Episode 17 – One Boob Grab Gets the Whole Company Kicked Out


Our first of what is presumably many update episodes!

The Supreme Court denied certiorari in Consol Energy v. EEOC, a case we discussed in Episode 1. This is the case where a coal miner employee was fired after objecting to using a hand ID scanner because it would be marking him with the biblical sign of the beast. The Fourth CircuitĀ said that Consul violated the law by failing to accommodate the employee’s religious belief, when it would not have been significantly burdensome to do so.

And now Google has a new lawsuit on its hands. We’ve talked before (Episode 10) about Damore v. Google, in which JamesĀ Damore claims that Google fired him for his conservative political views. Now…we have Mr. Chevalier, who is suing for the opposite. He claims that Google fired him because of his liberal views.

The Second Circuit has held that sexual orientation is in fact protected under the “sex” category of protected class under Title VII. Jeff Sessions: Not happy about this.

Our friend Dan Grinfas, guru of Oregon employment law, opines on the Fem-La vs. FMLA debate.

And our listener story: Boobs. Parties. Alcohol. What could go wrong???

About the author, Marc

Marc Alifanz is the co-host of the Hostile Work Environment Podcast with Marc and Dennis, and founder of Four Peaks Employment Advisors. Marc lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife Tracy and precocious 8-year old twin daughters.

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