Dillard’s to Pay $900,000 for Failure to Advertise Management Positions, Failure to Hire Black Interns, Among Other Unlawful Conduct

Dillard’s, Inc., a well-known department store chain based out of Little Rock, Arkansas, will pay $900,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by the EEOC for alleged failure to promote African American employees based on race.  The EEOC also alleged that Dillard’s discriminated in its intern-selection process based on race. In its suit against the company,… Read More

Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Greater Protection for LGBTQi+ Employees

“An employer who fires an employee merely for being gay or transgender defies the law.” – Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch The Supreme Court kicked off Pride Month 2020 in a meaningful way.  On June 15, 2020, the Court issued the landmark holding of Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia.  The Court ruled that Title VII of… Read More

FMLA Interference and Retaliation

The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA) requires employers with 50 or more employees to provide up to 12 weeks of job protected unpaid leave a year.  To be eligible for FMLA leave, an employee must have worked for their employer for 12 months and 1,250 hours within the last 12 months. An… Read More

“Regarded as Disabled” under the ADA

In November of last year, an Illinois federal judge ruled in favor of the EEOC in a case against Amstead Rail Company. The court held that the company discriminated against applicants by requiring a medical screening which predicted the potential for applicants to develop carpal tunnel. Amstead screened applicants who had already accepted conditional employment… Read More

What is pregnancy discrimination?

The Pregnancy Discrimination Act has now been in place for over 40 years.  While the law has many protections, its simple goal is to prevent discrimination in the workplace against females who are pregnant.  Even though Alabama workers are typically at-will employees, the Federal discrimination law prevent an employer from applying different standards to different… Read More

Birmingham EEOC Office Files Lawsuit Alleging Disability Discrimination and Genetic Information Discrimination

In September, the Birmingham, Alabama office of the EEOC filed a lawsuit against Dollar General alleging the company violated federal law when it rescinded job offers to applicants whose medical examinations revealed they had disabilities. These examinations also unlawfully solicited family medical history from such job applicants, a form of genetic information. The employment discrimination… Read More

EEOC’s Birmingham, Alabama Office Files Suit For Disability Discrimination

Lawyers from the Birmingham, Alabama regional office of the EEOC recently filed suit against a hospital based in Hattiesburg, Mississippi for disability discrimination.  The EEOC determined that a registered nurse was denied a reasonable accommodation when she returned from work with a heavy lifting restriction and was terminated after Human Resources allegedly determined that she… Read More

Pregnancy Discrimination in Alabama

Working mothers are a vital part of a diverse economy.  Unfortunately, many employers fail to recognize the value these employees bring to companies and use subtle means to discourage employees from returning to work after pregnancy.  My office often receives call from women who have been discriminated against in the workplace due to being pregnant,… Read More