The Third Circuit sent Uber Black Drivers on a nice trip back to district court yesterday when the court resuscitated the drivers’ claims that Uber misclassified them as independent contractors instead of employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act and Pennsylvania law. The appellate court reversed the district court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of the transportation behemoth and remanded the case to the Eastern District of Pennsylvania for resolution of various disputed issues of material fact. The Third Circuit undertook a searching review of the record, noting...Read Full Article >
The New York City Commission on Human Rights inked a settlement with Prada this month that will have the company investing significant human capital and resources in programs directed at diversity and inclusion. Is this settlement, which addresses the impact of racially tone-deaf expression, just the beginning of a new trend?
Over a year after Prada marketed its “Pradamalia” campaign—featuring a figurine of a monkey that resembled blackface—the company entered into an agreement obligating it to take key measures to combat racism within not only its ranks but also...Read Full Article >
On January 24, 2020, the EEOC released data on its 2019 charge filings. The EEOC reported that the total number of charges filed in 2019 declined by 4.8% (from 76,418 in 2018 to 72,675 in 2019). Retaliation claims continued to predominate, with 53.8% percent of charges including allegations of retaliation. Disability, race, and sex discrimination (including harassment) claims each accounted for slightly over 30% of total charges.Read Full Article >
by Chad Lackey, Ph.D., Director and Emma Shuck, Consultant
Employees still struggle with the decision to report harassment and discrimination despite legal protections and increased efforts by employers to make it easier and safer. Will I be blamed or face retaliation? Will it make a difference? Will employers even take my complaint seriously? With no easy answers to these questions, victims too often decide never to report their experiences. In 2016, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) estimated as much as three-quarters of harassment in the workplace...Read Full Article >