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  • issue 106
  • feb. 28, 2012

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In the News more

One Man Standing Against Race-Based Laws

Remarkable hiring stories

How to Fix Executive Compensation

Baltimore County approves transgender discrimination ban; 4th Md. govt. to adopt protections

Measures Aim to End Bias Against Long-Term Jobless

US Labor Department concludes settlement restoring $32 million to Tribune Co. employee stock ownership plan

How Age Discrimination Is Legal in Illinois

When Should You Tell Your Boss You're Pregnant?

Plaintiffs appealing Vegas casino age bias ruling

Federal worker prevails in discrimination case against Social Security

Debate over conscience in the workplace intensifies

Ready Mix to Pay $400,000 To Settle EEOC Racial Harassment Lawsuit

Blindsided by changing workplace and economy, Baby Boomers new mantra is 'work til you drop'

Pregnancy bias is alive and well in America

When is it okay to quit without giving notice?

We Can't Wait: How Obama Can Stop Discrimination Now

Graying workforce creates more complex world for employers

Court hearing planned for Utah's immigration law

Workplace Discrimination for Caregivers: A Reality

Home health industry fights minimum wage rule

EEOC: Bias against pregnant workers persists

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

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

Employers, workers navigate pitfalls of social media

Topic of the Week more

Young Adult

Only 54% of 18 to 24 year olds in the U.S. have a job right now, that's the lowest percentage of young people working since they started tracking it way back in 1948. People are starting to call these unemployed kids the "lost generation." read more

BLOGS: Today’s Workplacemore

Wisconsin prohibits employers from discriminating "on the basis of age, race, creed, color, disability, marital status, sex, national origin, ancestry, arrest record, conviction record, military service, use or nonuse of lawful products off the employer's premises during nonworking hours, or declining to attend a meeting or to participate in any communication about religious matters or political matters," and it ensures that this law has teeth by allowing victims of discrimination to hold their employers accountable in state court. That's about to change, however, as the Wisconsin legislature recently voted to strip the state's workers of their ability to actually enforce this law -- leaving anti-worker Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) as the only obstacle to the law's total repeal. read more

Michelle Chen

Workers Hold Key to Reigniting Egypt's Revolution

February 27, 2012 | Michelle Chen

Labor was a vibrant force of dissent in Egypt long before the Arab Spring. Worker-activists were involved both in the nationalist movements of the early-twentieth century and later on, in struggles under the authoritarian rule that was enforced by the state union apparatus. When neoliberal policies took hold of the economy during the 1970s, workers confronted a convergence of capitalist exploitation and state repression, fraught with low wages, gender discrimination and crackdowns on labor organizing. read more

Steven Ward

Ex-NFL Player Can't Score Medical Records

February 24, 2012 | Steven Ward

A dozen former NFL players have filed a class-action in U.S. District Court in New Jersey against the league, claiming that they weren't warned of the consequences of taking the drug. The players allege that among other side effects, Toradol masked pain, which masked the symptoms of concussion. Playing through their head injuries, the suit states, has brought on long term debilitating conditions, such as "anxiety, depression, short-term memory loss, severe headaches, sleeping problems and dizziness." read more

Kari Lydersen

Another Victory for Southern Calif. 'Carwasheros'

February 23, 2012 | Kari Lydersen

Immigrant "carwasheros," who often earn below minimum wage with no benefits, scored an historic victory this week by unionizing two Los Angeles car washes, Vermont Car Wash and Nava's Car Wash. They were the first in the city limits to unionize. The workers are now members of the United Steelworkers, with the move likely gaining them significantly improved wages, protections and benefits while also scoring a symbolic and tactical win for organized labor as a whole. read more

Companies are improving margins and generating profits as wage growth for the American worker lags behind the prices of goods and services…While benefiting the bottom line for businesses, the decline in inflation-adjusted wages bodes ill for the sustainability of economic growth as consumers may eventually be forced to cut back. read more

The night is long and lonely and taxi driver Fernando has no choice but to endlessly troll the streets. It is the only way he can earn a living, driving from 4 p.m. to 4 a.m. seven nights a week, and even then it's barely enough to get by. "It is difficult. The salaries are low. There is not enough work. And everything is more expensive," says the middle-aged driver as he cruises the streets of this historic southern Mexican city. read more

Basically, the restaurant industry is taking an abysmally low base wage, adding in employers who pressure workers not to demand their legal right to make at least the full minimum wage, and crowding women into the lowest-paying occupations and sectors of the industry. Few restaurant workers have either paid sick days or employer-provided health insurance, of course. As well, at slow times, restaurants may send home workers who earn the full minimum wage or above, keeping servers who are only paid $2.13 an hour to staff the restaurant. read more

In the Courts more

Republic Franklin Insurance Co. v. Albemarle County School Board

Fourth Circuit; No. 10-1961 Decision Date: February 24, 2012

In a suit by an insurer for a declaratory judgment that it owed no duty to defend or indemnify its insured in an action commenced by the insured's employees for violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the district court's grant of summary judgment to the insurer is reversed, where: 1) the underlying FLSA complaint alleged a claim for a "wrongful act" covered by the policy; and 2) liquidated damages and attorneys' fees claimed because of the FLSA violations would be "losses" covered by the policy. read more

Nazario-Lugo v. Caribevision Holdings, Inc.

First Circuit; No. 10-1728 Decision Date: February 24, 2012

In a suit for breach of an employment contract, the district court's dismissal of the complaint is reversed, where the district court exceeded its discretion in its application of the Colorado River factors to dismiss the case in deference to litigation pending in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, as that litigation did not display exceptional circumstances that would clearly justify departure from the federal court's obligation to exercise jurisdiction in a garden variety federal diversity case requiring only the application of settled principles of state law to an ordinary contract dispute. read more

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