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  • issue 11
  • oct. 2, 2009

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In the News more

47% Will Pay No Federal Income Tax

Survey: Workers Less Fearful Of Layoffs

Unemployment Rate Rises to 9.8%

Verizon To Pay For Sexual Harassment

Making Sense of Debate on Health Care

Poll: Public Voice Not Heard In Health Debate

Sears to Pay for Disability Bias

Recession Alters Job Descriptions

On Strike! Labor Gets Tough in Recession

Harassment Suit Against Hilton Hotel

Workers to Pay 10% More for Health Care

Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act: A Preliminary Report

Did Bankers' Pay Add to This Mess?

Health Reform You Can Count On

Job Seekers Outnumber Openings

Transgender Woman Wants Reforms Passed

Wal-Mart Faces Push for Union

Recession's Reshape of Workplace & Work Force

Topic of the Week more

Stiff Jobs... When a company must WARN you before a layoff

Your Rant: Don't companies have to give you warning before a layoff? read more

BLOGS: Today’s Workplacemore

The firing of 1,800 apparently undocumented workers at American Apparel's Los Angeles garment factory, forced by a federal investigation, is an example of the Obama administration's new approach to workplace enforcement, which avoids the Bush administration's militarized raids. read more

Dr. Jillian T. Weiss

Federal LGBT Employment Rights On The Move

October 1, 2009 | Dr. Jillian T. Weiss

There is no federal statute prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. A bill is on the horizon to change that... read more

Age Discrimination Plaintiff Gets Great Decision From Court of Appeals read more

Today, the Senate Finance Committee voted on two amendments from Senators Schumer and Rockefeller to add a public health insurance option to the Baucus Bill. Both of those amendments were defeated, 8-15 and 10-13 respectively. read more

Paul Rosenberg

Robbed on the Job

September 29, 2009 | Paul Rosenberg

Wage theft is rampant - estimated at roughly $2.9 billion annually. read more

Bob Rosner

What If The Jerk is YOU?

September 28, 2009 | Bob Rosner

What if you are working with a jerk? Some jerks are so talented at pushing people away that it is impossible to reach them. read more

An ongoing labor story here in Boston underscores why jobs and employment must remain one of our highest political, economic, and policy priorities. It involves three Hyatt hotels whose management abruptly terminated some 100 housekeeping workers after having them train replacement workers from a Georgia-based contracting company. read more

In the Courts more

Risch v. Royal Oak Police Dep't

Sixth Circuit; 08-1883 Decision Date: September 23, 2009

In plaintiff's gender discrimination action under Title VII against the police department, summary judgment for defendants is reversed and remanded as plaintiff, a patrol officer and a seventeen-year veteran with the department, had arguably superior qualification than the two successful applicants who received the promotions as detectives and produced other probative evidence of gender discrimination. read more

Erdman v. Nationwide Ins. Co.

Third Circuit; 07-3796 Decision Date: September 23, 2009

In plaintiff's case against her former employer under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and for retaliation, summary judgment in favor of defendant-employer is affirmed in part, and vacated and remanded in part where: 1) the record indicates that a reasonable jury could conclude that defendant-Nationwide had constructive notice of hours plaintiff worked from home and thus, she was eligible for FMLA leave for purposes of summary judgment; 2) the version of section 825.110 in effect at the time of plaintiff's dismissal was invalid; 3) firing an employee for a valid request for FMLA leave may constitute interference with the employee's FMLA rights as well as retaliation against the employee; and 4) because no reasonable jury could conclude that plaintiff was fired because of her daughter's known disability, district court's summary judgment on her ADA claim is affirmed. read more

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