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Virginia Bill Would Allow Employers To Fire Employees Who Do Not Speak English

Published by on January 17, 2008

The Washington Post reports today that "a Republican state senator from Fairfax County [Virginia] has introduced a proposal that would allow a boss to fire employees who don't speak English in the workplace, which would make them ineligible for unemployment benefits."  The bill was introduced ostensibly to protect employers from increased unemployment tax assessments in such cases.  Even if the measure passes, the decision to terminate the employee would still have to pass muster with the EE...

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The Golden Rule

Published by on January 16, 2008

There are a couple of interesting blog posts today on the "golden rule of employee relations."  Here and here.  They remind us that employment decisions will be reviewed by a jury of people from the community.  HR professionals should always keep that in the back of their mind when they are reviewing adverse employment actions.

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ADA Accessibility

Published by on January 9, 2008

Overlawyered reports on a settlement agreement between the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division and Sylvan Learning Centers regarding Sylvan's on-line materials.  The Justice Department takes the position that Sylvan -- including its on-line tutorials -- are "public accommodations."  (Settlement agreement here.) (more…) ...

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Recent Jury Verdicts

Published by on January 8, 2008

Recap of large West Coast retaliation verdicts. CA -- Black firefighter awarded $1.17 million in racial harassment and retaliation case.  Another article here. OR -- EEOC settles national origin discrimination case with truck manufacturer for $427,000. ...

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