Last week, a California judge made news when he threw out a $7.1million jury verdict. The verdict had been handed down in the high-profile age and disability discrimination suit brought by the well-known sports curmudgeon T.J. Simers. Simers alleged that he had been constructively discharged when the Los Angeles Times demoted him from columnist to reporter. The judge overturned the jury’s decision and ordered a new trial, ruling that Simers had not suffered an adverse employment action and had voluntarily resigned.
- Arguing before the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the EEOC asserted that sexual orientation is discrimination because of sex prohibited by Title VII.
- The EEOC settled a Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act lawsuit involving an employer’s request for family medical histories.
- Wheaton College moved to terminate a professor who asserted that Muslims and Christians worship the same God.
- The Federal Trade Commission issued a new report titled Big Data: A Tool for Inclusion or Exclusion?
- Inc. declared that people analytics will be the next big enterprise.
- Mihaly Nagy outlined the four steps to HR analytics success.
- Fist Full of Talent reported on the nightmare of HR systems integrations.
- USA Today covered five workplace innovations brought about by the tech sector, including the use of big data and talent management software.
In other developments:
- A Pennsylvania company will pay $1.75 million to resolve wage claims based on its practice of forcing employees to punch out for bathroom breaks.
- A group of drivers for Uber Black filed suit in Philadelphia state court alleging that the ride sharing company misclassified them as independent contractors.
- The Day Shift offered advice on how to handle inclement weather and the FLSA.