The HR Specialist: Pennsylvania Employment Law

Pennsylvania is one of seven hot states for wage-and-hour complaints, according to a report by employment law firm Seyfarth Shaw LLP. Fourth Annual Workplace Class Action Litigation Report shows that wage-and-hour court actions are growing at the highest rates in Pennsylvania, California, Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, New York and Texas …

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Philadelphia Police Department Chief Inspector Evelyn Heath, who was fired for allegedly harassing a fellow officer after their love affair ended, was reinstated with back pay after an arbitrator dismissed misconduct charges against her …

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Fortune magazine recently published its 2008 list of “100 Best Companies to Work For,” and two Pennsylvania health care providers made the cut …

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When employers make employment decisions based on sex stereotypes about caregivers or favor employees who don’t have family responsibilities, affected employees can successfully sue for family responsibilities discrimination (FRD) …

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Do you suspect an employee may have a mental or psychological disability that may need accommodation—even though he hasn’t mentioned it? Tread carefully. If you assume the employee is disabled and he’s not, he’ll be able to sue you for regarding him as disabled. Here’s the best way to handle the matter

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It may seem terribly unfair, but an angry employee with a discrimination ax to grind may sue your organization in multiple forums for almost exactly the same alleged offense. That’s one good reason to get an attorney involved right away. Your lawyer can push early on to consolidate all the claims into one …

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As if you didn’t have enough to worry about when it comes to sexual harassment in the workplace. Now a federal court has ruled that Pennsylvania law allows harassed employees to sue their employers for intentional infliction of emotional distress, too …

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CVS Caremark Corp. was fined $226,000 by the U.S. Labor Department for changing employee timecards and violating child labor laws. The department found 43 violations at stores in Pennsylvania and six other states …

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A group of fired Thai workers have settled an unpaid-wages lawsuit with Creekside Mushrooms of Worthington. The mushroom grower will pay $17,376 in back wages to four workers …

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The time to prepare for a discharge lawsuit is long before it’s filed. Know that someday, someone will sue you. Prepare accordingly. You won’t know who will sue, or what protected class they will belong to, so you should cover all your bases. That means tracking the progress of every employee and every disciplinary action you take, no matter who the employee is …

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