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Blog Posts in 2009

Genetic Discrimination In The Workplace Now Prohibited Under Federal Law

Under Title II of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA), it is illegal to discriminate against employees or applicants because of genetic information. The law became effective on ...
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Bad News For Plaintiffs In Age Discrimination Cases

The US Supreme Court handed down some bad news for plaintiffs in age discrimination cases brought under the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA). In a 5 to 4 decision, the Court held ...
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EEOC Publishing Notice of Proposed Rulemaking That Will Revise EEOC Regulations To Conform With The ADA Amendments Act of 2008

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) will publish a proposed rule that would make several significant changes to the definition of the term "disability" under the Americans with ...
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Can You Be Legally Fired If Your Disability Requires More Than 12 Weeks Of Unpaid FMLA Leave?

Can disabled workers be terminated after being away from work for more than the 12 weeks under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)? The answer is usually no. Often these workers have been ...
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Pregnancy Discrimination Act - An Overview

The PDA amends Title VII to prohibit an employer from treating pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions any differently than it treats other temporary disabilities for purposes of ...
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Teen Sexual Harassment In The Workplace

Every year hundreds of thousands of teen workers in the United States are subjected to unlawful sexual harassment. The teen employees are typically subjected to sexual harassment by their supervisors. ...
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Third Circuit Rules That Court Can Award Extra Compensation For Taxes

The Third Circuit Court of Appeals has held that trial judges can increase a plaintiff's award to account for the increased taxes she would have to pay on a lump-sum back pay award. With the decision, ...
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ADA Amendments of 2008 - Broadens Meaning of Disability

On September 25, 2008, President Bush signed new legislation amending the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to take effect on January 1, 2009. The amendments broaden the meaning of ...
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Deputy Sheriff Uses Excessive Force On a 15 Year Old Female

on March 2, 2009 5:39 PM A 15 year old girl was arrested with a friend for the taking of her friend's mother's car without the mother's permission. While in the holding cell, the police officer ...
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Employers Betting On Your Death

They are called "dead peasant" policies -- secret life insurance policies taken out on unwitting employees -- and they have now triggered civil litigation. In Oklahoma, a federal judge recently ruled ...
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Ledbetter Fair Pay Act Signed Into Law

President Obama signs into law the Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. The Ledbetter Fair Pay Act overturns a Supreme Court ruling by re-starting the statute of limitations clock every time a worker gets a ...
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Court Holds That Type-2 Diabetes Is A Disability Under ADA

In a decision with implications for the nation's 24 million diabetics, a federal appeals court ruled that a Type-2 diabetes patient was entitled to the protections of the Americans With Disabilities ...
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Recent Employment Cases Taken In By Our Law Firm

Over the last few months, the Connecticut wrongful termination and employment discrimination law firm of Sabatini and Associates, LLC, has been retained to pursue wrongful termination and ...
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Supreme Court Denies Review Of Punitive Damage Award In ADA Case

The U.S. Supreme Court denied a request by FedEx to review a $100,000 punitive damages award against it for failing to provide a reasonable accommodation to a deaf package handler. Ronald Lockhart ...
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Supreme Court Sides With Terminated Employee

on January 26, 2009 5:08 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBacks (0) In a victory for workplace whistle-blowers, the Supreme Court sided on Monday with a government employee who says she was fired ...
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Former Transit Police Officer Charged With Murder

The former transit police officer that shot and killed an unarmed 22 year old in Oakland California on News Year Day has been charged with murder. Following the shooting, which was captured by video, ...
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Congress Attempting to Undo Harm Caused by Supreme Court's Ledbetter Decision

on January 9, 2009 5:26 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBacks (0) The U.S. House of Representatives voted Friday, January 9, 2009, to approve a bill aimed to eliminate the ill effects from the US ...
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Police Shoot and Kill Unarmed Man In Oakland, CA

on January 6, 2009 3:19 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBacks (0) On New Years Day, Transportation police in Oakland, California fatally shot a 22 year old unarmed man who was in lying face first ...
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