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  • issue 84
  • aug. 30, 2011

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In the News more

Why the Labor Movement Moved Left

Employers Must Tell Workers of Rights to Unionize, NLRB Says

Two White Male Cops, Sue San Francisco Citing 'Racial Bias'

Allstar Fitness to Pay $150,000 in Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Settlement

Are coworkers dumping their work on your back?

Why Your HR Manager May Hate You

3M will pay $3 million to settle age-bias suit

Workplace Conflict: How to Diffuse Battles with Co-Workers

Employees bid goodbye to corporate America

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

Board Orders a Repeat of a California Union Election

Topic of the Week more

The Help: Getting A More Positive Attitude at Work

In this economy almost everyone hits a pothole now and then. And then for some of us, unfortunately, it turns into a sinkhole. The key today is to not try to avoid getting knocked down, it will happen. The key is to learn how to get back on a positive tra read more

BLOGS: Today’s Workplacemore

A recent court judgment ruling that Bloomberg LP did not discriminate against women for taking pregnancy leave creates a stir. While the female gender is the only one capable of carrying child, does permitting new-mother work-leave encourage a different kind of discrimination. Author Piper Hoffman discusses the perspective of "work-family" trade-offs versus "work-life" trade-offs and how this affects the workplace. read more

Bob Rosner

Stupidity on Steroids

August 29, 2011 | Bob Rosner

When an ethics complaint filed against a Connecticut councilwoman led to the decision forcing her to pay for a $400.00 high school course her son attended for free, the ethics board chose to compensate her for her legal costs, a $407,000.00 bill. Bob Rosner asks, "where is the common sense here?" read more

The National Labor Relations Board has issued a new mandate requiring employers to post a small poster informing workers of the rights under the National Labor Relations Act. However, negative reactions from Big Business makes some wonder- what's the big deal, it's just a poster, right? read more

In the 1980s and 1990s, the phrase "going postal," was coined after a number of postal workers committed a series of acts of violence. Even today, however, workplace violence for postal workers and other workers alike remains a critical issue in the workforce that may require more examination than we think. read more

Lee Saunders

Revive the Dream

August 24, 2011 | Lee Saunders

With the upcoming dedication of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C., AFSCME Secretary-Treasurer Lee Saunders highlights the Civil Rights leader's commitment to increasing employment and job opportunities in the United States. Saunders urges Americans to be inspired by King's message and challenge themselves for the future. read more

James Parks

Help Fight Discrimination Against the Unemployed

August 23, 2011 | James Parks

As unemployment figures continue to grow, jobless Americans are continuing to face challenges in their attempts to find jobs. Employers are creating restrictions prohibiting currently unemployed individuals from applying to positions that me be available. A number of organizations are urging employers and career-building sites to change these practices. read more

Bob Rosner

Tea Party? More Like the Donner Party

August 15, 2011 | Bob Rosner 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

Roman-Oliveras v. PREPA

First Circuit; No. 09-1503 Decision Date: August 18, 2011

In an employment action for unlawful discrimination on the basis of a medical condition and hostile work environment, judgment of the district court dismissing complaint by plaintiff who suffered schizophrenia throughout the period of his employment is reversed where complaint stated plausible discrimination based on the perception that plaintiff is disabled, but affirmed where Title I of the ADA does not provide for liability against individuals who are not themselves employers, and in all other respects read more

Briscoe v. City of New Haven

Second Circuit; No. 10-1975 Decision Date: August 15, 2011

In a dispute involving a disparate-impact challenge to defendant's promotion practices and where the plaintiff, an African-American firefighter for the City of New Haven, alleges that the firefighter promotion exams challenged in Ricci were arbitrarily weighted thus yielding an impermissible disparate impact, judgment of the district court is reversed where the court erred in dismissing the claim as necessarily foreclosed by Ricci read more

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