Category Archives: Labor & Employment

OSHA Issues Guidance on Restroom Access for Transgender Workers

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has released a guide for employers on best practices regarding restroom access for transgender workers.  This release coincides with National LGBT Pride Month as well as Caitlyn Jenner’s appearance on the June cover … Continue reading

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There’s No Place Like Home (Unless Attendance Is An Essential Job Function)

A federal appellate court has rejected the EEOC’s claim that Ford unlawfully denied an employee’s request for a reasonable accommodation after she asked to work from home due to her irritable bowel syndrome. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the … Continue reading

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Ooh, Baby Love: The Supremes Rule in Favor of Pregnant Employee

For the first time in years, the U.S. Supreme Court has issued an opinion on the scope of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (“PDA”).  In Young v. UPS, the Supreme Court ruled that a pregnant worker could bring a claim of … Continue reading

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Another Day, Another Dollar? Exotic Dancers Bringing and Winning Wage Disputes Against Strip Clubs

Misclassification of independent contractors has come under scrutiny across multiple industries of late to include even strip clubs, which have long categorized performers as independent contractors outside the reach of federal and state minimum wage and overtime protections. Even a … Continue reading

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Court Finds Plausible Retaliation Claim For Support of Coworker [Plug or Perish]

As reported by the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, Judge Edmond Chang of the Northern District of Illinois denied a defense summary judgment motion in a retaliation and wrongful discharge case brought by a former employee. (Truth in labeling: FVLD represented … Continue reading

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Plug or Perish

FVLD’s January Legal Update discusses significant new laws that will affect both individuals and businesses in Illinois this year.  In short, if your New Year’s Resolutions for 2015 included making surreptitious recordings of private conversations and posting revenge porn online, … Continue reading

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Faculty Bloggers Sue University: Will the Real “Cyberbully” Please Stand Up?

Two professors who contribute to a blog called CSU Faculty Voice sued Chicago State University officials over CSU’s “Cyberbullying Policy,” which prohibits electronic communications that have an “adverse impact on the work environment of a CSU faculty member or employee.” … Continue reading

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Court: Firing Up Doesn’t Send Unemployment Benefits Up in Smoke

With the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act, Illinois has joined a growing number of states that have legalized marijuana under various circumstances, although no dispensaries are up and running yet in Illinois. (For a comprehensive summary of … Continue reading

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Texting’s 20th Birthday: Time to Update your Company’s Policies?

When Canadian engineer Neil Papworth sent the first text message 20 years ago, he had no way of knowing that texting would evolve into one of the world’s most prominent means of communication.  He also had no way of knowing … Continue reading

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