New York City became the first U.S. jurisdiction to attempt to regulate the use of artificial intelligence in employment decisions last year, when it started enforcing a statute that requires employers to audit the AI tools they use for bias. So far, the law has proved to be a toothless flop, management-side experts say.
A Texas federal court on Friday wiped away a $70 million jury verdict that 10 former information technology company workers won in a race discrimination suit, saying the evidence didn't back up the hefty damages award.
The Third Circuit will hear an unsuccessful Walmart applicant argue that a New Jersey law barring cannabis-related bias allows private suits against employers, and the Sixth and Eighth circuits will hear from employees fired after refusing COVID-19 vaccinations. Here's a look at four oral argument sessions this month to keep an eye on.
A California state judge who previously indicated she's prepared to certify a 6,000-member class of Black Tesla workers alleging the company allowed racist language and graffiti at a California factory cautioned Friday that she's still "exploring a range of options" on how to best adjudicate the case.
The Second Circuit on Friday affirmed a lower court's decision to toss a whistleblower suit from a former Barclays executive, finding that he didn't sufficiently back up his allegations of retaliation under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.
A California federal judge has declined to toss a woman's case challenging Aetna's fertility treatment coverage as discriminatory, finding at this stage, she has sufficiently argued that the policy discriminates against LGBTQ couples in violation of the Affordable Care Act.
A woman who anonymously sued Sean "Diddy" Combs must reveal her identity as she continues to litigate her claims that the rapper and his record label's longtime president trafficked and raped her when she was a teenager, a New York federal judge has ruled.
CBS Studios Inc. enacted discriminatory diversity quotas that kept white, straight men out of its writers rooms, according to a suit filed in California federal court by a freelance writer who said he was denied job opportunities on a network show due to his identity.
The Eleventh Circuit declined Friday to reinstate a lawsuit from an Alabama state housing agency worker who said her lighter-skinned Black supervisors gave her grief for having dark skin, saying she failed to overcome the agency's argument that she was let go for poor performance.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission must explain how it is responding to allegations of race discrimination in company diversity programs, House Republicans told the agency in a letter Friday.
In the coming week, attorneys should watch for oral arguments at the California Supreme Court in a case dealing with the standard for penalties for "knowing and intentional" wage statement violations. Here's a look at that case and other labor and employment matters coming up in California.
A former Booz Allen Hamilton worker pursuing a sex discrimination and retaliation suit failed to demonstrate how she would have been differently treated if she were male, the defense contractor and management consulting firm argued in urging a Virginia federal court to toss the case.
Dollar General settled a Black former worker's lawsuit alleging she was unlawfully fired not long after she complained about race discrimination to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, according to a filing in Mississippi federal court Friday.
The three defendants in a transgender professor's suit accusing Kent State University and two university officials of discrimination and retaliation in the revocation of a promotion, as well as the professor, have all asked an Ohio federal court to grant early wins in the case.
A Boston police commissioner fired after decades-old allegations of domestic abuse surfaced told a federal judge he is entitled to his day in court for his defamation suit, saying the city's former mayor "destroyed" his reputation in the press.
A Trump Organization golf club has settled a former server's claims that she was illegally induced to sign a nondisclosure agreement by one of Donald Trump's lawyers, Alina Habba, reopening the door for the ex-employee to pursue claims that she was sexually harassed on the job.
The U.S. Postal Service urged a Pennsylvania federal court to toss a former mail carrier's religious discrimination suit following its trip to the U.S. Supreme Court, arguing his request to skip Sunday work caused an excessive burden on the agency under the high court's clarified standard.
A Kansas federal judge decertified Friday a collective action that alleged Bombardier Inc. targeted older workers for termination to create a more youthful workforce, ruling the ex-workers didn't show any discriminatory company policy.
Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani LLP, now known as GRSM50, is bolstering its employment team, bringing in a trial attorney, with his own firm, adept at class actions, as a partner in its San Diego office.
The Museum of Modern Art has asked a New York state court to toss a suit claiming that it failed to protect nude performers in an art exhibition from sexual assault, arguing that, while the incidents are regrettable, the facts of the case don't give rise to legal action.
A white manager who was fired by Kraft Heinz for wearing blackface as part of a Halloween costume in which he dressed as a character from the television show "Miami Vice" doesn't have a viable retaliation suit because his costume wasn't protected speech, the company told a Connecticut federal court.
An amusement park agreed to pay $50,000 to wrap up a lawsuit from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission accusing it of violating federal age discrimination law by refusing to offer housing to older seasonal workers, according to a motion filed Thursday in Ohio federal court.
