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Asbestos-removal workers whose schedules changed after refusing unsafe vacuums advance retaliation claims

February 21st, 2017

By Harold S. Berman J.D.
Two employees who refused to use potentially unsafe vacuum cleaners to perform asbestos abatement in federal congressional offices, and were soon moved to a less lucrative shift and denied overtime opportunities, could proceed with their retaliation suit under the Congressional Accountability Act (CAA), ruled a federal district court in the District [Read more...]


New Labor Secretary pick: Law school dean thrice confirmed for government spots

February 21st, 2017

By Pamela Wolf, J.D.
The day after President Donald Trump’s pick for Secretary of Labor, Andrew Puzder, withdrew from consideration, the chief executive put forth a new nominee, Alexander Acosta, seen by many as a much less controversial and more promising nominee. Puzder, the CEO of CKE Restaurants, which operates Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s, was embattled [Read more...]


Did Walmart pay male coworkers more, promote less-qualified men?

February 17th, 2017

By Kathleen Kapusta, J.D.
Small differences in work history, qualifications, or prior work experience were not enough to find that four male coworkers were not similarly situated to a lower paid female employee for purposes of her Title VII disparate pay claim, a federal district court in Illinois determined on summary judgment. Finding fact issues as [Read more...]


Jury to tell whether radiology tech was put on PIP, fired for age bias complaints

February 17th, 2017

By Dave Strausfeld, J.D.
A radiology technologist may proceed to trial on his claims that he suffered retaliation for complaining of age discrimination, held a federal district court in New Jersey. Because his most recent performance evaluations rated him “exceeds expectations,” a reasonable jury could find that he was placed on a performance improvement plan for [Read more...]


North Carolina deal would repeal controversial transgender bathroom law

February 17th, 2017

By Pamela Wolf, J.D.
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper has proposed a compromise in the battle over legislation that was aimed at blunting a Charlotte ordinance that would have extended antidiscrimination protections to transgender individuals in that city. In March 2016, then-Governor Pat McCrory approved H.B. 2, same-day legislation that bars and negates any state or [Read more...]