an update for the week of march 10, 2004
Each week, Workplace Week brings you news and commentary on critical issues affecting employees and advocates.

In this edition: overtime debate reaches a critical point; what economic recovery?
today's workplace: the employee rights blog
Last Chance: Immediate Action Needed on Overtime Proposal: For many months now, we've been asking our readers to try to stop the Bush Administration's overtime proposal. However, the dark day of its implementation is very near, and Congress has yet to take effective action preventing it from going into effect. The time is now for one last concerted effort by the American public to express outrage at the way that overtime pay is being snatched away from millions of Americans. Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) has proposed an amendment that will prevent the regulations from being implemented, but Congress is in a race with the clock to enact the proposal before the Department of Labor issues the regulations, which could be any day and very likely before the end of March 2004.

Take Action Now: Keep Pressuring Congress to Oppose Proposed Overtime Changes
this week in the courts
Henthorn v. Capitol Communications, Inc.  (Eighth Circuit; No. 03-1018)
Decision Date: March 5, 2004
In hostile work environment claim, the complained-of conduct, while inappropriate, immature and unprofessional, did not cross the high threshold required to support a claim of sexual harassment. Plaintiff failed to make a prima facie case of retaliation, as the alleged retaliatory actions were not sufficiently adverse to be actionable.
Pegram v. Honeywell, Inc.  (Fifth Circuit; No. 03-10172)
Decision Date: March 5, 2004
Summary judgment for defendant on adverse employment claims is reversed. A genuine issue of material fact exists as to whether plaintiff's transfer to a job position with a different incentive compensation package was a demotion sufficient to constitute an adverse employment action.
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