Wal-Mart's ongoing gender discrimination lawsuit will continue in California after a federal judge rejected the company's request to dismiss the case last week. The California class action suit alleges that Wal-Mart discriminated against its female employees by withholding equal pay and promotion opportunities.
The Supreme Court of the United States decided on Tuesday that a former state employee cannot sue his employer for money damages even though he may have been fired in violation of the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Under the protections of the FMLA, employees are allowed to take up to twelve weeks of unpaid time off work for the birth or adoption of a child or to care for themselves or a family member recovering from medical condition.
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.