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Wisconsin harassment, retaliation lawsuit settled

Those who expect elected officials to hold themselves to a higher standard are undoubtedly disappointed in the news that the Dane County District Attorney's office has settled a harassment and retaliation lawsuit that claimed misconduct by the prosecutor.

Illinois landmark sued for discrimination and retaliation

Out in the western Chicago suburbs sits the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, once one of the most powerful and large particle accelerators in existence. The landmark science facility brags that it brings “the world together to solve the mysteries of matter, energy, space and time.”

Doctor sues Medical College of Wisconsin for religious discrimination

A Milwaukee business publication is reporting that a former Medical College of Wisconsin professor is claiming that she was disciplined and ultimately fired for arriving late to work after she attended an Islamic religious service. She has filed a religious discrimination and retaliation lawsuit against the school.

More LGBT employees filing discrimination complaints since civil rights expansion

It was “the gayest year in history,” the vice president of the gay rights group Human Rights Campaign said of 2013 at the end of the year. That year, the U.S. Supreme Court and several states expanded protections for the LGBT community.

Wisconsin Supreme Court upends employment law

For more than two decades, our state’s Labor and Industry Review Commission used the inference method" of causation to find liability in certain employment law cases. But the Supreme Court of Wisconsin upended that legal tradition when it concluded that the inference method is inconsistent with the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act (WFEA).

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.

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