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Supreme Court Holds Employers May be Required to Litigate Non-Exhausted Discrimination Claims

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously that federal courts have the power to review discrimination and retaliation claims brought under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act (“Title VII”) even if the plaintiff did not first file a charge of discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") or an equivalent state agency.

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Uptick in Sexual Harassment Claims Reported in Wake of #MeToo Movement

The number of sex harassment claims filed against employers has increased in the year since the #MeToo movement began. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (“EEOC”) preliminary 2018 figures show that just under 10,000 sexual harassment claims have been filed to date in 2018, which is a three percent increase over the previous year.

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Failing to Give Employee Emergency Restroom Break May Violate Disability Law

 The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”)  claims that the Home Depot violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”), which prohibits disability discrimination in employment and requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations to disabled employees, unless such accommodation would cause an undue hardship. According to the EEOC, the Home Depot refused to allow an employee with irritable bowel syndrome and fibromyalgia a short bathroom break and instead fired her for abandoning her post at a register when she left to use the restroom. The Home Depot denied the allegations, and denied knowing Plaintiff had irritable bowel syndrome, but despite these facts, the EEOC claims that a short break to care for herself and return to work was an ADA reasonable accommodation that the Home Depot could have—and should have—provided to accommodate the employee’s disability.

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Controversial Obama-Era Employee Pay Reporting Rule Suspended

Last week, the Acting Chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) announced that the Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”) was immediately suspending, and would further review, Obama-era pay data reporting rules. The decision is a relief to larger businesses, many of which had decried the significant administrative expenses and burdens of Obama administration’s reporting rules.

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During Flu Season, Immunize Your Company Against the Legal Risks of Vaccination Policies

As flu season approaches, employers often ask: can we require our employees to get a flu shot? The answer? Sometimes. Although some employers, particularly in the healthcare field, require employees to get immunized, employers should beware of legal risks created by the policies mandating vaccinations for employees.  If an employer mandates vaccination, an employee may have a right to an exemption from the policy based on the employee’s medical history or religious beliefs. 

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What You Should Know: Federal and State Employment Protections for Transgender Workers

In light of the publicity surrounding President’s Trump’s recent tweets regarding transgender individuals serving in the United States military, it is important for employers to be aware of current prohibitions at the state level for employment discrimination based on an employee’s status as a transgender man or woman, as well as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (“EEOC”) current view that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”) prohibits discrimination based on transgender status.  A transgender person is someone whose gender identity differs from the sex marked on their birth certificate.

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SUPREME COURT RE-STATES LIMITS OF EEOC SUBPOENA POWER

When an employee or former employee files a discrimination charge against your company, the pressure and burdens associated with complying with an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) investigation can be significant. However, a recent decision from the U.S. Supreme Court makes clear that the EEOC’s investigation subpoena powers are not limitless.

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