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7th Circuit Reaffirms Distinction Between Supervisor and Co-Employee Harassment Under Title VII

In Gates v. Board of Education of the City of Chicago, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the grant of summary judgment in the defendant’s favor in this Title VII racially hostile work environment case.  The District Court had found that a supervisor’s use of the “N” word on 2 occasions and stating that   Continue Reading »

Amendments to Illinois Human Rights Act and Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act Could Mean Future Headaches for Employers

In late August, Governor Bruce Rauner approved amendments to the Illinois Human Rights Act (IHRA) and the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act (IWPCA). The IHRA amendments went into effect immediately, while the IWPCA amendments will go into effect Jan. 1, 2019. Given the changes to the IHRA, employers can anticipate an increase of complaints   Continue Reading »

OSHA Issues Clarification on Workplace Safety Incentive Programs and Drug Testing

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)  released a memorandum earlier this month to clarify the Workplace Safety Incentive Programs and Post-Incident Drug Testing under 29 C.F.R. § 1904.35 (b) (1) (iv). The Department issued a final rule on this directive in 2016, but is releasing its memorandum to further clarify its position on this   Continue Reading »

Appellate Court Affirms Dismissal in FLSA Dispute that Wasn’t

The Seventh Circuit affirmed a district court’s dismissal on the pleadings of a Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) action.  The Seventh Circuit stated that the plaintiff’s allegations, “… even generously construed, do not remotely support a claim that her employer retaliated against the plaintiff for asserting her rights protected by the Act.” Overview: Plaintiff began   Continue Reading »

Johnson and Bell

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