Employment Law Roundup: Facebook wage rant, EEOC scores again, FMLA bereavement leave, gender gap narrows, Menorah House and the Sabbath, mini-horse as accommodation


Odds and ends from the employment law world this week:

Facebook rant about wages didn't create retaliation claim. Molly DiBianca of the Delaware Employment Law Blog reports on a decision from a federal court in Florida saying that a Facebook rant about an employer's alleged violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act overtime provisions was not "protected activity" that would trigger the FLSA's anti-retaliation protections.

Cavalier about age discrimination? The EEOC reached a $1 million class settlement with Virginia's Cavalier Telephone, LLC, over allegations that the company used recruiters who made comments that showed age-based bias including that they did not want to hire anyone who was "over 40 and pudgy." The two class representatives also alleged that they were demoted and terminated after they complained. The EEOC is on a roll with this one and its recent $20 million settlement with Verizon, which resolved claims related to application of a no-fault attendance policy to employees with disabilities.

FMLA leave for death of a child? Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) has introduced legislation that would expand the Family and Medical Leave Act to include job-protected leave for the death of an employee's son or daughter. The bill, which has no co-sponsors, is entitled the Parental Bereavement Act (S. 1358), and would apply to employers of 50 or more employees.

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