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Cat’s paw liability extends sexual harassment to employer with temporary workers from staffing agency

Wednesday, 10 June 2015 08:09


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The employer was a supply-chain logistics company with a warehouse in Memphis. Temporary employees supplied by staffing agencies accounted for approximately 80% of its workforce. Although the employer’s employee handbook contained a sexual harassment policy, temporary employees were not given a copy of the handbook.  The employer maintained that the relevant issues applicable to temporary employees were covered during their orientation.


   

Social anxiety disorder is a disability protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act

Tuesday, 02 June 2015 09:50


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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has determined social anxiety disorder is a disability protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and an employer must provide reasonable accommodations to an employee afflicted with the disorder.

   

Supreme Court Rules in EEOC’s favor in EEOC v. Abercrombie & Fitch

Monday, 01 June 2015 09:01


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The U.S. Supreme Court released its much-anticipated decision in the EEOC v. Abercrombie & Fitch case today. The case deals with religious accommodations in the workplace.

   

Sixth Circuit affirms ruling for employer in harassment case

Tuesday, 12 May 2015 14:45


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The Sixth Circuit has affirmed a district court’s grant of summary judgment for an employer where the employee alleged, in part, that her Caucasian supervisor gave her and another African-American employee “nicknames referring to African-American characters in the popular fiction book and movie, The Help” and exposed herself to the employee following a conversation about bras. Full opinion here.

   

Fourth Circuit opinion on hostile work environment and retaliation

Friday, 08 May 2015 10:08


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The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, which is based in Richmond, issued an opinion in a hostile work environment and retaliation case yesterday. The case is noteworthy, in part, because although the alleged harassment was isolated to a 24-hour period, the court held that a reasonable jury could find it serious enough to have created a discriminatory change in the terms and conditions of the employee’s employment. The case is also noteworthy because of its treatment of the employee’s retaliation claim. Full opinion here.

   

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