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Losing Out On Voluntary Overtime Chances Can Be Tangible, Adverse Action.

Employers are by now well-versed in the concept that under Title VII, an employer is strictly liable for a supervisor’s harassment when the harassment results in a tangible employment action.  The obvious employment actions include termination, demotion, failure to promote, reassignment with significantly different responsibilities, etc.  The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, in Ray v. […]

Updated Guidance For The Fiduciary Rule

On May 22, 2017, the Department of Labor issued updated guidance for the fiduciary rule.  You will remember that the fiduciary rule imposes certain obligations on investment advisors, and deems them fiduciaries towards their customers. The rule goes into effect on June 9, 2017, with a transition period until January 1, 2018.  At that time, […]

More On Joint Employer Status From The Department Of Labor

Earlier this week, the Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of the Department of Labor issued an Administrator’s Interpretation No. 2016-01 (AI) on joint employment under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the Migrant Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act (MSPA).  The guidance reconfirms existing WHD policy, which identifies common scenarios in which two or more employers jointly […]

Temporary Workers Entitled To Title VII Protections

The Third Circuit has joined the list of other federal courts (including the Fourth Circuit which covers Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina) that have held that Title VII applies to claims raised by the temporarily assigned worker against the company operating the work site where assigned.   In other words, Title […]

Are You Ever “Too Old” For Cereal? Kellogg’s Thinks So. And Got In Trouble.

Kellogg USA finds itself facing a jury trial.  In McCartt v. Kellogg USA, Inc., No. 5:14-318-DCR (E.D. Ky. Oct. 14, 2015), a former sales representative, James McCartt, was over age 60 when he was fired in a corporate downsizing. He sued for age discrimination because his manager, Kevin Grzanka, had made an age based comment […]

Fourth Circuit Holds Hiring Through Temp Agency Does Not Evade Title VII

In Butler v. Drive Automobile Industries of America, Inc., the Fourth Circuit joined seven (the Second, Third, Sixth, Seventh, Ninth, Tenth, and Eleventh) other federal appellate courts in holding that multiple companies can each be the “employer” of the same employee under Title VII.  In Butler, the appellate court concluded that Drive Automotive was the […]

Employer Responsible For Customer Harassment Of Its Employee

In a significant ruling for employers everywhere, and particularly those in the Fourth Circuit, which includes Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina, the Fourth Circuit just held that a black female who was subjected to offensive conduct by a customer should have her Title VII harassment claims decided by a jury. With […]