08/09/2007 - Continuing with a trend that began several years ago, many states are requiring that criminal background checks be conducted on individuals in certain jobs, such as in childcare or healthcare settings.
08/06/2007 - A bill (H.B. 371) under consideration in the Connecticut General Assembly would outlaw bullying in the workplace. The law would make it illegal for employers to subject workers to conduct that is abusive. Abusive conduct is defined as any action, committed with malice, that a reasonable person would find hostile or offensive. Examples include repeated infliction of verbal abuse or sabotaging or undermining a person's work performance.
08/06/2007 - A bill (H.B. 2346) introduced in West Virginia would make it illegal for employers to mandate employee attendance at certain types of meetings. Employees would not be required to attend meetings that deal with the employer's opinions on politics, religion, or labor unions.
08/06/2007 - A bill (S. 358) introduced by Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-WA) would prohibit discrimination based on genetic information has been approved by the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee.
07/31/2007 - A male assistant manager at a truck stop filed charges of sexual harassment when the company responded to his complaint by forcing him to move to another location 120 miles away; the courts ruled that it constituted an adverse action.
07/31/2007 - A medical testing company was sued by a former employee for religious discrimination, because it wanted him to work Saturday, his Sabbath. The court ruled in the company's favor, finding no religious discrimination.