an update for the week of may 22, 2006
today's workplace: the employee rights blog
It Takes....A Mayor? 9/11 Victim Will Finally Get Workers Comp Relief: If ever there were victims of on-the-job illness that deserve our sympathy, it has to be those who have become sick due to their role in rescuing 9/11 victims at the World Trade Center bombing site, or whose jobs required them to be present at the toxic scene for days and weeks after the tragic incident. Yet the city of New York seems to be fighting those making workers compensation claims tooth and nail. One highly placed victim, former deputy mayor Rudy Washington, sick from severe respiratory ailments, had been getting the same runaround as many of the other 9/11 claimants, that is, until Mayor Michael Bloomberg intervened. While it's good that someone is paying attention to what is happening to many if not most of those workers, it shouldn't have taken a politically connected victim or the mayor's intervention to see progress in getting those cases resolved.
this week in the courts
Mastro v. Potomac Elec. Power Co.  (D.C. Circuit; No. 05-7044)
Decision Date: May 19, 2006
Summary judgment for defendant-employer in a suit alleging discrimination under Title VII and defamation brought by a former employee terminated for a purported lack of candor is reversed in part as to a determination that plaintiff failed to demonstrate a prima facie case of reverse discrimination where plaintiff raised a genuine issue of material fact concerning the legitimacy of defendant's nondiscriminatory reason for his termination.

Reeves v. Swift Transp. Co., Inc.  (Sixth Circuit; No. 05-5271)
Decision Date: May 16, 2006
In an action for pregnancy discrimination brought under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act on a theory of disparate treatment, summary judgment for defendant-employer is affirmed where the terms of defendant's light-duty policy did not support an inference of pregnancy discrimination, and plaintiff-truck driver failed to supply evidence tending to prove pretext or discriminatory intent.
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