an update for the week of october 18, 2004
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today's workplace: the employee rights blog
The Long and Winding Road: Workers Finally Will Experience Tax Relief (and Fairness): Buried at page 343 in the midst of a corporate tax bill spanning more than six hundred pages may very well be the most significant piece of civil rights legislation passed in the last decade (and certainly in the past four years). While the existence of this particular tax break might not mean very much to reporters covering the most significant provisions of this bill, it means all the world to workers and their advocates who seek to be "made whole" after enduring discrimination, harassment, and other illegalities in the workplace. Efforts to include this piece of legislation into a bill primarily designed for pet projects simmering on Capitol Hill for years is a true example of "The Little Engine that Could."
this week in the courts
Fiscus v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.  (Third Circuit; No. 03-2513)
Decision Date: October 5, 2004
A physical impairment that limits an individual's ability to cleanse and eliminate body waste, commonly associated with kidney failure, does impair a major life activity under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
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