Thanks to the decoding of the human genome, many genetic tests now exist that can help determine whether individuals may be at risk of developing specific diseases or disorders.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit recently affirmed summary judgment in favor of an employer who terminated an employee for insubordination.
In AT&T Corp. v. Hulteen, the United States Supreme Court was asked to determine whether employers violate Title VII of the Civil Rights Act by not fully restoring service credit for pregnancy leaves taken before the 1978 passage of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) for employees who retire post-PDA.
On January 29, 2009, President Obama signed into law the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.
Just as employment discrimination claims are on the rise, Congress recently passed a new law, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA), prohibiting discrimination by employers or insurers on the basis of individuals’ genetic information, and creating a new private right of action.
In March 2008, Massachusetts legislators heard testimony from organizations denouncing “heightism” and urging “fat acceptance.”
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of1964 prohibits an employer from discriminating, with respect to the terms, conditions and privileges of employment, against an employee because of the employee’s race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.
Employers should take note of a recently-released guidance issued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) concerning “Unlawful Disparate Treatment of Workers with Caregiving Responsibilities.”