Monthly Archives: January 2013

Workplace Discrimination Trends

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) is the Federal Agency responsible for handling initial charges of discrimination for claims involving race, gender, sexual harassment, religion, age and disability.   Within its enforcement role, the EEOC tracks the number and type of charges filed on annual basis, providing some insight into the prevalence of various claims in [...]

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Employment Law Policies: Social Media in the Workplace

There is no denying that social media as become the modern day “water cooler,” a virtual (and more public) platform where employees may gather to discuss a range of office issues.  These issues often range from personal concerns, collective work interests, office gossip, and perhaps derogatory perceptions of other employees or a business itself.   At issue [...]

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Supreme Court to Review Causation Standard in Retaliation Case

On January 18, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court granted cert. in the case of University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center v. Nassar.  At issue is whether a plaintiff in a Title VII retaliation claim should be entitled to the more lenient “mixed-motive” instruction.  Circuit Courts have split on the issue, some holding that retaliation claims, [...]

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