an update for the week of november 1, 2004
Vote on Tuesday!
today's workplace: the employee rights blog
You're Getting Short-Changed, So Vote!: With perhaps the most important election of our lifetime just days away, we are acutely aware of the issues our nation faces and the choices we make that determine our future. Many of the most critical issues today are those faced by the working people of America. With each passing day, more and more of them struggle to make ends meet and worry about their future. Regardless who wins the election, it's clear it's time for a change. That's why Workplace Fairness has added a new area to its website called Short-Changed: America's Workers Are Giving More and Getting Less.
The Long and Winding Road: Workers Finally Will Experience Tax Relief (and Fairness): Buried at page 343 in the midst of a corporate tax bill spanning more than six hundred pages may very well be the most significant piece of civil rights legislation passed in the last decade (and certainly in the past four years). While the existence of this particular tax break might not mean very much to reporters covering the most significant provisions of this bill, it means all the world to workers and their advocates who seek to be "made whole" after enduring discrimination, harassment, and other illegalities in the workplace. Efforts to include this piece of legislation into a bill primarily designed for pet projects simmering on Capitol Hill for years is a true example of "The Little Engine that Could."
this week in the courts
Olson v. Northern FS, Inc.  (Seventh Circuit; No. 04-1102, 04-1464)
Decision Date: October 22, 2004
Dismissal of plaintiff's age discrimination claim is reversed where defendant-employer's hiring of someone substantially younger than plaintiff, with less experience, is sufficient evidence to survive summary judgment.
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