an update for the week of november 3, 2003
Each week, Workplace Week brings you news and commentary on critical issues affecting employees and advocates.

In this edition: a worker-friendly case out of the 4th Circuit; and Virtual Lobby Day
today's workplace: the employee rights blog
Unhappy If You Have a Job, Miserable if You Don't: Despite all the happy news on jobs these days coming out of Washington, there's a whole lot of misery going on out there where work is concerned. Studies show a significant number of people who are staying in jobs solely because of the difficult economy, and not because they're satisfied with their current jobs. And of the people who are still unemployed, many are giving up hope while they continue their struggle to find the resources just to survive. So don't believe all you're hearing right now.
this week in the courts
Liu v. Amway Corp.  (Ninth Circuit; No. 01-57013)
Decision Date: October 30, 2003
In a case alleging sexual discrimination and retaliation-related claims, summary judgment to defendant with respect to plaintiff's FMLA, CFRA, and violation of California public policy claims is reversed, where triable issues of material fact exist.
Reese v. Ice Cream Specialties, Inc.  (Seventh Circuit; No. 02-1633)
Decision Date: October 30, 2003
In a Title VII action, summary judgment in favor of defendant is remanded where plaintiff's claims for pay within the 300-day period are not timebarred, because each check that defendant paid plaintiff was potentially a fresh act of discrimination.
Babcock v. Bellsouth Adver. And Publ'g. Corp.  (Fourth Circuit; No. 02-1791)
Decision Date: October 28, 2003
Judgment against defendant for terminating plaintiff's employment in violation of the Family and Medical Leave Act is affirmed where the jury could reasonably conclude that plaintiff was an "eligible employee" under the FMLA.
Virtual Lobby Day For Tax Relief: November 6
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