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The $185 Million – Yes – $185,000,000 Single Employee Discrimination Case

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On November 17, a federal jury returned a verdict against AutoZone in favor of a single plaintiff for the insane amount of $185,000,000.00 in punitive damages. The plaintiff alleged gender and pregnancy-related harassment, discrimination, and retaliation. On November 19, a federal judge in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California upheld the… Continue Reading

Employment Law 101: Holiday Parties

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Who, What, Why . . . Who does it apply to: This one is pretty straight forward. It applies to all employers contemplating any type of holiday gathering for its staff. What are the legal issues: Holiday parties potentially implicate a variety of employment laws: Discrimination, Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”), Workers’ Compensation, and liability… Continue Reading

Employment Law 101: Background Checks

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Who, What, Why . . . Who does it apply to: Any employer interested in protecting their business from the potential consequences of not doing background checks and some employers who are otherwise required to perform checks. What kind of checks are there: At first, you might just think of the basic criminal background check… Continue Reading

Employment Law 101: Discriminatory Use of Criminal Background Checks Guide

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Who, What, Why . . .  Who does it apply to:  All employers that use criminal backgroundchecks to evaluate applicants or employees. What is the issue:  Blacks and Hispanics are statistically more likely to be arrested and convicted of crimes than whites.  As a consequence, employers who make a blanket rule that any person with an arrest or conviction should… Continue Reading

Women Finally Allowed at Augusta National

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The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that Augusta National Golf Club has admitted two women as members: financier Darla Moore and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. I don’t know much about golf, but I do know that Augusta National is  hallowed ground in the minds of most golfers.  As an employment lawyer, I also… Continue Reading

Transgender a “Protected Class?”

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“Mia” Macy applied for a job with the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms and interviewed as a male candidate.  A former police detective from Phoenix relocating to San Francisco, Macy was repeatedly told by persons she interviewed with that she would be given the job she applied for.  Some time after interviewing, but before being… Continue Reading

Texas Leads Nation in EEOC Complaints

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Everything is bigger in Texas.  Darn right.  Well, maybe this is one distinction Texas businesses could have done without.   In recently released EEOC complaint results for 2011, Texas ranked first. One in ten complaints across the US were filed in Texas.  Of those claims filed in Texas, race charges came in first, followed by sex,… Continue Reading

Employment Law 101: A Guide to Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act (“GINA”)

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Who, What, Why . . . Who does it apply to: Any employer with 15 or more employees that obtain genetic information (including family history) about an employee. Why should I keep reading – I don’t use genetic information: It’s true, most employers don’t have a program to obtain genetic information about employees, but the… Continue Reading

VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011

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Earlier this week, President Obama signed the VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011 into law.  Explained in more detail on the Veterans Affairs website, the law provides expanded education and training programs for soldiers, improves reemployment rights for guard members and reservists,  and offers disabled veterans additional vocational assistance.  Of course, the reason I… Continue Reading