Sexual Identity: Trump vs the EEOC

October 23, 2018 |

On Sunday, The New York Times reported: “The Trump administration is considering narrowly defining gender as a biological, immutable condition determined by genitalia at birth, the most drastic move yet in a governmentwide effort to roll back recognition and protections of transgender people under federal civil rights law. A series of decisions by the Obama […]

“America First” Meet the EEOC

October 18, 2018 |

Back in August, we blogged about some new California regulations codifying the EEOC’s longstanding guidance related to English-only workplace rules.  But, a recent EEOC lawsuit shows that these policies are proving problematic for employers well beyond California’s borders. According to the EEOC’s lawsuit, a plant manager at Porous Materials, Inc. (PMI) refused to allow employees […]

Yes, Employee, The Company Does Care What You Did This Weekend

October 16, 2018 |

Image Credit:  Brendan Smialowski/AFP | Getty Images Another day, another reminder that an employer can terminate an employee for his or her off-duty behavior.  There are exceptions, of course, and we’ll get to those.  But, often, an employer is well within its rights to terminate an employee for conduct that occurred outside of business hours and off […]

Et Tu Spotify?

October 11, 2018 |

NBC recently reported that a female sales executive sued Spotify alleging a “boy club” environment complete with drug-filled “boys’ trips” to the Sundance Film Festival that excluded highly qualified women.  The suit accuses the company of ignoring complaints of sexual harassment (and in fact promoting a male employee after he received warning of sexual harassment), […]

Takeaways From Amazon’s (Generous?) Pay Increases

October 9, 2018 |

Image Credit:  Vanity Fair A third post about the Kavanaugh hearing?  The. Temptation. Was. Real.  But, as interested as I am to keep talking about it, I thought it might be best to take a break.  So, we move from one American icon (The Supreme Court) to another (Amazon). Last week, Amazon announced that it […]

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