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Seventh Circuit Opines on Adverse Employment Actions

In Boss v. Julian Castro, (7th Cir. March 18, 2016), the Seventh Circuit affirmed summary judgment for the employer because, among other reasons, the employee had not suffered an adverse employment action.  An adverse employment action requires “a significant change

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Employment Discrimination Case – Cat’s Paw Theory

Employment attorneys are constantly on the hunt for decision-makers behind adverse employment actions.  They are always looking to make sure that the decision-makers are also the bad actors, i.e. the individuals who harbor discriminatory intent.  Sometimes, the decision-maker is a

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Private Email Access and the Stored Communications Act

Employees often ask whether their employer can access their private email messages that were used on the employer’s computer.  Generally, the answer to this inquiry is no, employers cannot intentionally access private email communication without your authorization.  This may likely

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Sham Investigations – Terminated in Retaliation?

In Harden v. Marion County Sheriff’s Dept. (7th Cir. Aug. 25, 2015), the Seventh Circuit affirmed dismissal of a Title VII retaliation claim, and in doing so, explained in detail when “sham investigations” can be grounds for pretext.  The plaintiff

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