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How Little May an Employee Allege for Retaliation Protection?

The question of when a worker has raised concerns about discrimination sufficient to gain retaliation protection has not been answered consistently and clearly by courts. A case in Texas may provide clarification. The Texas Supreme Court, in Apache Corp. v. Davis, has been asked to evaluate a lower court ruling on the subject.  The lower court...… Continue Reading
March 29, 2021

Illinois Expands State Human Rights Act to Include Employers with One or More Employees

Like other States (including New York) and many cities, Illinois has expanded the reach of its anti-discrimination statute to bring smaller employers within coverage of the Human Rights Act.  Even though such small employers may lack the in-house expertise to understand the nuances of complex laws, they must find a way to do so.  Our...… Continue Reading
August 28, 2019

New York State Commissioner of Labor Testifies On Combatting Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

As if the current legal environment for employers and their insurance carriers was not sufficiently challenging, state legislatures are considering bills, inter alia, to expand the definition of a hostile work environment, to expand coverage of anti-discrimination and harassment laws to independent contractors, to increase penalties for harassment and to require that employers pay for...… Continue Reading
February 15, 2019

New York City Issues Sexual Harassment Training Notice and Fact Sheet

In an effort to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace, New York State and New York City have enacted laws mandating educational sessions to reinforce what is (and what is not) appropriate workplace conduct.  Joining, California, Connecticut, and Maine, mandatory training will now be required in New York City and New York State.  To help...… Continue Reading
August 10, 2018

Class Action Waivers in Employment Arbitration Agreements Do Not Violate Federal Labor Law

After years of litigation across the country and sharply divided rulings among the Circuits (some damning class/collective action waivers and others enforcing them), and over seven months after oral argument, the United States Supreme Court upheld the enforceability of arbitration agreements that include class and collective action waivers.  It was a close decision, 5-4, like...… Continue Reading
May 23, 2018

Congressional Bill: Joint Employer Liability May Become More Limited

The EPL industry rightfully has been concerned about the NLRB’s and courts’ expansion of liability from the seeming employer to those with relationships to that entity.  Franchisors increasingly were exposed to liability for franchisees’ alleged misconduct and contractors were being served with lawsuits alleging discrimination by subcontractors or staffing agencies.  This expansionist trend may be...… Continue Reading
November 17, 2017

Kansas City Region Offices: Kansas City, Missouri and Overland Park, Kansas

Jackson Lewis’ maintains two offices in the Kansas City Region, with a total of nine attorneys. The Overland Park, Kansas office opened in 2014. The Kansas City, Missouri offices opened in 2017. The offices are led by Office Managing Principal Brian J. Christensen. The nine attorney team includes members of the firm’s class action and … Continue Reading
February 16, 2017