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Employment Law

Court hearing federal whistleblower case upholds broad arbitration agreement

A federal court in Texas has upheld a broad arbitration clause, concluding it applies to all claims related to employment.

Feel free to change job qualifications; courts won’t second-guess legit, new criteria

If a previous job-holder applies for the newly constituted job after leaving it, he’s not automatically qualified because he did the job before.

Teens may have more time to sue for bias

That means employers won’t get the case quickly dismissed if the Texas Commission on Human Rights Act 180-day deadline has passed.

Evangelical groups’ lawsuits seek to overturn LGBT rights

Two Texas evangelical groups have filed lawsuits in federal and state court arguing that Christian-owned businesses have the right to fire or refuse to hire lesbian, gay, transgender and bisexual applicants or employees.

Track each supervisor’s disciplinary patterns

Discrimination is often manifested by individual acts, not a systemic, organization-wide problem. That makes it important to track discipline by supervisor.

UPS delivers $4.9 million for religious bias

Package delivery giant UPS has agreed to settle a long-running religious discrimination suit filed by the EEOC that alleged the company’s grooming rules discriminated against applicants and employees who wear beards to conform with their religious beliefs.

Tell bosses: No comments about health costs

Make sure supervisors understand that it is never appropriate to question how much an employee’s health problems might cost the organization.

Make lactation space a priority for 2019

Are you starting 2019 without a proper space where nursing employees can pump breast milk? Chances are good that affected employees have noticed—and aren’t pleased that you’re ignoring a requirement that has been on the books for almost a decade.

Minneapolis mayor vows to fire racist tree decorators

Two unnamed police officers in Minneapolis’ 4th Precinct have been suspended and may face termination after hanging “racist” ornaments on a police station Christmas tree.

Requesting accommodation after discipline is too late

Under the Minnesota Human Rights Act, disabled employees are entitled to accommodations. But timing is everything if a worker is disciplined before revealing a disability that may have contributed to work problems.