Legal Issues

Protected activity: testifying in a lawsuit

September 19, 2014
Goodwill Industries will pay $100,000 to settle a lawsuit for retaliation filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

ADA accommodations simple? Then make them

September 16, 2014
A waitress with dwarfism saw her hours reduced and was fired after she repeatedly requested that her serving shelf be lowered back to where her former manager put it.

Retaliation claims are often easy to prove

September 1, 2014
A college professor complained that male professors were paid more than she got. Shortly after, her supervisors assigned her to a much larger classroom and complained that she wasn’t posting her office hours…

Keep all interview notes in case of a lawsuit

August 29, 2014
Good documentation stands up against lawsuits.

Fluent English only if the job requires it

August 29, 2014
A Wisconsin factory fired a group of Hmong and Hispanic employees after rating their English skills, even though those skills were not needed to perform their jobs…

Can we require a pregnant worker to take some maternity leave time?

August 28, 2014
Q. Can an employer mandate that pregnant workers take leave? — A.G., Ohio

Employee’s child has stomach ache: Is she entitled to FMLA leave?

August 27, 2014
Q. Can an employee use FMLA leave to care for her young child who’s home from school because of a stomach ache? — D.L., Maine

Miscarriage complications protected under the PDA

August 25, 2014
Managers need to be aware that the Pregnancy Dis­­crimination Act covers more than a normal pregnancy and childbirth.

Job too physical for employee in his 70s: What can we do about him?

August 13, 2014
Q. A worker in my department is in his 70s and starting to slow down. The job he performs is very physical and I’m afraid he’s going to get hurt. I’d like to get rid of him before he hurts himself or someone else. What should I do?

Employee smells of alcohol: Can we say anything?

August 12, 2014
Q. A few workers report that a new employee smells of alcohol, although he shows no signs of intoxication. Can we ask him if he has been drinking on duty?