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Indiana Court Finds Employee’s Attempt At Humor Was Not Protected Religious Expression

Ronald Ogle worked as a Community Employment Specialist for the Indiana Department of Workforce Development (IDWD). On November 10, 2012, he forwarded to his coworkers an email that included a picture of a barbeque restaurant...more

12/16/2013 - Civil Rights Act Freedom of Religion Religion Termination Title VII

Avoiding Mistletoe Mishaps, Part IV: 20 Tips For A Festive, Safe, Non-Litigious Office Holiday Party

As 2013 comes to an end, we have been considering a number of workplace issues that employers might face at the end of the year and the beginning of the holiday season. In parts one, two, and three of this blog series, we...more

12/4/2013 - Holiday Parties Holidays Liability

Indiana’s Right-to-Work Statute Survives First Challenge While Court Clarifies Statutory Ambiguities

On February 1, 2012, Indiana became the 23rd “right-to-work” (RTW) state. Since that date, unions have filed two lawsuits in Indiana federal courts hoping to overturn the law on different grounds. One of those lawsuits,...more

1/25/2013 - Collective Bargaining Contracts Clause Equal Protection Ex Post Facto Clause Preemption Right to Work Union Dues Union Security Clauses Unions

Keep Your Holiday Parties Merry, Bright, and Out of Court

Company-sponsored holiday parties can be a great way to boost employee morale, rewarding employees for the year’s hard work. Unfortunately, holiday horror stories of intoxication and offensive behavior abound. To keep your...more

12/19/2012 - Employer Liability Issues Holiday Parties Sexual Harassment

Seventh Circuit: Employee Not Entitled to Preferred Religious Accommodation Under Title VII

On November 8, 2012, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a Christian employee who objected to working on Sundays because it conflicted with her church attendance lacked a religious discrimination claim under Title...more

12/3/2012 - Discrimination Reasonable Accommodation Religious Discrimination Title VII

Seventh Circuit Resolves Question of Whether Informal Complaints Can Provide the Foundation for Retaliation under ERISA

Section 510 of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) prohibits retaliation “against any person because he has given information or has testified or is about to testify in any inquiry or proceeding related to...more

11/21/2012 - ERISA Hiring & Firing Informal Complaints Retaliation Section 510 Termination

Seventh Circuit Holds that the ADA Mandates Reassignment of Disabled Employees to Vacant Positions

Overruling its own precedent, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (which covers Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin) recently held that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires employers to reassign...more

9/18/2012 - ADA Disability Discrimination EEOC Reasonable Accommodation Seniority United Airlines US Airways

No Smoking! Indiana’s Smoking Ban Now in Effect!

As of July 1, 2012, Indiana’s new statewide restrictions on smoking in public places and places of employment have become the law. Indiana is the 38th state to enact such a statewide ban....more

7/9/2012 - Smoking Bans

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