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  • issue 48
  • sep. 1, 2010

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In the News more

Arbitration Clauses in Employment Contracts: Are Yours Enforceable?

Mistakes Millennials Make at Work

Meatpacking Plants Accused of Harassing Muslims

Dress Codes, or Lack Thereof, Can Disrupt Offices

California Labor Flexes Its Muscle

Discrimination Settlement Proposed

Using Interns For Business Can Be A Valuable Experience If Done Right

Why It's Getting Harder to Hire Foreign Workers

Wal-Mart Suit Over Sex Bias Carries High Stakes

Palin Hits Back at Union Boss

Q and A: Privacy Rights Limited in the Workplace

Allegiance Industries Pays $25,000 to Settle EEOC Gender Discrimination Lawsuit

Ten Things Your Employees Wish You Knew About Them

Wal-Marts Asks Supremes To Wade Into Sex-Discrimination Case

Weight Discrimination Suit at Hooters Proceeds

Sexual Harrassment and the Independent Contractor

promotion might not be best for your career, employer

Health Bill May Be Lenient on Employers

Topic of the Week more

GRASP--The Negotiation Process, Explained

Anyone who is a regular reader of this column knows that I'm a big fan of everyone at work becoming a better negotiator. read more

BLOGS: Today’s Workplacemore

James Parks

Domestic Workers Finally Get Their Rights

September 1, 2010 | James Parks

Yesterday morning, New York Gov. David Paterson (D) signed into law the first-ever law in the nation that upholds domestic workers' rights. read more

Tula Connell

Target Wall Street Greed, Not Public Employees

August 31, 2010 | Tula Connell

Wall Street greed and double-dealing sparked much of the nation's recent near-financial collapse, yet many in the chattering classes instead are attacking public employees for this rolling recession. read more

Natasha Chart

The Terrible Public Pension Threat

August 30, 2010 | Natasha Chart

It's time for a class war over public union pensions. So says Ron Lieber, writing in the New York Times. Okay, let's rumble. What's the score, so far? read more

Bob Rosner

We Shall Overcome

August 30, 2010 | Bob Rosner

What did the researchers find after talking with the executives about hardship? read more

The issue: the pensions that guarantee public employees a middle-class standard of living in retirement have become more difficult for cities and states to afford. read more

In the Courts more

Xodus v. Wackenhut Corp.

Seventh Circuit; No. 09-3082 Decision Date: August 27, 2010

In plaintiff's suit against a security firm, claiming that it violated Title VII when it did not hire him as a security guard because plaintiff would not cut his dreadlocks, judgment that defendant did not engage in religious discrimination when it refused to hire plaintiff on account of his dreadlocked hairstyle is affirmed where: 1) the court's decision to credit the interviewing manager's testimony that plaintiff never informed him that religious belief required him to wear dreadlocks is both plausible from the evidence and sufficiently explained in the opinion; 2) plaintiff waived his claim that the district court erred by preventing him from testifying about his EEOC intake questionnaire; and 3) plaintiff's claims that the district court erred when it granted summary judgment to defendant on the issue of whether he mitigated his damages and whether he was entitled to punitive damages are moot. read more

Fuller v. Fiber Glass Sys., L.P.

Eighth Circuit; No. 09-2732 Decision Date: August 25, 2010

In an action under 42 U.S.C. section 1981 and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 claiming discrimination (non-selection), harassment (supervisor and co-worker), and retaliation, judgment for plaintiff is affirmed where: 1) a reasonable juror could find that plaintiff did not unreasonably fail to take advantage of preventative/corrective opportunities offered by defendant, and thus defendant was not entitled to judgment as a matter of law on the Ellerth-Faragher affirmative defense; 2) the testimony regarding plaintiff's emotional distress was sufficient to allow a reasonable juror to award plaintiff $65,000 in compensatory damages; and 3) any issue with the magistrate judge presiding over the punitive damages portion of the trial was moot. read more

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