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September 2016 Archives

Ruling against Wisconsin employer in disability discrimination case

If you drive north of Milwaukee along the shore of Lake Michigan for about an hour and a half, you will come to Manitowoc, a vacation spot dear to many of our city's residents. It is also home to Orion Energy Systems, a lighting and power technology company, and the focus of a recent federal court decision.

Age discrimination, FMLA violation, more alleged

As readers of our Milwaukee employment law blog know, we track a number of important issues in this space. In recent weeks, we have addressed matters such as violations of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), incidents of sex discrimination in the workplace, concerns about maternity leave, disability discrimination and more.

News media star settles sexual harassment claims for $20 million

There is no denying that Roger Ailes understands the business of television news. The former political consultant was the founding CEO of Fox News, making it into a cable news ratings juggernaut with talk shows and news aimed at a conservative audience.

Terminated while on FMLA leave? Speak with an attorney

Regular readers of our Milwaukee employment law blog know that some employers continue to struggle to meet their obligations under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The law enacted a quarter of a century ago allows workers to take job-protected leave to care for a member of their family or for their own personal health issues.

Insurance company MD: Accommodations are a way of life

He is associate medical director at one of the nation's largest insurance companies, but he has a perspective on disabilities and employer accommodations that might surprise a few of our readers. Dr. Michael Lacroix recently wrote an article in which he described the moaning and groaning he has heard from employers unhappy with their obligations under the Family Medical Leave Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Research: Brain damage from stroke might be reversible

The numbers are astounding: each year nearly 800,000 Americans suffer stroke. Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States, killing a person every 4 minutes. And stroke is the number one cause of disability in the nation, says stroke.org.

Fired while on maternity leave: Is that legal?

The news came as a jolt to many women who heard that a female magazine editor had been fired while she was on maternity leave. People around the country wondered if the firing was even legal, and whether pregnant women and new moms are protected in the workplace.The first step in examining the case of Michelle Tan, who was editor in chief of Seventeen magazine, is to note the limitations of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Though the law provides some protections to employees, it does not contain "standard maternity leave," the Director of Workplace Equality with the National Women's Law Center said. 

For many employees, the most

For many employees, the most important things about their employer lie beyond the paycheck. Generous vacation, quality health insurance and a solid pension plan are some of the benefits people look for in companies today. People are increasingly looking at family leave policies as well when they consider moving from one employer to another. As more companies enact paid family leave policies, those firms attract some of the brightest talent, and more important to their shareholders and management, they actually save money. 

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