As the Department of Justice, EEOC, and OFCCP Determine That Transgender Discrimination is an Actionable Form of Sex Discrimination, Employers Should Take Steps to Avoid Facing Such Claims

Attorney General Eric Holder recently announced the Department of Justice’s official position that Title VII’s definition of unlawful sex discrimination includes discrimination based on gender identity and transgender status.  According to the DOJ, Title VII ‘s prohibition against discrimination “because of” an employee’s sex must – under the plain meaning of those words – encompass discrimination […]

Apple and Facebook to Pay For Female Employees to Freeze Their Eggs

Many companies offer family-friendly benefits such as extended maternity leave, paid paternity leave, or on-premises daycare.  These perks have become almost standard in certain high-paying industries, and likely stem from employers’ recognition that happy, respected, and fulfilled employees are more likely to be productive employees.  Facebook and Apple have taken this concept even further with […]

All-Star FanFest Volunteers Seek Unpaid Wages From MLB

Volunteers at Major League Baseball’s 2013 All-Star Game FanFest have filed a putative class action against the MLB in New York state court alleging that the league violated state wage and hour laws by failing to pay them minimum hourly wages.  John Chen, the named plaintiff, alleges that he and other “hospitality volunteers,” who served […]

EEOC Files Two Lawsuits Alleging Sex Discrimination Against Transgender Individuals

On September 25, 2014, the EEOC filed two separate lawsuits alleging that employers violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by discriminatorily terminating transgender employees. These lawsuits are the first of their kind in federal court. In the first case, EEOC v. Lakeland Eye Clinic, (Case No. 8:14-cv-2421, M.D.Fla.), the EEOC alleges […]

New York Executive Order 38 and State Agency Regulations on State-Funded Executive Compensation

New York Executive Order 38, “Limits on State-Funded Administrative Costs and Executive Compensation,” which Governor Cuomo issued in May 2013, promises to affect both business and non-profit entities that receive taxpayer dollars to provide healthcare services to New Yorkers. Executive Order 38 required thirteen State agencies to promulgate regulations, all of which took effect July […]