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April 2013 Archives

Allegheny County employee passed over for promotion based on gender

An employee at the Allegheny County Office of Children, Youth and Families says he was passed over for a promotion because of his gender. The lawsuit, filed recently by this law firm, details the gender discrimination that the man says he experienced at work.

Pittsburgh police department accused of hiring discrimination

We have written about hiring bias in local police departments all over Pennsylvania in the past. For some reason, those charged with enforcing the law seem to struggle to uphold it in some ways, failing to honor equal protection and antidiscrimination laws on the state and federal level, according to recent lawsuits.

Can employers fine employees who are overweight?

We discuss the wide variety of ways that discrimination can occur in the workplace on this blog. While most of what we discuss, such as discrimination based on gender, is illegal, some types of discrimination are still permitted. For example, the law remains murky on issues of discrimination based on weight. While some scholars and courts have determined that weight, mainly obesity, can be considered a disability and is therefore protected, there are some companies who are pushing for a different interpretation.

Obama declares National Equal Pay Day

The President of the United States took a meaningful stance on pay equality for women this week when he declared a National Equal Pay Day. The day is aimed at raising awareness of the problem of unequal pay for equal work, specifically at the wage gap between men and women and between white workers and minorities.

EEOC to review two major pregnancy discrimination cases

Two new cases were filed with the EEOC recently will test the limits of disability accommodations for pregnant employees who are unable to perform their job duties as usual.

Should all employers be required to provide sick leave?

Many Pennsylvania readers are familiar with the idea of maternity leave. Maternity leave as we know it today is actually guaranteed to workers in Pennsylvania as a part of a larger federal law called the Family Medical Leave Act. Under the FMLA, workers can take unpaid leave for up to 12 weeks each year to care for a new baby, a sick spouse, or an ailing parent. This law protects workers from being fired or retaliated against for taking the leave, which is an important part of protecting workers from pregnancy discrimination.