an update for the week of february 26, 2007
today's workplace: the employee rights blog
A Basic Workplace Principle: No Assholes Allowed: At Workplace Fairness, we believe in a number of principles that we think make workplaces better: ensuring workers have adequate pay, benefits and health care, for example. But every once in a while, an idea comes along that is so basic that we wish we had thought of it first. Sometimes it's just a matter of terminology. In a book released this month, author Robert I. Sutton articulates a principle we all believe in, even if it's not a word we have typically used (at least not publicly, anyway) to describe that principle. We think that most workers, and an increasing number of employers (at whom Sutton's work is directed), will agree that workplaces should have a "No-Asshole Rule."
this week in the courts
Crawford v. City of Fairburn, Ga. ?(Eleventh Circuit; No. 06-13073)
Decision Date: February 21, 2007
In case involving a former police major who claimed retaliation against him for conducting an investigation of a female police officer's complaints of sexual harassment against a police sergeant, summary judgment for defendant city is affirmed as petitioner failed to create a genuine issue of material fact about whether he participated in protected expression in terms of participating in the EEOC investigation of the female officer's charge.
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Dukes v. Wal-Mart, Inc. ?(Ninth Circuit; No. 04-16688, 04-16720)
Decision Date: February 6, 2007
In a class action suit by women employees against Wal-Mart alleging sexual discrimination under Title VII, certification of plaintiffs' class with minor modifications is affirmed where there was no abuse of discretion in a conclusion that it would be better to handle this case as a class action instead of clogging the federal courts with innumerable individual suits litigating the same issues repeatedly. [Sign-in required.]
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