A Black former associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP will appeal a jury's finding that the firm and two other defendants didn't retaliate against him after he raised concerns about racial bias and diversity.
A D.C. federal judge on Thursday directed four top executives ousted from the Architect of the Capitol to combine their separate employment discrimination lawsuits against the federal agency.
The City of Cleveland escaped a firefighter's suit alleging he was forced into retirement when he refused to shave his beard because of a skin condition affecting Black men, with an Ohio federal judge finding the city's clean-shaven policy was in line with federal firefighting equipment regulations.
A steel manufacturer has agreed to hand over about $200,000 to end a sex discrimination suit alleging the company gave paid parental leave only to mothers and not fathers, according to a Thursday order from a Michigan federal judge giving the deal the final green light.
Indianapolis-based law firm Kroger Gardis & Regas LLP is trying to unravel a settlement with Ascension Health Alliance because the firm wants to pursue its own class litigation, hospital staff told the Sixth Circuit in a brief filed Wednesday.
Mercedes-Benz paid nearly $439,000 for firing two employees who requested to take protected leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act, the U.S. Department of Labor announced Thursday.
In Tynes v. Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, the Eleventh Circuit affirmed that the McDonnell Douglas test for employment discrimination cases is merely an evidentiary framework, so employers relying on it as a substantive standard of liability may need to rethink their litigation strategy, says Helen Jay at Phelps Dunbar.
With a recent Resume Builder survey finding that 38% of companies expect to lay off employees this year, now is a good time for employers to review several strategies that can help mitigate legal risks and maintain compassion in the reduction-in-force process, says Sahara Pynes at Fox Rothschild.
Though a Cornell University study suggests that a New York City law intended to regulate artificial intelligence in the workplace has had an underwhelming impact, the law may still help shape the city's future AI regulation efforts, say Reid Skibell and Nathan Ades at Glenn Agre.
Tracey Diamond and Evan Gibbs at Troutman Pepper discuss how themes in Steven Spielberg's Science Fiction masterpiece "Minority Report" — including prediction, prevention and the fallibility of systems — can have real-life implications in workplace investigations.
A recent amendment to New York City's sick leave law authorizes employees for the first time to sue their employers for violations — so employers should ensure their policies and practices are compliant now to avoid the crosshairs of litigation once the law takes effect in March, says Melissa Camire at Fisher Phillips.
A recent report from the New York State Department of Labor indicates that bias against transgender and nonbinary people endures in the workplace, highlighting why employers must create supportive policies and gender transition plans, not only to mitigate the risk of discrimination claims, but also to foster an inclusive work culture, says Michelle Phillips at Jackson Lewis.
It's meaningful that the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's strategic enforcement plan prioritizes protecting vulnerable workers, particularly as the backlash to workplace racial equity and diversity, equity and inclusion programs continues to unfold, says Dariely Rodriguez at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.
A recent Connecticut suit brought by an employee terminated after her managers could not reasonably accommodate her Alzheimer's-related dementia should prompt employers to plan how they can compassionately address older employees whose cognitive impairments affect their job performance, while also protecting the company from potential disability and age discrimination claims, says Robin Shea at Constangy.
This year, the combination of an aggressive U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, a renewed focus on large-scale recruiting and hiring claims, and the injection of the complicated landscape of AI in the workplace means employers should be prepared to defend, among other things, their use of technology during the hiring process, say attorneys at Seyfarth Shaw.
A California state appeals court’s recent decision to throw out an otherwise valid arbitration agreement, where an employee claimed a confusing electronic signature system led her to agree to unfair terms, should alert employers to scrutinize any waivers or signing procedures that may appear to unconscionably favor the company, say Guillermo Tello and Monique Eginli at Clark Hill.
By tightly construing a rarely litigated but frequently asserted term, a California federal court’s ruling that the Freedom of Information Act does not exempt reports to the U.S. Department of Labor on workplace demographics could expand the range of government contractor information susceptible to public disclosure, says John Zabriskie at Foley & Lardner.
As workers increasingly speak out on controversies like the 2024 elections and the Israel-Hamas war, companies should implement practical workplace expression policies and plans to protect their brands and mitigate the risk of violating federal and state anti-discrimination and free speech laws, say attorneys at McDermott.
The track records of and public commentary from U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission leaders — including two recently confirmed Democratic appointees — can provide insight into how the agency may approach access to justice priorities, as identified in its latest strategic enforcement plan, says Aniko Schwarcz at Cohen Milstein.