A state-by-state review of court cases pertaining to workplace rights.
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Contingency Payment Considered Part of Taxpayer's Gross Income
Source: Mark Hamblett, New York Law Journal
Date: January 14, 2004
A taxpayer who won a recovery of backpay and paid his attorneys on a contingency fee basis must include the amount of the contingency payment in his gross income for tax purposes, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday. "When a taxpayer is in sufficient control of the source of income, federal principles of taxation deem him the recipient of gross income upon its disposition," the court said in Raymond v. United States. "This is such a case." The court made its decision on an issue that has divided its fellow circuits and, in so ruling, joined the majority.
Woman Sues Television Station, Alleging Discrimination
Source: Associated Press, WBZ4
Date: November 11, 2003
The former executive director of Brattleboro Community Television is suing the non-profit station, alleging that she was fired because she is a lesbian. Robin Chaia Mide, who left the station in July, accuses the station of wrongful termination, breach of good faith and fair dealing, intentional and reckless infliction of emotional distress, discrimination based on sexual orientation and retaliatory discharge from employment. "In my 15 to 20 years of working in employment law I have rarely seen a discrimination case this blatant,'' said Mide's attorney, Norman Watts of Watts Law Firm in Woodstock. ``My client was terminated because of her sexuality.''