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Iowa Supreme Court says alleged sex harassment by former county attorney didn’t merit ouster

An elected prosecutor in southeast Iowa says he will be back on the job after the state’s Supreme Court ruled 4-3 that…

Movement to let the formerly incarcerated cut hair and drive taxis is gaining ground
Rosemarie Abruzzese feared losing her cosmetology license and her job in 2017 after the Pennsylvania Board of Cosmetology said her past felony drug conviction made her a threat to public safety.
Lawsuit to claw back union dues filed after Janus decision
Seven California teachers have filed a class action lawsuit to win back paid union fees in light of last month's decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that nonconsenting public-sector employees cannot be compelled to pay union dues.
Indiana’s attorney general is accused of groping lawmaker under her clothes at bar party
An Indiana lawmaker and three legislative staffers have accused the state’s attorney general, Curtis Hill, of inappropriately touching them at an end-of-the-legislative-session party at a bar in March.
Judge tosses wrongful termination claim by woman forced to resign after flipping off Trump motorcade

A Virginia judge dismissed a wrongful termination claim on Friday by a woman who said her employer, a government contractor, violated public policy by forcing her resignation after she gave the finger to the motorcade of President Donald Trump.

Supreme Court rules mandatory union dues violate free speech rights of public employees
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 on Wednesday that requiring public employees to pay union dues for collective bargaining violates their free speech rights under the First Amendment.
Suit says Jones Day’s ‘black box’ compensation system hides pay bias
A former Jones Day partner in California has filed a lawsuit claiming the firm’s secretive compensation system and subjective performance reviews are designed to hide pay discrimination against women.
Senate Judiciary Committee chair Grassley suggests judiciary needs an inspector general

Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley said Wednesday that it may be time for an independent inspector general to handle misconduct complaints against the federal judiciary.

Speaking at a committee…

Dentons employee’s suit says she was treated like a sexual object, complaints went unheeded

A business development specialist at Dentons claims in a lawsuit that her direct supervisor propositioned her using vulgar language, tried to draw her into sexual conversations when he called her…

Federal judges have a responsibility to report colleagues’ harassing behavior, report says
Inappropriate conduct is not pervasive in the federal judiciary, but it also not limited to “a few isolated incidents,” according to a report submitted to the Judicial Conference of the United States.
Chemerinsky: Arbitration agreements ruling is a significant loss for workers
The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision May 21 in Epic Systems v. Lewis is the latest 5-4 ruling in favor of the enforcement of arbitration clauses. In an opinion by Justice Neil M. Gorsuch, the court ruled that an employer may lawfully require its employees to agree, as a condition of employment, to take all employment-related disputes to arbitration on an individual basis and to waive their right to participate in a class action suit or class arbitration.
Time’s up: Legal, judicial systems slow to adapt to sexual harassment and assault issues
Employment lawyers say decreasing sexual harassment at work requires awareness that behavior may make colleagues uncomfortable and willingness to stop the conduct without resentment.
Why 3 BigLaw firms ended use of mandatory arbitration clauses
In some situations, confidentiality of arbitration can be a problem, as it makes corroborating claims more difficult. The Me Too movement has prompted some law firms to review human resources policies.
Allegations added to suit on how Facebook targeting tools helped advertisers exclude older workers
Plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit have expanded the scope of their action, alleging that Facebook and other major employers violated federal and state anti-age bias laws by excluding older job seekers from seeing online employment ads.
Does Roseanne Barr have a valid legal claim for cancellation of her show?
The First Amendment restricts the government from interfering with free speech rights, but it doesn’t cover job-related consequences for private employees--or even star comedians.

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