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  • issue 105
  • feb. 16, 2012

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In the News more

Age Discrimination Suits Jump, But Wins Are Elusive

G.M. Changes Pensions for Salaried Workers

Working pregnant women face rampant discrimination: agency

Settlement distributes more than $300,000 to unlawfully discharged workers in Texas

When you're stuck between bickering bosses

Convincing a cynical workforce that change is necessary

Hostility in the air at workplaces this Valentine's Day

What Retirement? Seniors Are Getting Back To Work

Obama to backers: Pressure Congress on payroll tax cut

Judge: Firing for lactation not sex discrimination

How Fun Is Your Workplace? (And Why It Matters)

Use it or lose it: Your voice is valuable in the workplace

Quinn: Ban hiring discrimination against jobless

Tilted Kilt sued for sexual harassment

PepsiCo Unions Seek NLRB Help to Fight $50 Tax on Fat, Smoking

Arizona Lawmakers Target Public Workers' Unions

Overtime bill pits needs of high-tech employers vs. workers

Workplace Violence and the 'Bad Apple' Myth

Court Strikes Down Ban on Gay Marriage in California

Professional Media Corporation to Pay $58,000 To Settle EEOC Disability Bias Suit

Employers, workers navigate pitfalls of social media

What Obama Should Do About Workplace Discrimination

The Days of "Manager Knows Best" Are Ending

EEOC Settles Disability and Age Discrimination Suit against DXP Enterprises

Unions Create TV Ad To Appeal To Young People

Topic of the Week more

Rolling in the Deep

If only it were that simple to avoid an ex-lover at work. But when you work with a former partner, it's often a much more complicated situation. That's why it's so important to review the following four step process the next time you think about sending a read more

BLOGS: Today’s Workplacemore

Jonathan Tasini

Missing it Again on the Minimum Wage

February 16, 2012 | Jonathan Tasini

The number of workers in New York state earning minimum wage has increased sharply since the start of the recession, one of the driving factors underlying a debate in Albany over whether to raise the hourly rate.But, the problem is that the solution is a cruel lie. read more

Kari Lydersen

Not So Sweet: The Intricacies of Big and Little Sugar

February 16, 2012 | Kari Lydersen

There are plenty of reasons for less-than-sweet feelings about the sugar industry, from the big sugar cane producers that have decimated large swaths of the Everglades to American Crystal Sugar Company, the sugar beet producer which has locked out 1,300 workers at its North Dakota plant this winter. On February 22, thos workers are joining other locked out workers for a 1,000-mile-plus "Journey for Justice" from Fargo, N.D. to the site of a tire factory that's locked out workers in Findlay, Ohio. read more

This extraordinarily rare string of victories leads me to believe that despite major attacks on workers' organizing and collective bargaining rights, unions can take advantage of workers' backlash against these attacks and win big victories. They can still organize. read more

CIW is a workers' organization that partners with faith, labor, and consumer groups to push improvements in farm workers' working conditions and voice on the job. It's part of a growing trend of labor activism that takes place outside of the protections and restrictions of the National Labor Relations Act. CIW's Trader Joe's agreement is the latest in a series of victories achieved through comprehensive campaigns that leverage consumer and media pressure at strategic points in the tomato supply chain. read more

Sara Doe was hired as a page at a Chicago library in 2007, and immediately fell in love with the job. Earning $11.18 an hour without benefits for shelving books, directing customers and other basic tasks might not be glamorous work, she told In These Times, but she loved the human interaction and the chance to spend time in libraries, which since she was a kid have been "like museums for me"--oases of calm and knowledge. read more

In the Courts more

Lawson v. FMR,LLC

First Circuit; No. 10-2240 Decision Date: February 3, 2012

In two separate but related cases under the whistleblower protection provision of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, alleging unlawful retaliation by employers that are private companies that act under contract as advisers to and managers of mutual funds organized under the Investment Company Act of 1940, the district court's denial of motions to dismiss for failure to state a claim is reversed, as the whistleblower protection afforded by section 806(a) of the Act applies only to the employees of public companies as defined in the Act, and not to an employee of a contractor or subcontractor of a public company reporting suspected violations relating to fraud against shareholders of the public company. Read more... read more

Lore v. City of Syracuse

Second Circuit; No. 09-3772 Decision Date: February 2, 2012

In a case alleging illegal retaliation against a city police officer under Title VII and the New York State Human Rights Law (HRL) because of her complaints of gender discrimination, the district court's judgment is: 1) affirmed in part where the city's arguments regarding the availability of reputation damages, evidentiary and instructional errors, and excessive damages for emotional distress presented no basis for disturbing the judgment; and 2) vacated in part where there was merit in plaintiff's contentions regarding the liability of the city's corporation counsel, and the district court erred in dismissing her principal gender discrimination claims under the HRL on the basis that she had suffered no materially adverse employment action. read more

Haybarger v. Lawrence County Adult Probation and Parole

Third Circuit; No. 10-3916 Decision Date: January 31, 2012

In an employee's suit under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the district court's summary judgment in favor of the employee's supervisor is reversed, as: 1) the FMLA permits individual liability against supervisors at public agencies; and 2) the district court erred in holding that the supervisor was not an employer under the FMLA, where the record suggested that he exercised control over the conditions of the plaintiff's employment. read more

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