Title VII

U.S. Supreme Court Rules on Religious Accommodation Under Title VII

Megan Toth U.S. Supreme Court Rules That a Request for a Religious Accommodation Is not Required to Maintain a Title VII Claim On June 1, 2015, the United States Supreme Court issued its opinion on the much anticipated Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) v. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores, Inc., holding that an employee is not required to specifically […]

U.S. Supreme Court Has Been Busy on the Employment Front

In the last two months, the U.S. Supreme Court has decided three different cases, all of which have significant implications for employers.

Limitations Period For Bringing Discrimination and Retaliation Claims May Be Contractually Shortened

E. Jason Tremblay A recent case from the Northern District of Illinois, Lugihibl v. Fifth Third Bank (Case No. 13 CV 7193, March 16, 2015, Kennelly, M.), held that Title VII and ADEA limitations periods can be contractually shortened under certain circumstances, despite the general 300-day limitations to bring such claims in Illinois. In Lugihibl, […]

Supreme Court’s recent clarification of supervisor definition in Title VII cases

Arnstein & Lehr Chicago Partner Mark A. Spognardi authored a column for Inside Counsel magazine’s website that was published on August 5. The article, titled “Labor: Supreme Court clarifies definition of supervisor for Title Vii discrimination and harassment cases” provides an overview of a recent clarification by the Supreme Court. On June 24, 2013, the […]

Court approves discovery questionnaire seeking social media information

Employers and in-house counsel facing class-wide litigation received a welcome opinion from the District of Colorado to kick-off the new year. In EEOC v. The Original Honeybaked Ham Co. of Georgia, Inc., the court approved a questionnaire for claimants to identify numerous sources of electronic information, including that which could be used to access social […]

6 tips for complying with EEOC guidance when using arrest and conviction records

Chicago Partner Mark Spognardi recently wrote an article, “6 tips for complying with EEOC guidance when using arrest and conviction records,” that discusses the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s April 2012 revision of the Enforcement Guidance on the Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions under Title VII of the Civil Right Act of […]

Are Certain Forms of Discrimination Based Upon Sexual Orientation Prohibited By Title VII?

Although federal law does not directly prohibit discrimination based upon sexual orientation, a recent decision from the Southern District Court of Florida illustrates how an employee may be able to state a claim under Title VII for discrimination based upon sexual orientation if the alleged discriminatory conduct was based upon the employee’s failure to conform […]