FTC Proposes Near-Total Ban on Non-Compete Agreements

On January 5, 2022, the Federal Trade Commission issued a proposed rule that would ban nearly all non-compete clauses in employment agreements – both existing and future. As set forth in the FTC’s accompanying Fact Sheet, non-compete provisions violate the Federal Trade Commission Act, which prohibits “unfair methods of competition […]

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Fourth Circuit Sets Forth Standard for Retaliatory Hostile Work Environment Claims.

Title VII prohibits discrimination based on the creation of a hostile work environment – meaning that working conditions are so “permeated with discriminatory intimidation, ridicule, and insult” that they “alter the conditions of the victim’s employment and create an abusive working environment.” The law also prohibits retaliation for complaining about […]

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D.C. Expands Employment Protections for Certain Groups and Lowers the Standard for Harassment.

The District of Columbia City Council has passed bills that expand protections for several categories: domestic workers, interns, independent contractors and the homeless. It also enshrines into law a definition of harassment that will result in more employees bringing and winning harassment claims before D.C. agencies and courts. The Domestic […]

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