Do As I Say, Not As I Do

It seems as though a couple of strong advocacy groups are using that old saying as their present day guiding light! First, let’s consider the Restaurant Opportunities Center United (ROC), a controversial advocacy group that fancies itself a strong employee advocacy group. The group, which is currently pushing for elimination of the entire tipping system,…

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SBA Cancels More RRF Funding

On Wednesday of this week, the Small Business Administration (SBA) cancelled another round of Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) payments that had already been approved during the Congressionally-mandated ‘exclusivity window’. This marks the second week in a row when previously approved assistance payments were halted by the agency. The difficulties stem from the fact that Congress…

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Court Rejects RRF Priorities

A panel of the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the 21-day exclusive priority for businesses owned by a “woman, veteran and/or socially or economically disadvantaged individual” to apply for and access funds from the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) is unconstitutional. The Small Business Administration (SBA) officially opened the $29 billion RRF…

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When It Rains, It Pours

A few weeks ago, we reported on McDonalds suing to recover severance and bonus payments paid to terminated CEO Steve Easterbrook. On the heels of that evolving storm, executives at McDonalds now have an additional matter to deal with – a federal civil rights lawsuit brought by 52 black former franchisees. In the suit, filed…

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Competitor News

The big news on the competitor front this week was clearly the difficulties Starbucks encountered when the manager of a Starbucks store in Philadelphia called police on two black men who hadn’t purchased anything at the store while they were waiting to meet a third individual. Police arrived and took the 2 gentlemen into custody…

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EEOC Opens New Front in Discrimination War

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has broadened the fight to eliminate discrimination in the workplace by filing lawsuits against two employers for sexual harassment against a gay and lesbian worker.  The commission has ruled in the past that the anti-discrimination provisions of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 are expansive enough to protect gay…

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Ohio Bill Seeks To Ease Employment Discrimination Law

The Ohio legislature is considering a proposal that would clean up and simplify Ohio employment discrimination law.  If passed and signed into law by Governor (and presidential candidate) John Kasich, Senate 268 would reduce the timeframe within which employment discrimination claims would need to be filed from the current 6 year period to one year,…

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IFA Appeals Seattle Discrimination to SCOTUS

The International Franchise Association (IFA), which filed suit in 2014 against the City of Seattle after it passed a $15 minimum wage law that discriminates against the franchise business model, has appealed the dismissal of the case, subsequently upheld by the US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, to the Supreme Court of the United States…

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SCOTUS Sides With Pregnant Worker vs. UPS

The Supreme Court of the United States this week agreed with a pregnant UPS worker’s contention that the lower court erred in finding in favor of UPS and remanded the case to the Fourth Circuit court.  Interestingly, the Supreme Court rejected both of the actual claims put forth by attorneys for Peggy Young, the pregnant…

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AG Holder Expands Title VII

As if to buttress Judge Leon’s statement, lame-duck US Attorney General Eric Holder has expanded the definitions contained in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by including discrimination against transgender individuals as a violation of the federal law.  Technically, Holder reversed an earlier decision by the Department of Justice that Title VII…

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