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January 2013 Archives

Pennsylvania police officer files disability discrimination suit

A police officer working in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, has filed a complaint in federal court alleging that her commanding officer discriminated against her based on her disability. The officer filed the complaint without the assistance of counsel and may appear before the court as a pro se plaintiff.

Understanding workplace policies before you violate them

Pennsylvania, like almost every other state in the country, is an at-will employment state. This means that contrary to popular belief, employers do not need to provide any reason to fire someone and can easily fire an employee without explanation. Wrongful termination cases arise only when an employee is fired for an illegal reason, such as in retaliation for reporting misconduct, or because of their race.

Workplace social media policies may violate labor laws

Pennsylvania employees probably take it for granted that the policies in their employee handbooks are valid and legally binding, and for the most part that is true. However, many companies are now under scrutiny for their social media policies that limit employee free speech.

Pennsylvania pay disparity worse than national average

It has been 50 years since the Equal Pay Act was passed by recent statistics show that women still haven't achieved parity in their paychecks. According to numbers released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics this week, women still only make 82 cents for every one dollar that men are paid. In Pennsylvania the wage gap is slightly larger, with women making only 81.6 cents for each dollar than men are paid.

Employees don't have to tolerate wage theft

Pennsylvania workers might not that wage theft is an issue here, but the truth is that wage and overtime theft are a major issue here in Pennsylvania and nationwide. Many workers don't realize that they a legal recourse when this happens to them and some simply take it in stride as another indignity of their unpleasant job.

Another Pennsylvania police department accused of discrimination

We have written a lot this year about police departments in the state that have been accused of discrimination in some form or another. In fact, our last post was also about racial discrimination in a Pennsylvania police department, so it may be shocking for readers to find out that another case from another part of the state has come to light.

Pennsylvania police chief accused of racial bias

A police chief from Coastville was unable to get the court to dismiss racial bias claims against him in a case brought by a former officer. The officer said that the police chief created and perpetuated a hostile work environment and discriminated against him because he is black. In addition, the officer says he was denied promotions and was subject to harsher disciplinary standards that other officers of similar rank.

Pennsylvania still leads in pregnancy discrimination

Many younger readers might be surprised to find out that before 1978, it was perfectly legal to fire an employee simply because they became pregnant. Although pregnancy discrimination is now illegal in the United States, employers are not required to make the same types of reasonable accommodations that they do for people with disabilities. The law provides that pregnant employees aren't treated differently than the workforce at large, but that doesn't mean that they are protected when they ask for an accommodation to make their jobs more manageable while they are pregnant.

Judge rules in Pennsylvania employment law case

A federal judge ruled recently that an employee of Pennsylvania-based Lincoln National Corp who was employed at an Illinois branch of the company could not sue under Pennsylvania laws. The former employee filed complaints of sex discrimination and age discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.