The HR Specialist: Pennsylvania Employment Law

A Pennsylvania court has ruled that a former housekeeper can collect unemployment compensation even though she quit after a bottle-waving boss badgered her to take drug tests.

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A few stray comments in the workplace aren’t enough to taint every employment action. The comments have to be somehow tied to the employment action.

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A guard at Lewisburg Federal Peni­­ten­­tiary has sued the Justice Depart­­ment after a federal inmate obtained his Social Security number and other personal data through a Freedom of Information Act request.

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It’s a question more employers worry they will find themselves asking: “What should I do if one of my employees gets arrested?”

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Public employees have limited First Amendment rights to speak out on matters of public importance. But when that speech is actually part of the employee’s job, it’s not considered “speaking out” in the Constitutional sense. It doesn’t come with job protection.

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Letting a discrimination case work through the EEOC or the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission before settling generally means big legal costs for employers.

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You can’t refuse to hire someone just because they previously sued you for disability discrimination. Saying so up-front just about guarantees that you will be sued.

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The ADA protects disabled applicants and employees from discrimination based on disability and requires employers to reasonably accommodate known disabilities.

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Public employers have a special Constitutional responsibility that private-sector employers don’t have.

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Have some of your employees been promoted without getting raises? That could be dangerous if those workers can show that other employees outside their protected class did get higher pay.

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