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Employment Law

Tattoos no longer workplace taboo

Since the start of covid, a study shows that 60% of Americans think that the definition of what is deemed “professional” has changed, according to Bloomberg. And that includes tattoos.

Sexual harassment: This employer did everything right

Fortunately for the defendant-employer in this case, it had an effective policy and made it available to employees (including the plaintiffs) in various ways.

Are you prepared for layoffs?

Increasingly, workers who have sidelined themselves are returning to the labor market. This means new hires are more likely to come from legally protected groups, including those older than 40, the disabled and women with young children. Now is the time to prepare for inevitable layoffs in a way that doesn’t trap you in litigation.

Head-scratcher: Staffing company hires based on race, sex and other discriminatory practices

Another staffing company was hit with a lawsuit for complying with clients’ race and sex preferences, placing employees in positions based on race and sex, and rejecting pregnant applicants.

HR department party to racial slurs, DOJ lawsuit contends

When an African American employee subjected to a racial slur complained to the HR department, he and a fellow employee were allegedly targeted with additional harassment and then fired, according to a DOJ lawsuit filed in October against Bartow County, Ga.

Boorish behavior or harassment? Know the difference

Not every crude comment or poorly received joke amounts to sexual harassment. An older federal appeals court decision overturning a sexual harassment jury award offers tips on what qualifies as illegal sexual harassment and where to draw the line.

Recruiting scams—watch out!

Employment scams are on the rise. As if vulnerable, unemployed Americans didn’t have enough to worry about these days—inflation at a 40-year high, a looming recession—scammers are taking advantage of the post-pandemic job jitters.

Panic attacks that don’t affect performance cannot cause termination

Pivotal Home Solutions, a home warranty company headquartered in Illinois, must pay $175,000 and provide other relief to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit brought by the EEOC, the federal agency announced on Oct. 13.

Don’t discourage employees from taking FMLA leave!

The Supreme Court declined to hear an Illinois case involving a corrections officer who claimed a manager told him that he would be disciplined if he took any more FMLA leave.

Allergies and the ADA

Workers suffering from allergies might be entitled to accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act, depending on the type and severity of their allergies. Apart from the ADA, allergies might also be covered under other disability nondiscrimination legislation.