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Emotional distress damages: what medical files can your employer get in litigation?

An ongoing case in New Jersey has highlighted the questions surrounding what confidential health information an employer may access when an employee seeks emotional distress damages in an employment discrimination lawsuit. What are emotional distress …

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Bostock one year later: how LGBTQ+ employment discrimination laws are evolving

Last June, the Supreme Court took a major step forward on protections for LGBTQ+ workers when it handed down a landmark 6-3 decision in Bostock v. Clayton County. In Bostock, the Court ruled that Title VII of the …

A primer on Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) retaliation claims

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), 29 U.S.C. § 2601, et seq., is an important law that allows employees in need to manage personal or family health conditions without worrying about losing their job.  The …

Wrongful discharge in violation of public policy claims in Maryland: the key elements

Under Maryland law, employees who are terminated under certain circumstances may have a legal claim against their employer. The doctrine of “wrongful discharge in violation of public policy” can be challenging to prove in court, …

“Retention raises” may be unlawful employment discrimination, says federal appeals court

An opinion from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals earlier this year, Freyd v. Oregon, clarifies what may constitute unintentional, but still illegal, discrimination under federal anti-discrimination laws. This ruling on the use of “retention raises” …

The Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in Bostock: Title VII covers LGBTQ employees

The Supreme Court recently issued a major victory for LGBTQ employees that will reverberate in companies across the country: Title VII of the 1964 Civil Right Act makes it unlawful to discriminate against LGBTQ workers. …

Can saying the “N-word” create a hostile work environment? The Supreme Court may soon weigh in.

The Supreme Court has been asked to decide an issue that has sowed confusion among the various appellate courts around the country: can a single workplace use of the N-word constitute a hostile work environment …

$11.5 million settlement reached in racial glass ceiling case against Kaiser

Kaiser recently settled a class action case that alleged the company had a racial glass ceiling that prevented Black employees from getting promotions and equal pay. Kaiser will pay approximately $11.5 million to resolve the …

How the continuing violation doctrine can help your employment discrimination case

Workplace harassment and hostile work environment claims—most typically sexual or racial harassment—can be hard to prove, and harder still if some of the more extreme discrimination occurred more than 300 days before a charge of …

Are Partners “Employees” or “Employers” in a discrimination lawsuit? A new case weighs in.

An increasingly hot topic in employment discrimination cases is whether law firm partners, doctors, and senior managers/directors should be deemed an “employee” versus “employer” for purposes of laws such as Title VII of the 1964 …

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