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    Overlawyered.com commentary [through mid-June 2003. Items after that date collected here]:

    "U.K. roundup" (perennial litigant), Jun. 12-15, 2003.

    "'Resumé spam saddles employers'", Jun. 3, 2003.

    Fair Labor Standards Act, overtime and employee classification suits, 2003: "Schools roundup", Apr. 9.  2001: "Wal-Mart- as-'cult'-suit: it is about the money", Jun. 14.  2000: "Goodbye to gaming volunteers?", Sept. 12 (& update Oct. 3); "Why rush that software project, anyway?" (California overtime law), March 29; "And so now everybody's happy" (temps fired in wake of Microsoft decision), Feb. 17 (& see letters, Dec. 20); "Strippers in court" (challenge to independent contractor status), Jan. 28; "Microsoft temps can sue for stock options", Jan. 11. 1999: "Don't call us professionals!", Oct. 1-3; "Click here to sue!" (AOL volunteers who want to be recategorized as employees), Sept. 7; "Do as we say (I)" (overtime suit filed against Justice Department on behalf of its own lawyers), Aug. 30; "Click here to sue!" (Seattle law firm offers easy way to sign up for labor law class actions), Aug. 19. 

    "It ain't heavy to him, he's my brother", May 1-2, 2003; "Firehouse blues" (too-short firefighter), Feb. 20-21, 2002; "Non-pregnant rescuers, please", Sept. 13, 2001; "Litigators vs. standardized tests, II: who needs sharp cops?", Feb. 9-11, 2001; "Slow down, it's just a fire" (Canadian high court strikes down firefighter speed test), Sept. 17-19, 1999; "Perps got away, but equity was served" (Lanning v. SEPTA: challenge to running test given to prospective transit cops), Sept. 15, 1999 (& Oct. 5-7, 2001, Oct. 25-27, 2002). 

    "U.K.: 'Killer wrongly sacked for axe attack'", Apr. 7-8, 2003.

    "Maybe crime pays dept." (annual roundup of weird employment and labor law cases), Apr. 1, 2003.

    Their own petard, 2003:  "Wellstone campaign didn't buy worker's comp for its employees", Feb. 6-9. 2002: "'Civil Rights Agency Retaliated Against Worker, EEOC Rules'", Jun. 14-16; "'Disability rights attorney accused of having inaccessible office'", Apr. 25. 2001: "EEOC sued for age bias", Mar. 6.  2000: "White House pastry chef harassment suit", Sept. 18.  1999: "Do as we say (I)" (overtime suit filed against Justice Department on behalf of its own lawyers), Aug. 30 (more). 

    "Race-bias cases gone wrong", Jan. 24-26, 2003.

    "Vt. high court: ALL-CAPS DISCLAIMER on front page of employee handbook not unambiguous enough", Jan. 17-19, 2003. 

    "Ninth Circuit panel sniffs collusion in bias settlement fees", Dec. 16-17, 2002.

    Public employee entrenchment, 2002: "Munched zoo animals, gets six months severance" (Germany), Nov. 8-10; "Convicted, but still on their teaching jobs", Jul. 10-11; "School told to rehire cocaine abuser", Mar. 20-21.  2001: "'Poor work tolerated, employees say'", Nov. 15.  2000: "Reprimand 'very serious' for teacher" (had given 11-year-old girl money to buy marijuana), June 27; "'Foreman who slept on job wins reinstatement'", June 7; "From the labor arbitration front" (disallowed firing of Ct. town employee who pleaded no contest to larceny), March 28;  "Not to be dismissed" (unfireable workers, Canada and U.K.), Feb. 25. 1999: "Better than reading a lunchtime novel" (IRS employee sues; fired for accessing taxpayers' personal returns 476 times), Oct. 25; "Undislodgeable educators" (teacher peer review undermined by tenure legalities), Aug. 18. 

    "'Nannies to sue for racial bias'" (U.K.), Oct. 30-31, 2002.

    "Looking back on EEOC v. Sears" (sex discrimination, statistics and history), Oct. 28-29, 2002.

    Appearance and authenticity, 2002: "'Demand for more ugly people on TV'" (Norway: higher "ugly quotas" sought), Oct. 21. 2001: "Facial-jewelry discrimination charged", Jul. 2; "Pregnant actress complains at being denied virgin role", Jun. 21; "'Fired transsexual dancers out for justice'", Mar. 23-25.  2000: "Appearance-blind hiring?", Dec. 26-29; "Latest female Santa case", Dec. 13-14 (and see Dec. 18-19); "Wal-Mart wins female Santa case", Oct. 12; "Next: gender-blind stage casting?" (theme restaurant's hiring of males as "riverboat tough" food servers), Mar. 24-26. 

