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  • issue 72
  • apr. 14, 2011

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In the News more

Merkley introduces bill to protect gays from workplace discrimination

Work-Life Balance for Everyone

Texas company sued for abuse of Iowa workers

Teamsters rally to fight Pa. right-to-work bill

Fire officer's racial-bias suit dismissed

Analysis: Discrimination case may not go all Wal-Mart's way

Women, Northeasterners Would Like More Pay

S.C. Democrats call anti-union legislation a 'political ploy'

Montana governor signs work comp compromise

Ex-Employees File Title VII Suits Against Dallas Firm

The Hidden Job Crisis for American Men

State ordered to pay $467K in age-bias claims

Farmworker Sexual Harassment Suit Settled for $27K

Walmart and Women: Why the Discrimination Suit Matters

Limits Sought to Employers' Use of Credit Reports

Topic of the Week more

Sweet Smell of Success: Writing a Great Resume

· DON'T blindly follow the rules. · DO listen to all advice. · DO leave stuff out. · DO sell, don't just tell. read more

BLOGS: Today’s Workplacemore

The improved jobs figures out last Friday obscured the ongoing decline in public-sector jobs. As the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics noted when releasing the March unemployment data: Employment in local government continued to trend down over the month. read more

Yesterday, equal rights advocates marked Equal Pay Day to remind the nation that women are paid just 80 cents for every dollar men earn, Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) introduced the Fair Pay Act of 2011 that would ensure that employers provide equal pay for jobs that are equivalent in skill, effort, responsibility and working conditions. read more

Back in July, federal district court judge Susan Bolton imposed a preliminary injunction on parts of the controversial immigration law passed by Arizona last year, SB-1070. She enjoined provisions relating to warrantless arrests of suspected undocumented immigrants and document requirements and also struck down the requirement that police check the immigration status of anyone they stop, detain, or arrest if they reasonably suspect the person is in the country illegally. read more

It's time to return to Downtown Cairo. There are signs that the romance of the Arab Spring is already cooling off. Many activists who braved beatings and arrests to oust a dictator fear their civil society's rebirth may be smothered before taking its first breath. read more

March 28, 2011, the US Supreme Court granted certiorari in Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School v. EEOC to decide whether the "ministerial exception" applies to teacher at a religious elementary school. read more

In the Courts more

Adams v. The Trustees of UNCW

Fourth Circuit; No. 10-1413 Decision Date: April 6, 2011

In a Title VII action alleging retaliation, religious and speech-based discrimination in relation to the decision not to promote plaintiff to the position of full professor, summary judgment in favor of defendants is affirmed in part and reversed in part where district court properly held that plaintiff failed to satisfy his burdens under both Hill v. Lockheed and McDonnell-Douglas, but erred in its McVey analysis of the First Amendment claim. read more

Zeinali v. Raytheon Co.

Ninth Circuit; No. 09-56283 Decision Date: April 4, 2011

In a labor and employment dispute involving a claim of discriminatory termination under the the FEHA, Cal. Gov. Code sectoin 12940 et seq, judgment of the district court dismissing claim for lack of subject matter jurisdiction is reversed where court had jurisdiction because plaintiff did not dispute the merits of an executive branch decision denying him security clearance, but instead, disputed the bona fides of a professed security clearance requirement while introducing evidence to satisfy his pleading burdens under McDonnell Douglas Corp. v. Green, 411 U.S. 792, 802-04 (1973). read more

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