Iowa Employment Law Blog

Iowa Employment Law Blog

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Summary Judgement in Employment Discrimination Cases May Be Making a Comeback in Iowa State Court

Posted in Disability Discrimination, Human Resources Compliance, Iowa Appellate Courts, Litigation and Trials
As we have written here many times, summary judgment is an important tool for defendants in employment discrimination cases.   Studies have shown that in federal court, summary judgment is granted to defendants in employment discrimination cases more than in any other type of case.  These studies confirm the experience of most employment lawyers who try… Continue Reading

Recent 8th Circuit Case Likely to Encourage Continued Migration of Age Discrimination Claims to State Court

Posted in Age Discrimination, Litigation and Trials
We have discussed in this blog before the migration of discrimination claims to Iowa state courts rather than federal courts.   The trend is driven by a number of factors, including the recognition in 2005 of the right to a jury trial under the Iowa Civil Rights Act (ICRA) and the greater propensity of federal courts… Continue Reading

Summary Judgment: Myths and Realities

Posted in Litigation and Trials
"Is Summary Judgment in Employment Cases a Myth"?  So ask attorneys Teresa Ride Bult and Kate Summers in an excellent article published last month in Law 360.  The authors contend it is becoming more difficult for employers to win on summary judgment, particularly in state court.   Nonetheless, they believe the benefits of filing a summary judgment still outweigh… Continue Reading

Same Sex Marriage Ruling Impacts Iowa Employers

Posted in FMLA
Just days after the Iowa Supreme Court’s ruling legalizing same sex marriage, at least one media outlet is reporting that Iowa employers are scrambling to determine whether they need to adjust their employment policies to comply with the ruling.  Of immediate concern are employee benefit programs that provide coverage for spouses, and policies governing family and medical… Continue Reading