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EEOC'S First Direct Challenge to an Employer Wellness Program

The EEOC recently filed a lawsuit against a Wisconsin employer, claiming it violated federal law by requiring an employee to submit to medical exams and inquires that were not job-related and consistent with business necessity as part of a "wellness program" instituted by the employer. The wellness program was not voluntary. The employer fired the employee when she objected to the program.

Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.

A deeply divided Supreme Court issued a 5-4 decision Monday deciding that certain for-profit companies cannot be required to pay for specific types of contraceptives for their employees. The decision has set-off frenzied debates over religious and reproductive rights, as well as ignited speculation as to the future reach of the law. While the majority, led by Justice Alito, took pains to issue a narrow holding, the dissent, led by Justice Ginsburg, as well as many critics, fear the "startling breath" of the decision.

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Golden Hills Office Center
701 Xenia Avenue S,
Suite 500
Minneapolis, MN 55416
763–225–6000
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16 Washington Avenue
West, Suite 104
Hutchinson, MN 55350
320–234–0757
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Bank of America Building
317 Sixth Avenue,
Suite 1400
Des Moines, IA 50309
515–244–6199
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Landkamer Building
124 E Walnut Street,
Suite 200
Mankato, MN 56001
507–387–1115
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2700 South Broadway
New Ulm, MN 56073
507–354–3111
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