New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has reached a novel settlement with Bon-Ton Stores in a discrimination case brought by a domestic violence victim, which he calls a "model for other employers." Under New York state law, domestic violence victims are a protected class.
The 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that an employer using the services of a staffing agency may be held liable under federal and state civil rights laws for racial discrimination claims made by temporary employees.
The EEOC has proposed changes to the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) that will impact employer-sponsored wellness programs. The proposed rule would allow employers that offer wellness programs to offer incentives in exchange for an employee's spouse providing information about his or her health status.
In a first-of-its-kind ruling, the New York-based 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals has held that Facebook "likes" can be protected activity under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). In finding for a pair of fired employees, the court reasoned that the dispute merely discussed an ongoing dispute over income tax withholdings.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has signed a number of bills that expand current protections regarding employment discrimination and pay equity and has issued regulations addressing gender identity discrimination protections.
California Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law significant changes to the state's equal pay statute, leading him to call it, "The strongest equal pay law in the nation." Equally notable was Brown's veto of a bill that would have outlawed the use of mandatory arbitration agreements as a condition of employment.
The Connecticut Supreme Court has ruled that, under the state constitution, employee speech relating to official job duties on "certain matters of significant public interest" is protected from employer discipline in a public workplace, and that those protections extend to employees in private workplaces.
The Supreme Court has added an intriguing employee political speech case to its schedule. In Heffernan v. City of Paterson, the Court is being asked to decide if the First Amendment bans a public employer from demoting a police officer based on his superior's perception that the officer supported another political candidate.
Connecticut, Maryland, Florida and various other states have passed laws that take effect today and address such topics as minimum wage, social media privacy, protected leaves, equal employment opportunity and data breaches.
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