Tag Archives: Title VII of Civil Rights Act of 1964

Customer Balks at Your Employee’s Religious Expression? Tough Luck, Says the EEOC

Amanda Haverstick and Tsedey Bogale wrote a new article on Forbes.com discussing the recently issued Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Fact Sheet and Question-and-Answer Guide (the Guides). In the Guides, the EEOC reinforces its long-held, hard stance on employers’ duty to accommodate employee religious expression and appearance in the workplace. To read the full article, … Continue Reading

Transgender Protection Under Title VII Announced by EEOC

In an April 20, 2012 decision, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) solidified its intended protection of transgender employees under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The EEOC made it clear that an employer that discriminates against an employee or applicant on the basis of that person’s gender identity violates Title VII’s sex … Continue Reading

New Law Restricts Employment Arbitration for Defense Contractors and Subcontractors

President Obama has signed the Department of Defense Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2010 (H.R. 3326). Section 8116 of that Act significantly restricts the ability of defense contractors and subcontractors to enter into or enforce agreements that require employees or independent contractors to arbitrate certain claims. In particular, section 8116 provides that no funds appropriated … Continue Reading

Supreme Court Creates New Risk For Employers Who Use Tests or Other Screening Devices

In one of its most significant employment discrimination decisions in years, the U.S. Supreme Court held this week that if an employer discovers that a test it has given to employees would screen out a statistically significant number of women or minorities, the employer cannot scrap the test based on a fear that it will … Continue Reading

Police Department Not Required to Accommodate Officer’s Request to Wear Religious Dress with Uniform

This post was also written by Scott E. Blissman and Daniel J. Moore. The Third Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the Philadelphia Police Department did not violate Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act when it denied an officer’s request to wear a headscarf, a head covering traditionally worn by Muslim women, … Continue Reading

President Obama Signs Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, Placing New Burdens on Employers

Acting swiftly on one of his campaign promises, President Obama today signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act (S. 181). The new law will increase the number of pay discrimination claims, make them much more difficult to defend, and force employers to retain records relating to compensation decisions far longer than they have in the past. In … Continue Reading