According to the May 16 ruling in Jarretta P. Hamilton vs. Southland Christian School Inc., Hamilton, who began teaching at the St. Cloud, Florida-based school in January 2008, conceived a child with her then-fiancé in January 2009. The couple got married the next month.
I could comfortably retire if I had a dollar for every time in my career that I have heard, 'But I have a right to free speech; I can say what I want and not get fired.' Read More
This case will be fascinating to follow, much more so for the religious implications than for the pregnancy discrimination implications. Read More
An issue in the case was the U.S. Supreme Court's 2006 ruling in Garcetti vs. Ceballos, in which the high court held that 'government employers, like private employers, need a significant degree of control over their employees' words, and actions; without it, there would be little chance for the efficient provision of public services.'
Calls have been growing for federal and state legislation that would bar employers from requiring access to job applicants' social media postings.Read More
With changes in whistle-blower laws, companies must be even more diligent about protecting workers who speak out.Read More
The Hanford Concerns Council in Washington state was formed according to state mediation laws, and members include company representatives, advocacy group members and independent parties.
In most cases, employees know the right thing to do morally or ethically, but aren't sure how to discuss it. "The primary reason people don't speak up is fear of retaliation and fear of futility," says Mary Gentile, a research scholar at Babson College in Babson Park, Massachusetts.