an update for the week of may 17, 2004
Scarier: giant spiders in Iraq or giant corporations in the U.S.?
today's workplace: the employee rights blog
Wild Weeks for Workers in Washington: After weeks of relative quiet in our nation's capital, at least when it came to workplace issues, those in Washington have been very busy in the last two weeks doing all kinds of things that could affect the workplace in the months and years to come. Whether it's overtime, judicial nominations, or unemployment benefits, what's happening now will undoubtedly have an impact on the American worker.
this week in the courts
Tennessee v. Lane  (U.S. Supreme Court; No. 02-1667)
Decision Date: May 17, 2004
As it applies to the class of cases implicating the fundamental right of access to the courts, Title II of the ADA constitutes a valid exercise of Congress' authority to enforce the Fourteenth Amendment's substantive guarantees.
James v. Booz-Allen & Hamilton, Inc.  (Fourth Circuit; No. 03-1559)
Decision Date: May 14, 2004
Employee's reassignment to a role consistent with his preexisting responsibilities and goals, resulting in a raise and a sizable bonus and leaving him on course toward future promotion, was not an adverse employment action; dismissal of this Title VII action is affirmed.
Parilla v. IAP Worldwide Servs. Vi, Inc.  (Third Circuit; No. 03-2009, 03-2308)
Decision Date: May 13, 2004
Remanded to determine whether the "loser pays arbitral costs" provision of the underlying employment agreement is unconscionable, and whether the unconscionable portions of the agreement can be severed from the remainder.
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