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Hotel Sexual Servitude Case to Test ‘Joint Employer’ Ruling

CHICAGO - A Fairfield Inn housekeeper, an African-American single mother of three, two with disabilities, has filed a lawsuit against an assistant manager of the Marriott hotel claiming he forced his sexual advances on her.

Not only is the now-terminated employee holding franchisee TMI Hospitality Inc. responsible, she is also naming Marriott International Inc. as joint employer with the franchisee, due to its direct and indirect control over essential working conditions at the hotel.

The Missed Franchise

Saturday Night Live shows the franchise league that never was. (Viewable only in the United States.)

Edible Arrangements Suit Renews Questions of Terrorist Support

A sexual and religious harassment lawsuit against Edible Arrangements and founder Tariq Farid highlights concerns, which have been made in the past.

Tattoos and Piercings Still Viewed Negatively in the Workplace

In my 2011 article The Employee with the Dragon Tattoo< I addressed some of the employment law issues facing employers as new generations of employees enter the workplace. While tattoos have become more mainstream, particularly among members of Generations “Y” and “Z”, this type of self-expression is unlikely to be an asset in career advancement.

EEOC Warns Employers Using Criminal Records in Making Employment Decisions

On April 25, 2012, the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") issued revised enforcement guidance on the extent to which employers may rely on an individual’s criminal history in making hiring or other employment selection decisions.

Texas IHOP Franchisee Facing Muslim Discrimination Suit

Four former IHOP managers, who are Muslim, are charging that Anthraper Investment, owner of the Texas IHOP restaurants where they worked, with discrimination.

Banned In Boston, Chick-fil-A Denies Discrimination

A decision this week to bar Chick-fil-A from opening on Northeastern University has led the franchisor to again deny claims of anti-gay bias.

The Employee with the Dragon Tattoo

Small business and franchise owners, here are important employment law tips for handling a new generation of employees.

Denny's Patience Runs Out

Denny's did not discriminate when it denied a franchise applicant who spent 3 years without completing his application.