an update for the week of september 22, 2003
Each week, Workplace Week brings you news and commentary on critical issues affecting employees and advocates.

In this edition: of monkeys and managers, and new FMLA developments
today's workplace: the employee rights blog
Even Monkeys Get It--Now Why Doesn't My Boss?: One of the most fascinating workplace-related studies to cross our desk recently came to us courtesy of Nature Magazine. Researchers have learned that monkeys appear to have an innate sense of fairness, and will express their displeasure when failing to receive "equal pay for equal work." Now that we know that primates have natural expectations to be treated fairly for what they do, how do workers get the primates who write our paychecks to honor those expectations?
this week in the courts
Volovsek v. Wisconsin Dep't of Agric.  (Seventh Circuit; No. 02-2074)
Decision Date: September 18, 2003
A Title VII sex discrimination plaintiff presented sufficient evidence to overcome summary judgment with respect to a claim arising from denial of promotion, but summary judgment is affirmed as to remaining retaliation and discrimination claims.
Moreau v. Air France  (Ninth Circuit; No. 02-15872)
Decision Date: September 15, 2003
The district court correctly concluded that defendant should not be considered a joint employer, for Family and Medical Leave Act purposes, of the employees of various airport ground handling companies.
Snider v. Jefferson State Cmty Coll.  (Eleventh Circuit; No. 02-12472)
Decision Date: September 15, 2003
Because preexisting case law available to defendants at the time of the alleged harassment did not make apparent that the Equal Protection Clause protected against same-sex sexual harassment, defendants are entitled to immunity.
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