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DOJ argues gender dysphoria falls within ADA

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The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has filed a statement of interest asserting that gender dysphoria is covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a move that could impact how employers handle accommodations and discrimination claims from transgender employees. ...

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Pregnancy discrimination actions heat up

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The EEOC has released news of multiple legal actions related to pregnancy discrimination, and employers should take notice. First, the agency filed suit against a bakery cafe in New Orleans, claiming that it violated federal law when it fired an ...

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NLRB: ‘Black Lives Matter’ insignia allowed

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The NLRB has issued a decision in Home Depot USA, Inc., holding that an employer violated the National Labor Relations Act when it discharged an employee for refusing to remove the hand-drawn letters “BLM” — the acronym for “Black Lives Matter” — ...

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Mortgage lender’s employment contract deemed unlawful

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A ruling by an administrative law judge has affirmed that the employment agreement mandated by United Wholesale Mortgage (UWM), one of the largest U.S. mortgage lenders, contains multiple provisions that violate federal labor laws and unlawfully restrict workers’ protected rights. ...

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Ex-media exec. denied bid for Wage Act treble damages

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The former president of Boston Globe Media Partners cannot pursue treble damages — up to three times actual damages — under the Massachusetts Wage Act for the news organization’s failure pay him amounts allegedly due under a profit-sharing agreement, a ...

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EEOC launches initiative for underserved communities

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The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has launched a new initiative to support workers from underserved communities who often do not seek the agency’s assistance when needed. Called the REACH initiative —“Enhancing OutREACH to Vulnerable Workers and Underserved Communities”— the ...

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U.S. Supreme Court upholds whistleblower protections

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In a unanimous ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that whistleblowers need not prove that their employer acted with “retaliatory intent” to allow for protection under the federal Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX). The ruling in the case, Murray v. UBS Securities, LLC, is ...

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OSHA releases proposed rule for emergency responders


The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has released a new proposed role to address “the full range of hazards currently facing emergency responders.” The new Emergency Response Standard, proposed on February 5, 2024, replaces the existing Fire Brigades Standard ...

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NY pizzeria settles transgender harassment lawsuit


A pizzeria in the state of New York has agreed to pay $25,000 and provide other relief to settle a sex-based harassment lawsuit filed by the EEOC. The agency charged that a transgender cook at T.C. Wheelers Bar & Pizzeria ...

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