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The HR Specialist: Pennsylvania Employment Law

Pregnant employees aren’t entitled to special treatment. Employers just have to treat them the same way they do other employees. If you don’t allow other employees to take leave or be placed in light-duty positions, then pregnant employees aren’t entitled to such privileges either.

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The Indiana Regional Medical Center (IRMC) in west central Pennsylvania cracked Fortune magazine’s 2010 list of the “100 Best Companies to Work For.” IRMC came in at 60th on Fortune’s list, based on its impressively low nurse turnover rate of 2%.

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Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court has upheld an arbitrator’s decision granting desk duty to a Pennsylvania state trooper who has a history of depression.

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Two scientists fired from the Valley Forge chemical company PQ Corp. are millionaires following a federal jury’s verdict in their age discrimination lawsuit. The two, a 60-year-old woman and a 56-year-old man, filed age bias charges against PQ after the company implemented a mass layoff in 2005. The scientists alleged that all of the employees laid off were over age 55.

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All employees, regardless of which protected class they belong to, have the right to work in an environment free from hostility. That doesn’t mean, however, that you have to fire every co-worker who does something that might be interpreted as hostile. Sometimes the appropriate response is to reprimand the co-worker and educate her so she’ll change her ways.

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The Philadelphia branch of the NAACP has sued US Airways, alleging a pattern of discrimination in employment and job assignments at the Philadelphia International Airport. The complaint alleges the airline assigns workers based on race and uses racially charged derogatory terms for gate-ticketing assignments.

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With poor economic times come layoffs and reassignments. When these adverse events hit home, some employees may suspect they’ve experienced discrimination. But unless they have something concrete to hang their cases on, courts will toss out such cases.

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A psychology professor at the state-run California University of Pennsylvania has filed a lawsuit claiming that pressure from higher-ups has kept her from being promoted.

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Whistle-blower statutes are designed to protect employees who report their employers for violating civil regulations or criminal laws. But that can seem like a risky proposition for employees, who may fear that reporting their employer to the authorities could cost them their jobs. That’s why whistle-blower laws exist …

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The financial services firm Vanguard Group has settled a racial discrimination complaint with the EEOC for $300,000. The case involved Barbara Alexander, a black applicant for a financial planning manager position at a Vanguard office in North Carolina. The company is headquartered in Malvern.

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