How to get sued for Pregnancy Discrimination

A Recent EEOC lawsuit highlights employer actions that may expose an employer to a lawsuit for pregnancy discrimination under Title VII.  The EEOC’s claim of pregnancy discrimination was based on the following facts: when the employee called to schedule her return to work after maternity leave, the employer told her there was no work for… Continue reading How to get sued for Pregnancy Discrimination

The NLRB Takes Aim at Costco’s Social Media Policy

On September 7, 2012, the NLRB upheld an administrative decision finding that portions of Costco’s social media policy violated Section 8(a)(1) of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA).  Generally, Section 8(a)(1) prohibits employers from interfering with, or restraining, employees’ rights to engage in concerted activities.  “Concerted activities” means two or more employees acting together in furtherance… Continue reading The NLRB Takes Aim at Costco’s Social Media Policy

Questions NOT to ask of Job Applicants

The Technical Assistance Manual for Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act has a trove of helpful information for employers, including comprehensive information about nondiscrimination in the hiring process.  For example, the Manual instructs that employers may not ask the following questions in employment applications or during job interviews:  Have you ever had or… Continue reading Questions NOT to ask of Job Applicants

“Sexting” and Retaliation Costs Fry’s Electronics $2.3 Million Dollars

In EEOC v. Fry’s Electronics, the EEOC sued Fry’s for terminating a supervisor who reported that one of his employees was being harassed by their manager.  The manager sent the employee sexually explicit text messages, and the supervisor followed Fry’s procedures by reporting the harassment to Fry’s legal department.  Both the supervisor and employee were… Continue reading “Sexting” and Retaliation Costs Fry’s Electronics $2.3 Million Dollars