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Tag Archives: protected class

“Obesity and Disability Following Kaltoft”: UK Lawyers’ View

Posted in Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

“Employers can give a sigh of relief – or can they?   We have clear confirmation now … that obesity itself is not a protected characteristic.” Yesterday we published a post Alert about the landmark decision which came down yesterday from the European Court of Justice, with the Court holding that “obese people can be considered as disabled,… Continue Reading

Jacksonville Bucks “National Trend” and Rejects Sexual Orientation As A Protected Class

Posted in Gender Identity or Expression, Sexual Orientation Discrimination

On May 23rd we wrote: “Add Jacksonville, Florida to the growing number of municipalities which are considering or passing laws which would add sexual orientation, gender identity or expression to the list of protected classes of employees.”   We made that bold statement because the Jacksonville City Council had conducted a hearing on the bill which… Continue Reading

EEOC Approves Guidance On The Use of Criminal Records in Background Screening

Posted in Employee Hiring, Title VII

The EEOC conducted a public meeting this past week and voted 4-1 to approve its proposed guidance which deals with the use by employers of arrest and conviction records in background checks used for hiring. We reported last week that EEOC Commissioner Lipnic had stated that this was a key upcoming agenda item for the EEOC.… Continue Reading