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  • issue 33
  • apr. 20, 2010

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In the News more

Tower Power: Tall Women Earn More Money Than Short Ones, Reveals British Study

Andrew Stern, Head of S.E.I.U., Plans to Step Down

Suits Challenge Hooters on Wage-and-Hour Issues

Senate Set For Fight Over Jobless Benefit Extension

$200 Million Gender Bias Trial Against Novartis Gets Under Way

Take Care to Polish Your Professional Image

Making A Female-Friendly Workplace

Amid Emotional Testimony, Bill Targets Workplace Bullying

Male Deputy Awarded $350K in Sexual Harassment Suit

Employee Paid to Not File Discrimination Suit

Female Police Recruit Offered $170K to Settle Harassment Claim

Do You Have Management Potential?

Generation 'Text': FB Me

Health Bill May Be Lenient on Employers

Topic of the Week more

This Could Be the Start of Something Big - Creating Breakthroughs at Work:

Most organizations are good at incremental change, a tweak here or a minor modification there. Nothing too radical. read more

BLOGS: Today’s Workplacemore

The Census has been purchasing promotional materials for Census 2010 that were manufactured overseas, and Congressman Dan Lipinski (D-IL) is not happy about it. read more

Lindsay Beyerstein

Who Will Lead the SEIU?

April 20, 2010 | Lindsay Beyerstein

Now that Andy Stern has announced his impending retirement as head of the SEIU, the fight to replace him has moved out into the open. read more

Bob Rosner

Self-Deception at Work

April 19, 2010 | Bob Rosner

The most valid take on your personality comes from the people you work with. read more

Employee's E-Mails To Lawyer On Company Laptop Are Off Limits read more

A Massachusetts court yesterday blocked premium increases--some as high as 40 percent--sought by six state health insurers. read more

In the Courts more

Pardo-Kronemann v. Donovan

D.C. Circuit; No. 08-5155 Decision Date: April 16, 2010

In an action by an attorney at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) alleging that HUD retaliated against him in violation of Title VII by transferring him to a non-legal position and by declaring him absent without leave when he failed to report to his new job, summary judgment for defendant is affirmed in part where defendant reasonably concluded that approving plaintiff's leave under the circumstances would set a bad precedent for other employees. However, the judgment is reversed in part where: 1) a reasonable jury to question plaintiff's supervisor's credibility and therefore the legitimacy of HUD's proffered reason for the transfer; and 2) a reasonable jury could conclude that the transfer qualified as an adverse employment action. read more

Sulima v. Tobyhanna Army Depot

Third Circuit; No. 08-4684 Decision Date: April 12, 2010

In plaintiff's suit against several federal government defendants under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act, arising from a voluntary layoff from employment at the Tobyhanna Army Depot, district court's grant of summary judgment in favor of the defendants is affirmed where: 1) because plaintiff did not demonstrate that the medications that were causing his problems were medically necessary, their side effects cannot be considered as impairments within the meaning of the ADA; 2) plaintiff's employers did not regard him as disabled within the meaning of the ADA; and 3) plaintiff could not have had a good faith belief that his side effects were anything but temporary, and therefore he could not have had a good faith belief that he was disabled within the meaning of the ADA. read more

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