Claiming that the Bush Administration took a "narrowly defined, cookie cutter" approach to enforcing anti-discrimination rules against federal contractors, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) is broadening its efforts to investigate and prevent discrimination by federal contractors.
Insurance companies receive hundreds of communications by phone, mail and e-mail on a daily basis, some of which consist of customers voicing their displeasure with the company. Employees who receive these communications need to be able to quickly identify when an expression of dissatisfaction qualifies as a non-regulatory complaint. While regulatory complaints are always in writing and are typically received from a government agency or the Better Business Bureau, non-regulatory complaints often are not as clearly identifiable.
Chicago-based home healthcare provider Help at Home Inc. will pay $302,500 to settle charges that it subjected three women to sexual harassment by a female manager and then demoted or fired the women when they complained about it.
On July 23, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia upheld the Conflict Minerals Rule adopted by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in August of last year. A copy of the court’s decision can be found here.
The managed care company Wellpoint Inc. recently agreed to pay $1.7 million to settle allegations that it failed to properly safeguard electronic protected health information (ePHI) concerning 612,402 individuals.
Europe's largest bank, HSBC Holdings PLC, agreed to pay $1.9 billion and has admitted to violations of U.S. anti-money laundering laws under an agreement approved by a federal judge in New York earlier this month. It is the largest penalty ever imposed on a bank.
When interviewing job applicants, employers must be careful not to ask questions that might violate federal and state anti-discrimination laws. Questions that may otherwise seem harmless could lead to accusations of discrimination if asked during a job interview.
Rarely a day passes without news of a crass Internet post or tweet and the subsequent (usually futile) effort to put it right. Today the news brings you Matthew Billips, an Atlanta attorney who represents a woman who is suing celebrity chef Paula Deen and her brother, Bubba Hiers, for sexual harassment. When asked by one of his more than 200 Twitter followers how he was doing, Billips recently tweeted in reply: "I've been doing Paula Deen, but in a strongly metaphorical sense" and followed that up with "The lawsuit is real. It is the doing Paula which is metaphorical…. I plan on undressing her. Metaphorically."
In 2009, Michelle Duprey went to a Bruce Springsteen concert expecting to see The Boss in action. Instead, she spent most of the three-hour concert "looking at the back of two young guys in front of me." When she tried to get a better view at the top of the aisle, "arena employees told me to move because I was causing a fire hazard," she recently told the Connecticut Law Tribune.
A federal court in California recently held that a user of PayPal, a popular money-transfer service, agreed to the receipt of unsolicited text messages when he voluntarily added his phone number to his account. The plaintiff first joined the service in 2002, at which point he signed a user agreement given to all new PayPal customers. At the time, the agreement did not contain any provisions concerning the use of customer phone numbers, but it did reserve PayPal’s right to change the agreement without notice.