an update for the week of september 26, 2005
today's workplace: the employee rights blog
Hurricanes: The Worst Excuse to Take Away Workers' Rights (Not That One's Needed): In the weeks since Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, and after Hurricane Rita recently paid a visit, we've had the opportunity to see how such disasters bring out the best -- and worst -- in everyone. Amongst many stories of courage and heroism you will also find examples of the worst behavior you might expect in such a crisis. When viewing how workers have fared, you will see many agendas being promoted, but a few in particular seem designed to hurt workers' interests long after the floodwaters subside. This should come as no surprise, except that we've all come to expect better when a tragedy of this scope is involved.
this week in the courts
Riley v. Blagojevich  (Seventh Circuit; No. 04-3085)
Decision Date: September 23, 2005
Plaintiffs-assistant wardens of state prisons are policymaking officials and therefore can be fired by the governor on the basis of their political affiliation.
DeLoughery v. City of Chicago  (Seventh Circuit; No. 04-2657, 04-2876)
Decision Date: September 7, 2005
In an employment dispute alleging retaliation, a jury verdict in favor of plaintiff is affirmed over defendant's challenge to the district court's jury instructions.
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