Discrimination and Harassment

Memo
23-022
Monday, January 30, 2023

The U.S. Supreme Court has been poised for some time to take up a case that will allow it to reconsider the “de minimis” standard for showing undue hardship in denying a religious accommodation under Title VII. The Court recently found its case, and


Memo
23-021
Thursday, January 26, 2023

Employment-related lawsuits filed in federal court dropped for the fourth straight year in FY 2022, with declines especially notable in ADA- and FMLA-related filings.


Memo
23-008
Wednesday, January 11, 2023

Contained within the massive government spending bill recently approved by Congress is a new law that expands protection for pregnant workers. Our memo analyzes the new law, which goes into effect at the end of June.


Memo
22-231
Tuesday, December 13, 2022

Congress has approved and sent to President Biden for his signature a bill that codifies the protections regarding same-sex marriages that were articulated earlier in two landmark U.S. Supreme Court rulings.


Memo
22-230
Monday, December 12, 2022

Our written comments to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on its draft “Strategic Plan” for 2022-2026 urge the agency to include metrics that will encourage quality charge investigations, with less emphasis on conducting resource-intensive


Memo
22-224
Tuesday, November 29, 2022

As CWC predicted, the U.S. Congress has given final approval to the so-called Speak Out Act, a bill that bars enforcement of pre-dispute nondisclosure and nondisparagement agreements related to sexual assault or sexual harassment. President Biden is


Memo
22-220
Monday, November 21, 2022

Janet Dhillon, one of three Republican Commissioners on the five-member EEOC, has resigned her seat, a few weeks earlier than her term would have ended anyway. The now evenly divided Commission means that the tactical advantage that Republicans have


Memo
22-217
Tuesday, November 15, 2022

The Government Accountability Office, the research arm of the U.S. Congress, has issued a report suggesting that on average the EEOC is doing an ok job in handling its discrimination charge processing duties, but that there are glaring inconsistencie


Memo
22-210
Thursday, November 3, 2022

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed 31 lawsuits in the last week of September alone, well above the agency’s ten-year average monthly total of 11 suits filed. Our memo provides a summary.


Memo
22-205
Thursday, October 27, 2022

The EEOC has issued a new “Know Your Rights” poster to replace the familiar “EEO is the Law” poster that employers have used for years to meet EEOC and OFCCP notice requirements.


Memo
22-201
Monday, October 24, 2022

A bipartisan bill that would bar the use of pre-dispute nondisclosure agreements involving sexual assault or harassment claims has been approved by the U.S. Senate and could become law this year.


Memo
22-196
Monday, October 17, 2022

A federal district court in Texas has ruled that enforcement guidance issued last year by the EEOC in the wake of the Supreme Court’s landmark Bostock ruling finding that Title VII bars discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity i


Memo
22-186
Tuesday, October 4, 2022

The EEOC recently held its third and last “Listening Session” to solicit public input on development of the documents that will guide the agency’s enforcement priorities for the next few years. Our memo summarizes the session’s highlights.


Memo
22-178
Tuesday, September 20, 2022

The second of three public “listening sessions” scheduled by the EEOC to solicit input on developing a new road map for the next several years featured witnesses testifying on “Identifying Vulnerable Workers and Reaching Underserved Communities.” Our


Memo
22-164
Tuesday, August 30, 2022

MEMBER FEEDBACK REQUESTED: The EEOC has begun the process of developing a new “Strategic Plan” and “Strategic Enforcement Plan” that will establish agency priorities for the next several years. CWC intends to weigh in with comments, and would like to


Memo
22-162
Monday, August 29, 2022

The ruling by the federal appeals court offers guidance on the burden of proof scheme adopted by the U.S. Supreme Court in its landmark Young v. UPS decision interpreting the Pregnancy Discrimination Act.


Memo
22-161
Monday, August 29, 2022

Given the ongoing interest among our members regarding the collection of non-binary gender data, we’ve assembled the most common FAQs we receive on the topic into a memo that summarizes where the issue stands today.


Memo
22-141
Tuesday, July 26, 2022

A federal trial court has ruled that the EEOC’s expanded sexual orientation/gender identity guidance cannot be enforced against 20 different states that brought a lawsuit alleging that the guidance exceeds the EEOC’s authority.


Memo
22-137
Tuesday, July 19, 2022

An individual who files a discrimination charge with the EEOC or who makes a charge inquiry through the agency’s online portal now has the option of using a non-binary identification marker.


Memo
22-128
Thursday, July 7, 2022

MEMBER ROUNDTABLE SCHEDULED. The Supreme Court’s recent ruling overturning the nearly 50-year-old Roe v. Wade decision is prompting questions from our members regarding how new abortion restrictions might intersect with their workplace compliance obl


Memo
22-121
Tuesday, June 28, 2022

The influential federal appeals court has overturned its own precedent by ruling that an employee who claimed she was denied a job transfer based on her sex in violation of Title VII does not also have to show that the denial resulted in “objectively


Memo
22-107
Monday, June 6, 2022

The White House announced that President Biden intends to nominate plaintiffs’ lawyer and employment arbitration opponent Karla Gilbride to be the EEOC’s new General Counsel, a position that has been vacant for the last 15 months.


Memo
22-106
Thursday, June 2, 2022

In the wake of the omnibus infrastructure legislation approved by Congress in late 2021, and the prospects of increased construction industry employment, the EEOC turned its attention recently to airing opinions on how discrimination and harassment a


Memo
22-072
Wednesday, April 13, 2022

President Biden has nominated plaintiffs’ lawyer Kalpana Kotagal to fill the EEOC Commissioner slot currently held by Janet Dhillon, whose term expires in July. If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Ms. Kotagal will give Democrats the majority on the five


Memo
22-068
Monday, April 11, 2022

According to enforcement statistics covering fiscal year 2021 released recently by the EEOC, both the number of discrimination charges filed and the number of charges resolved hit 30-year lows last year.


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