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October 2012 Archives

Economy, shrinking unions empower employers during labor disputes

In the aftermath of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, many employers have the upper hand in labor disputes with their employees and any unions they may be affiliated with. At the same time, it appears that both the number of unions and the membership of unions are on the decline. What does this all mean? When it comes time for collective bargaining, or if another sort of contract or labor dispute arises, employers are more than willing to lock out their employees and simply wait.

Texas jury sides with former city worker in whistleblower case

A jury in Dallas, Texas, sided with a man who used to work for the city as an electrician in an employment law suit. The former employee of the city said that he was wrongfully terminated after he reported that a coworker was stealing city property.

Former NBA employee says league is hostile to moms

A former senior account manager for the NBA says that the basketball league discriminates against women with children. She filed suit in federal court recently asking for unspecified damages to compensate her for lost income after she was forced to quit her job at the NBA.

Is arrested Halliburton exec protected from action by contract?

Employee contracts serve a very important purpose here in the state of Texas. We are an "at-will employment" state, which means that a company or worker can terminate their employment relationship at any time for any reason -- unless they have entered into a contract. This contract sets forth new rules, which both parties agree to, that override the base laws set forth under "at-will employment" guidelines.

After reporting harassment, woman says she suffered hostile workplace

Workplace sexual harassment cases are unsettling for a lot of reasons. The victim doesn't want the sexual advances to occur; the perpetrator can often become illogically upset about the situation, and the workplace, in general, greatly suffers. The tension can unsettle the workforce and create a less productive workplace.

Man wins whistleblower claim after reporting manipulated reports

Imagine that one day at work, you discover that your superior has been engaged in some nefarious or illegal activity. Maybe your superior was tampering with the finances of the company; maybe he ors he was forging documents; maybe there was an inappropriate relationship that came to light. Whatever the case may be, you know in your heart that it is wrong and that you need to tell someone so that the situation can be corrected or dealt with.

Texas Wendy's franchise settles ADA discrimination suit

A company that owns several Wendy's franchises in Texas has recently reached a settlement agreement with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission over disability discrimination allegations made by a prospective employee.

Issues abound as obese workers are protected from discrimination

The Americans with Disabilities Act was amended in 2011 to reflect that morbidly obese employees are not allowed to be discriminated against in the workplace. Morbid obesity, in this case, is defined as a person being at least 100 percent heavier than their healthy weight range given their height.

Should your coworkers know how much you earn?

The world of pay scales, especially in larger businesses or corporations, is a source of mystery to many. Whether one is looking for a new job or asking for a raise in a current job, it can be hard to asses exactly what your skills and experience are worth. But what if all of that information was available, and you knew what your coworkers earned and they knew what you earned?

Nationally, wage and hour disputes are becoming more prominent

Wage and hour disputes have increased almost every year since the beginning of the new millennium, according to the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts. On March 31 -- the year-end date for the most recent statistical period -- there 7,064 federal wage and hour cases. That's nearly four times the amount of cases in 2000, when there were 1,854 such cases.

Man with inoperable brain tumor fired for medical marijuana use

Though it is a drug, medical marijuana is absolutely vital for many people dealing with serious or catastrophic conditions. The pain they feel from these adverse medical events is unimaginable, and using medical marijuana allows them to get through the day without feeling that pain all the time.

Personality tests can put applicant at a disadvantage

After weeks and months looking for a job, finally attaining that new job is an incredibly proud and fulfilling moment for an applicant. Given these tough economic times, this sentiment is amplified even further. Once you get that job, the last thing you want to hear is that the offer has been revoked due to a technicality.

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