Sexual Orientation Discrimination or Stereotyping? 10:56, April 6, 2017

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Author: Steve Treagus

On March 27, 2017, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Title VII cannot protect a gay employee from sexual orientation discrimination; however, Title VII may protect the employee from sex-based stereotyping under the same set of facts. In a separate case about two weeks before that, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals reached […]

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The “gig economy,” in which workers use primarily online intermediaries to connect with buyers on demand, looks like it’s here to stay. This trend dovetails with the perception that the 9 to 5 workday is a thing of the past, and may attract millennial workers who feel disengaged from the traditional office environment. But recent […]

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We often hear praise for workplace diversity, not just as a compliance mandate, but as a way to foster an organizational culture that encourages a vigorous marketplace of ideas and spurs innovation. Yet perhaps because even leaders in their fields find the topic uncomfortable, few companies publicly proclaim a commitment to religious diversity in the […]

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A worker’s religious practice outside of work is normally a private matter, which is also protected from employer interference by anti-discrimination laws. Sometimes, however, off-duty conduct, including a worker’s religious practice, can impact the workplace. From a compliance standpoint, it’s important to examine whether addressing any perceived impact on the workplace could lead to credible […]

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Bio-Rad Laboratories must pay over $14 million, counting attorney fees, after a jury entered a verdict for retaliating against a whistleblower employee in violation of the Dodd-Frank and the Sarbanes-Oxley Acts. If Bio-Rad’s version of events is to be believed, the employee, General Counsel Stanford Wadler, was fired for lax oversight leading to federal fines […]

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Office romances have increased, according to a recent survey. For many organizational leaders, this prompts a quandary. How should your organization’s policy address amour in the workplace in a fair and inclusive manner? Although there are many questions employers should consider when building or reviewing workplace romance (a.k.a., non-fraternization) policies, this article will focus on […]

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Despite the passing of more than 50 years since Congress banned sex discrimination in hiring under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, many organizations still struggle with maintaining a gender-inclusive workforce, let alone gender diversity. Recent examples are numerous, including: In January of 2017, mining conglomerate Foresight Energy paid $4.25 million to […]

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As part of the government’s second settlement of a multi-million-dollar anti-bribery enforcement action against the Las Vegas Sands Corp. in less than a year, the casino and resort operator must ensure it has an effective compliance program that meets detailed specifications set forth by the authorities. In addition to a mandated beefing-up of its compliance […]

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It was a true data security horror story. Hackers, according to a recent appeals court opinion in Pennsylvania, accessed and stole confidential information of 62,000 employees and former employees of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). The information included names, birth dates, social security numbers, tax information, addresses, salaries, and bank information which employees […]

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Recent headlines have linked the resignation of the CEO of Japanese advertising monolith Dentsu with a young employee’s  “death by overwork.” Business Insider writes that the 24-year-old woman committed suicide after working 105 overtime hours during her final month, and after posting about her working conditions on social media. If the posts were a cry for […]

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