JPMorgan agreed to pay $5 million to settle a suit brought by male employees alleging the company violated Title VII by giving fathers less parental leave than it did mothers.  The company’s parental leave policy allowed “primary caregivers” up to 16 weeks of leave while “non-primary caregivers” were given a maximum of 2 weeks leave. …

Workers filed fewer discrimination charges with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in the last fiscal year than they have in more than a decade, even as the #MeToo movement spurred a surge in sexual harassment reports. The agency was down about 8,000 charges from last year’s total and is the lowest since 2006. Workers…

While there is general support in the legal field for policies geared toward reaching gender equity in the industry, a recent survey reveals that women are more likely to champion these efforts than their male colleagues. According to a report by FTI Consulting and women’s-leadership organization Mine the Gap, women in the legal industry show…

Oracle America Inc. underpaid its female and nonwhite workers by more than $400 million over four years, the U.S. Department of Labor’s federal contractor watchdog charged recently in an expanded complaint in the two-year-old bias suit. The agency’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) said an analysis of Oracle pay data shows it shorted…

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) generally provides that any person has the right to request access to federal agency records or information except to the extent the records are protected from disclosure under certain exemptions or exclusions carved out by law.  Requests for information under this Act, typically called “FOIA requests,” are often a…

Courts are generally more lenient in interpreting the language of a non-solicitation agreement, which seeks to preclude an employee from soliciting or providing services to a company’s customers, compared to a non-competition agreement, which generally seeks to preclude the provision of services in a geographic region, regardless of to whom they are provided.  The Western…

An employer who requires employees to contribute more to its retirement plan compared to younger employees may be in violation of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA).  In Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Baltimore County, the Fourth Circuit found in favor of the EEOC in its lawsuit against Baltimore County, which it filed on…

Recent news stories of airline passenger demands to fly with emotional support peacocks and donkeys have provided some laughs, but in the employment law context, employee requests for accommodation of service animals are no laughing matter. Employers have seen an uptick in such requests, which have expanded from the traditional Seeing Eye dog to include…

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