Earlier this year, my wife and I seized the opportunity to travel to Doha, Qatar to visit our son who was stationed at nearby Al Udeid Air Force Base. It was a remarkable experience. We toured the Souq Waqif (photo above), the Pearl (photo at right) and the Museum of Islamic Art (photo at below left), tasted the international cuisine, soaked up some sun, and swam in the Persian Gulf. As we engaged with those we met, we realized that despite our differences, we shared many things in common. We all seem to enjoy a good meal with friends and family, basking in the sun (photo below at left), and Coca-Cola (photo below at right), to name a few. Though our visit was brief, we left with a better understanding of the people living and working there.
"I'm being harassed at work! Do I have a case?" This is another question I hear a lot from potential clients, much like "Can I sue for wrongful termination?" More often than not, the "harassment" is by a boss who is just being a jerk, and I have to tell the potential client that there is no law against being a jerk.
The Minnesota Supreme Court ruled this week in Peterson v. City of Minneapolis that the one-year statute of limitations set by the Minnesota Human Rights Act ("MHRA") is suspended while the employer and employee voluntarily engage in an employer's internal dispute resolution process. As a result, employees will now in many cases have additional time to pursue claims under the MHRA.
The United States Supreme Court today slammed the brakes on lawsuits started by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Specifically, the Court ruled that because the EEOC has a statutory duty to attempt conciliation before suing, the courts have authority to review whether the EEOC has fulfilled that duty. Giving courts the authority to review EEOC conciliation should stifle what some believe was the EEOC's overly zealous litigation strategy.
In a 6-3 decision the U.S. Supreme Court this week revived Peggy Young's pregnancy accommodation claims against UPS. The high court's decision clarifies how the federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) is to be applied to pregnant employees who work for employers that accommodate employees with nonpregnancy-related disabilities.