Last week, a jury awarded sports journalist, T.J. Simers a $7.1 million verdict in his age and disability discrimination suit against the Los Angeles Times. Mr. Simers alleged that he was subjected to discrimination following a “mini-stroke” at age 63. Two months after the stroke, Mr. Simers received his first negative performance review, and claims that less than six months later he was forced out of his job. In a statement to a local news network, Mr. Simers said, “I got sick and I got old, which is a terrible combination in this day of newspapers.” The Los Angeles Times plans to appeal the verdict.
- The EEOC announced a $1.7 million settlement with a packing company in a disability discrimination claim involving failure to allow intermittent leave under the ADA.
- Blogging4Jobs described why diversity matters for every business.
- A new study demonstrated that small companies are more likely to discriminate against disabled job applicants.
- The Wall Street Journal Blog reported on Uber’s algorithm and how it acts as a boss.
- SHRM covered the growing pains and pleasures of mobile recruiting.
- Corporate Counsel provided tips on how to protect trade secrets in an age of cyber insecurity.
- Fast Company covered how the Internet of Things will change how we work.
- Mike Haberman described how he became a data convert and why cognitive computing is important for HR.
- ERE described six steps for getting started with analytics in recruiting.
In other developments:
- A California judge dismissed a case against Apple which claimed the tech giant should pay wages for the time checking employee bags at the end of their shifts. The case had recently received class action status.
- Fast Company profiled the lessons learned when one company implemented an unlimited vacation policy.
- Christine Walters shared lessons learned in a complicated FMLA case.
- The employee-independent contractor misclassification case against Uber has a trial date: June 20, 2016.
- Amazon will allow employees to share parental leave benefits with their spouses even if their spouses don’t work for Amazon.