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  • issue 83
  • aug. 22, 2011

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In the News more

New Haven Faces A Reverse-Reverse-Discrimination Suit

Are Older Workers Job Hopping More?

401(k) Nation: Road To Retirement Gets Rockier

Former Booz Allen partner says gender bias was root of her firing

Labor Department targets unpaid worker's comp penalties

US Department of Labor's OSHA releases mobile app to help protect workers from heat-related illnesses

7th Circuit Says it's Still Racial Bias Even if Not All in Protected Class are Targeted

Explosive B'klyn sex harass suit alleges torment and abuse at realty office

Law Grads Sue Over Tuition

Princeton Club sued by long-time employee who charges Ivy League club with racial discrimination

US Labor Department considers development of data tool to combat pay discrimination

Board Orders a Repeat of a California Union Election

Facebook Firings: Employers Need To Mind Labor Law, Report Finds

In a Down Economy, Heightened Scrutiny of Hiring Practices

Social Media's Seven Deadly Sins

Topic of the Week more

Do The Right Thing: Maintaining An Appropriate Level of Self-Interest

Ever feel like everyone around you at work is unbelievably self-absorbed and only able to focus on his or her own personal needs? read more

BLOGS: Today’s Workplacemore

In the normal world of taxable income (and let me say that nothing in the tax code is simple when it comes to schemes that allow people like Black to shelter their money), carried interest is taxed as investment income - at the capital gains level of 15 percent (much lower than the top wage income rate), even though most of these managers invest very little, if any, of their own money. read more

Akito Yoshikane

Postal Workers to USPS: Don't Shred Our Contract

August 18, 2011 | Akito Yoshikane

The U.S. Postal Service's plans to cut more than 220,000 jobs - that's right, nearly a quarter million - and break a collective bargaining agreement has its employee unions up in arms. read more

Luckily, the law seems to be heading in the right direction for employees on whistleblower issues. read more

The huge crowd outside the Verizon Center in downtown Washington, D.C., Saturday wasn't there for a basketball game or concert. They came to tell Verizon to stop its attack on middle-class jobs. read more

Bob Rosner

Tea Party? More Like the Donner Party

August 15, 2011 | Bob Rosner

...to the Tea Party there is only one mantra, cut today, cut tomorrow and then put together a commission to cut in the future. read more

In the Courts more

Pitts v. Terrible Herbst, Inc.

Ninth Circuit; No. 10-15965 Decision Date: August 9, 2011

In an dispute arising from a class-action for violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act, 29 U.S.C. Section 216(b), and state labor laws, judgment of the district court denying plaintiff class certification is reversed as an abuse of discretion where a rejected Rule 68 offer of judgment for the full amount of a putative class representative's individual claim does not moot a class action complaint where the offer precedes the filing of a motion for class certification. read more

Okoli v. City of Baltimore

Fourth Circuit; No. 08-2198 Decision Date: August 9, 2011

In a Title VII action for harassment and retaliation, summary judgment in favor of the defendant is reversed where plaintiff's allegations that her boss forcibly kissed her, fondled her leg, propositioned her, asked sexually explicit questions, described sexual activities he wished to perform, and then, after she spurned the advances and filed a harassment complaint, fired her are sufficient to sustain claims of hostile work environment, quid pro quo harassment, and retaliation. read more

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