Video: Police Strip Search of Ohio Woman Called Outrageous

By Eugene Lee |

As you may know, employment law is just a subset of civil rights in general. I don’t normally cover non-workplace civil rights issues, but a news story I’ve come across seems just too egregious to let pass. In Stark County, Ohio, 41-year old Hope Steffey was the victim of assault by a relative. Steffey’s cousin…

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Are Doctors “Employees” of the Hospital?

By Eugene Lee |

Are doctors who have privileges at hospitals employees of the hospital or merely independent contractors (i.e., the hospital issues them an IRS Form 1099 at tax-time)? That’s a question that was raised in a case called Salamon v. Our Lady of Victory Hospital. The issue is important because many anti-discrimination and sexual harassment laws cover…

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FMLA Medical Leave Expanded to Families of Military

By Eugene Lee |

Good news for members of the military. On January 28, 2008, President Bush signed the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2008 (H.R. 4986) into law, effective immediately. The NDAA expands the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA) to provide up to 26 workweeks of medical leave to the immediate relatives (spouse, son,…

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Whistleblower Doctors are a Rare Breed

By Eugene Lee |

Did you know that, under California’s current system, doctors police and regulate themselves? If a doctor’s competence falls under suspicion, under a system called “peer review”, other doctors are expected to report, review and, if necessary, take action against the errant doctor.This probably seemed like a good idea at the time. After all, who better…

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Cal. Supreme Court Rules: Medical Pot Users Can be Fired

By Eugene Lee |

In Gary Ross v RagingWire Telecommunications, Inc., the California Supreme Court considered the case of an employee who was taking marijuana for medicinal purposes (to deal with a back injury). When he tested positive for marijuana, his employer fired him. Plaintiff sued for disability discrimination under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act, among other…

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Civil Rights Act of 2008?

By Eugene Lee |

Good news for employees. Workplace Prof Blog reports on a new Democrat bill introduced in the House and Senate, the Civil Rights Act of 2008, H.R. 2159 & S. 2554, which will significantly expand employees’ rights under federal law. With a Democrat likely to be occupying the presidency for the next term, I think this…

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Minimum Wages around the World

By Eugene Lee |

Without further ado, I present minimum wages from around the world. I obviously didn’t include every country in the world. However, I did manage to get at least a few countries from each of the main continents. I also included California which is not technically a country, but does have the eighth largest economy in…

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My Boss, the Equal Opportunity Jerk

By Eugene Lee |

Every office has got one. A jerk whose sole mission in the workplace is to make everyone else miserable. If you’re really unlucky, that jerk happens to be your boss. I get a lot of calls from people that go something like this: “My boss is a total jerk. He constantly yells at everyone and…

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Why Cursing at a Judge is NOT a Good Idea

By Eugene Lee |

I just came across this news story where a fellow called a judge an “SOB” several times. The judge found him in contempt of court and sentenced him to nearly 3 years in prison. Newsflash: judges can throw people in jail for disturbing the decorum of the court. Think twice before taking on a judge.…

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Minimum Wage is Now $8.00 per Hour

By Eugene Lee |

As of January 1, 2008, the minimum wage in California increased from $7.50 per hour to $8.00 per hour. For more information, go to the California Department of Industrial Relations.

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