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Fifth Circuit Slams the Door on Criminal Record Discrimination Lawsuit

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has rejected an unsuccessful job applicant’s claim that he was denied employment because of his criminal record. The Plaintiff in Noris Rogers v. Pearland School District unsuccessfully argued that his history of felony convictions for drug offenses, including the sale of heroin, amounted to race discrimination under a disparate impact theory of liability.

EEOC Targets Mandatory Arbitration Agreements in Lawsuit against Restaurant Franchisee

A Florida company that owns franchise restaurants, such as Applebee’s and Panera Bread, has been sued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) for making its employees sign mandatory arbitration agreements. 

Dominos Liable in Franchisee Sexual Harassment Case

EEOC Settlement
Victim of an EEOC Settlement, not Domino's.  photo: EEOC website

VENTURA COUNTY - California’s Second Appellate Division reversed a trial court decision last month ruling that Domino’s Pizza could be held liable for sexual harassment of a franchisee’s employee.

EEOC Takes Aggressive Measures to Enforce the ADA

Phelps Dunbar has been advising our clients over the last year to expect an increase in EEOC charges and litigation following the passage of the Amendments to the Americans with Disabilities Act. Since the EEOC's final regulation under the Act were published in March of last year, there has been a sharp increase in EEOC charges filed under the ADA.

The Employee with the Dragon Tattoo

Small business and franchise owners, here are important employment law tips for handling a new generation of employees.