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The judicial function at the summary judgment stage is to decide whether a jury could reasonably find in the employee’s favor on the claim at issue. In making its decision, a court follows certain rules. One such rule is that the record must be examined as a whole. Another is that inferences must be drawn in the employee’s favor.
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The Third Circuit’s recent decision in Hassan v. City of New York, — F.3d —, 2015 WL 5933354 is a welcome reminder that the Court understands the real harm inflicted by discrimination. Discrimination is not, and I repeat not, principally an economic tort. Economic losses often result from discriminatory decisions, but discrimination is more about the dignitary – some would sa ...
The district court in Pollard v. Drummond Co., Inc., No. 12-03948 N.D. Al. (Sept. 15, 105) found a fact question on whether a coal miner using methadone to control back pain was a direct threat under the ADA. A “direct threat defense must be based on a reasonable medical judgment that relies on the most current medical knowledge and/or the best available objective evidence, a ...
The plaintiff in Jones v. Southeastern Pennsylvania Transp. Authority, — F.3d — , 2015 WL 4746391 (August 12, 2015) brought a retaliatory discharge claim. The employer asserted that it fired the plaintiff for falsifying time sheets. The plaintiff argued that she was fired for prior protected activities. One of the plaintiff’s arguments was that she had not falsified her time sheets.
In Yazdian v. ConMed Endoscopic Tech., Inc., No. 14-3745 (6th Cir. July 14, 2015), the Sixth Circuit reversed summary judgment for the employer, finding that the employee’s complaints could reasonably be understood as complaints of race discrimination, and that there was both circumstantial and direct evidence of causation.
How you complain about discrimination at work can make the difference between a success and failure on a retaliation claim. So here are some tips on what to do and what not to do when you are complaining about workplace discrimination. DO: Consult with a lawyer. Complain in writing. Complain promptly. Complain to your supervisor, someone above your supervisor or to human resources.
Today the Supreme Court issued a fractured opinion announcing new law on the Pregnancy Discrimination Act. The Act provides that “women affected by pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions shall be treated the same for all employment-related purposes . . . as other persons not so affected but similar in their ability or inability to work . . . .
Employees with criminal backgrounds who are thinking about changing jobs should proceed one step at a time. We have seen many cases where an employee with a criminal history applies for a job with a different employer, goes through the interview process, and receives an oral offer of employment. The recruiting manager asks about starting dates and says welcome to the team.