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Employment Law Archives

Karlo v. Pittsburgh Glass Works, LLC, Age Discrimination in Employment

In a major decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has held in Karlo v. Pittsburgh Glass Works, LLC, that the Age Discrimination in Employment Act does not permit the victim of a discriminatory policy to be told he has not been wronged because other persons aged 40 or older were preferred. In short, an employer cannot adopt policies that have a profound disparate impact on workers over age 50 or 55, so long as younger individuals within the protected class received sufficiently favorable treatment.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Definition of "supervisor" determines liability in harassment suits

The technical definition of who is a "supervisor" of an employee who says they were harassed at work is often the deciding factor in determining whether an employer is liable for the misconduct. The basic theory goes like this: supervisors are acting as agents (on behalf) of the company while they are at work, and as such, their actions directly reflect on the company as an entity.

Pennsylvania employees stand up against low overtime rates

Pennsylvania employees are working to enforce their rights to overtime pay. The court system has sided with workers so far, ruling that many employees who have been subject to tricky pay schemes by their employers are eligible for better wages. The issue at hand in these cases is how employer may use what is known as the fluctuating work week model, which is used to lower overtime costs.