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Sheppard Mullin  Law FirmEarlier this year, a three-judge panel of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously rejected the notion that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act protects individuals from discrimination on the basis of their sexual orientation or transgender status. More than a standard-issue opinion, however, the Fifth Circuit’s holding was a laser-focused rebuke of a widely-publicized district court opinion which held Title VII’s prohibition on sex-discrimination applies to transgender individuals.  More on Title VII Reversal Here >
On July 24, 2019, the Chicago City Council voted to pass the Fair Workweek Ordinance that will require covered employers to, among other things, provide employees with at least 10 days’ advance notice of their work schedules and provide additional compensation to employees for any unscheduled changes to their scheduled work hours. Mayor Lori Lightfoot publically supported and is expected to sign the ordinance, which will go into effect on July 1, 2020.
As for the ordinance’s coverage, it will apply to employers (1) with at least 100 total employees (or 250 total employees for non-profit organizations), (2) including at least 50 employees covered by the ordinance, and (3) primarily engaged in business in a covered industry. More on Chicago Fair Workweek Here >
The world’s leading talent agencies claim the two Writers Guild of America (WGA) unions violated antitrust laws by executing what they call an illegal boycott that prevents talent agents from collecting talent-packaging fees – fees they receive for pulling together creative teams such as directors, actors and writers for film and television and pitching the “package” of talent to a studio.  William Morris Endeavor Entertainment Inc. (WME), United Talent Agency, and Creative Artists Agency say the alleged conspiracy restricts competition, noting that the union directed thousands of writers to drop their talent agents in April. The agencies stress that writers are coerced into falling into line with the union, since members who dissent risk being blackballed in the industry. More on Talent Agencies and Writers' Unions Here>
The New York State Assembly and Senate have passed a potentially groundbreaking act (S2844B/A486B) (the “Act”) that would allow current or former employees to obtain liens on their employer’s personal and real property based upon only the mere accusation of wage violations.  And it arguably would allow those employees to obtain liens against individuals, including owners, managers and supervisors.  If the Act is signed by Governor Cuomo, New York would join the few states to permit such liens based on an unproven wage violation allegation.
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