an update for the week of february 6, 2006
today's workplace: the employee rights blog
Super Bowl Advertisers' Treatment of Workers Lags Behind Public Image: Some of the world's largest companies will cough up $2.4 million for a single 30-second commercial. Unfortunately, too many of these industry-leading companies have already coughed up the ball when it comes to treating their workers--the very source of their success--with fairness. In a new report, Third and Long: Will Super Bowl Advertisers Make the Big Play for Workplace Fairness? Workplace Fairness looks at Super Bowl advertisers such as Ford, Burger King, and Sprint, as well as the NFL itself, to expose how their treatment of their employees lags far behind the image they hope their commercials cultivate.
this week in the courts
Wilson v. Airtherm Co.  (Eighth Circuit; No. 04-3679/3880)
Decision Date: February 3, 2006
Summary judgment for plaintiffs on claims under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN Act) involving defendant-employer's failure to notify plaintiffs of a plant closing is reversed where the WARN Act's sale-of-business exclusion protected defendant from liability under the circumstances.
Jensen v. Potter  (Third Circuit; No. 04-4078)
Decision Date: January 31, 2006
Both Title VII provisions, for claims of retaliation and discrimination, can be offended by harassment that is severe or pervasive enough to create a hostile work environment.
Armstrong v. Burdette Tomlin Mem'l Hosp.  (Third Circuit; No. 03-3553)
Decision Date: January 30, 2006
Denial of plaintiff's motion for a new trial on his claims against his employer, a hospital, for failure to accommodate his disability, age discrimination and disability discrimination is reversed as to the denial of a motion for a new trial on failure to accommodate and disability discrimination claims.
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