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Summary judgment granted to class of female correction officer applicants; timed run component of physical fitness test had disparate impact on women

May 9th, 2011

A state’s physical fitness test (PFT) for correction officer applicants, which required a timed 1.5-mile run, violated Title VII because it had a disparate impact on female applicants and was neither job-related nor consistent with business necessity, a federal district court in Connecticut ruled in addressing cross motions for summary judgment on the issue of [Read more...]

Unemployment rate edged up to 9.0 percent in April

May 9th, 2011

Nonfarm payroll employment rose by 244,000 in April, and the unemployment rate edged up to 9.0 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported May 6. Job gains occurred in several service-providing industries, manufacturing, and mining.
The number of unemployed persons, at 13.7 million, changed little in April. The unemployment rate edged up from 8.8 to [Read more...]

Annual Mother’s Day survey finds working moms who are sole financial providers earn significantly less than working dads

May 6th, 2011

Although the economic situation is improving for U.S. families, working moms report they are struggling to financially support their families and have quality time at home. More than one-third (35 percent) of working moms and 44 percent of working dads surveyed by CareerBuilder said they are the sole financial provider for their household. Comparing these [Read more...]

Survey of US public companies sheds light on corporate aid to Japan

May 6th, 2011

The Conference Board released findings on May 5 from a survey on contributions by U.S. public companies to relief efforts in Japan. “The recent crisis in Japan has resulted in an outpouring of support from citizens and corporations around the world,” said Matteo Tonello, research director of corporate leadership at The Conference Board. “Numerous relief programs [Read more...]

Spanish version of arbitration agreement was valid, grant of motion to compel arbitration of sex and disability bias, and reprisal claims affirmed

May 5th, 2011

An employee was required to arbitrate her sex and disability discrimination and reprisal claims, despite her assertions that the Spanish version of the arbitration agreement that she signed was not valid, ruled the First Circuit Court of Appeals (Soto-Fonalledas v Ritz-Carlton San Juan Hotel Spa & Casino, May 4, 2011, Lynch, S). The appeals court [Read more...]