Tuesday, July 31, 2018

EEOC Sues Maryland Private School for Reverse Discrimination

By former Associate Jeffrey Hord

On July 30, 2018, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced a new lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, Baltimore Division. In the suit, EEOC v. Park School of Baltimore, Inc. (Civil Action No. 1:18-cv-02319), the EEOC alleges that Park School of Baltimore (the “Park School”) unlawfully discriminated against Richard Schneider (“Schneider”)—the male head coach of the school’s all-girl softball team—by “failing to renew his contract based on his gender.”

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

NLRB General Counsel Memo Provides New Guidance for Employee Handbooks

By former Associate Jeffrey Hord

In June, the General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB” or the “Board”) released the agency’s latest memorandum providing guidance on permissible rules and language in employee handbooks. The memo—entitled “Guidance on Handbook Rules Post-Boeing”—is intended to give employers a clearer picture of the types of workplace policies that the NLRB believes unlawfully interfere with workers’ rights under the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA” or the “Act”). The need for such guidance became clear as employers struggled to understand and apply the principles set forth in the Board’s decision & order in the Boeing case last December (as we previously reported).