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McDonald’s Revamps Its Harassment Policy

McDonald’s Corp., in the face of criticism for its handling of harassment complaints, says it’s training workers to deal with the issue and is starting a hotline for victims. In a letter responding to an inquiry from U.S. Senator Tammy …

Lawsuit Alleges Safeco Field Discriminates Against Wheelchair Users

Wheelchair users attending Seattle Mariners baseball games at Safeco Field get a “second-class” experience, a nonprofit disability-rights law firm says, and has filed a discrimination lawsuit. The Seattle Times reports that Washington Civil and Disability Advocate filed the lawsuit earlier …

New Rulings on Medical Marijuana Use Favor Workers

Healthcare worker Katelin Noffsinger told a potential employer that she took medical marijuana to deal with the effects of a car accident, but when a drug test came back positive, the nursing home rescinded her job offer anyway. A federal …

EEOC Harassment Cases May Languish for Years

The federal agency handling workplace harassment complaints has become a crowded waystation in an overwhelmed bureaucracy, with wait times often stretching years. And as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission takes on renewed significance in light of the growing (hash)MeToo movement, …

Detroit Man Sues Contractor for Alleged Discrimination

A Detroit, Mich., construction worker is suing a contractor for alleged discrimination and racism. Harold Wilson, 63, filed a lawsuit against Hardman Construction Inc. last week, The Detroit News reported . Wilson alleges the contractor used fake addresses for its …

Workplace Rights Lawyers Race Against Trump Clock

While employers across America paid a record amount in settlements for workplace violations last year, don’t expect it to be the beginning of a trend. Think of it more as the storm before the calm, as labor lawyers rush to …

Workplace Disputes in Congress Cost $17M Since 1997

The government has paid more than $17 million in taxpayer money over the last 20 years to resolve claims of sexual harassment, overtime pay disputes and other workplace violations filed by employees of Congress. The Office of Compliance released the …

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 …