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  • issue 50
  • sep. 21, 2010

THIS WEEK: After a vacation last week, we've decided to double up on our newsletter content. It's our goal to keep you updated on ALL the latest Workplace Fairness blogs, news, and court cases. Enjoy.

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In the News more

State Minimum Wage Will Rise By 10 Cents Per Hour In January

Studies Show Women Are Better Bosses Than Men

Evans Solutions To Pay $47,500 To Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Suit

Constitution Does Not Ban Sex Bias, Scalia Says

US Files Gender Bias Complaint vs Tyson Unit

Jackie Headapohl

Are You a Good Boss or a 'Bosshole'

Goldman Bias Suit Offers Wall Street a Chance: Jacki Zehner

Employers and Employees are Paying More for Benefits

$10 Million Settlement Reached in Bias Case

Strip Clubs, Golf Trips in Goldman Sachs Gender-Bias Suit

Gov. Christie Outlines Cuts to N.J. Workers' Pension, Benefits

Unlikely Group Charges Bias at University

Casey Affleck Settles Sex Harassment Cases

100 Best Companies For Working Moms

Obama to Federal Managers: Get to Work

Is Trouble Ahead for the NFL? Labor Uncertainty a Dark Cloud

Labor Unions - Down But Not Out

NLRB to Review Two Controversial Bush-Era Rulings

What To Do When the Manager Doesn't Manage

What To Do When the Manager Doesn't Manage

N.F.L. Looks Into Possible Harassment by Jets

Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down Hazleton's Immigration Ordinances

Fantasy Football Moves into Workplace

Common Interview Questions and How to Answer Them

Britney Spears Accused of Sexual Harassment

Do Unemployment Checks Keep the Jobless at Home?

Job Discrimination Claims by Muslims on the Rise

Career Videos for America's Job Seekers Challenge Featured on New Government-Wide Website

Health Bill May Be Lenient on Employers

Topic of the Week more

Firing Blanks--What To Do When You Lack the Required Experience

Been told that you lack the experience needed to get hired? At the same time, we all know people who seem to be the exception to the rule, because they didn't meet the requirements but they still got hired. read more

BLOGS: Today’s Workplacemore

China is disrespecting America. The Asian giant is an international trade outlaw, and U.S. manufacturers and workers are its crime victims. read more

Bob Rosner

Crash, My Life This Week

September 20, 2010 | Bob Rosner

This week I was in two accidents in 48 hours. My car got hit in the rear and in the front and probably won't emerge from the shop for days. And it didn't ruin my week. Let me tell you why and what this has to do with the workplace. read more

After months of complaining that a female co-worker had repeatedly harassed him to have sex with her, Rudolpho Lamas's boss offered a suggestion. read more

Kari Lydersen

A Day in the Life of a Warehouse Warrior

September 16, 2010 | Kari Lydersen

The campaign hired Moore through a program for low-income workers to help conduct the hundreds of surveys that form the basis for ongoing research into this booming but little-examined industry. read more

James Parks

AFL-CIO: NFL Lockout Would Hurt Communities

September 15, 2010 | James Parks

In individual letters to each NFL team owner, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Schuler and AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Arlene Holt Baker said football generates hundreds of thousands of jobs in stadiums and in the cities. read more

...how is it that America finds herself in the position of schoolyard patsy, woe-is-me casualty of China's illegal trade practices that are destroying U.S. renewable energy manufacturing and foreclosing an energy-independent future? read more

This week in a Pensacola, FL courtroom, lawyers representing the Attorney Generals of at least 19 states will argue about the recently passed national health insurance plan that requires all citizens to have health insurance. read more

Richard Negri

Basic Federal Labor Regulations Would Definitely Help

September 10, 2010 | Richard Negri

You are deep in mandatory overtime (which you don't get OT pay for) and you're so exhausted that you start making really bad mistakes - dangerous mistakes. read more

New York's unions have also helped to advance a political agenda that benefits workers far outside their membership... read more

In the Courts more

Faghri v. Univ. of Conn.

Second Circuit; No. 09-1862-cv Decision Date: September 17, 2010

In an action claiming that defendants unconstitutionally retaliated against plaintiff for his exercise of his right to free speech in violation of the First Amendment and violated his right to due process under the Fourteenth Amendment when they removed him from his position as dean, a denial of summary judgment based on qualified immunity is reversed where plaintiff had no clearly established right to remain as dean while voicing opposition to the policies of the team he was hired to be part of. read more

McCann v. Iroquois Mem'l Hosp.

Seventh Circuit; No. 08-3420 Decision Date: September 13, 2010

In a hospital employees' suit against the hospital, its Board of Trustees, its Chief Executive Officer, and another employee, for violation of the Wiretap Act, claiming that the employee intentionally intercepted their conversation criticizing hospital , and disclosed the contents of the recording to justify sanctioning the plaintiffs, district court's grant of summary judgment in favor of the defendants is affirmed in part, vacated in part and remanded where: 1) because the parties presented two different but plausible stories, an issue of fact remains, and as such, the claims against the employee and the hospital should not have been resolved on summary judgment; and 2) district court's grant of summary judgment on the claims against the CEO and the trustees is affirmed as the evidence does not show that the CEO knew that the employee acted unlawfully and the only trustee who might have known did not use or disclose the recordings. read more

Lozano v. City of Hazleton

Third Circuit; No. 07-3531 Decision Date: September 9, 2010

In plaintiffs' suit against the City of Hazleton to enjoin enforcement of ordinances that attempt to regulate employment of, and provision of rental housing to, certain aliens, district court's entry of permanent injunction against the city is affirmed in part, vacated in part and remanded where: 1) district court erred in reaching the merits of the challenge to the private cause of action provision because no plaintiff has standing to challenge that provision; 2) the employment provisions of the ordinances stand as an obstacle to the accomplishment and execution of IRCA's objective, and thus are preempted; and 3) the housing provisions of the city's ordinances are preempted regulations of immigration, and both field and conflict preempted by the INA. read more

Payne v. Salazar

D.C. Circuit; No. 09-5291 Decision Date: September 7, 2010

In an action alleging retaliation in violation of Title VII, dismissal of the action for failure to exhaust administrative remedies is affirmed in part where the district court properly held that plaintiff failed to exhaust one of her claims. However, the order is reversed in part where an employee's right to trial de novo -- whether her employer is the federal government or a private company -- means that she is entitled to a plenary trial of whatever claims she brings to court, and it does not mean that she must sue on claims she has no interest in pursuing. read more

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