    "U.K.: 'Dr. Botch' sues hospital for wrongful dismissal", Oct. 18-20, 2002; "Let them sue us!" (hospitals get sued if they withdraw privileges from questionable doctors), Mar. 23, 2000. 

    "'Inundations of electronic resumes pose problems for employers'", Oct. 16-17, 2002.

    "Latest sacked-Santa suit", Oct. 9-10, 2002 (& Dec. 13-14 and Oct. 12, 2000) 

    "Right to break workplace rules and then return", Sept. 16-17, 2002.

    "Personal responsibility roundup" (workers' comp told to compensate worker for his suicide attempt), Sept. 12, 2002; "'Court upholds workers compensation for drunk, injured worker'", April 6-8, 2001. 

    National origin, language on the job, 2002: "Hiring apple pickers = racketeering", Sept. 9-10; "'Surgeon halts operation over foreign nurses' poor English'", Jul. 25; "No 'flood' of Muslim or Arab discrimination complaints", Jun. 17-18; "Must-know-Spanish rules defended", May 28-29; "High court nixes back pay for illegal aliens", Apr. 3-4.  2001: "Sued if you do dept.: language in the workplace", Dec. 19 (& Nov. 17, 1999); "Competitor can file RICO suit over hiring of illegal aliens", Dec. 13-14; "Opponents of profiling, still in the driver's seat", Nov. 2-4; "Employee's right to jubilate over Sept. 11 attack", Oct. 9 (& letters, Oct. 22). 2000: Christian Science Monitor on accent discrimination, see Dec. 18-19; "Green cards gather moss" (immigration delays), Feb. 4; "Back pay obtained for illegal aliens", Jan. 10 (& Oct. 28, 1999).  1999: "52 green-card pickup" (rules against asking for too much documentation of citizenship in hiring), Oct. 29; "Say what?" (accent), Reason, November 1997

    "Ambulance driver who broke for doughnuts entitled to sue", Nov. 2-4, 2001 (& Jun. 28-30, 2002). 

    "Not worth the hassle?" (Home Depot tries to avoid federal contractor status), Jun. 17-18, 2002. 

    "Advertisement for 'friendly' employee deemed discriminatory", Jun. 10, 2002. 

    "Catharine MacKinnon, call your office", May 16, 2002. 

    "Soap star: ABC wrote my character out of the show" ("medical leave" for drug rehab), Apr. 10, 2002. 

    "Will EU silence the pipes?" (occupational noise regulation), Mar. 8-10, 2002; "Britain's delicate soldiery", Dec. 22-25, 2000. 

    Retaliation: "Inability to get along with co-workers" (employer's counterclaim as retaliation), Mar. 8-10, 2002; "Latest lose-on-substance, win-on-retaliation case", Oct. 16, 2001; "Latest lose-on-substance, win-on-retaliation employment claim", Jan. 25, 2000; "Employment-law retaliation: real frogs from 'totally bogus' gardens", Sept. 29, 1999.

    "Aerobics studio mustn't favor the svelte", Feb. 27-28, 2002 (& update May 10-12). 

    "Jarring discord" (Audubon String Quartet), June 5, 2000 (& June 14, 2001, Nov. 13, 2001, May 10-12, 2002). 

    "European workplace notes", Feb. 25-26, 2002. 

    "'The Enron mythos'" (employee compensation, 401(k)), Feb. 15-17, 2002. 

    "Sept. 11 and court awards" (price, payouts of employment liability insurance soar), Jan. 14-15, 2002; "'Workers win more lawsuits, awards'", March 29, 2001. 

    "'UK women can demand to know men's salaries'", Dec. 28, 2001-Jan. 1, 2002. 

    "Menace of office-park geese", Dec. 13-14, 2001.

    "'Halliburton shares plunge on verdict'" (law-firm whistleblowing), Dec. 10, 2001. 

    "An ill wind" (layoffs mean prosperity for employment lawyers), Dec. 4, 2001. 

    "Rejecting an Apple windfall" (race discrimination suit), Nov. 30-Dec. 2, 2001. 

    "Sued if you do dept.: co-worker's claim of rape", Nov. 7-8, 2001. 

    "In the mean time, let them breathe spores" (OSHA and anthrax), Nov. 6, 2001. 

    "Judge may revive 'Millionaire' ADA case" (Echabazal v. Chevron: employer's right to turn away workers who would be injured by job), Nov. 5, 2001. 

    "'Attorney Ordered To Pay Fees for "Rambo" Tactics'", Oct. 5-7, 2001; "Even the chance of loser-pays helps keep 'em honest" (pilots' union bid for back pay), August 12, 1999. 

