By Ada Dolph, Annette Tyman, Danielle Kays, Sam Schwartz-Fenwick, Sara Fowler, and Tom Posey

About the Progam
A lot can change in a year, especially during an election year! On a national level, as well as a state and local level, there have been many recent labor and employment law changes and even more changes
Continue Reading Where We Came From and Where We’re Going: What Does 2023 Have in Store for Labor & Employment Laws?

By Linda C. Schoonmaker and Darien C. Harris

Seyfarth Synopsis:  The Dallas County Sheriff’s Department gives its detention officers two days off per week.  Prior to April 2019, the schedules were based on seniority, with most officers preferring to take their two days off during the weekend.  Sometime in April 2019, the Sheriff’s Department enacted a scheduling policy that

Continue Reading The Fifth Circuit May Broaden Its Definition of What Constitutes An “Adverse Employment Action” For Purposes of a Discrimination Claim.  What Will That Mean For Employers?

By Sam Schwartz-Fenwick and Adam J. Rongo

Seyfarth Synopsis: The EEOC published guidance to provide clarity on its interpretation of Title VII protections for LGBTQ+ employees in the wake of the landmark case Bostock v. Clayton County, GA. A recent decision by a federal district court in Texas rejected the EEOC’s interpretation and resulting policies.

On June 15

Continue Reading What Does Bostock Mean? Texas Judge Tosses EEOC Guidance Interpreting the Landmark Title VII Ruling that Protects LGBTQ+ Employees

By Rachel A. Duboff and Erin Dougherty Foley

Seyfarth Synopsis: Employers can take precaution against discrimination claims by ensuring they have legitimate, nondiscriminatory reasoning for their decision-making. An honest explanation of their behavior makes it credible.

The Eighth Circuit’s recent opinion in Banford v. Board of Regents of UM affirms the steps required to prove a discrimination claim. Plaintiff
Continue Reading The Devil is in the Pretext: No Successful Discrimination Claim If Employee Does Not Carry Burden to Prove Ulterior Explanation for Employer’s Actions

By Erin Dougherty Foley and Kimberly Shen, Summer Fellow

Seyfarth Synopsis: On July 14, 2022, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit affirmed summary judgment in an Americans With Disabilities Act discrimination and retaliation case filed by an employee with multiple sclerosis. In rejecting the plaintiff’s claims, the Court’s decision points to the importance of employers having
Continue Reading Seventh Circuit Decision Highlights the Importance of Designing a Legally Compliant PTO Policy

By Megan Toth, Partner, Thomas Horan, Associate, and Gillian Lepore, Associate

Please join our Seyfarth Chicago Labor & Employment attorneys to learn about best practices for conducting investigations of internal workplace complaints and the importance of taking prompt and thorough action to address those complaints and prevent harassment, discrimination and other policy violations.

This program will cover
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By Matthew J. Gagnon and Sarah K. Bauman

Seyfarth Synopsis: On November 17, 2021, the EEOC updated its COVID-19 technical assistance resources to add guidance on pandemic-based employer retaliation and interference.  The updated guidelines clarify the rights of employees who engage in EEO protected activity.  Key for employers are the numerous examples of what the EEOC deems retaliation in this

Continue Reading EEOC Technical Assistance On COVID-19: The Commission Adds Insight On Pandemic-Related Retaliation Claims

By Matthew J. Gagnon and Tyler Z. Zmick

Seyfarth SynopsisFollowing the March 8, 2021 Executive Order establishing the White House Gender Policy Council, on October 22, 2021 the White House released the first-ever U.S. Government National Strategy on Gender Equity and Equality. The EEOC contributed to the Strategy and supports its full implementation, suggesting that gender-related issues –
Continue Reading White House Releases First-Ever “National Strategy On Gender Equity And Equality”

By Leon Rodriguez and Emily J. Miller

Seyfarth Synopsis: On Monday, the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) announced that the prohibition against discrimination “on the basis of sex” under Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (“Section 1557”) once again includes gender identity and protects transgender patients from discrimination by covered entities.[1]

Section 1557 prohibits
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By Danielle R. Rabie and Erin Dougherty Foley

Seyfarth Synopsis: Despite inopportune remarks by a decision-maker, an employer was able to prevail in an age discrimination case where underlying reason for employee’s terminated was, in fact, insubordination, and not some pretext for discrimination.

Background

In January 2021, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the Southern District of Ohio
Continue Reading An Age Old Problem: Age Discrimination Cases in the Workplace