Monthly Archives: September 2011

Vol. 1, Book 3

the American University Labor & Employment Law Forum has published its Summer, 2011 book featuring: A View From the Front Lines: Why Protecting Immigrant Workers is Essential for Immigration Reform and Vital to the Maintenance of a Healthy American Workforce, Andreas N. Akaras and Sebastian G. Amar The Agricultural Worker Protection Act & Florida’s Migrant […]

Ex-Univers​ity Worker Wins $1M In Disability Bias Suit

Last week, a jury for a federal court in Iowa awarded a former Upper Iowa University employee $1.1 million in back pay and damages.  Lynne Seabrooke, 51, was a Registrar in the International Affairs office at the university and was fired.  She successfully argued that the University failed to honor her requests for disability accommodation, […]

Impact of Dukes v. Wal-Mart

The impact of Dukes v. Wal-Mart will most likely be felt in Pippen v. Iowa – a case where over 6,000 people brought a race-discrimination class-action suit against the state of Iowa. Plaintiffs claim that the Defendant refused to hire or promote them because of their race. Defendant tried to dismiss the claim by urging that race discrimination could […]

NLRB Chairman Issues Statement on Congressional Hearing About the Board

From the NLRB: This morning, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce held a hearing to discuss “Recent Actions of the National Labor Relations Board.”  In response to requests for comment, NLRB Chairman Mark Gaston Pearce issued the following statement: “The National Labor Relations Board takes very seriously its obligation to enforce the law […]

Beating the Buzzer: NBA Players & Owners Meet Wednesday to Save the Full Season

The prospect of starting the 2011-12 NBA season on time is growing increasingly dim. Threats of decertification by top agents have been the latest rumors trending around the Association’s labor dispute. The lengthy litigation process that would follow from decertification would certainly mean a delay in the start of the season if not an out-right cancellation. […]

Wal-Mart Woos Women

After the conclusion of a suit where 1.6 million women alleged Wal-Mart of wage disparity and a systematic failure to promote, the multinational corporation has announced a policy that will double the amounts of its women owned contractors and suppliers domestically and abroad.

DADT Repealed

Today marks the beginning of a new era of employment non-discrimination as one of the United States’ largest employers, the military, ends its ban on openly lesbian, gay, and bisexual service.  The eighteen-year long policy was originally a compromise by President William Jefferson Clinton with House Republicans to allow homosexuals to serve in the military, […]

9th Circuit Blocks Arizona Law Seeking to Limit Same-Sex Partner Benefits

A three judge panel of the 9th Circuit blocks an Arizona law that limited same-sex partner benefits for public employees. The law, instituted as a cost-saving measure, also eliminated health care benefits of heterosexual domestic partners and adult children. The court overturned the law based on the rational that “[w]hen a state chooses to provide […]

Help DC Labor FilmFest Choose Short Films

Washington, DC is holding the 11th annual DC Labor FilmFest October 14-18th at the American Film Institute in Silver Spring, MD. This year viewers are being asked to help judge the 12 semifinalist short films that will make up the FilmFest’s Working Lunch presentations. For more information regarding the films being shown and how to […]

Seinfeld and Labor and Employment Law Collide

Who would have thought? Providing a fun new way of looking at labor and employment law: