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February 2012 Archives

Proposed California law hopes to stop bias against the unemployed

As the economy continues to keep unemployment rates high, many states are looking to add laws that forbid discriminating against people who have been unemployed for a long time. Proposed legislation in California will fine businesses that discriminate against unemployed people, either while posting a job or while making their hiring decisions.

Chiropractor sues former employer for pregnancy discrimination

Dr. Mary Beamer, a Pennsylvania chiropractor, missed 11 days of work in 2007 with hyperemesis gravidarum, a severe form of morning sickness related to her pregnancy. Despite the fact that she had various medical appointments and emergency-room visits and submitted doctors' notes, these 11 days turned out to alter the course of her life. Her employer fired her and terminated her health insurance benefits without even sending her a termination letter, she claimed in her lawsuit.

Several law schools sued for employment discrimination

A growing number of law schools across the U.S. are facing lawsuits brought on behalf of recent law graduates having great difficulty finding employment. Most of these lawsuits claim that the law schools failed to accurately report their post-graduation employment data, misleading students about their prospects for finding jobs after law school and leaving them with thousands of dollars in student loan debt without a job.

California Man Files Suit Against Starbucks for Disability Discrimination

A man who applied for a Starbucks job is alleging that he was discriminated against because he was born with half of his left arm. The applicant said that during the interview, the hiring manager made negative comments that alluded to his arm and the manager never discussed reasonable accommodation.

Federal Sexual Harassment Settled Day Before Trial Date

A small, family-owned company recently settled a sexual harassment suit with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on behalf of a female employee who suffered alleged harassment. Hobson Air Conditioning employed only one female employee at a particular facility at the time of the alleged sexual harassment.

Fashion Industry Insiders Say Employers Fail to Follow Employment Laws

Employers have the responsibility to stay alert to employment law changes and modify any policies that do not comply with federal and state laws. The fashion industry, however, continues to show signs that they're far behind in protecting models. As independent contractors for fashion designers, it's sometimes unclear for the employer how to treat the models under the law, but it's becoming increasingly clear that further regulation may be needed to prevent grievous harm.

$99M Class Action Settlement Between Novartis and Sales Reps

A federal district court has issued a preliminary approval of a $99 million class action settlement between pharmaceutical sales company Novartis and sales representatives for wage and hour disputes. The sales reps filed suit against Novartis for improper classification of the employees as exempt and not eligible for overtime wages.

Unpaid Intern Seeks Back Wages and Overtime From Popular Magazine

A woman who worked as an unpaid intern for Harper's Bazaar has filed suit against the company for violations of federal and state wage and hour laws. The woman claims that she is entitled to back wages and overtime compensation under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Employee Claims Retaliation for Reporting Sexual Harassment to NYU

An administrator from New York University claims that the university retaliated against her by eliminating her position following her allegation of sexual harassment by the former dean of the Schack Real Estate Institute. The woman alleges that at a dinner with the dean, he forced her to touch his crotch while they were discussing a possible promotion.

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