Slurs and Racial Jokes Cause $3.3 Million Dollar Liability and More National Origin Discrimination Actions in California

A recent case showed how slurs and nasty jokes in the workplace create $3.3 million dollars in liability for a company.  In the case, two former minority employees of a road marking company, Safety Marking, Inc., alleged that the company promoted, and discriminated, based on race and did not prevent an ongoing severe ...

Mocking Employees Places Wal-Mart in Hot Water After Charges of Disability Discrimination

An interesting case this week charges Wal-Mart with failing to prevent a hostile work environment and disability discrimination.  The former employee was a disabled forty-seven year old with cerebral palsy who had a long and proven track record of nineteen years working at Wal-Mart.  He even had a coach who trained h...

Gender and Disability Discrimination Continue to Flood the Courts

This week we observed additional interesting cases of gender and disability discrimination.   One case was settled by the troubled restaurant chain Chipotle and the other by a hospital chain.  These cases are a constant reminder that discrimination and retaliation are persistent events occurring in our society and t...

Anderson v. Yahoo – Disparate Impact in the Form of Gender Discrimination

An interesting case was filed last week against Yahoo by one of its former editors, Greg Anderson.  Mr. Anderson alleged that Yahoo discriminated against males when it implemented a quarterly performance review system and did not give him the required notice when the company decided to lay off over 500 workers.  The ...

EEOC settles $425K age discrimination charges against Enterprise Rent-A-Car

The Los Angeles office of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has settled age discrimination charges for $425,000 against Enterprise Rent-A-Car Company of Los Angeles, LLC (Enterprise), a subsidiary of Enterprise Holdings, North America's largest rental car company. The EEOC charges alleged that Ente...

Nurse’s Reasonable Accommodation: Example of Workplace Discrimination

Recently, a court held that an employer must be fully responsive to a disabled employee's accommodation request when the request is for reassignment or risk workplace discrimination. The decision allowed a disabled nurse to take her case to the jury after her hospital unreasonably failed to reassign her to anothe...

Percent of Retaliation Charges Filed w/ EEOC in 2014 Highest Ever

Keeping up with the trend of the last decade, retaliation charges continued to grow. In 2014, although workers filed the lowest number of discrimination charges with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the actual percent of charges that were retaliation-based were 42.8% which was the highest ever ...

Is Your Workplace Wellness Program Discrimination? EEOC Thinks So

Over the last several years, the Affordable Care Act expanded employers' ability to offer wellness programs at the risk of workplace discrimination. In 2014, companies aimed to improve the health of their employees while reducing health care costs. Rewarding employees for achieving health goals (and lowering comp...

Have You Been Discriminated Against By Your Employer Due to Your Pregnancy? U.S. Supreme Court is Currently Debating a Case with Enormous Consequences to Pregnancy Discrimination in the Workplace

The main federal law protecting expecting parents is the Pregnancy Discrimination Act ("PDA"). Enforced by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, PDA prohibits discrimination based on pregnancy, childbirth, or a related medical condition. Discriminatory action may come in the form of hiring (or non-hir...