On August 6, 2019, in State of Texas v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Continue Reading Fifth Circuit Says EEOC Cannot Use 2012 Criminal Background History Guidance — What Does this Mean?

When I get asked about non-discrimination and harassment prevention in the workplace, a significant proportion of these questions focus on race discrimination and sexual harassment.  Still, employers should be mindful
Continue Reading Reminder: Religious Discrimination and Harassment Is Still A Serious Issue

The Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (PHRC), Pennsylvania’s leading agency that investigates and enforces Pennsylvania’s employment discrimination laws, has voted to accept complaints of discrimination from lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender
Continue Reading PHRC Will Accept Discrimination Complaints from LGBT Employees

The Michigan Civil Rights Commission has taken significant action to clarify that its state statute prohibiting discrimination in employment on the basis of sex (among other characteristics) extends to prohibit
Continue Reading Michigan Commission: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination in Employment Prohibited

Recently, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit issued an opinion with significant employment law implications.  As you might recall, a panel of the Seventh Circuit issued
Continue Reading 7th Circuit Holds Title VII Protects Sexual Orientation; What Does It Mean for Your Workplace?

Bloomberg BNA is out with a news story about a recent case filed in federal court in Georgia, which poses an interesting question:  does Title VII protect an employee on
Continue Reading Employee Lawsuit Claims Discrimination Based on Her Husband’s Race (Or: Associational Race Discrimination 101)

Earlier this month, the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced a proposal to update its guidance on employment discrimination based on national origin.   The proposal, which marks the EEOC’s
Continue Reading EEOC Proposes Updated Guidance on National Origin Discrimination