Monthly Archives: January 2012

Russian Airline Forces Gay Employee Into Heterosexual Marriage

Russia’s largest airline, Aeroflot, reportedly forced a gay flight attendant into a heterosexual marriage in order to keep his job. Maxim Kupreev, a 25 year old gay man, was given the ultimatum by Aeroflot to either marry a woman or lose his job. Kupreev married an old friend at the end of 2011 in a […]

DOL Proposes Rule Implementing FMLA Expansion for Military Caregivers, Flight Crew Members

The Department of Labor has released a proposed rule that implements the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) amendments made by the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2010 (FY 2010 NDAA) and the Airline Flight Crew Technical Corrections Act. Both laws enacted in 2009 entitle more employees to FMLA leave. The FY 2010 NDAA […]

AFL-CIO: SAG Awards, Entertainment Union Boards Vote to Merge

The red-carpet glamor and prestige of the 18th annual Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards last night put the pre-Oscar spotlight on the cast of “The Help” in the theatrical motion picture category, with actors themselves choosing the best of the best. “The Help” cast also was recognized with Viola Davis taking the award for best […]

Apple’s Alleged Labor Violations: Appalling or Inaccurate?

The New York Times released a damning report on January 25, 2012 about labor conditions in Chinese factories owned by Foxconn, Apple’s main supplier of products like iPhones and iPads. The report focuses on the multiple violations present in Foxconn factories including involuntary labor, underage labor, and dangerous working conditions. Apple claims it has tried […]

Atlanta PD Refuses to Hire Man Allegedly Because He Has HIV

An Atlanta man has alleged that the Atlanta Police Department (APD) has violated federal law and not hired him because he is HIV positive. Roe, a pseudonym to protect his future employment interests, originally filed a claim in September 2008 with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District Court of Georgia claiming hiring discrimination […]

OSHA News Release: AirTran Ordered to Reinstate, Reimburse Whistleblower

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has ordered AirTran Airways, a subsidiary of Dallas, Texas-based Southwest Airlines Co., to reinstate a former pilot who was fired after reporting numerous mechanical concerns. The agency also has ordered that the pilot be paid more than $1 million in back wages plus interest and […]

Unionism in Wisconsin and the GOP Race

When Governor Scott Walker signed into law a bill stripping public sector employees of their collective bargaining rights, he put himself in the political crosshairs of the union movement in Wisconsin. To date, recall efforts have reached a fever pitch, with Walker’s opponents collecting over 1,000,000 petition signatures to put him on a recall ballot […]

Chicago Woman Fired For Working During Lunch, Fights For Benefits

Should a company be allowed to fire someone for working hard? Apparently, Equity Lifestyle Properties Inc., thinks it should be allowed to do so. The Chicago company fired Sharon Smiley, who had worked there for ten years as a receptionist and administrative assistant, for working through her lunch break. According to Illinois labor laws, employees […]

NLRB Election to be Held at American University for Adjunct Professors January 19 – February 16

The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 500 filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in an attempt to secure unionization for part-time faculty employees at American University (AU) in Washington, DC, including eligible faculty of its law school and graduate schools.  On December 12, 2011, Provost Scott A. Bass of American […]

NLRB ruling in D.R. Horton Protects Employees’ Rights to Class Actions

Construction company D.R. Horton, like many other companies, had their workers sign an arbitration agreement upon becoming employed, as a condition of their employment.  The signed agreement required the worker to waive his right to sue the employer in a court in the event that that employee wanted to resolve an employment dispute.  If the […]