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Supreme Court revives pregnant worker's discrimination suit
March 25, 2015
The US Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled 6-3 in Young v. United Parcel Service that a plaintiff may satisfy the requirement to show a prima facie case of discrimination under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) by showing that the employer accommodates a large percentage of nonpregnant workers whi....... [more]

Wisconsin unions file first lawsuit against new 'right to work' law
March 11, 2015
The Wisconsin AFL-CIO and two local labor unions on Tuesday filed the first lawsuit challenging the state's newly enacted "right to work" law. The International Association of Machinists Local Lodge 1061 and the United Steelworkers District 2 filed the lawsuit in Dane County Circuit Court to chall....... [more]

Wisconsin governor signs 'right to work' bill into law
March 9, 2015
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker on Monday signed a "right to work" bill, making Wisconsin the twenty-fifth state with such a law on the books. The legislation was approved by the Senate last month and given final approval by the Assembly last week. The new law provides that workers cannot be compel....... [more]

UK Parliament to pass amendment to equal pay law
March 7, 2015
The UK House of Lords on Wednesday will debate a bill recently passed through Parliament that will require certain businesses to reveal whether there are differences in the pay of male and female employees. The bill calls for the Secretary of State to make changes to the 2010 Equality Act, requirin....... [more]

German Parliament approves gender quota legislation for large companies
March 6, 2015
Germany's lower house of parliament passed legislation on Friday requiring large companies to allocate 30 percent of non-executive board seats to women, after a survey found that women remain grossly under represented in big business. The survey found that the chief executives of Germany's largest 3....... [more]

UN: Progress made on women's equality under constant threat
March 6, 2015
The UN Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and practice warned on Friday that the progress made in achieving women's rights remains under continuous threat. They stressed that, "no country in the world has achieved full substantive equality of women." The Working Group....... [more]

Utah lawmakers unveil LGBT anti-discrimination bill
March 5, 2015
Utah lawmakers on Wednesday unveiled legislation that aims to balance religious rights and protections against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) discrimination in the workplace and housing. The bill, SB 0296, proposes adding sexual orientation and gender identity to Utah's anti-discrimi....... [more]

UN rights expert urges Malaysia to improve efforts against human trafficking
March 2, 2015
UN human rights expert Maria Grazia Giammarinaro on Monday urged the Malaysian government to make improvements to its efforts to combat human trafficking. At the conclusion of her first visit to Malaysia, Giammarinaro said that there are currently several million undocumented migrant workers in Mala....... [more]

Wisconsin senate approves right-to-work bill
February 27, 2015
The Wisconsin Senate on Wednesday approved Senate Bill 44, commonly known as the right-to-work bill. In general, the legislation provides that employees cannot be required to join a labor organization. Without financial support, unions are limited in their ability to bargain and recruit new members....... [more]

Supreme Court hears oral arguments on religious accommodation, attorney compensation
February 25, 2015
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Wednesday in two cases. In Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores, Inc., the court heard arguments on whether an employer can be liable under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 for declining to hire an applicant....... [more]

Supreme Court rules in evidence destruction case
February 25, 2015
The US Supreme Court on Wednesday handed down its ruling in Yates v. US, rejecting the prosecution of a fisherman for throwing undersized fish overboard. The petitioner, a fisherman, had been charged with destruction of evidence for instructing his crew to throw back 72 red grouper fish after a fed....... [more]




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