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Flu Season for Employers

It’s official. Flu season is back. Many of us are keeping our fingers crossed that we won’t have to suffer the fevers, congestion, sneezing, fatigue, and other symptoms this year. For employers, flu season adds an extra burden, including the operational b…
t against a Tennessee hospital for violating Title VII of the Civil Rights Act for ordering an empl https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/women-labor/flu-season-employers/

Understanding What Language Policies Are and Are Not Legal In the Workplace

Last week, a New York-based attorney complained to a restaurant that he heard employees speaking Spanish to other customers. It’s important that we understand what language policies are and are not legal in the workplace...
ortunities to the point where it may violate Title VII of the Civil Rights Act… as well as some state and local laws. Under Title VIIonly policies do not violate Title VII https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/women-labor/understanding-what-language-policies-are-and-are-not-legal-workplace/

First Amendment Protections: What Do They Cover?

Following the tragic events in Charlottesville last week, there has been a deluge of news stories about the employment ramifications of individuals’ social media postings, especially as they relate to support for hate groups and related fringe political c…
such as opposing discrimination under Title VII https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/women-labor/first-amendment-protections-what-do-they-cover/

Landmark Decision Bans Discrimination based on Sexual Orientation

In a landmark decision, a federal court has ruled in Kimberly Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. This is the first time a federal court of appeals has f…
ly Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act prohibits discrimina…me a federal court of appeals has found that Title VII https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/women-labor/landmark-decision-bars-discrimination-based-sexual-orientation/

Royal Attorneys Successfully Argue Partial Motion to Dismiss

Royal attorneys successfully argued a partial motion to dismiss in federal court on behalf of a multi-state human service organization and its management. The lawsuit involved allegations of civil rights violations, employment discrimination, and breach …
e Court agreed with defense counsel that the Title VII claims should be dismissed because they were…o individual liability for supervisors under Title VII or the Americans with Disabilities Act https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/firm-news/royal-attorneys-successfully-argue-partial-motion-dismiss/

EEOC Issues Enforcement Guidance on National Origin Discrimination

As business owners, upper management and HR professionals are aware, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) is a federal agency responsible for enforcing federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or employee b…
sing conduct that does not initially violate Title VII but may https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/women-labor/eeoc-issues-enforcement-guidance-national-origin-discrimination/

EEOC Issues New Enforcement Plan for Fiscal Years 2017-2021

As business owners, upper management, and HR professionals are aware, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) is a federal agency responsible for enforcing federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or employee …
the basis of sex under the Equal Pay Act and Title VII. Preserving Access to the Legal System https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/women-labor/eeoc-issues-new-enforcement-plan-fiscal-years-2017-2021/

Employers Challenged by Religious Discrimination, Appearance Issues

Title VII and Massachusetts state law prohibit discrimination based on religion in the workplace. In addition, state and federal law require employers to provide reasonable accommodations for sincerely held religious beliefs, unless doing so would create …
Title VII and Massachusetts state law prohibit discrim https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/newsletters/employers-challenged-religious-discrimination-appearance-issues/

Cat's Paw Theory of Discrimination Adopted by the Second Circuit

Employers in Connecticut, Vermont, and New York beware: just this week, the federal appeals court which covers your states adopted the theory of cat's paw discrimination in the context of Title VII claims. Employers in other states should be equally conce…
f cat's paw discrimination in the context of Title VII claims. Employers in other states should be https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/women-labor/cats-paw-theory-discrimination-adopted-second-circuit/

A Transition in the Law: Transgender Discrimination in the Workplace

On May 1, 1989, the United States Supreme Court held that discriminating against individuals based on perceived non-conformity with gender stereotypes is a form of sex (gender) discrimination prohibited by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
discrimination prohibited by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Royal https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/newsletters/transition-law-transgender-discrimination-workplace/

EEOC Files First Cases Equating Sexual Orientation Discrimination With Gender Bias

Earlier this week, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) filed its first two lawsuits ever premised on the theory that sex discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 includes discrimination based on sexual orientation. …
on the theory that sex discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 includes dis… Title VII does not explicitly list sexual orientation https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/women-labor/eeoc-files-first-cases-equating-sexual-orientation-discrimination-gender-bias/

Employee Privacy Rights During Administrative Investigations

Administrative agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (“EEOC”) and the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (“MCAD”) often require detailed information about both current and former employees during their investigations …
In interpreting the provision of Title VII which gives the EEOC authority to obtain evi https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/women-labor/employee-privacy-rights-during-administrative-investigations/

Supreme Court’s Same-Sex Marriage Decision May Prove Problematic For Anti-Discrimination Efforts

In 1982, Wisconsin became the first state to prohibit employment discrimination based on sexual orientation both in the public and private sphere. Massachusetts was the next state to do so in 1989 and subsequently took the lead in the nation on the issue…
https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/newsletters/supreme-courts-same-sex-marriage-decision-may-prove-problematic-anti-discrimination-efforts/

Law: A New Enforcement Priority: EEOC Targets Gender Discrimination Against Transgender Individuals

Discrimination based on transgender status or gender identity is a developing area of employment law. Some states, including Massachusetts, have recognized gender identity as a protected class under state anti-discrimination laws. Federal courts are in…
inistrative agency responsible for enforcing Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/newsletters/law-new-enforcement-priority/

Federal Agency Proposes New Sex Discrimination Guidelines to Apply to Federal Contractors

Companies that contract with the Federal Government should be aware of new proposed regulations that may affect the way they run their businesses under current sex discrimination regulations. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Co…
y current inconsistencies with the law under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/women-labor/federal-agency-proposes-new-sex-discrimination-guidelines-apply-federal-contractors/

Transgender Discrimination is Gender Discrimination

In July of 2013, the decision in a landmark case, Mia M. Macy v. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, established that discrimination based on an individual’s gender identity and sex stereotyping is sex discrimination prohibited under Tit…
yping is sex discrimination prohibited under Title VII.  Now https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/women-labor/transgender-discrimination-gender-discrimination/

Supreme Court to Decide Whether EEOC Mandatory Conciliations are Enforceable by Lower Courts

In its 2014-2015 term, the Supreme Court will decide whether courts have the authority to review the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) conciliation efforts prior to bringing suit. This decision will bring much needed guidance to courts abou…
efend itself against a lawsuit brought under Title VII if the EEOC has failed to properly engage in https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/women-labor/supreme-court-decide-whether-eeoc-mandatory-conciliations-are-enforceable-lower-courts/

Robert Aronson

including cases under Title VII and the state anti https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/about-us/our-team/robert-aronson/

President Obama Signs Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order

Last week, President Obama signed the “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order,” which requires prospective federal contractors seeking contracts over $500,000 to disclose any labor and employment law violations within the past three years including …
ncy and prohibiting mandatory arbitration of Title VII claims and sexual harassment claims.  The Ex https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/women-labor/president-obama-signs-fair-pay-and-safe-workplaces-executive-order/

Beware Acting on Complaints without Proper Investigation

The United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit recently held in Valazquez-Perez v. Developers Diversified Realty corp. that an employer can be liable for sex discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII) for terminat…
r can be liable for sex discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 …Title VIIand hostile work environment in violation of Title VII. The Federal District Court granted summary https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/women-labor/beware-acting-complaints-without-proper-investigation/

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