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Supreme Court to hear arguments in Wal-Mart sex discrimination lawsuit: Part 2

As discussed in the previous post, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments today in what could be the largest class-action sex discrimination lawsuit ever brought by employees in the U.S. The Supreme Court will not be deciding whether Wal-Mart systematically discriminated against women in pay and promotions as the plaintiffs claim, but whether the plaintiffs can pursue their lawsuit on behalf of all current and former employees, which could mean up to 1.6 million plaintiffs.

Supreme Court to hear arguments in Wal-Mart sex discrimination lawsuit

On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments on whether or not a class-action sex discrimination lawsuit brought by six plaintiffs on behalf of all former and past female workers of Wal-Mart should be allowed to go forward. If allowed to continue, the lawsuit would be the largest class-action employee discrimination claim ever made. According to a recent in-depth discussion of the case by CNN, the justices are expected to make a decision in the case by the end of June.

Healthcare workers reach settlement in latex allergy discrimination case

A settlement has been reached in a California employee discrimination case. The case involved a lawsuit filed against a Walnut Creek Hospital on behalf of seven nurses and a lab technician who were denied jobs because they have latex allergies. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed a lawsuit against John Muir Health for discriminating against the healthcare professionals based on perceived disability.

Letter detailing sexual harassment at HP ordered unsealed

According to the Los Angeles Times, a judge has ruled that a confidential letter sent by the attorney of a former Hewlett-Packard marketing contractor accusing former HP CEO Mark Hurd of sexual harassment can be unsealed. Hurd abruptly resigned as CEO after the allegations of sexual harassment were made last year.

Charlie Sheen's wrongful termination lawsuit: Part 2

The previous post began to discuss Charlie Sheen's wrongful termination lawsuit against his former employer, Warner Bros. Sheen was fired from television's number one comedy show, "Two and a Half Men," after ranting against his employers and experiencing a series of personal problems. Also named in the lawsuit is the show's co-creator, Chuck Lorre. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Esq., on Tuesday, the private dispute-resolution company, JAMS, decided that Sheen's case should be decided by a JAMS arbitrator through private arbitration.

Charlie Sheen's wrongful termination lawsuit: Part 1

Charlie Sheen has been embroiled in a battle with his employers since being fired from the top television comedy, "Two and a Half Men," a couple of weeks ago. Sheen filed a $100 million lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court against Warner Bros. and Chuck Lorre, the show's co-creator. Sheen maintains that he was wrongfully fired from the show.

Employee accuses California healthcare facility of discrimination

A certified nursing assistant has filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California that accuses his employer of discrimination based on national origin. According to WestLaw News & Insight, the employee accuses his California employer, Kindred Healthcare Operating Inc., of a pattern of discrimination and harassment based on his Filipino origin.

Women workers still being paid less than men

The Wall Street Journal recently discussed a new government report that compiles data on the state of women in the U.S., including statistics on employment and earnings. The report found that women are on equal ground or have surpassed men in terms of educational achievement and participation in the workforce, but that women are still being paid lower wages for the same jobs and overall.

Embattled unions accuse governor of unfair labor practices

A bitter fight between public sector employees represented by unions in Wisconsin and the state's new Republican governor, Scott Walker, has been causing huge protests in the state over the past two weeks, protests that have spread across the nation. Walker and legislative Democrats are in a standoff over Walker's proposed budget bill, which also strips public sector unions of most of their collective bargaining rights.

Court rules woman can proceed with FMLA interference case

The ABA Journal recently discussed an employment law case that could begin to distinguish the line between inquiring after an employee who is on medical leave and pressuring an employee to return to work early after taking a medical leave. A U.S. District Court in Arkansas ruled that a former employee of Howard Memorial Hospital, Regina Terwilliger, can bring her case against the hospital in court.