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European Court of Justice rules obesity can be a disability
December 18, 2014
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled Thursday that morbid obesity can be considered a disability under the Equal Treatment in Employment Directive if the employee is prevented from fully participating in professional life because of his or her weight. The case arose from the Retten i Kolding ....... [more]

HRW: Thailand government must cancel prisoner fishing boat plan
December 11, 2014
Human Rights Watch (HRW) called Thursday for the cancellation of a plan formulated by Thailand's military government that encourages prisoners to work on fishing boats, citing the widespread abuse in the Thai fishing industry. The plan announced by the Thai labor minister last week would begin opera....... [more]

Iran human rights lawyer arrested in Tehran
December 10, 2014
Prominent Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh was arrested last Wednesday on unknown charges, according to her husband Reza Khanda. Khanda reported that the couple's car was surrounded by intelligence agents in Tehran and both were arrested. Khanda stated on his Facebook page,"Nasrin and I w....... [more]

Supreme Court rules employees not entitled to overtime pay for post-shift security screening
December 9, 2014
The US Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in Integrity Staffing Solutions, Inc. v. Busk that employees are not entitled to overtime pay for the time spent waiting for and undergoing post-shift security screening procedures. The plaintiffs are warehouse workers at various sorting facilities connected to onl....... [more]

Supreme Court hears arguments on tax, railroads
December 8, 2014
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases Monday. In Direct Marketing Association v. Brohl the court is considering whether the Tax Injunction Act (TIA) bars federal court jurisdiction over a suit brought by non-taxpayers to enjoin the informational notice and reporting requirements of....... [more]

Supreme Court hears arguments on workplace pregnancy discrimination
December 4, 2014
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in two cases. In Young v. United Parcel Service the justices considered whether the Pregnancy Discrimination Act requires an employer that provides work accommodations to non-pregnant employees with work limitations to provide work accommodations t....... [more]

Supreme Court hears arguments on trademarks, sentencing
December 2, 2014
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in two cases. In B&B Hardware, Inc. v. Hargis Industries, Inc. the court heard arguments on (1) whether the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board's (TTAB) finding of a likelihood of confusion precludes Hargis from relitigating that issue in infringeme....... [more]

Judge rules Illinois pension law unconstitutional
November 22, 2014
An Illinois judge on Friday ruled a law intended to fix the pension crisis in the state violates the Illinois constitution. Sangamon Country Circuit Judge John Belz ruled in favor of state employees and retirees who sued to block the law. Last December state lawmakers passed the bill, which amended....... [more]

UN rights office: serious human rights violations continue in eastern Ukraine
November 20, 2014
The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released a report on Thursday highlighting the continued commission of human rights violations in eastern Ukraine despite the announcement of a ceasefire on September 5. The report, produced by the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in....... [more]

A Woman's Right To Secure Employment Despite Her Beauty
November 18, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Pardis Camarda, St. John's University School of Law Class of 2015, is the author of the sixth article in a twelve-part series from the staffers of the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development. Camarda discusses attractiveness discrimination within the Title VII protect....... [more]

Qatar announces plans to address controversial migrant worker laws
November 16, 2014
The Qatar government on Sunday pledged to announce new labor legislation by 2015 in an effort to improve conditions for migrant workers. The Qatar labor ministry announced the initiative by stating, "e intend to effect meaningful and lasting change for the benefit of all those who live and work in....... [more]




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