A federal judge in Iowa recently ordered the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to pay $4.56 million in attorneys’ fees, costs and expenses to an interstate trucking company that successfully defended a sexual harassment class action. Last year, the court dismissed the federal agency’s suit in its entirety, finding no basis for “pattern or practice” claims or individual claims of bias under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. In granting the employer’s request for attorneys’ fees, the trial judge found that “the EEOC’s actions in pursuing this lawsuit were unreasonable, contrary to the procedure outlined by Title VII and imposed an unnecessary burden upon [the employer] and the court.” EEOC v. CRST Van Expedited Inc., No. 07-CV-0095 (February 9, 2010).
On March 19, 2012, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 3992 by a 371-0 vote, which would add Israel to the list of countries whose nationals are eligible to receive E-2 nonimmigrant visas as investors. The measure is contingent on Israel providing reciprocal nonimmigrant status to U.S. nationals in Israel. On May 9, 2011, a companion bill (S. 921) was introduced in the Senate, but the Senate Judiciary Committee has yet to consider the bill.
On October 23, 2014, the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled that employees discharged for having failed a drug test because of their medical marijuana use are not disqualified from receiving unemployment benefits. The consolidated appeal involved three workers—a forklift operator, a CT technician and a furniture repairman—all of whom had medical…..
In response to the yellow vests movement (mouvement des gilets jaunes), which calls for measures to increase purchasing power of France’s working class, a law adopted on December 24, 2018, which was then clarified in two government circulars (Circ. DSS/5B/2019/29, dated February 6, 2019) recently introduced an “exceptional purchasing power bonus.”