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EEOC Roundup (December 2013): Religious Discrimination

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) enforces Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, which, among other things, forbids employers from treating job applicants and employees less favorably because of their religious beliefs.

EEOC Roundup (December 2013): Age Discrimination

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) enforces the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA). The Act forbids treating job applicants and employees less favorably because they are age 40 or older. Consequently, employers must not make decisions regarding hiring, firing, pay, job assignments, promotions, layoff, training, fringe benefits or any other term or condition of employment based on an individual's age.

Fired for Being Straight and Married with Kids?

A gym teacher has sued Trinity School in Manhattan alleging that the school violated anti-discrimination laws by firing him because he is a straight married man with children, and that his lesbian boss gave preferential treatment to younger, single females without children.

Fake-Hair Companies Settle Money-Laundering Charges

U.S. regulators signaled their intention to continue aggressive enforcement of anti-money laundering (AML) laws by using the Bank Secrecy Act — a law generally used to target large banks and financial institutions — to charge the owners of two companies that sell fake-hair products with AML violations. Shake-N-Go Fashion and Model Hair Fashion, which share the same owners, agreed to pay $15 million to settle allegations that they allowed customers to structure payments in a way that avoided federal reporting requirements.

Fathers' Changing Role Requires Attention to Parental Leave Policies

Employers should re-examine their parental-leave policies in light of changing views of the father's role in the family. When considering such policies and whether they are unlawfully discriminatory, it is important to appreciate the difference between time off related to pregnancy and related medical conditions, on the one hand, and time off related to childcare on the other.

Religious Diversity + Intolerance = Trouble

Survey data and federal statistics suggest that employers and employees are becoming less tolerant and accommodating of religious differences. The trend, if borne out, will have important legal implications for employers, especially those with diverse workforces.

EEOC Increased Focus on ADA Enforcement in 2013

Last year was a busy one for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), according to a report by the law firm Seyfarth Shaw LLP. During the fiscal year ending September 30, 2013, the EEOC sharpened its focus on cases involving systemic discrimination and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). However, the agency achieved mixed results in litigation and monetary penalties were down slightly from 2012.

10 Tips for Preventing a Data Security Breach

Target's recent data breach affected some 40 million shoppers, highlighting the growing risk for businesses in a digital world. Computer failures, human error, employee wrongdoing and theft all can cause data breaches that compromise customer and company data. It is imperative that businesses adopt or update their data security measures and corresponding data breach response plans. Failure to do so can lead to lost customers and revenue, significant fines and costly litigation.

Failure To Protect Data May Be an Unfair Business Practice

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced settlement of charges against Accretive Health, Inc. The FTC had alleged that Accretive engaged in an unfair business practice when it failed "to employ reasonable and appropriate measures to protect personal information against unauthorized access."

Law Firms Forecast Strong FCPA Enforcement in 2014

Three law firms — Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, Hughes Hubbard & Reed and Shearman & Sterling — recently issued reports in which they anticipated vigorous enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) higher criminal penalties, increased international cooperation and a continued focus on prosecution of individuals in 2014. The firms' review of the government's 2013 FCPA activity found a commitment to crack down on egregious bribery practices to obtain overseas business and the use of more innovative methods in investigating and prosecuting violations. Despite a drop in the number of FCPA cases filed in 2013, these efforts resulted in a record $3.4 billion in monetary sanctions.

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