A jury is considering a gender-bias lawsuit filed against Anheuser-Busch that says a former employee was paid less and passed over for promotions because she is a woman. Missouri law requires that at least nine of the 12 jurors agree with the plaintiff for her claim to succeed.
Hiring experts offer their favorite questions for uncovering important qualities about job candidates. For instance, one expert suggests asking applicants what they like to do after they finish their work. "The question is artfully vague, in that the applicant is not told if the answer should focus on work or personal activities," Michael Mercer says.
Fighting abuse of the Family and Medical Leave Act requires staying on top of trends in how employees take leave. This article rounds up 10 tips for monitoring workers' behavior fairly and accurately, including requiring certification of any reported medical condition, insisting on periodic status updates and using a relatively lengthy time frame to determine patterns. "Because evidence of a pattern of abuse is usually going to be circumstantial rather than medical, the employer must track such evidence over a long enough period so as to demonstrate that the suspicious absences are due to more than mere coincidence," this article notes.
The Los Angeles city attorney has filed a lawsuit against Deutsche Bank, claiming the lender's foreclosed properties are decrepit public nuisances and that it illegally evicted rental tenants. Deutsche Bank argues that the loan servicers are responsible for tenant issues and maintenance of the properties.
Pregnant workers will have fears and questions once they tell the boss. You can help alleviate these by having clear policies in place that lay out what part of maternity leave is paid and unpaid, what the policy is when the worker returns and what options exist if her specific job isn't protected during her leave.