Interns – When is it OK to Work for Free?

In 2011, two unpaid interns who worked on Fox Searchlight’s movie, Black Swan, sued the studio alleging that it violated the law by failing to pay them minimum wage and overtime.  Their jobs included making coffee, completing purchase orders and obtaining signatures on documents.  In early 2012, an former intern at Harper’s Bazaar filed a… Continue reading Interns – When is it OK to Work for Free?

US Supreme Court Confirms Ministerial Exeption

The US Supreme Court recently confirmed the applicability of the First Amendment’s “ministerial exception,” which precludes the application of employment discrimination laws to ministers. In Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Church and School v. EEOC, 132 S.Ct. 694 (2012), the Supreme Court held the ministerial exception precluded a teacher’s claim of disability discrimination against her church school employer. The… Continue reading US Supreme Court Confirms Ministerial Exeption

EEOC Enforcement Guide to Use of Arrest and Conviction Records

On April 25, 2012, the EEOC issued Enforcement Guidance to Employers on use of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions.   Oregon and Federal law permit employers to do criminal background checks of applicants as part of the hiring process.  Yet, because African Americans and Hispanics are arrested and incarcerated in numbers disproportionate to their representation in… Continue reading EEOC Enforcement Guide to Use of Arrest and Conviction Records