Retaliation claims against employers were up three percent in 2011 and more than doubled since 1997, according to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. These claims are present when an employee reports an employer for violating a law. That employee is then considered a "whistleblower" and is protected by both state and federal laws.
In an interesting turn of events, a federal agency charged with enforcing the laws designed to protect employees from discrimination was sued for discrimination earlier this year.
On Monday, a New York man drove his van to the Tappan Zee Bridge, parked it, and lowered himself 65 feet above the Hudson River using a rope ladder and dangled for over several hours before police brought him to safety.
A 56-year-old Ohio judge who has been accused of sexual-harassment by has filed a lawsuit against one of his accusers and her attorney, saying the allegations of sexual harassment amounted to defamation. The lawsuit also names a woman who recently accused the judged of engaging in inappropriate behavior toward the woman.
The Wall Street Journal reports that a former Countrywide Financial employee who was fired in 2008 by the Bank of America Corporation after conducting an internal investigation in subprime operations at in the Boston area may soon be vindicated.
We have previously written about the current legal troubles between Boeing Company and the National Labor Relations Board. According to the National Labor Relations Board, Boeing violated labor laws by illegally retaliating against unionized workers when it went ahead with plans to build a new plant in South Carolina to manufacture 787 Dreamliner aircrafts.
The New York Times reports that the National Labor Relations Board put forth new regulations last Thursday which require companies to inform employees about their federal right to unionize. The regulations were passed in an effort to make it easier for workers to exercise their rights under the National Labor Relations Act, which established rules for employee unionization.
The U.S. House Committee on Oversight is currently looking allegations by the National Labor Relations Board that Boeing Co. retaliated against its unionized workers in Washington State by building a factory in North Carolina to build 787 aircrafts. Those allegations came in April, when the National Labor Relations Board filed a suit against Boeing.