McDonald’s Sues Former CEO Easterbrook

McDonald’s announced Monday that it would sue to recover the severance and stock options that it granted to terminated CEO Steve Easterbrook in 2019.  At that time it concluded that he exercised bad judgement only in a relationship with an employee. Evidence later was uncovered that proved he lied and destroyed evidence of more sexual…

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Maryland Harassment Survey Due Wednesday

A survey by covered employers in Maryland is due in to the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights by Wednesday of this week, July 1. The “Disclosing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace Act”, which became law almost 2 years ago on October 1, 2018, bans private arbitration settlements for sexual harassment but also imposed a strict…

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Court Decisions of Note

Speaking of sexual harassment, the Minnesota Supreme Court early this month upheld the standard of “severe and pervasive” as applies to a threshold determination of sexual harassment claims, but it also whittled away some of the standard’s foundation. The court pronounced the Minnesota Human Rights Act more expansive and protective than federal Title VII protections…

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McDonald’s

Well, with all the news notoriety from McDonald’s this week, we figured they should have their own paragraph this week. The biggest shock from the Golden Arches came with the firing of CEO Steve Easterbrook for his involvement in “an inappropriate consensual relationship with an employee” that violated company policies. That action was immediately followed…

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New York Boosts Harassment Protections

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday signed into law legislation that expands protections against sexual harassment by eliminating the longtime legal standard of “severe and pervasive”. Historically, under the old legal standard, discriminatory or retaliatory harassment had the burden of proving that the alleged harassment was “severe and pervasive”, whereas now, harassment need only…

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SEIU, ACLU, Fight for $15 Sue McDonald’s

Some 23 individual complaints were filed this week against McDonalds alleging sexual harassment at some of its corporate and franchised stores. The majority of the claims were filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and contend (again) that McDonald’s is a joint employer of the workers in their franchised locations and hence, equally re$pon$ible and…

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New York Sexual Harassment Training Required

Although Mayor de Blasio signed it into law almost a year ago, the Stop Sexual Harassment in NYC Act became fully effective last week on April 1, 2019. The law mandates that employers with 15 or more employees (including independent contractors) in the prior calendar year must conduct anti-sexual harassment training on an annual basis…

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Sexual Harassment Update

With the nauseating spectacle of the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings dominating the news this week, it seems like a perfect segue to remind those members and subscribers with interests in New York that the Empire State’s new mandated anti-sexual harassment training requirement becomes effective on October 9, 2018. By that date, employers within the state must…

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Sexual Harassment on Two Fronts

A couple of important dates are coming up relative to employer responsibilities regarding sexual harassment in New York over the next 2 months. First off in New York City, the Stop Sexual Harassment Act, a series of bills signed into law by Mayor de Blasio on May 9, requires all employers beginning on September 6,…

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Missouri Governor Signs Right to Work, Resigns

Hard to find the right category to put this one in, but former Missouri Governor Eric Greitens signed a right to work bill (HB.1413) into law in the “Show Me” state, then officially resigned as governor in the face of a long-simmering sex and corruption scandal. Greitens, who was a pro-business leader in Missouri, was…

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