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Department of Justice Claims Businesses May Discriminate Against Transgender Workers

The U.S. Department of Justice told the Supreme Court in October 2018 that businesses are allowed to discriminate against workers based on gender identity without violating federal law. In an appearance in front of the Supreme Court, Solicitor General Noel Francisco said the civil rights law that bans sex discrimination in the workplace does not Read More

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OSHA Asks for Input on Railroad, Trucking Whistleblower Laws

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) held a meeting June 12 in Washington, D.C. to get feedback from stakeholders in the trucking and railroad industries about whistleblower laws affecting their fields. The agency was specifically searching for suggestions about how it can offer better “whistleblower customer service” and the types of assistance it Read More

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Former HSBC Banker Sentenced to Prison for Fraud

Mark Johnson, a former HSBC Holdings, PLC trader, recently became the first person to be convicted in an international investigation into currency rigging. In late April, a U.S. District Judge in Brooklyn sentenced him to two years in prison for nine counts of wire fraud and conspiracy after rigging a $3.5 billion client order in Read More

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Jury Awards $5.1 Million to Workers Subjected to ‘Onionhead’ Religion

A U.S. District Court in Brooklyn awarded $5.1 million to 10 workers who claimed their employer, United Health Programs of American, Inc., forced them to participate in group prayers and various other types of religious activities associated with the “Onionhead” religion. According to the workers’ lawsuit, the company, which provides customer service for health insurance Read More

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NLRB Rules Employer Did Not Break Law by Terminating Employee Who Violated Security Protocols

In a late February decision, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a significant decision for employers and employees alike in the case of KHRG Employer, LLC dba Hotel Burnham & Atwood Café. Evan Demma worked for two years in efforts to organize the Hotel Burnham & Atwood Café in Chicago. In 2014, he participated Read More

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The #MeToo Movement and Reporting Sexual Harassment

As the combined forces of the #TimesUp and #MeToo movements have continued to gain momentum throughout 2018, more people than ever are having frank conversations about incidents of harassment in the workplace. Employers across all industries must face the fact that sexual harassment is a far more pervasive problem than some realized — or were Read More

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Judge Throws Out Trade Secret Theft Claims Based on Whistleblower Immunity

In what is believed to be a first-time occurrence under the Defend Trade Secrets Act, a U.S. District Judge tossed out claims against a person accused of stealing trade secrets based on the DTSA’s rules for immunity for confidential disclosures to attorneys while investigating suspected legal violations. Under the DTSA, trade secret disclosures made in Read More

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Judge Rules Google Pay Discrimination Case Can Proceed

A class action lawsuit filed against Google alleging pay discrimination based on gender will move forward after a ruling by California Superior Court Judge Mary E. Wiss. The original lawsuit was dismissed in December after a judge ruled the plaintiffs defined the classes of workers affected by the policy too generally. The plaintiffs then filed Read More

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Former Infosys Executive Accuses Company of Racial Bias in Favor of Indian Employees

A former executive at Indian software company Infosys accused the company of racial discrimination in its hiring and promotion practices, saying the company favors Indian employees over people of other backgrounds. Erin Green, who is white, worked at the company’s Texas office from October 2011 to July 2016. He claims his former employer has given Read More

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Wells Fargo Pays $35 Million to Settle Racial Bias Lawsuit

Earlier this year, Wells Fargo agreed to pay $35 million to more than 500 African-American employees to settle a lawsuit that alleged the large bank routinely favored its white employees. In the lawsuit, six black brokers from Wells Fargo alleged the bank regularly showed a nationwide pattern of racial discrimination. They say that black employees Read More

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