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Is my company protecting my biometric information?

Science fiction becomes reality in fits and starts, and part of it is already here in the form of biometric data. In place of passwords and badges, some companies are starting to use employee fingerprints, voiceprints, retinal scans, and hand or face scans to grant access to certain data and facilities. The security benefits to the company are significant, since it’s hard to replicate biometric markers. Equally significant, however, are the privacy risks to the employees. If someone steals your password, you can just change it. If someone steals your fingerprints, you’re in a lot more trouble. Employees need to know what their rights are as biometric data collection becomes more common.

Basketball VP alleges retaliation on eve of playoffs series

Though the Milwaukee Bucks fought hard in this year’s playoffs, they eventually succumbed in seven games to the Boston Celtics. The resurgent Celtics have made their way to the Eastern Conference finals, where they are set to face the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Court: One ageist comment not enough to establish discrimination

As regular readers of our Milwaukee employment law blog know, it’s never appropriate for an employer or supervisor to deny a job or a promotion on the basis of a person’s age. It’s just as inappropriate to fire someone or demote them because of their age.

Suburban Milwaukee company settles pregnancy discrimination suit

A senior care community in a Milwaukee suburb has agreed to settle a lawsuit filed by a former employee who said she was fired because she was pregnant. In the suit filed in U.S. District Court last August, the woman claimed that California-based Silverado Oak Village in Menomonee Falls violated the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

Oncologist awarded $13 million for gender discrimination, retaliation

The 63-year-old doctor saw a steady increase in the number of women in medicine since she began her work treating cancer patients. That shift in dynamics made it difficult for her to understand or accept the gender discrimination she said she experienced in her 25 years as an oncologist at the University of California Los Angeles.

Jury: Illinois gubernatorial candidate retaliated against staffer

“I am proud of the fact that my staff that works for me is 80 percent female, and I have great relationships,” said the candidate for Illinois governor last fall in Chicago. “Because I build my office on one word: respect. And I think that’s what all women want, and that’s what I am all about.”

Workplace discrimination and retaliation by the numbers

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently announced the numbers the federal agency piled up on behalf of workers nationwide in fiscal 2017. The EEOC said that 84,254 workplace discrimination charges were filed last year that resulted in more than $398 million paid to victims through litigation and voluntary resolution of disputes.

Workplace discrimination suits cost taxpayers over $300K

As more and more workers are being held accountable for their actions of harassment, recent statistics from the federal House Office of Compliance show that the U.S. House of Representatives has paid over $300,000 in disputes over recent years. The workplace discrimination lawsuits in the House have proved to be costly for taxpayers. Individuals in Wisconsin can take heart, knowing that harassment and discrimination continue to be taken seriously in the workplace, and penalties exist for offenders. 

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