Discrimination and Harassment

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has formally declared that Title VII does not protect transgender workers from employment discrimination, which is contrary to previous guidance issued under the Obama administration.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced that it will launch two new trainings for employers: Leading for Respect (for supervisors) and Respect in the Workplace (for all employees).

The Third Circuit Court of Appeal has held in, Castleberry v. STI Group, that a single word or incident may create a hostile work environment.

 

 

 

Assembly Bill (A.B. 168), authored by Assemblywoman Susan Talamantes Eggman, D-Stockton, has passed the assembly and is headed to Governor Brown for consideration.

In Hicks v. City of Tuscaloosa, No. 7:13-cv-02063-TMP, 2015 WL 6123209, (N.D. Ala. Oct. 19, 2015), Stephanie Hicks ("plaintiff"), was a patrol officer on a narcotics task force working for the City of Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal has asked the California Supreme Court to answer the question of whether “time spent on the employer’s premises waiting for, and undergoing, required exit searches of packages or bags voluntarily brought to work purely for personal convenience by employees compensable as “hours worked” within the meaning of California Industrial Welfare Commission Wage Order No. 7?

The California Court of Appeal, 4th District, has affirmed that the workers’ compensation exclusivity rule does not preempt employees’ emotional distress claims arising from discrimination or retaliation in violation of the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA).

Ford Motor Company has agreed to pay up to $10.125 million to settle sex and race harassment for a group of individuals which was investigated by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) at two Ford plants.

United Parcel Service, Inc. (UPS) has agreed to pay $2 million to nearly 90 current and former UPS employees to resolve a nationwide disability discrimination lawsuit filed in 2009 by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) as well as to conciliate related administrative charges.

Reuters is reporting that Google has fired the male engineer who authored an internal memo asserting there are biological causes behind gender inequality in the tech industry. James Damore, the engineer who wrote the memo, confirmed his dismissal, saying in an email to Reuters on Monday that he had been fired for "perpetuating gender stereotypes."

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