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  • issue 44
  • aug. 5, 2010

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In the News more

City Barred From Hiring New Firefighters

Ruling against Prop. 8 could lead to federal precedent on gay marriage

It's Not Just Women in the Workplace. Men Are Being Discriminated Against Too.

A Labor Market Punishing to Mothers

Ex-lawmaker claims age discrimination

Chicken processor to pay $40,000 to settle EEOC retaliation lawsuit

U.S. appeals court: Pa. prison can ban Muslim scarf

Affirmative action ban not unconstitutional, California Supreme Court rules

Employers shrink pay raises, focus increases more on top performers

Career coach: The care and nurturing of 'millennials'

Older workers face job-market challenge

The red-hot debate over raising the retirement age

New Workplace Pumping Protections in Health-Care Law

Belk hit with discrimination suit over Raleigh firing

Job Subsidies Also Provide Help to Private Sector

Health Bill May Be Lenient on Employers

Topic of the Week more

Work Strong--The Value of a 90-Day Review for New Employees

The first 90 days are a crucial time for a new employee, yet most companies fail to take advantage of it. read more

BLOGS: Today’s Workplacemore

James Parks

In Illinois, Wage Thieves Will Pay

August 5, 2010 | James Parks

Illinois employers who shortchange or don't pay their employees will face felony charges for repeat offenses and, in all cases, will be forced to pay back wages plus interest and fines under a new law signed by Gov. Pat Quinn (D) last week. read more

"We want everybody to make it in America," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said as she described the plan to 2,000 bloggers and progressive activists at Netroots Nation 2010 last week in Las Vegas. read more

I think that there are times in your life where it makes sense to be on your own and there are also times where it makes sense to occupy box on the organizational chart. read more

Today, 27,000 workers in the BP-run Gulf cleanup effort may still be in danger. Some are falling sick, and the long-term effects of chemical exposure for workers and residents are yet unknown. read more

Amy Dean

From Civil War to Labor Vision

July 29, 2010 | Amy Dean

...the civil war between SEIU and UNITE HERE was a particularly painful internal dispute. read more

In the Courts more

Mogenhan v. Napolitano

D.C. Circuit; No. 08-5457 Decision Date: July 27, 2010

In an action against the Secret Service claiming that it violated the Rehabilitation Act by retaliating against plaintiff for filing a discrimination complaint and by failing to reasonably accommodate her disability, summary judgment for defendant is affirmed in part where there was no genuine dispute that the Service reasonably accommodated plaintiff's disability. However, the ruling is reversed in part on the ground that the retaliatory actions plaintiff alleged might well have dissuaded a reasonable person from engaging in protected activity. read more

Spengler v. Worthington Cylinder

Sixth Circuit; No. 08-3110 Decision Date: July 27, 2010

In plaintiff's age discrimination suit against his former employer under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act and Ohio's anti-discrimination statute, district court's denial of defendant's Rule 50(b) motion and jury verdict in favor of the plaintiff are affirmed where: 1) district court did not err in allowing plaintiff's case to proceed to trial as the language in plaintiff's EEOC charge sets forth sufficient facts to put the EEOC on notice of plaintiff's retaliation claim despite his failure to check the "Retaliation" box on the charge; 2) plaintiff's judicial complaint set forth facts establishing a prima facie case of retaliation under the ADEA; 3) the totality of the evidence in the record does not lead reasonable minds to but one conclusion in favor of the defendant on the retaliation claim; 4) because plaintiff established the amount of his damages and defendant failed to prove by a preponderance of the evidence that plaintiff was not entitled to those damages, damages were properly awarded; and 5) the jury could have reasonably concluded that the supervisor's conduct was willful and therefore, liquidated damages were warranted. read more

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