The HR Specialist: Pennsylvania Employment Law

A Commonwealth Court has ruled that a Ridgway man who was fired for threatening his bosses can’t collect unemployment benefits.

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The Penn State Hershey Medical Center has denied any wrongdoing in the case of a cancer doctor who sued, alleging he was fired in retaliation for defending the rights of his secretary, who was fighting breast cancer.

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Employees who are eligible for FMLA leave may not need a big block of time off, but instead want to take intermittent leave. Unfortunately, which one they do take isn’t up to the employer.

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If you’re honest when law enforcement officials ask for information about a potential crime involving an employee, the worker can’t sue for false arrest, even if he’s not formally charged or eventually is found not guilty.

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Ordinarily, it takes a discharge, demotion or other serious decision to support a ­discrimination law­­suit. Being fired, demoted or not promoted are so-called adverse employment actions. But even a series of minor employment actions can amount to an adverse action under the right circumstances.

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Pittsburgh’s Guardian Angel Ambu­­lance Service faces an EEOC lawsuit alleging it breached a previous settlement agreement with a now-deceased former employee.

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A former employee of Bell Sociali­­zation Services in York has won unemployment compensation benefits after she was fired for not having “reliable transportation.”

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After an employee files an inter­­nal complaint, HR should review every reassignment or other significant job change. Even one negative move can support a retaliation lawsuit.

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Courts don’t expect workplaces to be places of complete harmony—but they do expect employers to take complaints seriously. They want to see that bosses are disciplined when they make offensive comments.

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If they’re qualified, disabled employees may be entitled to transfer to an open position as an accommodation. Blocking a transfer may violate the ADA, unless you can show that the transfer would impose an undue hardship.

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