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Posted 1 year ago in Your Job & The Law by Janet Raasch  
Returning Veterans Protected by Special Employment Laws

As military action in the Mideast winds down, large numbers of U.S. soldiers are returning home. First, you spend time decompressing from the pressures of war and enjoying friends and family. Next, you look for work – either finding a new job or returning to an old one. The White House in 2011 projected that 1 million veterans would be returning to civilian life over the next five years. Unfortunately, while the economy is improving, the job market is not …

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Same-Sex Spouses to Get Federal Benefits in Some States

Currently, same-sex marriage is legal in 13 states and the District of Columbia. In these states, LGBT couples enjoy the same state employee benefits as heterosexual couples. Until recently, however, they lacked equal access to federal employment benefits. This all changed in June 2013, when the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Sec. 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which had defined marriage as exclusively between a man and a woman. Now, in states that recognize same-sex marriage, spouses …

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Posted 1 year ago in Jury Awards Labor and Employment by Sylvia Hsieh  
Teacher Fired Over Boyfriend’s Sex Crimes Awarded $3.5M

A New Jersey teacher won a $3.5 million jury award for being wrongly fired because her boyfriend was convicted of sex crimes. Lyndsey Wilcox taught physical education and coached field hockey for the Newark Valley Central School district in 2008. Her boyfriend was Todd Broxmeyer, a private field hockey coach for teenage girls in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. In 2009, he was convicted of sex abuse involving the girls he coached. Around the same time, Wilcox was fired …

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Posted 1 year ago in Your Job & The Law Your Personal Rights by Josh Crank  
White Cop Wins $620,000 in Racial Discrimination Lawsuit

A federal jury awarded $620,000 to a white St. Louis police officer who sued alleging discrimination by superiors who gave an open leadership post to a less qualified black officer. Sgt. David Bonenberger thought he had a chance at his dream job when he learned the St. Louis Police Academy needed a new assistant director. But the top cop at the Police Academy, Lt. Michael Muxo, advised Bonenberger that a higher ranking officer, Lt. Col. Reggie Harris, ordered him to …

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Posted 1 year ago in Labor and Employment by Josh Crank  
Laid-Off Workers Hit Jackpot Against Casino

An Alabama casino that repeatedly laid off its employees without notice may end up owing millions to its former workers after losing its appeal of a federal lawsuit. VictoryLand, a greyhound racing track that grew to include a casino with electronic bingo machines, conducted three rounds of layoffs in 2010. The first round, in January, affected 68 workers and was intended to be temporary. But the second and third rounds terminated the jobs of every casino employee, and were the …

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