OSHA Committee Established to Improve Protection for Whistleblowers

On May 17, 2012, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced its intent to establish a Whistleblower Protection Advisory Committee. The committee will advise, consult with and make recommendations to the Department of Labor on ways to improve the efficiency, effectiveness and transparency of OSHA’s administration of whistleblower protections. OSHA’s… Continue reading OSHA Committee Established to Improve Protection for Whistleblowers

Reminder – Retaliation Claim Can Succeed even if Discrimination Claim Fails

A recent Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision is a reminder that employee claims for retaliation can succeed even where the employee’s claims for discrimination fail, and that the shorter the time period between the protected activity and the adverse employment action, the more likely an employee’s retaliation claim will survive summary judgment.  In Alioto… Continue reading Reminder – Retaliation Claim Can Succeed even if Discrimination Claim Fails

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