Philadelphia Employment Law News

January 2012 Archives

What is Retaliation? EEOC's Most Popular Discrimination Charge

You may be surprised to learn that the most popular charge brought before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is not a race or sex discrimination charge, instead it is a charge for retaliation.

Unlike the other types of discrimination like race, sex, age, religion, disability, or national origin discrimination, a charge of retaliation has nothing to do with your personal characteristics. So what is retaliation?

Mechanic Killed at UPS Facility

UPS worker accident in South Philadelphia? An unidentified 50-year-old mechanic was killed last week while working at the UPS facility. Apparently, the man was underneath a truck when the jack gave out and the truck fell on him, reports The Philadelphia Inquirer. He was pronounced dead at the scene and no other details were reported.

As the man was injured at work, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will likely look into the accident to determine its cause and if any workplace conditions contributed to the death.

Pennsylvania Sexual Orientation Discrimination to be Banned?

There is no federal or state law that prohibits employers from discriminating against an employee for being gay. While it is illegal to discriminate against someone for not acting like a man or woman, simply firing or demoting someone based on sexual orientation is generally legal.

Perhaps in a sign of moving in the right direction, possibly leading to a ban on Pennsylvania sexual orientation discrimination, Susquehanna Township in Dauphin County, is considering an ordinance that would make it illegal for employers to base employment decisions on sexual orientation or gender identity, reports Business Management Daily.

3 Steps for Bringing an Employment Discrimination Lawsuit

If you have been discriminated against or harassed at work, you may be surprised to learn that you usually cannot just sue your employer directly. Instead, you typically must follow several steps before suing, including bringing your complaint to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

The following are the three steps you should know for bringing an employment discrimination lawsuit.

Did Losing Job Cost Joe Paterno His Life?

Joe Paterno was very old and very sick. But did the fact that he lost his job as head football coach at Penn State University hasten his death?

The Joe Paterno death was just reported over the weekend, and already medical experts are chiming in on the possible effects of losing one's career and life expectancy, reports The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Black, Fat, and Ugly Unwanted at Panera Bread?

A black man has sued a Pennsylvania Panera Bread franchise claiming that the company wanted him far away from customers, and in the back of the store cleaning or preparing food.

In the Panera Bread discrimination lawsuit, the employee, 21-year-old Guy Vines, says that store had a policy to keep black, ugly, and fat employees away from public view, reports NBC.

Woman Fired for Wearing Penis to Work

Woman fired for wearing penis?

Pauline Davis, a 45-year-old worker at J&J Snack Foods in Moosic, says that she was contemplating gender reassignment and wore a prosthetic penis to work. When higher-ups at the snack food company got word of her appendage, she says they terminated her.

Now Davis is suing the company claiming that they discriminated against her, reports MSNBC.

John Bolaris Fired: Can't Survive Playboy Interview

Perhaps he had too much too soon. John Bolaris was fired from Fox 29.

Bolaris burst onto the scene as Philadelphia’s young hot-shot weatherman in 1990. Over the years, Bolaris developed a reputation as a lady’s man and had several high-profile relationships, with his love-life constantly in the local headlines, reports the Philadelphia Daily News.

Matrix Discrimination: Company to Pay $450,000 for Racist Policy

Fifty years ago it was the back of the bus. Showing that history repeats itself, Matrix, L.L.C., one of the Philadelphia-area's largest cleaning companies, was recently sued for allegedly requiring its black employees to sit in the back of the cafeteria.

In the Matrix discrimination lawsuit, Matrix is also accused of having a hiring quota on blacks, even firing one white manager for continuing to hire blacks, says the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

Philly Traffic Court Judge Suspended for Nude Photos

If you thought you couldn't trust your kids with a cell phone, apparently you can't trust Philadelphia Traffic Court judges either.

The "Honorable" Willie Singletary allegedly sent to a woman cellphone pictures of his private parts, and now the state Supreme Court has swiftly suspended the judge, reports the Philadelphia Daily News.

Tuesday night, Ron Anderson was dispatched to a Southwest Philadelphia neighborhood to deliver pizza, cheesesteaks, and wings. But after being sent to the poorly-lit, run-down neighborhood, Anderson soon realized it was a trap.

Before he could make it back to his SUV, the 29-year-old worker was shot and killed, reports The Philadelphia Inquirer. Police are now on the lookout for suspects in the pizza delivery murder.

Synthes Employee Lawsuits: Non-Compete Agreements Enforceable?

You don't want to cross Synthes Inc. In a series of Synthes employee lawsuits, the medical device manufacturing company is protecting its secrets and its customers by suing its former employees who it believes is profiting from their employment with the company.

A foreign company with a national presence, Synthes has its U.S. headquarters here in Chester County and filed some of their lawsuits in a federal court in Philadelphia, reports The Philadelphia Inquirer.