Federal Employee Wins at U.S. Supreme Court on Age Discrimination Claims

  April 6, 2020—The U.S. Supreme Court today found that federal employers have broader anti-discrimination requirements under the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act (“ADEA”) than private sector employers.  Therefore, federal workers are entitled to broader protections in employment decisions as they must be “made free from any discrimination based on age.” Under the ADEA,…

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Whistleblowers and Employee Rights Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and Related Safety Measures

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act went into effect as of April 1, 2020. A company’s obligations to employees generally requires expanded Family Medical Leave for company’s employing fewer than 500. Employers may not discharge, discipline, or otherwise discriminate against any employee who takes expanded family and medical leave under the Families First Coronavirus Act.…

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VIOLATION OF THE FAIR HOUSING ACT-Supreme Court Ruling of Bank of America and Wells Fargo in Violation of the Fair Housing Act

The City of Miami filed suit against Bank of America and Wells Fargo alleging violations of the Fair Housing Act (FHA).  The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in the sale, rental, and financing of dwellings and in other housing-related transactions.  The City charged that the Banks intentionally targeted African-American and Latino neighborhoods and residents.  They…

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St. Jude Medical Defibrillators Recall

Why is there a recall? St. Jude Medical Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators (ICD) and Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy Defibrillators (CRT-Ds)  provide pacing for slow heart rhythms, and electrical shock or pacing to stop dangerously fast heart rhythms.  They are implanted in the upper chest are with connecting wires called leads that go into the heart. Some devices…

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JP Morgan Chase Settles for $55 Million on Charges of Discriminatory Mortgage Practices

On January 18, 2017, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York filed a lawsuit against J.P. Morgan Chase with claims that the bank had engaged in discriminatory mortgage practices from 2006 to 2009.  These discriminatory practices occurred when brokers charged African-American and Hispanic borrowers higher rates for mortgages than white borrowers with…

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National Origin and Citizenship Employment Discrimination: New Regulation

A new regulation takes effect today, January 18, 2017, to prevent national origin and citizenship discrimination in employment.  The Department of Justice stated that treating a worker differently when requesting documents during the employment verification process, no matter the intent, will be prohibited.  The department redefined this type of discrimination as “The act of intentionally…

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Supreme Court to Deliberate on Racial Bias Among Jurors

Up to this point, the United States Supreme Court has said that even grievous misconduct in the jury room can’t be used to challenge a conviction if it would require jurors to testify about what was said there.  But the court has never completely dealt with whether racial or ethnic prejudice requires an exception to…

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