Category Archives: Discrimination

Federal Contractors and Employees to be LGBT Discrimination Free

Among the flood of executive orders coming from the White House recently, is one protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender federal contractors and employees.  Yesterday, President Obama signed an executive order that protects federal contractors from discrimination based on sexual … Continue reading

Posted in Discrimination, Government Contractors, Labor and Employment | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

EEOC Issues New Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination

This week, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released guidance on pregnancy discrimination, which is the EEOC’s first update on its position regarding this issue since 1983. This guidance has sparked criticism due to some of its controversial provisions. For … Continue reading

Posted in ADA, Discrimination, EEOC, PDA | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

When an Employer May Punish Off-Duty Conduct

You may have heard about the Florida police officers who recently faced issues at work for their memberships in the Ku Klux Klan. One officer resigned and the other is facing disciplinary action and possibly termination. This has led many … Continue reading

Posted in Discrimination, Labor and Employment, Termination | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Executive Order on Sexual Orientation Discrimination in the Workplace

Massachusetts currently protects employees from discrimination based on their sexual orientation, but most states currently do not. However, President Barak Obama may soon change that. It is expected that our President will soon sign an executive order barring federal government … Continue reading

Posted in Discrimination, Government Contractors, Labor and Employment | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Beware Acting on Complaints without Proper Investigation

The United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit recently held in Valazquez-Perez v. Developers Diversified Realty corp. that an employer can be liable for sex discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII) … Continue reading

Posted in Discrimination, Labor and Employment, Termination | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The $80,000 Secret – The Importance of Confidentiality Clauses

When a 69 year old former school headmaster’s contract wasn’t renewed he filed a claim for age discrimination. The school, Gulliver Preparatory School, decided to settle this lawsuit and in the settlement included a confidentiality agreement. While there are several … Continue reading

Posted in Age, Discrimination, Labor and Employment, Termination | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

GINA’s First Victim

This past month the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) saw its first systematic outcome in a case alleging violations of the Genetic Information Nondisclosure Act (GINA). A former New York nursing and rehabilitation center will pay $370,000 to settle a … Continue reading

Posted in Discrimination, GINA, Health Care, Labor and Employment | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

IS OBESITY A DISABILITY UNDER THE ADA?

Recently an employee filed suit in Federal Court against her former employer for being fired because she was obese and, she claimed, her employer perceived this as a disability. In order for an employer to violate the Americans with Disabilities … Continue reading

Posted in ADA, Discrimination, Labor and Employment | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Will the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination hear from Michael Sam?

When former Missouri defensive lineman and SEC Defensive Player of the Year, Michael Sam “came out of the closet” recently, the majority of the talk has been about how the NFL is not ready for an openly gay player to … Continue reading

Posted in Discrimination, Labor and Employment, Social Media | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Reasonable Accommodations Under the Americans with Disabilities Act

Accommodating a disabled employee under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) may seem to be a daunting task. While you want to enable an employee to perform their job, you also want to avoid excessive spending or inconvenience for the … Continue reading

Posted in ADA, Discrimination, Labor and Employment, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment