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When State Law Conflicts With the EEOC on Criminal Background Checks, Who Wins?

May 23, 2013
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Talk about a tough position in which to place an employer. Does the employer violate state law or violate Title VII? Ultimately, I think the correct answer should be neither.
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Fired for Suing an Ex-Employer? Court Rejects Public Policy Claim

May 20, 2013
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Employers should treat all employees complaining about anything in the workplace as ticking time bombs, as if their complaints are protected by some law or another. If a court later rejects a public policy claim, all the better.
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EEOC Sues Company for Forced Practice of Scientology

May 13, 2013
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If any of the EEOC's allegations in the lawsuit are true, the agency is going to have an easy time winning this case, which serves a good reminder that an employer cannot force its employees to conform to, follow, or practice, the employer's chosen religious practices and beliefs.
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Legal Briefing: Poor Business Judgment Not Proof of Age Bias

May 10, 2013
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For six years, Frank Woodward was a director of sales at Emulex Corp. Woodward, who worked remotely in Massachusetts, had an excellent performance record, but because of a series of Emulex decisions, Woodward’s sales significantly declined by 2009. In response, Emulex eliminated the jobs held by Woodward and his two assistants and terminated Woodward.
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You'd Think We'd All Know the Dangers of 'Reply All' by Now

May 8, 2013
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Is there any more helpless feeling in today's business world than sending an email, and then immediately realizing that you made a mistake?
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Can You Hear Me Now? Unilateral Deafness Is Not an ADA Disability

April 3, 2013
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This case is significant because it proves the exception—that a subset of diagnosed medical conditions exists that does not qualify as an ADA-protected disability.
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Deploy the Girl Scout Cookie Offensive to Ward Off Labor Unions

April 2, 2013
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Consider whether permitting your employees to sell cookies or engage in other innocent solicitations is worth the risk that if a union organization drive rears its head, you will be left powerless to engage one of your key weapons—the no-solicitation policy.
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More on Retaliation for Firing After Complaints of Third-Party Discrimination

March 27, 2013
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Even if Title VII protects Richards' online venting as “opposition,” it is doubtful she will be able to establish a nexus between her comments and the termination. Her employer did not terminate her because of the contents of her tweet, but because of the very public nature of her complaints.
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Should Employers Be Liable for Conduct They Cannot Control? Fired for Tweeting About Third-Party Misconduct

March 26, 2013
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For Adria Richards to have a reasonable belief that she experienced unlawful discrimination or harassment, her employer needs to be able to do something about the alleged discrimination or harassment.
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Take a Pregnant Pause Before Firing That Pregnant Worker

March 13, 2013
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Firing a pregnant employee is a risky proposition.You not only have to worry about Title VII, but also potential liability under the Family and Medical Leave Act (if you are large enough to be covered), and the Americans with Disabilities Act (if the employee suffers from a pregnancy-related medical condition).
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