an update for the week of october 6, 2003
Each week, Workplace Week brings you news and commentary on critical issues affecting employees and advocates.

In this edition: overtime news; Pickering nomination; and bad news from the 9th Circuit on mandatory arbitration
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Congressional Updates: Good News on Overtime, Bad News on Pickering Nomination: Congress has been busy this week, in the waning days of this year's session. There's some good news and some bad news for workers, and believe it or not, the good news is from the House of Representatives, which voted yesterday to support efforts to prevent new overtime regulations from going into effect. The bad news came from the Senate Judiciary Committee, which also voted yesterday to move forward the 5th Circuit nomination of Charles Pickering. However, the fight on both of these fronts is only just beginning.
Employees May Lose Right to Jury Trial in 9th Circuit Mandatory Arbitration Opinion: Many people think that if you have been discriminated against or otherwise harmed in the workplace, that you have a right to take that case to court and to have a jury of your peers determine whether or not your employer's conduct violated the law. In an increasing number of cases, that assumption would be incorrect. Why? Because employers are increasingly turning to arbitration to settle disputes, which means no courtroom, judge and jury, and few of the protections contained in laws and prior court cases.
this week in the courts
Decision Date: September 30, 2003
No conflict exists between the purpose of Title VII and compulsory arbitration of Title VII claims, and the text of section 118 of the Civil Rights Act of 1991 does not present any ambiguity suggesting that it may be intended to preclude compulsory arbitration.

Brunke v. The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.  (Eighth Circuit; No. 03-1373)
Decision Date: September 29, 2003
Plaintiff's epilepsy was not a disability for purposes of the Americans with Disabilities Act, thus grant of summary judgment dismissing disability discrimination claims against a former employer is affirmed.
Sitar v. Indiana Dep't of Transp.  (Seventh Circuit; No. 02-2684)
Decision Date: September 29, 2003
Plaintiff's sex discrimination and sexual harassment claims are procedurally barred where those charges were not before the EEOC, but plaintiff has established a prima facie case of retaliatory termination under the direct method.
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