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7th Circuit Reaffirms That a Pay Disparity Based Upon Prior Sex is a Legitimate Factor Other Than Sex Under the Equal Pay Act

In Lauderdale v. Illinois Department of Human Services, a female, state of Illinois employee, filed suit under Title VII, Section 1983 and the Equal Pay Act claiming her pay disparity with a male co-worker was based upon her gender. Plaintiff established that she was performing work equal to, or even greater than, her male co-worker.   Continue Reading »

EEOC Announces Dramatic Reduction in Charge Inventory

On Thursday, November 9, 2017, the EEOC announced that it had dramatically reduced its charge inventory in fiscal year 2017. The EEOC attributed this reduction in inventory to: (1) EEOC offices deploying new strategies to more efficiently prioritize charges with merit and more quickly resolving investigations once the agency had sufficient information; and, (2) improvements   Continue Reading »

Noncompetes Often "Stick" when Associated with Sale of a Business

In E.T. Products, LLC v. D.E. Miller Holdings, Inc., the 7th Circuit was asked to assess whether a non-compete included in the sale of a business was valid, and then if so, whether the defendant violated it. The non-compete at issue had a five-year duration and was quite broad in geographic scope, and in the   Continue Reading »

7th Circuit Rejects Medical Leave of Absence Request as Reasonable Accommodation Under the ADA Following Exhaustion of FMLA Leave

In Severson v. Heartland Woodcraft, Inc., plaintiff exhausted his 12-week FMLA leave to deal with back pain. He underwent back surgery on the last day of his FMLA leave. The surgery required a medical leave of absence of another two-three months. Plaintiff requested an extension of his medical leave of absence. The employer denied the   Continue Reading »

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