Month: May 2013

SECOND CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS RECOGNIZES CLAIM FOR MALE-ON-MALE SEXUAL HARASSMENT

The United States Second Circuit Court of Appeals, which is the highest federal appeals court in New York, recently ruled that a heterosexual male can file a sexual harassment claim based on unwanted groping and sex-based comments by another heterosexual male. In this case, a heterosexual male sued his employer, Seneca Foods Corporation, for sexual …

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BASICS OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT

Under the Affordable Care Act (the “Act”), effective January 1, 2014, employers must provide healthcare coverage to their full-time employees (and those employee’s dependents) or risk paying a financial penalty.  The provision applies to employers with fifty (50) or more full-time non-seasonal employees in the preceding calendar year.  Under the Act, a full-time employee is …

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FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SETTLES MATTER ALLEGING DISCRIMINATION AGAINST MALES

In a rare case, last week the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) announced an audit settlement with federal contractor Goodwill Industries of Southern California in a matter alleging systemic discrimination against men.   In a statement, OFCCP stated “Goodwill’s hiring process favored female applicants for entry-level positions as attendants at local donation centers, in …

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