Archive for the ‘Discrimination’ Category

New Guidance From the EEOC on Pregnancy Discrimination

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) just published several documents related to pregnancy discrimination, including a new “Enforcement Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination and Related Issues,” a question and answer document about the guidance and a “Fact Sheet for Small Businesses.” This is the first pregnancy discrimination enforcement guidance in more than 30 years. The […]

15 Jul 14 - Discrimination, Workplace Policies - Gail Cecchettini Whaley - No CommentsRead More »

Feds Take Action on Immigration-Related Issues

A surge of enforcement activity from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) should reinforce to employers that it’s unlawful to discriminate against new hires during the Form I-9 employment eligibility verification process. The DOJ has already settled seven cases in Fiscal Year 2014 involving immigration-related discrimination. The DOJ’s Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair […]

9 May 14 - Discrimination, Form I-9, Hiring - Gail Cecchettini Whaley - No CommentsRead More »

Diabetic Worker Fired for “Grazing” on a Bag of Chips

A long-term employee of Walgreens was fired because the company claimed she violated its “anti-grazing” policy when she grabbed a bag of potato chips from the store and ate some of them to stabilize her low-blood sugar. According to the allegations, Josephina Hernandez worked for Walgreens for 18 years. Walgreens knew Hernandez was diabetic, and […]

22 Apr 14 - Disabilities, Discrimination, Termination, Workplace Policies - Gail Cecchettini Whaley - No CommentsRead More »

EEOC Cracks Down on Pregnancy Discrimination

Recent actions from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) show that the agency is serious about its commitment to address pregnancy discrimination in the workplace. Within the past 30 days alone, the EEOC announced that it reached settlements in four pregnancy discrimination lawsuits and that it filed a new pregnancy discrimination claim against an employer. […]

21 Apr 14 - Discrimination, Workplace Policies - Gail Cecchettini Whaley - No CommentsRead More »

Federal Contractors/Subcontractors: Affirmative Action Regulations Effective Today

Last fall, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) issued significant new regulations for certain federal contractors and subcontractors. These regulations are effective today – March 24, 2014. They relate to employment of veterans under the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act and individuals with disabilities under Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of […]

24 Mar 14 - Discrimination, Hiring, Reporting Requirements - Gail Cecchettini Whaley - No CommentsRead More »