The HR Specialist: Pennsylvania Employment Law

Recently, attorneys have been trying out a different tactic when employees have waited too long to file sexual harassment and other discrimination claims under either the federal Title VII or the Pennsylvania Human Rights Act.  They’ve tried suing the employer under the Pennsylvania Equal Rights Amendment. Now the Pennsylvania Superior Court has nixed that avenue …

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Employers that can show they had decided to terminate an employee before they knew he needed FMLA leave aren’t liable for interfering with that leave. But don’t think you won’t be challenged on your timing. That’s why you must make sure you can prove exactly when you made the decision …

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Employees who want their employers to make reasonable accommodations for their disabilities must let their employers know they need accommodations. But some employees don’t want to provide a lot of medical information and may stall the process while they make numerous accommodation suggestions …

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Public employees are protected from being fired for exercising their right to free speech—but government agencies still have the right to manage their workforces. Those rights may clash when a public employee complains about how she is supposed to do her job …

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Pennsylvania quickly became a go-to state for class-action lawyers after retail giant Wal-Mart lost a big case here last year. Don’t be vulnerable to high-dollar claims—have your attorney review your wage-and-hour rules now to avoid getting slammed by a class-action suit.

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Terri Vaughn, finance director for the Yeadon Borough Council, has filed a sexual harassment and retaliation complaint with the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission and the EEOC, alleging that council member Terry McGirth kissed her inappropriately on numerous occasions …

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A crack trio of loss-prevention officers hired by Nordstrom in King of Prussia has been arrested for allegedly operating a theft ring. Rozita Davani, former loss-prevention manager, along with Marguerite Willis and Athina Theodoridis, former loss-prevention agents, allegedly began stealing from the store’s mailroom in May …

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You may not have to pay employees for every task they perform while getting ready to start their shifts. But if those employees can prove you told them they would be paid for that time, you may be liable.

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When you think of a sexually hostile work environment, the scenario usually involves crude sex talk, bawdy photos and other prurient activities. But those aren’t the only markers of a hostile environment. In fact, a pervasive anti-female attitude that has nothing to do with sex can lead to a lawsuit, too …

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Some talk doesn’t belong at work. Period. If you don’t ban racist comments, you’ll probably face an EEOC lawsuit …

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