an update for the week of august 22, 2005
today's workplace: the employee rights blog
Not Even on Your Own Time: Think that who you hang out with when you're off the job is not the boss's business? Think again, says the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), in a recent 2-1 decision by the Republican majority which takes anti-fraternization policies much further than most employees would consider possible. The NLRB's recent decision upheld a policy which made it against the rules for Guardsmark's security guards to "fraternize on duty or off duty, date, or become overly friendly with the client's employees or with co-employees." While the policy was ostensibly enacted for safety and security purposes, its chilling effect goes much further.
this week in the courts
Mendenhall v. Mueller Streamline Co.  (Seventh Circuit; No. 04-1515)
Decision Date: August 19, 2005
The district court erred when it ruled that a hostile work environment claim could not exist independent of a race discrimination claim.
Hugh v. Butler County  (Third Circuit; No. 04-1459)
Decision Date: August 12, 2005
In a gender-based employment discrimination suit, summary judgment in favor of defendant is reversed where the district court erred when it found that plaintiff had not proven a prima facie case.
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