Archive for the ‘Discrimination’ Category

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 »

Religious Dress and Grooming Rights and Requirements

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently issued two new publications addressing workplace rights and responsibilities with respect to religious dress and grooming. The publications, a question-and-answer guide entitled “Religious Garb and Grooming in the Workplace: Rights and Responsibilities” and an accompanying fact sheet, discuss applicable federal law and provide practical advice for employers […]

10 Mar 14 - Discrimination, Workplace Policies - Gail Cecchettini Whaley - No CommentsRead More »