Archive for 'Retaliation'

Do You Know Who Your Supervisors Are?

Written by Robert G. Brody and Rebecca Goldberg on July 16, 2012

The United States Supreme Court agreed to hear a case next term that will determine who is a “supervisor” when dealing with Title VII harassment cases.  Like questions of who is an “employee” or “employer,” determining who is a “supervisor” is often not straightforward and different laws use different definitions.  The Supreme Court’s decision will […]

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Gender Identity – the New Sex Discrimination?

Written by Robert G. Brody and Rebecca Goldberg on May 16, 2012

In a landmark decision, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission held that discrimination against transsexual employees constitutes “sex discrimination” in violation of the Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  While there has been a progressive shift toward protection of gender identity in state and federal court decisions and state statutes, the EEOC’s decision […]

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As published in the July 25, 2011 CT Law Tribune

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Bad References Can Cost Big Bucks

Written by Robert G. Brody and Rebecca Goldberg on December 19, 2011

A bad reference is costing one aviation company nearly a third of a million dollars.  A jury decided Tradewinds Aviation maliciously sent a reference letter regarding former employee Jeffrey Nelson, costing him a job offer with another company.  Although Nelson, a pilot, had lost his job due to downsizing, the letter from Tradewinds said he […]

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Have you ever wondered if you can reject applicants if you discover they previously sued their employer for wage and hour violations?  In our litigious society, you may have worried that you would be sued for retaliation.  Until recently we would have agreed.  The Fourth Circuit just ruled that a prospective employee did not have […]

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