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Financial services giant accused of gender discrimination

JPMorgan Chase & Co. is said to be the biggest banker in the United States. Its 22-story Chase Tower sits along the river in downtown Milwaukee. However, the financial services giant is facing allegations that it paid at least 93 female tech workers less than it paid similar male employees, according to a Department of Labor complaint.

The action was taken by the department's Office of Federal Contract Compliance. If an administration judge rules against JPMorgan Chase in this matter of gender discrimination, and the company then fails to follow directives, it could see all its federal contracts cancelled and be banned from future contracting with the federal government.

A FMLA warning for employers

Business Management Daily says it has been giving "sound business advice" for 75 years. The publication recently gave advice to employers who might be considering demoting a worker who is returning from a lengthy medical leave: pause.

Employers are urged to pause and to think carefully about whether that employee might have grounds on which to file a disability discrimination claim.

FMLA benefits clarified by court for Milwaukee employer

The U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals recently delivered a series of setbacks to a Milwaukee company. Not only did the court uphold a jury's verdict against Miller Compressing Company, but it also ruled that the plaintiff's attorney fees must be paid.

In an earlier trial, the jury decided that Miller had retaliated against an employee who had taken family leave to care for her autistic son.

Workplace Fragrance Sensitivities: Preference or Health Problem?

 

Perfume and fragrance sensitivities are a difficult topic to tackle in the workplace. As fragrances become more common, showing up in everything from trash can liners to air filters, more people have begun complaining about them. The dislike of fragrances is often due to reactions that are so bad that they nearly incapacitate the person. Addressing the problem can be tricky, but it is possible.

Secretary of State apologizes for LGBT discrimination

The United States has a long and proud history of civil rights progress. The advances have come despite determined efforts to hold back historically disadvantaged communities.

Secretary of State John Kerry recently apologized to the LGBT community for historical discrimination against gay employees that began in the 1940s and was taken to extremes in the 1950s in efforts to appease Wisconsin Sen. Joe McCarthy.

Getting what you paid for from long-term disability insurance

There is an old saying that you get what you pay for. The adage applies to long-term disability insurance as well as to just about every other product and service a person can buy.

The reason to buy disability insurance is straightforward: with coverage, you will get a portion of your income replaced if you become disabled by injury or illness. Unfortunately, far too often we see that people do not get what they have paid for; legitimate long-term disability insurance claims can commonly rejected by insurers.

Does the ADA protect workers with mental health conditions?

Milwaukee employers and employees alike generally understand that the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 prohibits workplace discrimination based on physical limitations. But does the ADA also protect workers with mental conditions from discrimination and harassment?

An employment law attorney writes in a leading newspaper that generally, yes, the federal law provides the same protections for physical and mental disabilities. He notes that both the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and courts have ruled that many mental health conditions are considered disabilities under the ADA.

Rest easy: Medicare fraud stopped by whistleblower

Some readers of our Milwaukee employment law blog might sleep better tonight after reading about a recent whistleblower settlement. The $2.6 million agreement resolves allegations of Medicare fraud in a False Claims Act lawsuit filed against the owners of a chain of sleep clinics.

The two California residents ran a chain of 20 Bay Area sleep clinics and a medical equipment supply company. A sleep technician filed a whistleblower lawsuit in 2012 claiming that the pair fraudulently billed Medicare for sleep-testing services.

Hitting back against sexual orientation discrimination

Life as a truck driver can be hard. Long hours on highways crisscrossing Wisconsin and the rest of the nation can be boring and sometimes dangerous.

Unfortunately, a tough job is sometimes made more difficult by the people you work with and the company you work for. A driver for an oil rig servicing company said in a recently filed lawsuit that he was harassed by his supervisor and co-workers because he is gay.

Age discrimination on the rise

They say that age is only a number and that a person is only as old as they feel. While those things might be true, it is undeniable that ageism in the workplace is on the rise.

New research shows that workplace discrimination on the basis of age has risen in recent years, and also become more socially acceptable than similar forms of discrimination.

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