Employment Law Blog

California Wants to Crack Down on Sexual Harassment by Venture Capitalists

October 17, 2017
A string of recent scandals in Silicon Valley has put a spotlight on a serious problem. Women attempting to break into the tech start-up world face pervasive sexual harassment from the male-dominated venture capitalist industry, being forced to put up with demeaning, offensive, and possibly dangerous behavior, or risk losing...

Yellowstone Cracks Down on Workplace Harassment

September 26, 2017
In late July 2017, Yellowstone National Park’s superintendent announced that he would be taking disciplinary action against 10 Yellowstone employees after an investigation found that female employees at the park had been victims of sexual harassment. The announcement comes at a time when the National Park Service and its parent...

Court Sends EEOC Wellness Regulations Back to the Drawing Board

September 19, 2017
A recent decision by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia may eventually lead to a change in the rules on incentives employers may provide to persuade employees to participate in workplace wellness programs. On August 22, the court held in AARP v. United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that...

Pregnant Employees Receive Protections Under Massachusetts' Pregnancy Accommodations Law

August 29, 2017
Massachusetts Passes Pregnancy Accommodations Law On July 27, 2017, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed into law a bill that will grant pregnant employees the right to receive reasonable accommodations in the workplace. Massachusetts is the latest state to pass a pregnancy accommodation law, joining 21 other states and...

Fourth Circuit Holds False Reports Are Not Necessarily Protected Activity

August 22, 2017
A recent decision by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals may have a chilling effect on managers and employees who would otherwise report discrimination against themselves and other employees. On June 7, 2017, the court held in Villa v. CavaMezze Grill, LLC, 858 F.3d 896 (2017), that an employer did not unlawfully retaliate...

Second Circuit Holds an Employer’s Rules Against Recording May Violate the NLRA

August 16, 2017
The Second Circuit recently affirmed a decision by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), finding that an employer’s policy prohibiting employees from recording meetings or conversations without management approval violated Section 7 of the National Labor Relation Act (NLRA). Section 7 of the NLRA guarantees employees the...

Life Time Fitness Settlement Reminds Employers and Employees of Pregnancy Protections

July 12, 2017
On Feb. 23, 2017, Life Time Fitness settled a pregnancy discrimination lawsuit filed by the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) for $86,000. The EEOC’s complaint alleged that, after giving prospective employee Emily Carpenter two interviews and offering her a job, Life Time Fitness revoked its job offer...

Subtle Workplace Bias Undermines Productivity and Well-Being, Study Finds

June 28, 2017
A new study of people who have experienced workplace discrimination showed that over one-fourth experience forms of “workplace bias” that are “common, impactful, and beyond their ability to manage,” leading to increased frustration, stress, depression, and helplessness. Nearly half of the subjects interviewed about workplace...

ARB Allows Affordable Care Act Whistleblower Claim to Proceed

June 14, 2017
When the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) became law in 2010, Congress created new anti-discrimination and anti-retaliation protections for all employees, that are particularly helpful to healthcare workers. This provision has received relatively little attention, including in the recent congressional debate on...

Why Is Sexual Harassment so Rampant at Tech Start-Ups?

June 5, 2017
Women have long endured sexist, offensive and discriminatory workplaces. While progressive legislation and protective case law have induced employers to try to create more equitable work environments, sex-based harassment allegations have stayed relatively consistent over the past decade. For instance, the U.S. Equal Employment...

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