Employment Law Blog

Federal Agencies Reiterate that Anti-Retaliation Statutes Protect Workers Regardless of Immigration Status

March 23, 2017
On January 10, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Department of Labor (DOL) and National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a joint fact sheet explaining that employees are protected from retaliation for asserting workplace rights regardless of immigration status. Retaliation occurs when an employer takes an...

DOL Sues Oracle for Bias Against Women and Minorities

March 21, 2017
The U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”), through its Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”), has filed a lawsuit against Oracle America Inc., a large California-based technology firm that designs, manufactures, and sells software products, and offers services related to its products to the federal government. The...

Third Circuit Decision Creates Split on Important ADEA Issue

February 23, 2017
The federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) prohibits age discrimination against individuals who are 40 or older, granting important protections to millions of American workers.  Since the ADEA’s enactment in 1967, courts have confronted a variety of questions about the extent and application of the law.  One...

New EEOC Regulation Aims to Ramp Up Federal Hiring of Individuals with Disabilities

February 16, 2017
On January 3, 2017, the EEOC issued a rule establishing new guidelines to encourage federal employers to hire individuals with disabilities. Specifically, federal agencies should take steps to reach a target goal of disability representation among their workforce and provide their disabled employees with necessary services. The...

Federal Protections for America’s Aging Workforce

February 7, 2017
As the American workforce ages, it becomes increasingly important for employees and employers to recognize the signs of age discrimination that violates the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) and to understand their rights under the Act. In the 20 or so years following the Second World War, the United States saw a...

How Does Your State Fare in Workplace Protections?

January 31, 2017
Many employees facing workplace discrimination find vital protection under federal statutes that prohibit discrimination on the grounds of race, national origin, religion, age, disability, pregnancy, and other characteristics.  These laws, including the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the...

EEOC Issues Revised National Origin Guidance

January 9, 2017
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently issued its updated guidance on national origin discrimination, and it contains no real surprises. Denominated an “EEOC Enforcement Guidance,” this sub-regulatory guidance does not have the force of law, but rather is “intended to communicate the Commission’s position...

Debra Katz Discusses Legal Gender Pay Gap with Law360

October 31, 2016
Katz, Marshall & Banks partner Debra Katz was quoted in a Law360 article on October 31, 2016, entitled, "Closing the Gap: Women Fight Back Against the Lawyer Pay Divide." In the article, author Erin Coe discussed the causes of a significant pay gap between male and female attorneys. Despite graduating from law school in...

Debra Katz & Matthew LaGarde Discuss Political Coercion in the Workplace in New Article

October 20, 2016
Katz, Marshall & Banks partner Debra Katz and associate Matthew LaGarde published an article in Law360 on October 17, 2016 entitled, "OPINION: Employee Political Coercion Protections are Weak." In the article, they discuss the state of law surrounding protections for employees in issues involving politics in the workplace....

Politics in the Workplace: What Are Your Protections?

October 18, 2016
In an article published today for Law360, partner Debra Katz and I explained the surprising state of the law surrounding protections for employees and restrictions on employers in issues involving politics in the workplace. Particularly in today’s incredibly contentious political climate, we thought that it was critical that...

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