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Physician awarded $3.6 million in Title VII race and religious bias case

June 3rd, 2010

A Texas jury has awarded a Muslim Egyptian physician more than $3.6 million in damages after determining his hospital employer discriminated and retaliated against him because of his race and religion in violation of Title VII, announced the physician’s firm the Aldous Law Firm (Nassar v University of Tex SW Med Ctr at Dallas, no [Read more...]

Expert discusses implications for employee privacy in texting case before Supreme Court

June 2nd, 2010

On December 14, 2009, the U.S. Supreme Court decided to review whether or not a public employee had a reasonable expectation of privacy in text messages sent to and from his work-issued pager that were stored in the server system of a third-party service provider (City of Ontario v Quon, Dkt No 08-1332). The case [Read more...]

Supreme Court to decide whether medical residents qualify for FICA exception

June 2nd, 2010

The US Supreme Court has granted cert in Mayo Foundation for Medical Educ and Research v United States (Dkt No 09-837) to consider whether medical residents are qualified for the student FICA exception and to resolve a split in the circuits on the issue. A district court had ruled medical residents at the university, like [Read more...]

Companies should consider using social networking to their advantage

June 1st, 2010

Much has been reported about the risks associated with social networking: liability in the form of discrimination or harassment suits, decreased productivity, and privacy infringement, just to name a few. In fact, according to Susan Miele, senior partner at Camden Consulting Group, the greatest risk to employers of employees’ social networking use include:

Employees spend too [Read more...]

House labor committee chair Miller calls on OSHA to protect workers cleaning up BP spill

June 1st, 2010

In the wake of increased reports that commercial fishermen hired by BP to help with oil cleanup efforts in the Gulf Coast are experiencing a variety of illnesses, George Miller (D-Cal), Chair of the House Education and Labor Committee, wrote a letter to OSHA chief David Michaels yesterday requesting an immediate mid-level briefing on the [Read more...]