an update for the week of june 13, 2005
today's workplace: the employee rights blog
Earth to Alan Greenspan: We expect the chairman of the Federal Reserve to be on top of what's happening with the economy, but his latest public pronouncement is a long time coming. Last week, in remarks during a Joint Economic Committee hearing, Alan Greenspan noted that the income gap between the rich and the rest of the US population has become so wide, and is growing so fast, that it might eventually threaten the stability of democratic capitalism itself. It's good that Greenspan is finally picking up on this development, but now the question is: what's the Fed (or anyone else in the government) going to do about it (if anything)? And will conservatives start paying more attention, now that someone who's hardly a flaming liberal is pointing out the gravity of the problem?
Ho Hum, Another Whistleblower...Will Anything Change?: Another whistleblower makes the news today, as it was revealed that a White House official who once led the oil industry's fight against limits on greenhouse gases repeatedly edited government climate reports in ways that play down links between such emissions and global warming. A senior associate in the Climate Change Science Program, Rick Plitz, resigned earlier this year and has now released the damning documents. Has anything changed much since 2002, The Year of the Whistleblower, when Cynthia Cooper (WorldCom), Coleen Rowley (the FBI), and Sherron Watkins (Enron) told their stories to the world? While Plitz may not reach the pinnacle of fame the others did, perhaps its because the stories of the truth being suppressed are all too common these days.
this week in the courts
Hill v. City of Scranton  (Third Circuit; No. 02-3833, 02-3988, 03-1377)
Decision Date: June 9, 2005
The district court erred in dismissing plaintiff-police officer's retaliation claim where he presented enough evidence to raise a dispute of material fact as to whether defendant-city impermissibly targeted him for challenging a city ordinance.
Kelly v. Metallics West, Inc.  (Tenth Circuit; No. 04-1051)
Decision Date: June 8, 2005
Under the Americans With Disabilities Act, an employer must reasonably accommodate employees regarded or perceived as disabled.
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