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Saturday, November 3, 2018

Facebook Faces Allegations of Helping Employers to Exclude Female Candidates in Ads

How can social media influence employment today?

Facebook has faced several scandals involving discrimination in recent years. Now, the company has been accused of allowing employers to exclude female job candidates using the social media platform’s recruitment campaign technology.  Formal charges were recently filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission by a group of job applicants coupled with the American Civil Liberties Union and the Communications Workers of America.  In our internet and social media driven culture, these accusations against Facebook must be taken seriously.  Our Atlanta, Georgia employment discrimination lawyer explains the Facebook charges and what they could mean for the company below.


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Monday, October 8, 2018

New Study Ranks Georgia 2nd in LGBT Workplace Discrimination

What protections do LGBT employees have in the state of Georgia?

A new report released by InsuranceQuotes.com should raise alarm among Georgia employers and employees alike.  InsuranceQuotes.com, a website that allows users to compare insurance rates, compiled data from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission concerning complaints related to both sexual orientation and gender identity.  The study found that Georgia employees filed 4.2 charges per 100,000 residents during the years 2014 to 2017.  In total, LGBT employees filed 432 discrimination claims during that three-year period, the second highest rate of complaints nationwide.  


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Friday, September 14, 2018

Court Rules GA Workers Not Protected from Firing Based on Sexual Orientation


Do Georgia employees have any recourse if they are fired for their sexual orientation?

Recently, a federal appeals court in Atlanta reaffirmed its holding that Georgia workers are not protected against workplace discrimination based on their sexual orientation. The decision stemmed from a lawsuit originally filed in 2016. In the suit, Gerald Bostock, a former child welfare services coordinator working near Atlanta, claimed he was fired for being gay. The case garnered significant local and national coverage because it dealt with the complex issue of whether Title VII protects workers from adverse action due to their sexual orientation. Our Read more . . .


Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Georgia Employers Should Update Their Driving Policies Now

What changes will the new hands-free law mean for Georgia employers?

Georgia’s new hands-free law went into effect on July 1, 2018. The law is anticipated to bring widespread changes to both private drivers and employers who require employees to drive on the job. Passed in response to alarming rates of distracted driving accidents, the hands-free law prohibits drivers from physically holding a wireless telecommunications device while driving. This law expands on the already existing ban on texting while driving.


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Friday, July 6, 2018

Examining the Supreme Court’s Masterpiece Cakeshop Decision

What does the Supreme Court’s ruling in Masterpiece Cakeshop mean for business owners?

The U.S. Supreme Court recently issued a ruling in the highly anticipated case of Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd.


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Thursday, June 7, 2018

Protecting Your Business With an Employee Handbook

What clauses should my employee handbook contain?

Employers in Georgia should develop a thorough employee handbook that sets out in writing the policies of the business, expectations of employees, employee benefits, and much more. Your handbook can provide an excellent introduction to the core values and mission of the business, while outlining vital rules regarding workplace code of conduct. While all employee handbooks are unique, your Georgia employee handbook will likely include the following features:


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Friday, May 11, 2018

New Court Ruling Provides Transgender Employees with More Protection

Can my employer fire me for being transgender?

Recently, a federal appeals court held that transgender people are protected under civil rights laws that ban workplace discrimination based on sex. The decision, which arouse out of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, could bring significant protections to transgender employees across the nation. Our Atlanta employment discrimination lawyers at Pankey & Horlock, LLC...


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Friday, April 6, 2018

Non-Compete Clauses in Georgia


Is my Company's Non-Compete Agreement Enforceable?

Non-compete agreements have become a source of much controversy in recent years.  Some view non-compete agreements as an infringement to a worker’s ability to find jobs in the free market.  For the employer, however, non-competition agreements can prove essential for protecting the employer’s confidential information.  In many states, courts have limited the Read more . . .


Tuesday, March 6, 2018

The Good News: Number of Disability Discrimination Complaints Drops


How many disability based job discrimination claims are filed each year?

After a record 28,073 disability related job discrimination claims were filed in 2016, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is pleased to report that this figure has dropped significantly since 2017. Federal officials state that 26,838 discrimination claims based on disability were filed in 2017. Similarly, the agency saw a decrease in the number of job bias complaints.
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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Ogletree Deakins Sued for Gender Discrimination Against Female Shareholders


What is gender discrimination?

A female shareholder recently lodged a gender discrimination lawsuit against a law firm nationally known for defending employers against employment discrimination claims.  Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. is an employment law firm comprised of more than 850 lawyers in over 50 offices throughout the United States.  Now, the firm faces alarming allegations of systemically paying female shareholders less, denying women equal opportunities for advancement, and manipulating origination credits to the benefit of male employees.
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Sunday, January 7, 2018

Pregnancy Discrimination in the Workplace


Can I sue my employer for pregnancy discrimination?

Pregnancy discrimination is unfortunately a common reality for female employees across the nation.   Roughly 75 percent of the over 72 million women in the workforce will become pregnant at some point.  Congress passed the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) in 1978 in an effort to eliminate discrimination based on pregnancy in the workplace. While the Act has deterred some abhorrent practices, Read more . . .


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