Supreme Court Rules to Limit Ability of Plaintiff to Sue State Employers for FMLA Violations

The Family and Medical Leave Act, passed in 1993, permits individuals to sue their employers for failing to provide time away from work under certain circumstances, including time to recover from an illness. The Supreme Court this week, in Coleman v. Court of Appeals of Maryland (10-1016), ruled tha...
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California Ban on Same-Sex Marriage Reversed by Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Proposition 8, the voter-approved referendum banning gay marriage in California, was recently ruled to be unconstitutional by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Proposition 8 was passed in California in 2008 with 52% of the vote. In 2010, Federal District Judge Vaughn R. Walker ruled that preventin...
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NYPD Officer Arrested for a Federal Civil Rights Violation

“The power to arrest — to deprive a citizen of liberty — must be used fairly, responsibly and without bias.”  Such was part of a statement given by Loretta E. Lynch, the United States attorney for the Eastern District of New York . The public announcement followed the arrest of Officer Mich...
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NJ Court: Employer that restricts an employee from grieving in the workplace is not actionable conduct that entitles one to damages

 New Jersey mother Cecelia Ingraham, who openly grieved the death of her beloved daughter in the workplace, has lost her appeal against former employer Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical, in Raritan, New Jersey, where she had previously worked as an administrative assistant in the marketing department for...
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Wal-Mart Prevails: Supreme Court denies Sex-Discrimination Class Action suit of 1.6 million women

The Supreme Court, overturning a decision by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, ruled in favor of the retail giant. The Court dismissed the class action suit brought on behalf of 1.6 million of Wal-Mart’s past and current female employees. Alleging that they had encountered a glass ceiling in ...
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85-year old New York Met beer vendor’s age discrimination lawsuit dismissed by court

A lower court’s decision to dismiss Mildred Block’s age discrimination lawsuit against Aramark, Inc. was upheld earlier this week, when the New York Appellate Division found that replacing Ms. Block, an 85-year old New Jersey woman, with a 75-year old woman did not amount to age discrimination....
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What is the ADEA and does it protect me?

The Age Discrimination in Employment Act  of 1967 (“ADEA”) protects employees from employment discrimination based upon age in the workplace.   The ADEA applies to individuals that are 40 years or older working for an employer with 20 or more employees.   The ADEA protects employees and job...
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Employment: Lifetime ban on employing a former drug addict after he fails a drug test does not violate any disability discrimination laws

A divided 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that a company can impose a lifetime ban on employing a former drug addict after he fails a drug test and such actions do not violate any disability discrimination laws.   The Defendant, a collective bargaining agent and payroll administrator o...
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Employment: $100 million lawsuit filed against Publicis Groupe SA for alleged discrimination against women

A former public relations employee has brought a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York against Publicis Groupe SA.,  seeking class action status and the recovery of damages of at least $100 million based upon accusations the company systematically favored...
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Supreme Court Rules on Retaliation against a Worker’s Family Members or other Close Associates

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled,  in a unanimous opinion written by Justice Antonin Scalia, that the fiancé of an employee who had filed a gender discrimination charge against their mutual employer was protected by the anti-retaliation provision of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The...
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