an update for the week of april 25, 2005
today's workplace: the employee rights blog
Will the Senate Go Nuclear? More Workers' Voices Needed: Filibuster. Cloture. Nuclear option. They sound like words that only political junkies can fully explain, but right now, they're words that every worker in America needs to know and understand. What happens in Congress during the next few weeks could permanently alter the balance of power in this country, not only between our various branches of government, but between employer and employee -- and not in the employee's favor.
Bolton Busted as a Bullying Boss?: Of the many interesting nominations battles currently happening in the U.S. Senate, there's one that currently stands out as being of interest to those who care about what happens in the workplace: the nomination of Undersecretary of State John Bolton as the United States' ambassador to the United Nations. What makes this battle worth paying attention to is the focus during the nomination hearings on Bolton's treatment of the employees who worked for him. If Bolton's nomination is ultimately derailed (and it might be heading in that direction), it will be a victory for employees everywhere bullied by their bosses.
this week in the courts
Cummings v. FedEx Ground Package Sys.  (Tenth Circuit; No. 04-1247)
Decision Date: April 21, 2005
In an employment contract dispute, the district court properly denied defendant's motion to compel arbitration on the ground that plaintiffs' claims fell outside the scope of the arbitration clause.
West v. Ortho-McNeil Pharm.  (Seventh Circuit; No. 03-3547, 03-3695)
Decision Date: April 21, 2005
In a wrongful termination dispute, summary judgment in favor of defendant is vacated where the district judge's exclusion of evidence of racial bias was an abuse of discretion.
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