an update for the week of october 23, 2006
today's workplace: the employee rights blog
Fox in the Henhouse, Episode 57: It's the Hens' Fault Again: See what happens when you put the foxes in charge of the henhouse? They have you believing that the hens' demise is all their own doing. Just look at the Department of Labor's strategic plan for the next five years. It's probably not that much of a surprise that "training" is the buzzword in Elaine Chao's Department of Labor. If only those pesky workers were properly trained, they'd all have high-paying jobs, there would be no unemployment, and health and safety issues would be a thing of the past. You see, all these problems are the fault of workers.
this week in the courts
Velikonja v. Gonzales ?(D.C. Circuit; No. 05-5030, 05-5303)
Decision Date: October 17, 2006
Judgment for the government, in case brought by plaintiff former FBI employee alleging violations of Title VII, the Privacy Act, the Due Process Clause, and the First Amendment, related to investigation of plaintiff for repeatedly falsifying arrival times on her time sheets, is reversed as to count for discrimination and retaliation, as preventing an employee from receiving a promotion constitutes an adverse employment action, and the FBI's actions, as alleged, could dissuade a reasonable employee from making or supporting a charge of discrimination.
Didier v. Schwan Food Co. ?(Eighth Circuit; No. 05-3911/05-3923)
Decision Date: October 16, 2006
Summary judgment for defendant-employer in an employment disability discrimination case is affirmed where plaintiff failed to establish that he was disabled within the meaning of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) with respect to the effects of an on-the-job injury to his arm.
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