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December 2011 Archives

$275,000 Settlement Reached Between Wal-Mart and EEOC

A $275,000 disability settlement between the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and Wal-Mart was reached this week. The settlement was agreed upon after a man was unfairly discriminated against following his cancer surgery.

San Francisco Wage Increase Has Some Residents Cheering

A 2003 law passed by a city ordinance requires business owners to follow San Francisco mandatory cost-of-living or inflation increases to the minimum wage. The minimum wage is set to increase from $9.92 to $10.24 in 2012.

Appeals Court Sided with California Church in Wrongful Termination Suit

The 4th District Court of Appeals upheld the lower court's ruling in favor of the defendant Red Hill Lutheran Church and school after firing a preschool teacher for not conforming to their beliefs. The woman was unmarried and lived with a boyfriend and their child, the court decision stated.

New York Ruling Says Partner Not an Employee Under Law

A former law firm partner lost his age discrimination suit against law firm Holland & Knight. The judge granted summary judgment in favor of the law firm, holding that the former partner was not an employee under a legal test established by a previous legal decision involving a law firm.

Proposed Department of Labor Rule Would Establish Quota of Disabled Employees

A new rule proposed by the Department of Labor (DOL) and the Obama Administration would set a goal of hiring 7 percent of its federal contracting workforce as employees with disabilities. The proposed rule is not official yet; it will go through a review and public comment process that may change the percentage.

Tracking Dates of Harassment to Prepare for Filing

In filing a claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), or a state employment agency, most rules have filing guidelines and deadlines. The rules help employers understand their obligations and help employees understand how to file a sexual harassment or discrimination claim with the EEOC.

Wells Fargo Lending Discrimination Class Certification Denied

A federal court rejected the class certification of a large class of Hispanic and black homeowners based on the analysis in the U.S. Supreme Court employment law decision Wal-Mart Stores Inc. v. Dukes. This is only one of the cases that has relied on the important Dukes decision to deny certification to a class of plaintiffs.

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