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FedEx contractor can’t claim contract breach after his operating agreement expired

February 22nd, 2017

By Ronald Miller, J.D.
A FedEx contractor failed to state a claim for breach of contract or fraud after the package delivery company terminated his service contract and refused to provide damages stemming from his inability to assign the rights to his service area beyond the remaining term of his Independent Service Provider (ISP) agreement, ruled [Read more...]

Iowa legislature rams through bill to rein in public employee unions

February 22nd, 2017

By Pamela Wolf, J.D.
The Republican-dominated Iowa Legislature, in a fast-tracked maneuver, passed a bill on February 16 that would drastically rein in public employee unions and curb collective bargaining rights of public employees. The measure was introduced in the Senate on February 7 and in the House on February 9. Just over a week later, [Read more...]

Fired for using wrong restroom, art curator can discover other sexual misconduct cases

February 22nd, 2017

By Dave Strausfeld, J.D.
In an age discrimination suit, a Yale University employee was entitled to discovery of documents regarding other university employees accused of sexual misconduct, held a federal district court in Connecticut. The 66-year-old art museum curator, who said he was fired after he went into the wrong restroom, claimed he simply made an [Read more...]

Police officer’s report of official misconduct not ‘citizen’ speech, not protected

February 22nd, 2017

By Lorene D. Park, J.D.
Affirming the dismissal of a police officer’s Section 1983 claim that he was subjected to discipline in retaliation for reporting racial profiling and other misconduct, the Seventh Circuit explained that an officer’s duty to report official police misconduct is part of the job. He was therefore speaking as a public employee, [Read more...]

Was broken arm a disability where restrictions lasted a year?

February 21st, 2017

By Kathleen Kapusta, J.D.
Despite some medical reports stating that restrictions from an employee’s broken arm were temporary and evidence that her condition improved over time, a federal district court in Tennessee found that she presented evidence sufficient to show she was disabled under the ADA, including that there were still restrictions in place at the [Read more...]