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Legal Briefing: Pounds Foolish on Pregnancy Discrimination

March 13, 2014
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A strict 'no-restrictions' policy may provide a basis for pregnancy discrimination, if the employee is not limited from performing her job.
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EEOC Issues New Guidance on Religious Dress and Grooming in the Workplace

March 11, 2014
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Employers should train managers and employees that the law may require making a religious exception to an employer’s otherwise uniformly applied, and facially neutral, dress or grooming rules, practices, or preferences.
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The Dangers of Being Obtuse About Obesity

March 11, 2014
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Recent policy shifts from the American Medical Association and the EEOC are changing the way employers address obesity in the workplace.
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It's Not Ozzie and Harriet's World Anymore

March 10, 2014
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Women have the right to work, and neither they, nor their spouses, should be punished for exercising that right, regardless of their chosen profession.
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Interview With Caryl Rivers: Beware Subtle Bias

March 9, 2014
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Caryl Rivers of Boston University says to ensure fair and equitable treatment between the sexes, managers may need to be trained to spot subtle discrimination.
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Following Doctor’s Orders Helps Employer Win ADA Case

March 5, 2014
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If you legitimately cannot make an accommodation that meets the employee’s limitations, then the employee is not “qualified” under the ADA, and therefore unprotected by that law.
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Mind Your Internal Emails to Avoid Discrimination Issues

February 25, 2014
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If you don’t want something to appear on the front page of the newspaper, or to be read in front of a judge or jury, don’t put it in writing. Don’t email it, don’t text it, don’t Facebook it, and don’t tweet it.
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Is Obesity the Same as a Green Mohawk?

February 24, 2014
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Don't take appearance into account when making employment decisions. Hiring and firing should be image-blind, performance-only decisions.
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Can You Have a One-Person Reduction-in-Force?

February 18, 2014
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It does not make a difference if the layoff includes one employee or 100 employees, provided that those eliminated are not replaced.
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A Proposed Solution for the EEOC’s Position on Retaliation in Severance Agreements

February 13, 2014
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Don’t shred your settlement and severance agreements just yet. Modify your agreements to bolster and clarify the protected-activity carve-out.
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