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Posted 11 months ago in Jury Awards Labor and Employment by Sylvia Hsieh  
Record $240M Award for Abuse of Disabled Workers Slashed to $1.6M

A jury verdict earlier this month to mentally disabled workers who were abused and forced to live in a “house of horrors” has been drastically slashed after trial. A federal law that limits damages will cut the jury’s award from $240 million to $1.6 million. After deciding that Texas-based turkey processing plant Henry’s Turkey Service subjected the workers to abuse, discrimination and physical punishment at home and at work, the jury awarded $7.5 million to each of the 32 workers. …

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Posted 11 months ago in Labor and Employment Your Job & The Law by Aaron Kase  
Small Companies in Colorado Can No Longer Discriminate

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper signed a bill into law last week that provides recourse against discrimination to workers at companies that employ fewer than 15 people. The legislation amends state law so that employees who bring harassment and discrimination suits against their employer can receive punitive and compensatory damages, as well as attorney fees. Previously, workers who brought successful claims through the state could only get their job back, along with back pay. Employees could receive damages by suing under …

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NJ Gov. Vetoes Employer Facebook Password Request Ban

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Thursday vetoed a law passed by the legislature that would ban employers from asking for the social media passwords of workers and applicants. Christie said that he would sign the bill if it were amended to exclude some of its more restrictive components. New Jersey would have been the eighth state to stop businesses from snooping into their current or prospective employees’ Facebook and Twitter accounts, although the Jersey law would have gone several …

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Posted 11 months ago in Labor and Employment Video by Betsy Kim  
Newsbreak: Pregnant Mom Must Use Vacation Time for Bathroom Breaks

  Editorial Director Betsy Kim provides a video Newsbreak, focusing on employment rights.  A Nashville, Tennessee, T-Mobile call center employee experiencing a difficult pregnancy, frequently needed to use the bathroom. She had to provide a doctor’s note, clock out and use vacation time for her restroom breaks. T-mobile fired the employee shortly after her return from maternity leave, for a 12-cent error. Astonishingly, she never filed a lawsuit. Only eight states require employee rest periods. There’s no legal requirement for …

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Posted 11 months ago in Labor and Employment by Josh Crank  
Hostess Brands CEO’s Remarks Hint at Anti-Union Bias

In hindsight, it probably wasn’t helpful for the CEO who recently bought Hostess’ most iconic brands to tell the Wall Street Journal that he did not “expect to be involved in the union going forward.” C. Dean Metropoulos, head of the reborn Hostess Brands LLC, may very well still not expect to have to bargain with the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers & Grain Millers International Union, whose work stoppage led to the liquidation of Hostess Brands, Inc. last year. But …

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