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Lessons from the 9th Circuit to Avoid Discrimination Claims
Tuesday, February 25, 2020
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals’ recent ruling in favor of a terminated employee alleging age discrimination provides employers with helpful reminders to avoid being caught in a similar position. Kocienski v. NRT
Highlights From EEOC’s 2019 Enforcement and Litigation Data
Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Retaliation remained the most frequently filed charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”), both in Hawaii and nationally, based on recently released statistics. The EEOC’s
HEC TV: A New Protected Class – Reproductive Health Decisions
Tuesday, February 11, 2020
A new Hawaii law prohibits employers from discriminating against applicants or employees because of their reproductive health decisions. In this episode of HEC TV, Senior HR Consultant Jessica Morikone discusses what this
Coronavirus Concerns at Work
Tuesday, February 4, 2020
Employers and employees are understandably concerned about the 2019 Novel Coronavirus, or 2019-nCoV, which is a new respiratory virus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. It is important, however, to be wary
OFCCP News for Federal Contractors
Tuesday, November 19, 2019
In honor of Veterans Day last week, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) wants to make sure employers are complying with the Vietnam Era Veteran Readjustment Assistance Act
Waikiki Bar to Pay Over $250K for Sexual Harassment
Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Pacific Fun Enterprises LLC, dba Snappers Sports Bar and Grill and Snap-ette Beach and Liquor Store must pay $255,302.53 for sexual harassment of female employees. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Falsified FMLA Certifications, Post-Termination Retaliation, and Lack of Documentation
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Robert Straub sued his former employer, the County of Maui (“County”), alleging Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) interference and retaliation, association discrimination under the Americans with
9th Circuit Raises Burden of Proof for ADA Discrimination Claims
Tuesday, September 3, 2019
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently held that a terminated employee alleging discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) must prove that his discharge would not have occurred were it
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