an update for the week of march 1, 2005
We mourn the tragic loss this week of Michael Lefkow, dedicated employee rights advocate and husband of U.S. District Judge Joan Lefkow, along with the Judge's mother, Donna Humphrey. In his memory, the Michael Lefkow Memorial Fund has been established to support advocacy and education on behalf of government employees as well as victims of workplace unfairness and discrimination. Click here for information about making a tax-deductible contributions to the Michael Lefkow Memorial Fund.
this week in the courts
Eliserio v. United Steelworkers  (Eighth Circuit; No. 03-3888, 03-3950)
Decision Date: February 24, 2005
Summary judgment against plaintiff's hostile work environment claim is reversed where a reasonable jury could find that defendant-Union actively supported the allegedly hostile work environment.
Cerros v. Steel Tech. Inc.  (Seventh Circuit; No. 03-3701)
Decision Date: February 23, 2005
In a hostile work environment claim, judgment in favor of defendant-employer is reversed where the district court made inconsistent factual findings and improper legal analysis.
Strate v. Midwest Bankcentre, Inc.  (Eighth Circuit; No. 03-4039)
Decision Date: February 17, 2005
In employee-plaintiff's claim alleging discrimination and retaliation under the American with Disabilities Act, district court's grant of summary judgment in favor of employer reversed where there was evidence establishing a close temporal proximity between the birth of employee?s disabled child and her termination, evidence of a stellar employment record over an eleven-year period, and employee was dismissed from the start from consideration for a new position.
Noviello v. City of Boston  (First Circuit; No. 04-1719 )
Decision Date: February 16, 2005
In an employment discrimination suit, summary judgment in favor of defendant-employer is reversed where plaintiff presented sufficient evidence in support of her retaliatory harassment claim under Title VII.
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