Tag Archives: protected class

Greater than Eight for the Eighth

Layoffs and terminations bring a host of potential problems, especially when a protected class such as age is involved. The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) prohibits employers from discriminating against older employees in favor of younger ones. The case the Eighth Circuit was confronted with this issue on December 4, 2013 in Hilde v. … Continue Reading

Proposed legislation seeks to ease Plaintiffs burden in federal age discrimination claims.

A bipartisan group of three United States Senators recently introduced legislation designed to overturn the United States Supreme Court’s 2009 decision in Gross v. FBL Financial, Inc.  The bill, titled the Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act, would amend the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) as well as other federal anti-discrimination laws and provide … Continue Reading

Employers Proceed with Caution During Unemployment Proceedings

As reported by the Department of Labor [pdf], the unemployment rate remains high.  Employees who lose their jobs cannot easily find a new job resulting in more individuals filing for unemployment compensation. Many employers desire to contest unemployment claims while keeping costs down by utilizing the company’s managers or human resources department to handle the unemployment proceedings.  However, in … Continue Reading