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May 2016 Archives

Pennsylvania fathers and the fight for paternity leave

In the past, nearly all caregiver lawsuits against employers in Pennsylvania and around the country were filed by women fighting for maternity leave. Women still make up the majority of these cases, but the number of men who have joined the fight has almost quadrupled. More and more of them are fighting for their right to keep their jobs and take time off for their families.

Former Lowe's employees paid in disability discrimination case

Some Pennsylvania residents may be among the many workers the home improvement retailer Lowe's allegedly fired in violation of the American Disabilities Act. According to a lawsuit that has now been settled, the company failed to provide reasonable accommodations to disabled workers and fired some whose medical leaves of absences were longer than that permitted by company policy.

EEOC reinforces transgender right to bathroom access

Transgender employees in Pennsylvania and throughout the country are protected from discrimination in the workplace under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has released a fact sheet reminding employers of this and stating that bathroom access cannot be restricted for transgender employees. The fact sheet also said that state law that provides otherwise, such as the one in North Carolina that has created a firestorm, is not an adequate defense. Under federal law, discrimination against transgender employees is considered sex discrimination.

New FMLA booklet issued for employers

Many Pennsylvania employees may not realize that when it comes to many aspects of the Family and Medical Leave Act, employers and even human resources professionals are not very well-versed in the issues and exceptions that may arise. In response to this, the Department of Labor has issued a new FMLA guide that attempts to clarify some of these issues.