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August 2012 Archives

Disability discrimination: fibromyalgia

Indiana readers may have heard of the condition known as fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia affects the entire body and causes pain and tenderness in the muscles and joints. Secondary symptoms often include sleep disorders, anxiety and depression. Because the cause of fibromyalgia remains unknown, and because sufferers outwardly appear to be just fine, the profound impacts of the syndrome are frequently dismissed by employers.

Immigration agency confronts federal employment suit

Indiana residents will be interested to learn that a recently lawsuit is taking a look at the nation's Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. The suit was filed by a federal immigration senior official. The official, a male, claims that he is the victim of longstanding discrimination and sexual harassment within the workplace. The sole defendant in the filing is Janet Napolitano, secretary of Homeland Security.

Woman faces religious discrimination in an interview

As many Indiana residents know, it is illegal for an employer to discriminate against an employee or an applicant for a job on the basis of race, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information or religion. Nevertheless, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently investigated a claim of religious discrimination by Ellicot City assisted living centers against a Muslim job applicant.

Morgan Stanley Employee fired after reporting securities flipping

In Indiana, you cannot be fired from a position for refusing to do something illegal. This is called retaliatory discharge. Furthermore, if you report illegal activity to authorities that is taking place within your working environment, you cannot be discharged for addressing the issue.

Sexual harassment: airport refuses to implement policy

A federal judge has handed down a sweeping injunction in a sexual harassment case against one of the companies that provides wheelchair services at an airport in the United States. The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission requested the injunction because, even after paying out a $75,000 settlement to the victim, the company allegedly refused to implement any policies to prevent similar cases of sexual harassment from arising in the future. Indiana employees will find this story interesting.

Racial discrimination: American Banks

If you have not heard, the end of last month brought two separate lawsuits involving claims of racial discrimination at two banking institutions. The suits both involve individual employees, both of whom are black men. If the allegations within these filings are found to be true, Indiana residents should understand that the implication is that race discrimination is alive and well, even at the highest levels of the American financial industry.

Domino's Pizza liable for sexual harassment

Indiana lawyers will tell you that franchise law can be complex, and it is often unclear whether or to what degree a franchisor can be liable for the actions of a franchisee. This is because the franchisee, for the most part, operates independently of the franchising company. However, sometimes a franchisor can be held liable for a franchisee lawsuit. This was the case in a recent sexual harassment case in against Domino's Pizza.

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