The US Supreme Court recently announced it accepted three cases that will determine the scope of “sex” discrimination under federal law. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, makes it unlawful for employers to discriminate against employees on the
Massachusetts Expands Gender Identity Protections
Effective October 1, 2016, “places of public accommodation” in Massachusetts are prohibited from discriminating against persons based on their gender identity. Under this new anti-discrimination law signed by Governor Charlie Baker this summer, places of public accommodation must allow individuals to use or access gender-segregated areas such as bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their…
The Zika Virus: Is It a Concern for U.S. Employers?
The Zika Virus, an illness transmitted primarily by mosquitoes and also, less frequently, through blood transfusions and sexual contact has certainly been in the news recently. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has issued travel warnings alerting people to the risk of…
NH Releases Employment Discrimination Data for 2013
The New Hampshire Commission for Human Rights has released data on discrimination charges filed by employees in 2013. Last year, the Commission received 222 discrimination charges against employers. This number was slightly down from the year before at 257. Retaliation across all categories topped the list at 93 claims. Following closly behind with 89…
Massachusetts Chapter 151B Encompasses Associational Discrimination on Basis of Handicap
The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) has held an employer is prohibited from discriminating against its non-disabled employee based on that employee’s association with an immediate family member with a disability or handicap under Chapter 151B, the state’s antidiscrimination law. This decision expands the scope of employer liability.
The Demise of DOMA and Changes to Employee Benefits
This post was originally published on April 12, 2013. In light of the recent Supreme Court Decision on DOMA, McLane wanted to share this post again.
For at least the next few months, DOMA is the law of the land, and the United States government will continue to define “marriage” as a “legal union between…
Supreme Court Holds “But For” Causation Standard Applies to Title VII Retaliation Claims
On the heels of narrowing the definition of “supervisor” for purposes of liability under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, a divided U.S. Supreme Court dealt a second major blow to employees this week by making it harder for them to prove retaliation claims under that same statute.