The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission reports that the agency received a record number of discrimination charges in 2011. Once again, charges of retaliation were the most common, with race discrimination charges a close second.
Did you know that 20 percent of employees report that they have been the victim of retaliation for reporting improper behavior on the job? As many Wisconsin residents know, it is against the law for an employer to fire an employee in retaliation against a worker's expressed complaint or concern. A recent article discusses the latest reports about discrimination in the workplace.
Most Wisconsin jetsetters would find it hard to believe that a pilot could be fired for ensuring the safety of passengers aboard flights. Nevertheless, a recent story discusses the firing of an employee who was concerned about flight-related mechanical equipment.
We are wrapping up our discussion of a whistle-blower case involving a police officer. While not a Wisconsin case, the situation poses a couple of interesting issues for the court related to external organizations investigating alleged wrongdoing in law enforcement agencies.
A man who underwent back surgery and wanted to use his long-term disability benefits to fully recover from his operation has filed a wrongful termination suit against Comcast because the company threatened to fire the man if he used the full extent of his disability benefits. Feeling pressured to return to work because of incessant pressure from his employer, the man did not get a chance to fully use his long-term disability benefits and recover from his operation.
The United States Supreme Court recently ruled in favor of an employee in a Fair Labor Standards Act case. The Supreme Court ruled that workers who complain to their employers about wage violations are protected from retaliation whether the complaint is written or oral. The issue in the case was whether the phrase "filed any complaint" from the Fair Labor Standards Act applied to written complaints only. Much of the parties arguments' and the Court's discussion centered on whether an oral complaint could be filed.
The United States Supreme Court recently ruled that an employee who was fired in retaliation for his fiancé's sex discrimination complaint may sue his employer under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Because the Family Medical Leave Act has a similar antiretaliation provision, family members and fiancées would likely be similarly protected under the FMLA.
A Los Angeles police officer was awarded $4 million in a Fair Labor Standards Act case against the Los Angeles Police Department. The jury concluded that the officer was fired in retaliation for testifying against the Los Angeles Police Department in a different labor dispute case.