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March 2012 Archives

YMCA sued for pay discrimination

Despite similar skill, responsibility, and effort in their work, four female employees from the YMCA say they were paid less than their male counterparts. A lawsuit filed in district court this week alleges that the nonprofit organization paid male vice presidents at least $20,000 more each year than female vice presidents.

Professor sues Pennsylvania school for discrimination

A professor of safety sciences says he was discriminated against by Indiana University of Pennsylvania on the basis of age and national origin. He filed a lawsuit against the school and administrators recently, alleging that the school treated him differently because of his age and Korean heritage. Discrimination based on age or national origin is illegal under state and federal law and should not be tolerated. Employees who come from other countries have the same rights as employees born in the United States, and they deserve to be treated fairly.

Fed up with the way you're treated at work?

Employees who have been treated unfairly often dream of a time when they can say what they really mean to their bosses. A recent op-ed from a former Goldman Sachs employee showed how satisfying it can be, but also raised questions for many about the risks involved. Quitting in a dramatic way may affect your ability to assert your rights later on or preclude your opportunity to resolve the dispute amicably and keep your job.

Cost savings are not a legal justification for age discrimination

As the baby boomers age, people are staying in the workforce long past the traditional retirement age of 65. On one hand, this keeps experience and skills in the marketplace. On the other hand, older employees tend to be better compensated than new hires, leading some employers to question the bottom-line impact of an aging workforce. Some employers are also concerned about the health of older employees, and may seek ways to subtly (or not so subtly) push those workers out the door. This often conflicts with employment discrimination laws, which prohibit employers from making hiring, firing or promotion decisions based on age.

Shocking racial discrimination reported at Pennsylvania workplace

In an apparent case of blatant racism in the workplace that harkens back to what should be a bygone era, two employees of a Pennsylvania wastewater treatment facility have accused their employer of racial discrimination and retaliation resulting in dangerous working conditions. They filed the suit after two incidents of finding a noose outside of the restroom area. Both men are African-American and say that the nooses were intended to intimidate them.

State whistleblower fired for truthful testimony on scandal

The Democratic Caucus of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives has been named in a wrongful termination lawsuit along with several elected officials and staffers. The plaintiff says she was fired after providing testimony in a government corruption case. She says her truthfulness and willing participation caused her to lose her job.

Brookline man files discrimination suit against Duquesne

A local man has filed a discrimination suit against Duquesne University, alleging that the maintenance department did not hire him because of his speech impediment. Discrimination based on disability status is illegal under federal law. The man filed a complaint with the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission last year and recently received a notice of a right to sue.

Political affiliation leads to wrongful termination: part two

In our last post, we discussed a local sheriff's deputy who was fired for political affiliations. This week, we'll look at another area government employee making a similar claim. This influx of wrongful termination claims raises serious questions and concerns about the objectivity of local government and the ability of our elected officials to work cooperatively with members of other parties.

Constitutional violations alleged in wrongful termination suit

Two former sheriff's deputies claim that they were fired because of their political leanings, according to a lawsuit filed last week in Bedford County. The conflict is rooted in one of the plaintiff's run for local office against his boss from an opposing political party. The two men were fired from their jobs two days after the election. They say that none of the campaign activities interfered with their job duties.