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Milwaukee age discrimination suit settles for $32K

In April, 2010, a 62-year-old Wisconsin woman was fired from Computer Systems, LLC, in Milwaukee. The woman had worked loyally for the company for 38 years before she was suddenly replaced by a younger employee who she had just finished training. Last month, the now defunct computer company settled an age discrimination lawsuit filed by the former employee for $32,500.

Home Depot Settles Disability Discrimination Lawsuit for $100,000

home depot pic.jpgHome Depot, the world's largest home improvement retailer, recently settled a disability discrimination lawsuit, filed by the EEOC on behalf of a worker, for $100,000. Judy Henderson, who worked for the home improvement chain as a cashier for 13 years, requested permission to take an unpaid leave of absence to attend cancer treatments. The EEOC alleged that while Home Depot granted the leave, it later advised Ms. Henderson that if she did not advise the company of her status during the leave it would terminate her employment. Ms. Henderson provided medical notes confirming her return to work date. Nonetheless, Home Depot fired her claiming an alleged lack of work. However, the EEOC noted that in the past Home Depot used temporary lay offs when there was a lack of work and the company even hired two cashiers after Ms. Henderson submitted her medical documentation. According to an EEOC press release, the Home Depot's excuse for termination "was but a subterfuge for disability discrimination." EEOC regional attorney, Debra M. Lawrence stated, "it flies in the face of common sense and common decency to refuse to work with an employee who is battling cancer."

Wisconsin Boy Scouts won't get the 'discrimination badge'

The Boy Scouts of America has not wavered in its position on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender scouts and leaders: The LGBT community is not welcome. Scouts and troop leaders of a local council in the Northeast announced recently that they are joining Wisconsin's Northern Star Council in following their own consciences -- and the law.

Owner of 25 Wisconsin McDonald's settles sexual harassment claim

The owner of 25 McDonald's franchises in Wisconsin is settling a federal class action lawsuit for sexual harassment. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is suing on behalf of 10 female employees.

Duty to Accommodate

A newspaper recently agreed to pay a disabled employee $150,000 to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit.  A commercial print manager for the Jackson Sun took a medical leave of absence from work related to a spinal surgery and subsequent permanent spinal cord damage.  Following his return to work, and after only one week back on the job, the print manager was fired.  An EEOC press release alleges that Jackson Sun did not make a good-faith effort to accommodate the print manager's disability.

Workers lose in Supreme Court overtime case

As the U.S. Supreme Court's session comes to a close, it feels as if decisions are released at breakneck speed. With so many rulings handed down each day -- and with one major opinion held until the last hour -- it can be easy to overlook one or two. The court's opinion in a Fair Labor Standards Act case earlier this month could easily be overlooked. However, the decision will affect an untold number of employees and will change the employment law landscape in every state.

Music sharing service CEO claims retailer breached job contract

Both companies and employees are bound by the contents of a signed job agreement. The elements of the contract can sometimes extend past a worker's last date of employment, if the parties agree to certain provisions in a severance package. An employment contract remains in effect until the provisions are satisfied.

Federal agencies team up for national chain's hiring investigation

There may be another labor scandal on the scale of Postville in the making. In an unusual move this month, a high-level economic watchdog has stepped into an investigation concerning allegations of employment law violations concerning illegal immigrants at a popular nationwide food chain. A Securities and Exchange Commission probe into hiring practices at Chipotle Mexican Grill has resulted in a subpoena for additional information.

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