Discrimination

SMOKERS NEED NOT APPLY SAYS U-HAUL, EXCEPT IN NEVADA – WHY?

U-Haul recently made headlines for its announcement that, beginning February 1, 2020, it will no longer hire people who use nicotine products. U-Haul’s reasoning is based on its commitment to promoting and empowering a healthy workforce. “We are deeply invested in the well-being of our Team Members,” stated Jessica Lopez, U-Haul Chief of Staff. “Nicotine […]

CONDUCTING CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS IN NEVADA

On November 18, 2019, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued a news release detailing the settlement between them and the major retail chain, Dollar General. The settlement was the result of a lawsuit filed against Dollar General by the EEOC wherein they claimed that the company violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act […]

ENGLISH-ONLY RULE COSTS EMPLOYER $2.6 MILLION

Rules requiring that employees speak English in the workplace at all times are generally presumed to violate Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Nevertheless, English only policies persist and language discrimination lawsuits are on an upswing in recent years. Recently, a San Antonio area spa agreed to pay more than $2.6 million […]

PREGNANCY POLICY COSTS COMPANY $200K

A Tennessee-based professional caregiving company has agreed to pay $200,000 to settle a pregnancy discrimination lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on behalf of a former employee. The EEOC filed suit alleging the company’s policy regarding pregnant employees violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended by the […]

EEOC BRINGS SUIT AGAINST EMPLOYER WHO RESCINDED JOB OFFER TO APPLICANT ON ANXIETY MEDICATION

According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), a Wisconsin inpatient residential health facility violated federal law by rescinding a job offer because the applicant tested positive for a prescribed medication during a pre-employment drug screen. Rogers Behavioral Health (RBH) offered a job applicant the position of intake specialist. During a pre-employment physical, which included […]

SUPREME COURT TO DECIDE IF TITLE VII PROHIBITS LGBT DISCRIMINATION

The United States Supreme Court has decided to weigh in on the issue of LGBT discrimination. Specifically, whether sex discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act includes sexual orientation and gender identity. The Supreme Court will consider three cases: Zarda v. Altitude Express (2nd Circuit), Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia (11th Circuit), and Stephens […]

DID YOU KNOW?

By: Ashley Staab Did you know that mental health is covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)? As most employers are aware, the ADA applies to employers with 15 or more employees. The ADA protects qualified individuals with a disability from discrimination in job application procedures, hiring, firing, advancement, compensation, job training, and other […]

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