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What to do if you’re forced to toe the company line on a sexual harassment case May 2, 2018

Moneyish

Employment attorney Paula Brantner, a senior adviser to the nonprofit Workplace Fairness, argued that the power dynamics of a work environment mean that such a letter “just can’t be truly voluntary.” “You’re always part of a power structure and a supervision structure, so you always have to worry about your loyalties and what you need to do to protect your job,” she told Moneyish.

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Janus is Here — But Don't Ring the Death Knell for the Labor Movement

Moshe Marvit

Gay teacher says she suffered months of homophobic harassment with no end in sight

Casey Quinlan

Intertwined: The Labor Movement and LGBT Rights

Richard Trumka

Study: Popularity of Joining Unions Surges

AFL-CIO Now

Today’s Bad Idea: Merge Labor and Education Departments

Jordan Barab

In the Courts more

Wisconsin Central v. US

Reversed and remanded. The Railroad Retirement Tax Act of 1937 was enacted to provide pensions to railroad workers at a time when many railroads were on the brink of insolvency. Under the Act, railroads paid a tax based on employee incomes, but no tax was paid on payments made to employees in kind. To modernize the pension fund, stock options were adopted. Congress sought to tax the options. The Supreme Court held that employee stock options are not taxable under the Act because they are not money remunerations.

Dimanche v. MBTA

In this wrongful employment termination case, the appellate court affirmed the judgment of the trial court awarding 1.3 million in damages on the discrimination claim and 1.3 million in punitive damages. Defendant appealed arguing insufficient evidence to support punitive damages; and reversible error for sanctions for removing entry of default and allowing hostile work environment theory not explicitly pled to go to the jury. The appellate court stated that defendant largely lost the appeal for failure to make appropriate objections and offers of proof before the trial court. Further, the appellate court stated that there was sufficient evidence to support the damages award both compensatory and punitive. The court agreed that the trial court erred by imposing a default sanction order, but there was no showing that defendant was prejudiced by it or by the hostile work environment claim.

June 27, 2018

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