Labor & Employment Law

New York hair salon, EEOC resolve allegations of pregnancy bias

New York-based Warren Tricomi hair salon, with locations in the Plaza Hotel in Manhattan and in Greenwich, Connecticut, has agreed to pay $30,000 and provide a positive employee reference to settle a Title VII pregnancy discrimination lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), according to an agency announcement on March 15, 2012. […]

Legislation introduced in the Senate that would roll back Supreme Court’s Gross ruling

Under legislation introduced on Tuesday, March 13, older workers would have some of their civil rights protections that were diminished under the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Gross v FBL Financial restored. The bipartisan legislation, the Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act, was sponsored by Senators Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Patrick Leahy […]

Bill would amend NLRA to forbid agreements conditioning employment on union membership

On March 7, 2012, legislation was re-introduced in the U.S. Senate that would essentially make right-to-work the law of the land. The National Right-to-Work Act (S. 2173) would repeal the provisions in the National Labor Relations Act and the Railway Labor Act that allow employers and unions to enter into agreements that condition employment upon […]

EEOC sues company that fired employee on approved medical leave after she requested an extension

GGNSC Administrative Services, Inc, a centralized billing and collections office for nursing homes, violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by firing an employee while she was on approved medical leave because of her disability and failing to explore potential accommodations, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) contends in a lawsuit filed on March […]

EEOC meeting will address use of leave as a reasonable accommodation

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is holding a public meeting to examine the use of leave as a reasonable accommodation. The meeting will be open for public observation of the commission’s deliberations. On June 8, beginning at 9:30 a.m. (Eastern Time), the commission will hear from invited panelists on the appropriate use of […]

Longs Drugs, EEOC settle suit for race and gender bias, retaliation against female African-American buyer

Major pharmacy chain Longs Drugs has agreed to pay $55,000 and implement preventive training to settle a Title VII race and sex discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency advised on May 31, 2011. The commission sued on behalf of an African-American female buyer who had been employed at […]

EEOC wants to extend Title VII and ADA recordkeeping requirements to include entities covered by GINA

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) intends to extend its existing recordkeeping requirements under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Americans with Disabilities Act to entities that are covered by Title II of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA), according to a notice of proposed rulemaking scheduled […]

Dunkin’ Donuts franchise to pay $290,000 to settle EEOC suit alleging manager sexually harassed female workers, including teenagers

College View Donuts, LLC, doing business as Dunkin’ Donuts, will pay $290,000 to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), according to a May 31, 2011 agency statement. The commission’s suit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York, alleged that the manager of […]

Mexican restaurants liable for more than $1 million in back wages and damages after Labor Department investigation

A federal judge in Urbana has ordered Dolores Onate, owner, and Ricardo Onate, manager, of the El Matador Inc. and El Caporal Inc. restaurants in Decatur to pay a total of $1,149,702.50 in back wages and damages to 64 workers employed as servers and kitchen staff. This judgment resolves a lawsuit filed by the U.S. […]

Supreme Court rules Arizona law punishing businesses that hire illegal immigrants not preempted by federal immigration law

The Legal Arizona Workers Act, which provides for the revocation or suspension of the business license of employers in the state that knowingly or intentionally employ unauthorized aliens, was not expressly or impliedly preempted by federal immigration law, ruled the Supreme Court in a 5-3 decision (Chamber of Commerce v Whiting, May 26, 2011, Roberts, […]