming off – so to speak.
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Illinois: New IHRA Amendments Severely Limit Employers’ Ability to Consider Criminal Background
March 26, 2021
On March 23, 2021, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed into law amendments to the Illinois Human Rights Act (IHRA) that substantially limit employers’ ability to consider an applicant or employee’s criminal history.
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Maryland’s General Assembly Overrides “Ban the Box” Veto – What’s Next for Employers
February 3, 2020
On January 30, 2020, the Maryland General Assembly voted to override Governor Hogan’s veto of the “Ban the Box” bill that was passed in the last legislative session, just as we predicted.
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OFCCP Issues New Construction Technical Assistance Guide
November 27, 2019
On November 13, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor announced the issuance of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs’ (OFCCP) Technical Assistance Guide – Construction Contractors.
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Behind the Blind Selection Screen
November 19, 2019
A market has developed for blind interviewing software to strip identifying information from applicant resumes.
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The EEOC’s Approach to Remedies for Discrimination
September 11, 2019
As I was perusing a recently-released volume of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s quarterly Digest of EEO Law, I came across an interesting article, “An Overview of Common Remedies Available in Disparate Treatment Claims of Discrimination.”
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What is Discrimination Based on Sex?
August 23, 2019
Despite Title VII’s continued use of the term “sex,” courts have used that term and “gender” interchangeably in many circumstances.
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Attempt to Protect the Employee from Racism Leads to Discrimination Claim!
August 22, 2019
In an ironic twist, a manager’s alleged attempt to protect an employee from racism resulted in a discrimination claim by that employee.
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Lactation Law Verdict Sends a Message: Don’t Mess With Mom!
May 7, 2019
$3.8 million dollars. That’s what a Tucson, Arizona jury awarded to a former fire paramedic denied workplace accommodations required under the Fair Labor Standards Act for women who want to pump breast milk for their infants.
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Issues to Consider Before Implementing a “Rooney Rule” to Increase Racial Diversity in Employment
April 17, 2019
With recent news of a new Goldman Sachs policy requiring managers to interview two diverse candidates for any open job, there is no question that the “Rooney Rule,” first adopted by the National Football League  in 2003, has reached far beyond the football field.
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Oregon’s 2021 Legislative Session Brings Significant Changes for Employers https://t.co/InAPXLsmtw