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Female employee was pressured to enter into sham marriage, EEOC charges in sexual harassment suit

September 27th, 2010

Courtesy Building Services, a Texas-based janitorial and maintenance service, violated Title VII by subjecting a female employee to sexual harassment, including being pressured to marry a stranger from Thailand to promote his efforts toward citizenship, the EEOC charged in a recent lawsuit. According to the agency, Operations Manager Melissa Gaona was subjected to unlawful sexual [Read more...]


Guide available for employers to improve workers’ comp outcomes and better provide for injured workers

September 24th, 2010

The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM),  working in partnership with the International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions (IAIABC), has released a guide to help employers and employees, insurers, regulatory agencies, and others in the workers’ compensation system identify the best available physicians to provide care for people who have suffered [Read more...]


Jury awards $184,400 against staffing company in EEOC disability harassment case brought on behalf of deaf applicant

September 24th, 2010

A Dallas jury rendered a verdict against staffing company Smith Personnel Solutions, awarding $184,400 to a deaf applicant who was turned away when she tried to apply for a job as a stock clerk, in an ADA case brought on behalf of the applicant by the EEOC. In a statement issued to announce the verdict, [Read more...]


According to survey, more than half of unemployed workers with job offers said the pay was over 25 percent below previous salary

September 23rd, 2010

Although many unemployed workers are eager to start earning a paycheck, some are holding out for better offers. A new survey from Personified, CareerBuilder’s talent consulting arm, shows that 17 percent of unemployed workers have received at least one job offer since they have become unemployed. Of these workers, 92 percent rejected the offer. Fifty-four [Read more...]


Female janitor sues Ikea cleaning subcontractor for sex and pregnancy discrimination, other state and federal claims

September 23rd, 2010

The San Francisco-based Legal Aid Society–Employment Law Center (LAS-ELC) has filed a pregnancy discrimination suit against Excel Building Services, a janitorial services company based in Pleasanton, California, that contracts nationwide with major retail stores, including Ikea and Target. The suit was filed in the Northern District of California on behalf of Susana Macías, a janitor [Read more...]