january 28, 2008
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Have You Heard About Twitter Yet?: You may be too busy worrying about workplace issues to have heard of Twitter, but I hope to introduce you to a whole new way of receiving and delivering information -- as well as having fun. With this post, I introduce you to a new Twitter feed focusing on workplace stories, where links and commentary are delivered in bite-size chunks: 140 characters, to be exact. Too busy to follow and read blogs and your favorite news sources online? Twitter can help you digest information more quickly.
Does Kinder Capitalism Mean Spying on Employees?: Being the wealthiest man in the world means that people hang on your every word and scrutinize every action very closely. That's the price Bill Gates has had to pay for his fame. But could Gates' company, Microsoft, be in the process of trying to subject every employee who uses a computer to the same level of scrutiny? While Bill is making speeches calling for a "kinder capitalism," a Microsoft patent application which recently came to light calls for corporate practices that are anything but kind.
this week in the courts
Goldsmith v. Bagby Elevator Co (Eleventh Circuit; No. 06-14440)
Decision Date: January 17, 2008
In civil rights action alleging racial discrimination and retaliation in employment, verdict for plaintiff is affirmed as defendant was not entitled to a judgment as a matter of law against plaintiff's claim of retaliation since there was sufficient evidence of a causal relation between the filing of his pending charge and later termination. Defendant's other claims regarding evidence, punitive damages, and attorney fees and costs are rejected.
Lulaj v. Wackenhut Corp. (Sixth Circuit; No. 06-2163, 06-2165)
Decision Date: January 11, 2008
Denial of employer's motion for renewed judgment as a matter of law, or a new trial, following a jury verdict in favor of plaintiff on a claim of sex discrimination is affirmed where plaintiff raised sufficient evidence to support a claim of discrimination. A decision reducing the jury's determination of damages and the award of attorney's fees are also affirmed as: 1) the jury found that plaintiff was not constructively discharged, and thus an award of front pay was properly reduced to zero; 2) similarly, an award of back pay was also properly limited; and 3) there was no abuse of discretion in the fees award.
Abner v. Kansas City S. R.R. Co. (Fifth Circuit; No. 06-30476)
Decision Date: January 2, 2008
A punitive damages award under Title VII and 42 U.S.C. section 1981 need not be accompanied by compensatory damages.
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