an update for the week of june 20, 2005
today's workplace: the employee rights blog
Blogging Employees, Beware: Like any new trend in the workplace, laws and policies may take a while to catch up to the technological reality, and blogging is no exception. Blogs (short for "weblogs") are a form of online communication that can be spontaneous and instantaneous, which can be a real disadvantage sometimes. Employees who choose to talk about what's happening at work, whether it's positive, negative, or neutral, run the risk that their employers will discipline or even fire them, based on what they say in a blog that was written "on their own time." When that happens, they may find themselves without much legal protection for their blogging activities.
this week in the courts
Karraker v. Rent-A-Center, Inc.  (Seventh Circuit; No. 04-2881)
Decision Date: June 14, 2005
The Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory, which is used to measure a potential employee's personality traits, is a "medical examination" under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Coons v. Mineta  (Eighth Circuit; No. 04-3065)
Decision Date: June 13, 2005
The district court erred when it dismissed plaintiff's untimely employment discrimination suit since he made a cognizable threshold claim for equitable tolling.
Decision Date: June 13, 2005
The Eleventh Amendment does not bar plaintiff's disability discrimination and First Amendment retaliation claims where Congress validly abrogated the States' immunity under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
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