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Author: Jessica Kingston


29
Jul

New Supreme Court Case Expands Religious Organizations’ Exemption From Discrimination Claims

In a new ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed and strengthened its prior decision regarding a religious employer’s exemption to various employment claims. In a 7-2 decision, the Court in Our Lady of Guadalupe School v. Morrissey-Berru held that two former religious school teachers were unabl[...]
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16
Jun

U.S. Supreme Court Rules That LGBTQ Discrimination Falls Under Title VII Protections

In a 6-3 decision, the Supreme Court ruled that Title VII includes protections for gay and transgender workers. Writing for the majority, Justice Gorsuch reasoned that discrimination based on an employee being gay or transgender necessarily involves that employee’s sex and therefore Title VII appl[...]
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16
Mar

COVID-19 and Sick Leave

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, Congress passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and the President signed it into law on March 18, 2020.  As part of the economic stimulus plan, the Act contains a number of provisions that may affect companies’ sick leave.  The Act applies to an[...]
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9
Oct

Sixth Circuit Rules on Limitations Periods in Employment Agreements

In an issue of first impression, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals found that employment agreements, including applications, cannot be used to set shortened limitations periods for claims under Title VII. The plaintiff, a cook at MGM Grand Detroit Casino, agreed to a six-month limitation period [...]
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