Employment Law Blog

New Title IX Guidance: Here's What You Need to Know

November 16, 2017
Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 (Title IX) is an important statute that prohibits sex discrimination in educational institutions that receive federal financial assistance. Despite its simple purpose, navigating the legal complexities of Title IX can be confusing. This is especially the case in the context of...

The Impact on Employees of Workplace Sexual Harassment

November 8, 2017
In the wake of allegations detailing years of workplace sexual harassment perpetuated by Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein and other leading media personalities, employees, employers, and the public alike have been forced to consider how enduring such abuse impacts women. A recent study conducted in Denmark on workplace sexual...

3 Key Steps to Eliminating Harassment in the Workplace

November 2, 2017
Recent media reports, including the reported allegations against media executive Harvey Weinstein, are drawing attention to the pervasiveness of sexual harassment in the workplace. It is in the interest of both employees and employers to identify and eliminate harassment. Below are some steps that employers can take to be alert...

Sexual Harassment Q&A

October 25, 2017
What is sexual harassment? Sexual harassment is a kind of sex discrimination in the workplace that violates both federal and state anti-discrimination laws. A wide variety of behavior may constitute sexual harassment, and both men and women can be targets. The perpetrator may be of the same or opposite sex, and may be a...

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...

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...

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