The Door Gets a Little Wider: D.C. Circuit Rules Employee-Plaintiff Can Get Comparator Discovery to Prevent Dismissal of CaseIf your employee sues you for discrimination, they don’t get to look at how the decision-makers treated everyone else, do they? Well, in Cruz vs. US Homeland Security, the D.C. Court of Appeals says yes they do. Although the district court granted summary judgment and did not let the plaintiff take discovery on how

For Employers in the #MeToo Era: It’s Not the Harassment Claim, It’s the Retaliation Claim that Gets YouThe era of #MeToo has caused employers to hyper-focus on harassment claims. They have fine-tuned their policies, investigated claims more carefully, and acted swiftly and sometimes even in a draconian fashion upon finding any level of harassment. In most situations, these actions can effectively eliminate an employee’s viable claims of harassment. We are seeing this

Are You Exhausted? Second Circuit Denies Retaliation Claim for Plaintiff Who Did Not Timely File Underlying ActionIf an employee files an EEOC charge alleging discrimination and retaliation, never files a lawsuit on that charge, and several years later files another charge that he has suffered retaliation because he filed the first charge—can he still pursue claims from his first charge? In legal speak: Can a claim of alleged ongoing retaliatory behavior