an update for the week of may 16, 2005
today's workplace: the employee rights blog
Pensions Going the Way of the Eight-Track?: If you're planning your financial future around a pension from your employer, these days you better have a backup plan, as the traditional pension is about to become as ubiquitous as the Betamax or the 8-track. Employees of United Airlines are the latest, but most certainly not the last, to see their retirement security shattered when their employers were no longer able to honor their pension obligations. By the time our next generation of workers (will it be "Generation Z?") starts thinking about retirement, there won't be anyone left to remember actually having a pension, just as no one still plays those 8-tracks either.
this week in the courts
Waite v. Bd. of Trustees  (Seventh Circuit; No. 04-2278)
Decision Date: May 12, 2005
In an employment discrimination dispute, a jury verdict in favor of plaintiff is affirmed over defendant-employer's claim that plaintiff was not suspended because of her national origin.
Praseuth v. Rubbermaid, Inc.  (Tenth Circuit; No. 03-3147)
Decision Date: May 12, 2005
In an employment discrimination case brought under the Americans with Disabilities Act, a jury verdict against defendant-employer is affirmed over its claim that plaintiff was not a qualified individual with disability.
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. v. Sec'y of Labor  (D.C. Circuit; No. 04-1127)
Decision Date: May 10, 2005
Wal-Mart violated the Occupational Safety and Health Act when it placed a portable conveyor rail system where it could have impeded employees from reaching an emergency exit.
Decision Date: April 26, 2005
In a suit alleging violations, related to maternity leave, of the Family and Medical Leave Act, dismissal of plaintiff's claim is reversed where she has raised a genuine issue as to whether she was constructively discharged.
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