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  • issue 4
  • august 10, 2009

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In the News more

Senators Weigh Postal Service's Future

Checking your bad mood at the office door

Court rules employer did not violate workers' privacy

Obama Tries to Put a Brighter Face on the Economy

Labor Department Awards $10 Million to Retrain Older Workers

Small Steps, Big Leaps

Pushed by recession, millions make dramatic job changes

How To Keep Your Job Without Resorting To Blackmail

Six ways bosses can cut your pay ? and what to do about it

Topic of the Week more

Transformers? Staying on the right side of the law at work

Your Rant: How do you ensure your corporation will do the right legal and ethical things? read more

BLOGS: Today?s Workplacemore

Michael Triplett

Miami Anchor Files Sexual Orientation Bias Charge

August 6, 2009 | Michael Triplett

One of the few openly gay TV anchors in the country-Charles Perez of WPLG in Miami-has filed a charge with the local human rights authority alleging sexual orientation and gender discrimination by station managers that resulted in his demotion from weeknight anchor. read more

The recession numbers focus on the out of work, the nearly 10 percent of the workforce who are unemployed. Not counted in the stats of workplace misery are those still "lucky to have a job." read more

Paul Secunda

The Advent of the Four Day Work Week?

August 4, 2009 | Paul Secunda

In Utah all government employees have shifted to a four-day workweek, and the state is calling it a win-win-win for its budget, workers and clean air. read more

Bob Rosner

Rule of Law Makes a Comeback

August 3, 2009 | Bob Rosner

Like it or not, we all need to get ready for more and more restrictions and rules surrounding executive behavior. read more

To teachers across the country, the carrot that Washington is dangling before schools could soon start to feel like a stick. read more

Amy Traub

How to Get Work-Life Balance

July 31, 2009 | Amy Traub

The question is when our workplaces are going to acknowledge these all-too-obvious facts and provide basic benefits that let working people handle their non-work lives without going broke. read more

In the Courts more

Valentino v. Village of South Chicago Heights

Seventh Circuit; No. 06-3882 Decision Date: July 30, 2009

In an action for First Amendment retaliation and retaliatory discharge, summary judgment for defendant is reversed where: 1) plaintiff established a prima facie case for retaliation and presented sufficient evidence from which a jury could infer that defendants' stated reason for terminating her employment was pretextual; 2) plaintiff's Monell claim may proceed to trial as plaintiff has shown that the mayor was the final policymaker for defendant, such that defendant may be held liable if the jury finds that the mayor and village administrator retaliated against her in violation of her First Amendment rights; and 3) defendant is not entitled to immunity under the the Illinois Tort Immunity Act from plaintiff's retaliatory discharge claim as the decision to fire her did not amount to a policy decision as defined by the Illinois courts. read more

Winspear v. Community Development, Inc.

Eighth Circuit; No. 08-2041 Decision Date: July 29, 2009

In an employment discrimination action, district court judgment is reversed where the court erred in treating plaintiff's hostile work environment claim as one for constructive discharge. The matter is remanded for further proceedings on the hostile work environment discrimination claim. read more

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