Alexander v. Seton Hall Univ., No. A-87-09 (N.J. Sup. Ct., November 23, 2010) – The New Jersey Supreme Court has refused to apply the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., 550 U.S. 618 (2007) to wage claims under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (LAD), thereby reversing the Appellate Division’s decision last year. (For more information on that decision, see the December 2009 issue of the New Jersey eAuthority.) Under Ledbetter, each paycheck was determined not to be a discrete act of potential discrimination. Instead, according to Ledbetter, an employee had to identify and timely challenge a specific discriminatory pay decision. Therefore, a person receiving disparate pay during the limitations period had no recourse when the pay resulted from a discriminatory pay decision that occurred outside of the limitations period. In rejecting Ledbetter’s application to the LAD, the court noted that its holding no longer reflects federal policy, since Congress passed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, and held that under the LAD, each wage payment constitutes a new, actionable wrong. Even so, the court held that the two-year statute of limitations applies to limit the damages recoverable for past discriminatory compensation to the two years immediately prior to the filing of the complaint.
On June 19, 2012, Charles Oppenheim, Chief of the Immigrant Visa Control and Reporting division (Visa Office) at the U.S. Department of State (DOS), met with the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) to discuss the recent EB-2 (Employment-Based, second preference) worldwide retrogression and provide an updated forecast of employment-based visa date movements for FY 2012 and beyond.
A federal district court in Ohio has refused to dismiss a complaint for religious discrimination made by a hospital employee after the employee was fired for refusing to be vaccinated for the flu. The basis of the refusal to be vaccinated was the employee’s veganism. The court denied the employer’s…..
Los Angeles County and City COVID-19 Masking Orders Move Closer to California Department of Public Health Rules
On February 23, 2022, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) issued an order, effective February 25, 2022, that slightly loosened the rules for wearing COVID-19 masks in the county. One day after the LACDPH order, on February 24, 2022, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti issued the interim “Public Order Under City of Los Angeles Emergency Authority” that mirrored the new Los Angeles County order. While these revisions make the orders from both the county and city much more similar to the California state masking rules currently in effect, they remain stricter than the current state rules.