Iowa Employment Law Blog

Iowa Employment Law Blog

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Published By Patrick D. Smith

Category Archives: Title VII

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How to Avoid Liability for Discrimination

Posted in Human Resources Compliance, Sex Discrimination, Title VII
A recent decision from the Eighth Circuit provides good training material about what "not to do" if you want to your company to avoid being liable for discrimination, and possibly punitive damages. The EEOC filed suit against Siouxland Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Associates, a medical clinic in Sioux Falls South Dakota.   The complaint alleged that Siouxland terminated… Continue Reading

Eighth Circuit Issues Important Ruling on Affirmative Action

Posted in Sex Discrimination, Title VII
In a ruling issued September 3, 2009, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit held that an employer that follows an affirmative action plan in making an employment decision can be guilty of unlawful race discrimination.    The Court’s decision in Humphries v. Pulaski County Special School District is the first in the Eighth Circuit to address the… Continue Reading

Iowa Supreme Court Issues Important Ruling on Pregnancy Discrimination

Posted in Sex Discrimination, Title VII
Last week the Iowa Supreme Court issued a ruling in a pregnancy discrimination case that decided three issues significant to employers and employment litigators.   The first issue in DeBoom v. Raining Rose, Inc. involved whether an employee must actually be pregnant at the time of a termination to be protected by the Iowa Civil Rights Act’s prohibition… Continue Reading

Religious Discrimination vs. Free Speech

Posted in Religion, Title VII
Late August means it’s time for the Iowa State Fair, one of the Top 100 Events in North America, home of corn dogs, the butter cow, and over one million visitors.  One of the interesting side-shows at this year’s fair involved the Des Moines Regional Transit Authority (DART), an atheist organization, and a Christian bus driver.  It all started when… Continue Reading

Update: Religious Discrimination

Posted in Religion, Title VII
Two recent cases out of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit (which includes Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota, Missouri, Arkansas, and North and South Dakota) serve as important reminders that employers should be alert to potential claims of religious discrimination and religion based harassment occurring in their work places: On July 31, the EEOC… Continue Reading

Mid-Summer Employment Law Update

Posted in Employee Privacy, Human Resources Compliance, Labor, Social Networking, Title VII, U.S. Supreme Court
Between a busy trial schedule and the other distractions of summer, we have been a little delinquent in keeping you up to date during the past couple of weeks.  We apologize for the inactivity on the blog, as there have been many developments in the employment law world since our last posting at the end… Continue Reading