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Discrimination

- The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that a female employee missed the chance to sue her employer for paying her less than her male counterparts over a nine-year period because she did not file her case within 180 days of the offense. The court said the clock started ticking from the day she got the job, rather than being reset with each new paycheck. This is a departure from years of discrimination case law. The only way to have a current claim against years of discriminatory pay would be for the plaintiff to show that recent decisions, such as raises or promotions, were discriminatory. (Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co., Inc., U.S. Supreme Court, No. 05-1074, 2007)

Workplace Violence

- The California Court of Appeal has ruled that an employee who was fired after making a workplace violence complaint against a coworker may sue his employer for a violation of public policy. The court ruled that the employer’ s actions violated public policy when it failed to take steps to address credible workplace violence threats. (Franklin v. The Monadnock Company, California Court of Appeal, No. B191267, 2007)

Background Screening

- To be found guilty of willfully violating the Fair Credit Reporting Act, a company must commit an illegal act knowingly and recklessly, according to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

Arbitration

- An arbitration program put in place by a law firm was ruled unlawful by a federal appeals court because its conditions were too restrictive.

Legal Report

- Rulings on negligence stemming from an employee's injury during a bank robbery and malicious prosecution, plus legislation covering data mining and RFID.

Legal Report

- Judicial decisions on false imprisonment and discrimination, and legislation on healthcare, genetic discrimination, rail, healthcare, and courthouse security.

Drug Tracking Heats Up

- Ongoing efforts to track pharmaceuticals along the supply chain.

Legal Report

- This wrap-up of state legislative activity looks at trends around the country on background checks, homeland security, identity theft, and other issues.

Courthouse Security

- The bill (S. 378) would increase courthouse security has been approved by the Senate. The House of Representatives has not announced whether it will take action on the bill, which would also require that the U.S. Marshals Service offer ongoing security advice to the judiciary.

Negligence

- A bank is not liable for an employee's injury during a bank robbery ruled a federal appeals court because it did not attempt to conceal the workplace risk from the employee.

Explosives

- A bill (H.R. 1680) that would regulate the sale and purchase of ammonium nitrate has been approved by the House Homeland Security Committee's Subcommittee on Emerging Threats, Cybersecurity, and Science and Technology. Ammonium nitrate is a critical ingredient used in making explosives.

Explosives

- A bill (H.R. 1680) that would regulate the sale and purchase of ammonium nitrate has been approved by the House Homeland Security Committee's Subcommittee on Emerging Threats, Cybersecurity, and Science and Technology. Ammonium nitrate is a critical ingredient used in making explosives.

Negligence

- A third party sued Agilent Technologies when one of its employees posted threatening messages about him on Internet bulletin boards. The courts ruled that the company had no liability in that case.
 




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