All posts by Maggie White

QUID PRO QUO SEXUAL HARASSMENT IN THE NEWS

News camera

Sexual harassment can take various forms in the employment context.  Perhaps the most straightforward example is a situation where an employee is the victim of unwelcome and unwanted sexual advances and/or physical contact.  Another form, called “quid pro quo” sexual harassment, has been making headlines this summer after former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson filed a lawsuit accusing Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes of sexual harassment.

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TRENDS IN WAGE INCREASES

Cash

As a corollary to my earlier post about Trends in Leave Policies, I wanted to highlight two large companies who have committed to raising wages for their employees.  Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz sent a letter to employees on Monday announcing that all employees and store managers in U.S. company-run stores will enjoy a base pay raise of 5 percent or more come October.  These raises will affect employees in approximately 7,600 Starbucks locations in the United States.

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AFFIRMATIVE ACTION VICTORY

University

Last week, the United States Supreme Court upheld the University of Texas at Austin’s affirmative action policies in Fisher v. University of Texas.  While not directly related to employment law, the decision is an important sign of the Court’s commitment to diversity and may be indicative of how future decisions will come down.

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THE IOWA SUPREME COURT ON UNEMPLOYMENT LAW

Jail cell

On Friday, the Iowa Supreme Court issued a 57-page opinion in Irving v. Employment Appeal Board.  Sondra Irving appealed a judgment from the district court that affirmed the denial of her unemployment benefits after she was terminated from her job at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC).  Irving was absent from work while she was incarcerated on criminal charges unrelated to her job (which were ultimately dismissed).

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SUPREME COURT VICTORY FOR CONSTRUCTIVE DISCHARGE PLAINTIFFS

Gold scales of justice

Yesterday the United States Supreme Court issued a 7-1 opinion in Green v. Brennan.  Justice Sotomayor authored the majority opinion, which vacated and remanded the Tenth Circuit’s dismissal of Plaintiff Marvin Green’s race discrimination and retaliation complaint on timeliness grounds.

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DEVELOPMENTS IN TRANSGENDER RESTROOM LAWS

Restroom sign

North Carolina has made headlines recently for enacting laws requiring transgender people to use public bathrooms corresponding to their biological sex (as opposed to their gender identity).  North Carolina and the United States Justice Department filed competing lawsuits against each other yesterday regarding the legality of the restroom law.

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“PAW-TERNITY” LEAVE POLICIES

Puppies

As a follow up to my previous post on trends in leave policies, the latest development in the United Kingdom goes far beyond traditional maternity and paternity leave.  “Paw-ternity leave” is a benefit given to almost one in every twenty new pet owners in the UK for the purpose of settling a new animal into the household.  “The leave can be used to carry out training, attend vet appointments or simply spend more time with a new animal.”

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