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  • issue 55
  • nov. 17, 2010

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In the News more

Bank of America Settles Bias Suit

Unemployment Benefits Boosted Economy, Saved Millions Of Jobs, Says Labor Department

Nap Time is Catching on in the Workplace

Employers Pickier About Job Applicants' Skills

Congress' To-Do List Includes Unemployment Help

Justices Again Consider Employment-Law Cases

'Too Sensual' for Promotion?

Bringing Canines to Work is a Doggone Good Idea, Experts Say

Management Dilemma: The Rule of 98/2

I Was Fired Because of Ethnic Tensions, Trinidadian Banker Shivana Persad Says in Lawsuit

Why Your Salary May Be Affected By The Price Of Lettuce

Make Money in 2011: Your Job

Supreme Court Discusses Gender Discrimination in Citizenship Case

Vets Out of Work

Survey Finds Some Employers Likely to Drop Health Plans

Health Bill May Be Lenient on Employers

Topic of the Week more

Legal Eagle--Enforcing Your Rights at Work

You don't need to be difficult, obnoxious or a jerk to get into trouble at work. read more

BLOGS: Today’s Workplacemore

James Parks

Global Unions Demand Rights for Migrant Workers

November 17, 2010 | James Parks

Many countries around the world, including the United States, depend on immigrant labor to boost economic development, but do not protect the rights of their immigrant workers. read more

Roger Bybee

NFL Collision: Management Control vs. Player Safety

November 16, 2010 | Roger Bybee

Only under enormous pressure from former players' wives and families, the public and Congress did the NFL begin to deal with the problem of brain injuries. read more

Bob Rosner

More People Quitting Than Being Laid Off, Really

November 15, 2010 | Bob Rosner

In August there were 1.998 million quits and 1.83 million layoffs. read more

Richard Negri

Protected Freedom of Speech for Workers on Facebook?

November 12, 2010 | Richard Negri

In an era where it's not unheard of for an employee's use of social media to lead to their dismissal, one question that comes up more frequently these days regarding a worker's rights is "Can I say that on Facebook?" read more

Amy Traub

Will Albany Stop the Wage Thieves?

November 11, 2010 | Amy Traub

Research from the National Employment Law Project concludes that a fifth of the city's low-wage workers - an estimated 317,200 working New Yorkers - are paid less than the minimum wage in a given week. read more

In the Courts more

Coleman v. Maryland Court of Appeals

Fourth Circuit; No. 09-1582 Decision Date: November 10, 2010

In an African-American plaintiff's suit against Maryland Court of Appeals and individual defendants for violations of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and the FLMA, claiming that he was fired for requesting sick leave because he is black, district court's dismissal for failure to state a claim upon which relief can be granted is affirmed where: 1) district court correctly concluded that the complaint failed to state a Title VII race discrimination claim; 2) district court correctly ruled that plaintiff failed to state a Title VII retaliation claim as no facts in the complaint identify any protected activity by plaintiff that prompted the retaliation of which he complains; 3) district court properly dismissed plaintiff's FMLA claim as barred by the Eleventh Amendment. read more

Norman-Nunnery v. Madison Area Tech Coll.

Seventh Circuit; No. 09-1757 Decision Date: November 8, 2010

In plaintiff's discrimination and retaliation suit against a college and three of its employees, claiming that she was not hired by the college because of her race and because her husband had previously filed a frivolous lawsuit against the same defendants, district court's grant of summary judgment in favor of the defendants is affirmed where: 1) plaintiff is not entitled to a favorable inference under the spoliation doctrine as there is no evidence that any of the defendants destroyed documents in bad faith; 2) district court correctly granted judgment in favor of the defendant on plaintiff's claim of racial discrimination in hiring as there is no evidence supporting her claim of pretext; and 3) plaintiff's claim of "marital association retaliation" cannot survive summary judgment because she has failed to provide any evidence that the defendants refused to hire her because of her marriage to her husband. read more

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