an update for the week of january 30, 2006
today's workplace: the employee rights blog
Gung Hay Fat Choy: Dogs, Irrational Discrimination & Judge Alito: Gung Hay Fat Choy: Happy Chinese New Year! As millions, if not billions, of people worldwide celebrate the beginning of the Chinese Lunar New Year, it's the season for parades, feasts and family. However, if you're someone born in the upcoming Year of the Dog, you might have good reason to be worried -- or maybe not. Conflicting reports out of China indicate that some companies are refusing to hire those born in the Year of the Dog, while other companies are hiring only those born in the same set of years. Setting aside all the obvious puns, such as "working like a dog," "dog years," what's happening in China could just as easily happen here, especially if Judge Samuel Alito is confirmed to the Supreme Court, and I'm not barking up the wrong tree.
this week in the courts
Dean v. City of Shreveport  (Fifth Circuit; No. 04-31163)
Decision Date: January 26, 2006
Summary judgment for defendant-municipality on equal protection-based 42 U.S.C. section 1983, Title VII, and Louisiana constitutional claims involving defendant's failure to hire plaintiffs is reversed in a challenge to a consent decree and defendant's hiring process for firefighters.
Reeb v. Ohio Dep't of Rehab. & Corr.  (Sixth Circuit; No. 04-3994)
Decision Date: January 24, 2006
Title VII cases in which plaintiffs seek individual compensatory damages are not appropriately brought as class actions under Rule 23(b)(2) because such individual claims for money damages will always predominate over requested injunctive or declaratory relief.
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