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July 2012 Archives

Brodkorb's wrongful termination suit moves forward against Senate

Michael Brodkorb, the former communications director for the Minnesota Senate Majority Caucus who was fired last December after revelations of an affair with the Senate Majority Leader, has moved forward with his gender discrimination and wrongful termination lawsuit. A summons and complaint was filed this week in the Second Judicial District in St. Paul, after Brodkorb obtained a right-to-sue letter from the EEOC.

Wet Seal sued for race discrimination; blacks didn't fit 'brand image'

Three former employees of The Wet Seal, Inc., which owns the retailers Wet Seal and Arden B, are suing the company for employment discrimination, and they are seeking class-action status. The company operates a total of 553 stores in 47 states and Puerto Rico, and both stores are geared toward women. The lawsuit claims that it discriminates against African Americans in management positions because they don't suit the stores' "brand image."

Arbitration in sexual harassment suit vs. tech venture capitalists?

Tech industry venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers LLC, which has secured capital investments for such giants as Amazon.com, Sun Microsystems and gaming company Zynga, Inc., is being sued for sexual harassment by a former employee.

Multiple health conditions count for FMLA leave purposes

The U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota recently made a ruling that could have an important impact on employees who have multiple health conditions and want to take leave under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act. Essentially, the FMLA guarantees employees the right to take paid or unpaid leave from work to seek medical treatment or to care for dependants, and to take leave for certain other purposes. There are rules limiting the law's application, but the medical leave part of the law is intended to allow employees to address their medical needs or those of their families without fear of retaliation or termination.

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