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May 2013 Archives

What to expect when returning from parental leave

Under the Family Medical Leave Act, employees have a right to take a leave of up to 12 weeks each year to care for themselves, an immediate family member who is ill, or a new baby. Although this leave is unpaid, the key benefit is that it is job-protected, which means that employers cannot fill the employee's job while they are gone or treat them less favorably when they return. 

Group accuses Exxon Mobil of sexual orientation discrimination

Activists are accusing energy company Exxon Mobil of discriminating against job applicants who are gay after the group submitted two applications to the company and a human resources representative favored a less qualified applicant over a gay applicant.

EEOC settles first genetic information discrimination case

A spokesperson from the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says that the agency's first successful settlement under the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act marks the start of an effort for increased enforcement of the 2009 law.

Pennsylvania bills prohibit discrimination against LGBT employees

Two bills being introduced in both houses of the state legislature this week would finally ban discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Currently only three counties in the state provide protections for LGBT people, and in the other 63 counties it is perfectly lawful to deny someone a job, housing, or credit based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Drug company accused of sex bias in class action suit

In our last post we discussed how sometimes workplace policies might not be outwardly discriminatory but can still have a negative impact on a particular group of employees. These types of policies may be hard to identify at first glance, but they are one of the ways in which gender discrimination remains so prevalent in workplaces in Pennsylvania and around the country.

T-Mobile sued for gender discrimination

A former T-Mobile employee is accusing the company of pregnancy discrimination, saying that policies at the call center where she worked made it impossible to keep working there while she was pregnant.

Discrimination against LGBT employees still legal

A new employee settles in at her desk, puts a photo of her significant other in her office, and discusses mundane aspects of her personal life at work. Later, she brings her significant other into the office to meet her coworkers and her boss. After a few years, the employee notices that she has been passed up for promotions while others with fewer qualifications have moved ahead.

Pittsburgh employees fired for religious beliefs

Nine Pittsburgh workers were fired recently from their jobs at a local private school. They say that they were wrongfully terminated because of their religious beliefs and that there was a longstanding divide between them and the other employees at the private religious school.