A Return to Normalcy? Check Your Local Rules – An Update on Mask Litigation and Guidelines

Nine months ago, we discussed several issues that had been raised by COVID-19 face mask-related litigation.[1] Soon after, COVID-19 infection rates spiked to unprecedented levels. But with the emergency use authorization of three COVID-19 vaccines in the United States, the state of the pandemic …›

January 8, 2021 - Discrimination

Harassment and Acquiescence

Below is an excerpt from one of Morrison & Foerster’s newest blogs, Left Coast Appeals, which takes a data-driven look at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. In addition to analyzing Court statistics, the blog publishes a “This Week at the Ninth” roundup, a …›

What Employers Need to Know: EEOC Serves Up COVID-19 Vaccine Guidance

In the wake of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s first grant of Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for a COVID-19 vaccine, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) updated its pandemic guidance to address the legal issues surrounding the intersection of the COVID-19 vaccine and …›

September 24, 2020 - Discrimination, OFCCP, Workplace Misconduct

President Trump Issues Executive Order Banning Federal Contractors from Race and Sex Stereotyping Training

On September 22, 2020, President Trump signed an Executive Order on Combatting Race and Sex Stereotyping (the “EO”), prohibiting federal contractors and certain federal grant recipients from holding diversity and EEO training for their workforce that includes “divisive concepts,” such as training employees that …›

January 3, 2020 - Discrimination

Faithful Accommodations: What Employers Should Do When Addressing Religious Accommodations in the Workplace

As we leave the 2019 Holiday Season, employers may be questioning whether they adequately accommodated various religions practices among their employees. Accommodations for religious practices often arise during the holiday season in two major contexts: (1) time off for religious observances; and (2) religious …›