Oregon Considers Unpaid Leave to Attend School Functions

House Bill 2646 proposes to require employers to provide 8 hours of unpaid leave per year to employees to attend teacher conferences and school related activities during school hours, volunteer at school, and attend school sponsored events. The proposed law also makes it an unlawful employment practice for an employer to terminate or discipline an… Continue reading Oregon Considers Unpaid Leave to Attend School Functions

DOL Q&A on Pregnancy Discrimination

A Q&A with the Women’s Bureau Director of the DOL about pregnancy discrimination was posted on the DOL’s Blog last week.  The post includes an interesting interactive map of laws regarding pregnancy discrimination. The Q&A is here: http://blog.dol.gov/2015/02/13/qa-with-womens-bureau-director-latifa-lyles-on-pregnancy-discrimination/ The map is here:  http://www.dol.gov/wb/maps/  

EEOC: Title VII Applies to Transgender Employees

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) recently filed a brief in support of a wrongful termination and harassment lawsuit brought by a transgender former employee of Saks & Co.  The EEOC asserts that gender expression is a component of sex discrimination under Title VII.  The brief comes on the heels of a lawsuit filed by… Continue reading EEOC: Title VII Applies to Transgender Employees

EEOC 2014 Enforcement Data Released

The EEOC just released statistics on claims filed/settled in 2014.  The percentage of charges alleging retaliation reached its highest amount ever: 42.8%.  Also of note, on a national basis, the second most common charge filed was for race discrimination (including harassment), followed by sex discrimination (including pregnancy and sexual harassment).  In Oregon, 210 charges were… Continue reading EEOC 2014 Enforcement Data Released