Maryland Enacts Law Requiring Disclosures about Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Maryland Enacts Law Requiring Disclosures about Sexual Harassment in the Workplace             On May 15, 2018, Maryland’s Governor approved legislation approved by the Maryland General Assembly that requires employers with 50 or more employees to report certain information to the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights (“MCCR”) regarding incidents of sexual harassment in the workplace.  Specifically, […]

Telecommuting Found to be a Reasonable Accommodation

Telecommuting Found to be a Reasonable Accommodation             In Mosby-Meachem v. Memphis Light, Gas & Water Division, 883 F.3d 595 (6th Cir. 2018), the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit revisited an issue that is likely to continue to appear in cases for years to come – whether working from home constitutes […]

When Does Failure to Accommodate Sabbath Observance Amount to Religious Discrimination?

When Does Failure to Accommodate Sabbath Observance Amount to Religious Discrimination? In Tabura v. Kellogg USA, 880 F.3d 544 (10th Cir. 2018), the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit reversed a federal district court’s decision to grant summary judgment to an employer, finding instead that the employer’s failure to accommodate its employees’ […]

When Does Failure to Accommodate Sabbath Observance Amount to Religious Discrimination?

Court Rules Facebook Photos on a Deactivated Account are Subject to Discovery             With more and more people and businesses posting information on social media, courts continue to grapple with where social media posts are relevant or not relevant to a particular case.  In Forman v. Henkin, 30 N.Y.3d 656 (2018), the Court of Appeals […]

Supreme Court Rules Show Owner May Refuse to Sell Wedding Cake to Same-Sex Couple

Supreme Court Rules Shop Owner May Refuse to Sell Wedding Cake to Same-Sex Couple             In Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, 584 U.S. ___, 138 S. Ct. 1719 (2018), the United States Supreme Court held that a shop owner could not be compelled to sell a wedding cake to a same-sex couple […]

Supreme Court Rules Individual Arbitration Agreements Can Require Collective Actions

Supreme Court Rules Individual Arbitration Agreements Can Require Collective Actions   The breadth and enforceability of arbitration agreements continues to play out in judicial proceedings.  In Epic Systems Corporation v. Lewis, 584 U.S. __, 138 S. Ct. 1612 (2018), three consolidated cases were presented to the United States Supreme Court, and the Court held that […]

Court Grants Motion to Dismiss in Qui Tam Action Alleging False Claims in the Form of Federal Grant Applications

In United States of America, ex rel. v. CASA de Maryland , No. CV PX-16-0475, 2018 WL 1183659 (D. Md. Mar 6, 2018), the United States District Court for the District of Maryland was asked to decide whether the complaint alleged claims under the False Claims Act (“FCA”) in connection with federal grant applications and […]

Amendments to Data Breach Notification Statute in Maryland Take Effect January 1, 2018

Amendments to the Maryland Personal Information Protection Act took effect January 1, 2018. The amendments primarily expand the definition of what constitutes “personal information” and include specifications regarding notification procedures in the event of a breach. Prior to the amendments taking effect, the definition of “personal information” was limited to an individual’s first name or […]

Court Grants Summary Judgment to Association That Did Not Sue Its Former Law Firm Pursuant to a Prior Settlement Agreement

In Hanrahan v. Wyndham Condominium Association, Inc. , Case No. 13-C-16-109204, a case defended by Hyatt & Weber attorneys Stephen Stern and Amitis Darabnia, the Circuit Court of Maryland for Howard County granted summary judgment to Wyndham Condominium Association, Inc. (“Wyndham”), and dismissed an eight count complaint (that, as a practical matter, asserted ten different […]

Sixth Circuit Holds Title VII Prohibits Transgender or Transitional Status Discrimination

In E.E.O.C. v. R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes, Inc. , — F.3d –, No. 16-2424, 2018 WL 1177669 (6th Cir. Mar. 7, 2018), the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit held that discrimination on the basis of transgender or transitional status constitutes discrimination on the basis of sex in violation of […]