Dispute Between EEOC and DOJ: LGBTQ Protections Under Title VII

In 2017, the Trump administration, through the Department of Justice (DOJ), reversed the Obama-era policy which used Title VII to protect transgender employees from discrimination. Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memorandum to U.S. Attorneys, stating, “Title VII’s prohibition on sex discrimination encompasses discrimination between men and women but does not encompass discrimination based on […]

Halima White to Present ADR Options for the Early Resolution of EEO Claims with Lee Parks, Jr. and Justin Evans

On Aug 1 from 10:45 am to 12:15 pm at EEOC EXCEL Conference in Atlanta, Lee Parks, Jr., Halima Horton White, and Justin Evans will present an interactive workshop. Complainant’s counsel, defense counsel and an administrative judge will focus on how early mediation of harassment, hostile work environment and retaliation claims can benefit public and […]

Raise Your Defenses and Raise Them Early: A Good Reminder from the Supreme Court for Employment Counsel Defending Title VII Claims

On June 3, 2019, the Supreme Court of the United States released its opinion in Fort Bend County, Texas v. Davis leading to a very valuable lesson for employers – raise your defenses and raise them early. The employee in this case filed an EEOC charge against her employer for sexual harassment and retaliation for […]

Social Media and Workplace Investigations

You’ve seen social media sites used in criminal investigations, but can they be used in workplace investigations? In most cases, yes. Publicly-posted social media posts can assist in conducting workplace investigations, but employers should proceed with caution. Some states have enacted laws and regulations that limit an employer’s access to their workers’ social media accounts. […]