an update for the week of december 13, 2004
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today's workplace: the employee rights blog
I Don't Think We're in Kansas Anymore. Or Are We?: In What's the Matter With Kansas: How Conservatives Won the Heart of America, a book published earlier this year by Thomas Frank, we learn about how the state of Kansas over the last hundred years was transformed from a hotbed of political populism--and even radicalism--to a hotbed of conservative activism, which also purports to be populist. Frank's analysis is both insightful and funny, and if you read it knowing that it was written before the November election, its brilliance is all the more apparent. For those struggling to understand why American workers don't necessarily vote in their own interests, it is definitely worth reading.
this week in the courts
Storey v. Burn Int'l Sec. Serv.  (Third Circuit; No. 03-2246)
Decision Date: December 9, 2004
Plaintiff's suit, alleging that his employer discharged him because of his national origin and religion, is dismissed where he does not claim to have suffered an "adverse employment action" within the meaning of Title VII.
City of San Diego v. Roe  (U.S. Supreme Court; No. 03-1669)
Decision Date: December 6, 2004
The termination of defendant's employment as a police officer, for selling videotapes of himself engaging in sexually explicit acts, does not violate his First and Fourteenth Amendment rights to freedom of speech.
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