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Employers Navigate Various State, Local Laws to Stay Compliant

Businesses risk employment practices claims if they don’t stay on top of changing state and municipal employment laws, according to Chris Williams, Employment Practices product manager for Travelers. In an interview with Claims Journal, Williams says firms with multiple locations …

HSB: Workplace Training and Policies Key to Avoiding Employment Claims

National Small Business Week, which runs May 1-6, highlights the importance of small employers to the nation’s economy and community life — and the challenges that small business owners face. A big concern of small business owners in today’s changing …

Brandstad Denies Knowing Workers’ Comp Commissioner’s Sexual Orientation

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and top aides have denied discriminating against a gay former state official, saying they weren’t aware of his sexual orientation when the governor asked him to resign and cut his pay. Branstad, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds …

Minneapolis McDonald’s Sued After Service Dog Kicked Out

A Minneapolis man with muscular dystrophy is suing the owner of a McDonald’s restaurant as well as the corporation, saying he was the victim of discrimination because he and his service dog were kicked out of the establishment. Robert Mingo, …

Iowa Appeals Court Says Nationwide Didn’t Discriminate

An Iowa appeals court says Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. didn’t discriminate against a breastfeeding mother who resigned under pressure on her first day back from maternity leave. Angela Ames, an employee in its Des Moines office, claims that she resigned …

Virginia Man Who Lost Hand in Army Wins Suit vs. FBI

A Virginia man who lost his left hand in an Army training accident has won a lawsuit against the FBI claiming he was denied a fair chance to become a special agent. Thirty-year-old Justin Slaby of Stafford served in Iraq …

Oregon Senate OKs Workplace Protections for Interns

The Oregon Legislature agreed Tuesday to extend workplace protections against harassment and discrimination to unpaid interns. The Senate unanimously passed HB 2669, sending it to Gov. John Kitzhaber, who intends to sign it. The House unanimously passed the bill last …

Iowa Workers’ Comp Commissioner Sues Governor in Federal Court

The state’s workers’ compensation commissioner is suing Gov. Terry Branstad, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, and members of the governor’s staff in federal court alleging discriminating for political reasons and because he’s gay. Christopher Godfrey’s lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court …

Language Conflicts Trend Higher in Workplace

More people in the workforce are claiming discrimination over their English-speaking ability or foreign accents, according to federal officials. Workplace discrimination complaints based on national origin — which often involve language ability — rose by 76 percent from 1997 to …

Fired Olympus Boss Battles Wrongful Dismissal

Michael Woodford, the former Olympus CEO, on Thursday kicks off his legal battle for wrongful dismissal on the grounds of discrimination and whistleblowing, in a UK case that will throw the spotlight back on one of Japan’s worst corporate scandals. …