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May 2017 Archives

Duke University faces whistleblower suit related to grant money

A former analyst at Duke University says in a federal lawsuit that the institution and faculty members falsified research to unlawfully obtain federal grants to conduct medical research. In the recent whistleblower claim against Duke University, the whistleblower says that a researcher manipulated research results and data to obtain up to $200 million in federal grant money from such agencies as the National Institutes of Health and the Environmental protection agency. Included in the lawsuit are University officials, who the whistleblower says acted negligently in supervising the research faculty member.

Lawsuit: Wal-Mart discriminates against pregnant workers

There are a number of Wal-Mart stores in and around the Milwaukee metro area. The nation's largest retailer was recently named in a proposed class action lawsuit filed by two former employees alleging the chain of treating pregnant workers as “second-class citizens.” The pregnant workers were denied requests to climbing on ladders, heavy lifting and other potentially risky tasks.

Survey: Many workers can’t afford family or medical leave

The Family and Medical Leave Act has been around nearly a quarter of a century, helping Americans take care of important medical issues and loved ones without fear of losing their jobs. The law's benefits are sometimes taken for granted, but a new study suggests that low-income workers are often unable to take advantage of FMLA's benefits or are uncomfortable doing so.

Labor law enforcers charged with violating labor laws

If you have about 10 hours of free time and a tankful of gas, you could drive west of Milwaukee on a tour of the upper Midwest. You would get to see much of central Wisconsin and southern Minnesota before arriving in South Dakota. The Mount Rushmore State is the site of an interesting employment law dispute between a former employee and the state department that enforces employment law in South Dakota.

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