Age Related Comments Evidence of Age Discrimination

The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals recently found that a decision-makers age related comments could be evidence of age discrimination: “Viewing the evidence in the light most favorable to Thomas, we also conclude that the age-related comments that Hagen made in the workplace were sufficiently related to Thomas and to the decisional process to constitute […]

Pregnancy Discrimination

The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals recently held that an employee doesn’t have to prove that her employer knew about a pregnancy to show pregnancy discrimination.  She only has to prove that the employer held an employee’s potential childbearing against her. (Yousuf v. Fairview Health Services, No. 14-3687, 8th Cir., 2015). Capacity, not actual pregnancy, […]

NYTimes Article: Netflix Offers Expanded Maternity and Paternity Leave

Netflix announced an unlimited leave policy for new parents – far exceeding the 12 weeks of unpaid leave offered under the Family Medical Leave Act. By Emily Steel, August 5, 2015 Netflix announced on Tuesday that it was starting an unlimited leave policy for new mothers and fathers for the first year after the birth […]

NYTimes Article: U.S. Agency Rules for Gays in Workplace Discrimination

By NOAM SCHEIBER, JULY 17, 2015, NY Times The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has ruled that workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is illegal under federal law, setting the stage for litigation aimed at striking down such practices. The commission’s ruling, issued this week, hinged on the Civil Rights Act of […]

Wal-Mart sued for failing to provide health insurance to same-sex partners

By Eric Larson, Bloomberg News, June 14, 2015 Wal-Mart Stores Inc. was accused of discriminating against gay employees in a lawsuit that pits the biggest U.S. retailer against rights activists just weeks after same-sex marriage was legalized nationwide. In a proposed class-action complaint, Wal-Mart employee Jacqueline Cote says the company failed to provide health insurance […]

$1.5 Million Sexual Harassment Verdict Affirmed by the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals

This post is from The National Trial Lawyers. Posted May 19, 2015 by Starkeisha Tucker: The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a $1.5 million verdict against a high-tech company for a manager’s sexual harassment and retaliation against three female employees. The defendant, New Breed Logistics, now known as XPO Logistics-Supply Chain, is based in High […]

EEOC Issues Updated Pregnancy Discrimination Guidance

EEOC Press Release, June 25, 2015 The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today issued an update of its Enforcement Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination and Related Issues (Guidance), along with a question and answer document and a fact sheet for small businesses.  All are available on the EEOC’s website at http://www.eeoc.gov/laws/guidance/enforcement_guidance.cfm. The updates to the […]

Severance Agreements: To Sign or Not to Sign?

Yesterday, Target announced the layoff of 140 more employees.  Similarly, companies routinely lay off employees and provide them with severance agreements. Questions arise about layoffs and whether to sign severance agreements.  Bertelson Law Offices routinely consults with terminated employees. Bertelson Law Offices, P.A. has over 35 years of combined experience reviewing, evaluating and strategically negotiating […]