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  • issue 113
  • apr. 19, 2012

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In the News more

Supreme Court says private workers temporarily hired by government can be shielded from suits

The 'Nature' of Sexual Harassment

EEOC Amends Age Discrimination Regulations

Employees: Bosses overworked them during recession

Interviewers say asking for social media passwords is off-limits

City Settles Lawsuit That Claimed Bias and Retaliation

More American workers sue employers for overtime pay

Five signs your workplace may be toxic

Rules cover workplace retaliation

California Court Sides With Businesses on Worker Breaks

The Lilly Ledbetter Act's impact on workplace discrimination

Fired for 'Liking' Gay FB Page, Worker Claims

Obama Won't Order Ban on Gay Bias by Employers

Women, Money, and Bias: 'The Economy Is Classist, Then Racist, Then Sexist'

Resources for Human Development Settles EEOC Disability Suit for $125,00

Fighting back on age-based bullying in the workplace

Union says right-to-work law violates free speech

Workplace Law: Employer must justify unequal pay between sexes

EEOC asks court to reconsider harassment case ruling that could deter class-action bias suits

Are women without kids treated unfairly in the workplace and other questions

Employee With Bipolar Disorder Wins Discrimination Case

Payroll deduction law challenged by unions

Same-sex benefits denial is ruled discriminatory

Female Miami Beach firefighter awarded $700,000 in sexual harassment case

Judge orders defunct California construction company to restore nearly $520,000 to employee retirement plan following US Labor Department lawsuit

Your Future Employer Is Watching You Online. You Should Be, Too.

Employment practices liability insurance rates up 11.6% in 2011 fourth quarter

How Far Can Bosses Take At-Will Laws When Firing?

Is Gray Hair OK on the Job? Civil Rights Lawyer Sees Risks, Plaintiff Claims Bias

Thomas Sowell: Statistical disparities don't necessarily indicate discrimination

In NLRB Probe, Dems Turn Up Heat On Ethics Investigation Involving Romney Adviser

Bayer Loses Bid to Bar Class Action in Sex-Bias Lawsuit

What Advice Should Lawyers Give Clients Who Want to Ask Prospective Employees for Their Facebook Passwords?

Teacher's Aide Booted For Refusing Access To Personal Facebook Profile

AutoZone to Pay $75,000 to Settle EEOC Religious Discrimination Lawsuit

Job applicants shouldn't have to give Facebook passwords to propsective bosses

EEOC Issues Final Rule on "Reasonable Factors Other than Age" Under the ADEA

Where the Hiring Is Strongest

Topic of the Week more

Men v. Women Leaders

Who makes a better boss, a man or a woman? read more

BLOGS: Today’s Workplacemore

Jenya Cassidy

Wal-Mart: One More Reason Why We Need Equal Pay

April 19, 2012 | Jenya Cassidy

With the rise of the low-wage retail giants like Wal-Mart, one woman, an 82 year-old cashier at a grocery store, is a part of a shrinking group: a union worker with rights on the job, health benefits, paid sick days, vacation and possibly a pension or retirement fund. And with a union contract, she won't be arbitrarily paid less than a man doing the same job with the same seniority. read more

The risks are high in a trial that began this week pitting top corporate managers at Hostess Brands against the unionized workers who have produced and distributed its cakes, breads and snack foods for decades. Hostess - maker of well-known products like Twinkies and Wonder Bread - wants bankruptcy court approval to cancel its labor contracts with several unions, most notably the Teamsters. If successful in eliminating the contracts, a strike could well ensue that threatens to kill off the company and eliminate as many as 15,000 union jobs. read more

Jobs have been cut at record-breaking numbers over the past few years during this recession. Many are left to wonder whether we are moving at the "right" pace in order to recover? Economists and journalists take a gander at what shoulda, woulda, coulda in the effort to stabilize jobs in our economy. read more

Over the past few years, Americans have been involved in an employment numbers game- unemployment is up, unemployment is down. It's a roller coaster and Americans are riding in the dark. Many of the people on this ride are those individuals who are actually unemployed. The American approach in dealing and aiding those people who have been laid off or who have been unable to get into the job market is a unique one. Is it a good one? Perhaps. Pat Garofalo examines the American approach to unemployment compared against those from around the globe. read more

In the Courts more

Morales-Cruz v. University of Puerto Rico

First Circuit; No. 11-1589 Decision Date: April 10, 2012

In a Title VII suit against a university and university officials for gender-based employment discrimination, the district court's grant of the defendants' motion to dismiss for failure to state a claim is affirmed, where: 1) the allegation that she was held to a different standard because she was a woman did not follow from any factual content set out in the pleading or any reasonable inference therefrom; and 2) the complaint alleged no facts that would support an inference that the university acted on the basis of gender. read more

Wilder v. Merit System Protections Board

Federal Circuit; No. 2011-3105 Decision Date: April 9, 2012

In a case in which a former civilian employee of the Navy, who was on the job for less than a year but who had previously served for 26 years in the Army, sought to appeal his termination to the Merit Systems Protection Board, the Board's dismissal of the appeal is affirmed, where: 1) the petitioner did not have the right to Board review of his removal because he did not have "one year of current continuous service" as required by statute; and 2) an Office of Personnel Management regulation defining "current continuous service" as limited to "Federal civilian employment" embodied a reasonable interpretation of the statute and was entitled to Chevron deference; and 3) the Board did not have jurisdiction to address the petitioner's assertion that his removal was the product of racial discrimination. read more

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