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Aug 23, 2018

PHRC Issues Guidance on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination

As many Pennsylvania employers know, the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (“PHRC”) is the agency charged with enforcing state anti-discrimination laws such as the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act (“PHRA”). The PHRA largely mirrors federal workplace anti-discrimination laws such as Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”), the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 (“ADA”), and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (“ADEA”), but has a lower employee threshold for coverage: four or more employees. » Read More

Jun 19, 2018

The Importance of Maintaining Detailed Job Descriptions

The United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit recently affirmed the dismissal of a plaintiff’s failure to accommodate claim even though the underlying facts were overly sympathetic to the plaintiff. Sepulveda-Vargas v. Caribbean Restaurants, LLC, No. 16-2451 (1st Cir., April 30, 2018). » Read More

Jun 19, 2018

The Importance of Maintaining Detailed Job Descriptions

The United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit recently affirmed the dismissal of a plaintiff’s failure to accommodate claim even though the underlying facts were overly sympathetic to the plaintiff. Sepulveda-Vargas v. Caribbean Restaurants, LLC, No. 16-2451 (1st Cir., April 30, 2018). » Read More

Apr 17, 2018

Interactive Mock Trial Recap

Thanks to PAHCOM for inviting us to their Spring Inspiration where we presented “The Curious Case of Dr. Oblivious: An Interactive Mock Trial.” We hope to see some of you at our seminar tomorrow on Social Media, or our Supervisor  Harassment Training next week. » Read More

Oct 27, 2017

Harassment in the Workplace: Not a New Issues

Harvey Weinsten, Ben Afleck (bad move, Batman!), John Besh, Mark Halperin, former President George H.W. Bush: it seems like every day now there is another news story about allegations of harassment (or worse) in the workplace.  Without getting into the specifics of the claims, employers can learn something from these issues. » Read More

Sep 27, 2016

Sign up for our next Labor & Employment Seminar

The Labor & Employment Group of the Pennsylvania Office of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is pleased to present “Navigating the ADA’s Accommodation Requirements” on Wednesday, October 19, 2016.

The seminar will help employers to understand their responsibilities of providing reasonable accommodations to employees under the Americans with Disabilities Act. » Read More

Jun 09, 2016

EEOC Increases the Penalty for Violating Notice Posting Requirements

Earlier this month, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) issued a Final Rule increasing the maximum penalty for covered employers who violate the notice posting provisions of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”), the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”), or the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act (“GINA”).  » Read More

Jan 29, 2016

The Anonymous Employee Complaint Letter. What’s An Employer To Do?

Every employer has received one: the anonymous letter or email in which someone complains about one of your employees.  How is an employer supposed to respond when faced with one of these complaints?  This question was answered by New Jersey’s Appellate Division in the case of In The Matter of Paul Williams, Township of Lakewood, ____  N.J.Super ____ (App. » Read More

Jan 14, 2016

2016 Employment Law Breakfast Series

Norris McLaughlin will be hosting a series of free breakfast seminars which will highlight timely legal developments and managerial concerns in labor and employment law. These seminars will provide crucial information for human resource professionals, business owners, and in-house lawyers responsible for employment law matters.  » Read More

Dec 08, 2015

Alcoholism is a Disability under the ADA

Yesterday, former head football coach for the University of Southern California (“USC”), Steve Sarkisian, sued his former employer, USC, for over $13 million, alleging violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act.  Sarkisian, who was terminated by USC on October 31, 2015, after repeated alcohol-related issues, claims that he was terminated because of his disability (i.e. » Read More

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