IAML Insights

April 24, 2019

The U.S. Supreme Court announced on April 22, 2019 that it will decide whether gay, lesbian, and transgender workers are expressly protected under federal civil rights law on the basis of their sexual orientation.  The Court granted review of three cases, Altitude Express, Inc. v. Zarda, Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia, and ...

April 23, 2019

I am General Counsel at a large, well-known company. We handle all Diversity & Inclusion initiatives for our company within our Legal Department, which I oversee. Our HR team is really pushing us to approve company-wide “implicit bias training.” I’m having a hard time endorsing the idea, and I can’t help but wonder: Am I the only GC who...

April 22, 2019

Buff employers, beware! A jury recently awarded $500 grand to a restaurant server in Las Vegas for intentional infliction of emotional distress. The server claimed that a sign calling him "Fat Andy" was posted at his wait station and was left there for several months, even though he'd made repeated requests to management that it be taken down. (...

April 18, 2019

Michael Woods, a mortgage banker at Quicken Loans, was having a bad day at work. A customer Woods had helped four years ago had been trying to get in touch with a Client Specialist; the company routed the call to Woods because of their prior relationship. He aired his grievance to a co-worker, Austin Laff, while they were in the bathroom together...

April 17, 2019

On April 15, 2019, a California Court of Appeal affirmed summary judgment for the employer in an action alleging class-wide violations of the hyper-technical provisions of the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA).  Following just shortly after the Ninth Circuit’s pro-employee opinion in a similar case, Gilberg v. California Check...

April 16, 2019

Literally. The Daily Mail has all the best employment law news.  According to an article this morning, a psychology professor from Penn State conducted a study and determined that employees who have to "play nice" with customers -- especially customer service reps, nurses, and baristas -- have a greater tendency to drink to excess...