    "Employment class actions: EEOC to the rescue", Sept. 10, 2001. 

    "Not discriminatory to kick sleeping worker's chair" (includes item on U.K. employee privacy), Sept. 3, 2001. 

    "Firefighter's demand: back pay for time facing criminal rap", Aug. 29-30, 2001. 

    "Negligent to lack employee spouse-abuse policy?", Aug. 29-30, 2001. 

    "N.J. court declares transsexuals protected class", July 30, 2001; "'Fired transsexual dancers out for justice'", March 23-25, 2001; "Columnist-fest" (transgender employee sues over no-skirt order), May 31, 2000. 

    Age discrimination law: "Research for lawyers, courtesy of their targets", July 6-8, 2001; "EEOC sued for age bias", March 6, 2001; "'Toronto Torch' age-bias suit" (stripper), May 23, 2000; "Take the settlement, sue anyway", March 13; "'Tenure Gridlock: When Professors Choose Not To Retire'", March 3-5; "'The case for age discrimination'", Jan. 20, 2000; "Age-bias law expands" (Calif., N.J. developments), Aug. 12, 1999. 

    "Court says tipsy topless dancer can sue club", Jul. 3-4, 2001. 

    "'Hearsay harassment' not actionable", Jun. 12, 2001. 

    "Dispatches from abroad" (U.K. policeman claims snoring resulted from inhalation of cannabis), May 28, 2001. 

    "Six-hour police standoff no grounds for loss of job, says employee", May 21, 2001. 

    "Letter to the editor" (arbitration agreements), Apr. 16, 2001. 

    "Comparable worth in Maine" (state enacts "pay equity"), April 20-22, 2001; "Comparable worth: it's back", May 17, 2000. 

    "'2000's Ten Wackiest Employment Lawsuits'", Apr. 13-15, 2001. 

    "'Kava tea drinker alleges bias in FedEx firing'", Mar. 19-20, 2001. 

    Ergonomics: "Narrow escape from ergonomic regs", March 9-11, 2001; "'Cop's claim: gun belt too heavy'", Feb. 23-25, 2001; "Born to regulate", June 28, 2000; "Go ahead and comment -- if it'll do much good" (OSHA ergonomics regulations), March 17-19, 2000; "Repetitive motion injury Hall of Fame" (phone sex operator), Nov. 22, 1999. 

    "Forbidden paint zone" (New York City schools' 10-foot rule), Feb. 27, 2001. 

    "Employees not tenured in California", Feb. 7-8, 2001. 

    "Digital serfs?", Jan. 26-28, 2001. 

    "'Firms mum on troubled workers'", Jan. 22-23, 2001. 

    Police-record discrimination: "Coming soon to a school near you" (applicant with police record OK'd since no convictions), Jan. 17, 2001; "'Killer's suit alleges job discrimination'", Jan. 15, 2001; "You were negligent to hire me" (undisclosed rape-related conviction), May 30, 2000; "Hire that felon, or else"  (Wisc. law protects felons from job discrimination), Jan. 7, 2000 (& earlier commentary: Sept. 24, 1999). 

    "Stressed out in New Hampshire" (stress from legitimate workplace criticism triggers workers' comp), Jan. 4, 2000; "Stress of listening to clients' problems" (masseuse wins benefits), June 21, 2000; "Weekend reading" (workplace psychological injury claims), July 31-August 1, 1999. 

    Damages, big numbers: "Big numbers" (Kroger Co. hit for $55 million after workplace accident), April 16, 2001; "Property taxes triple after wrongful-termination suit", Dec. 20, 2000; "'Stock Options: A Gold Mine for Racial-Discrimination Suits?'", Dec. 11-12; "How to succeed in business?" (Christian Curry case), Nov. 20; "Wonder Bread hierarchy too white, suit charges", July 10 (updates Aug. 4: jury awards $132 M damages and Oct. 10: judge cuts award by $97 M); "Penalty for co.'s schedule inflexibility: 30 years' front pay" (ADA), June 16-18; "Record employment verdict thrown out" (Lane v. Hughes Aircraft), March 9, 2000; "From our mail sack: memoir of a morsel" (Calif. employer's story), Nov. 24-25, 1999; "The stuffed-grape-leaf standard" (litigator says $300K isn't that much money), August 14-15, 1999. 

    "Promising areas for suits" (broken interview promises, third party suits to sidestep workers' comp limits), Dec. 7, 2000. 

    "'Company Is Told to Stay and Face New Union'", Nov. 24-26, 2000; "NLRB lurches left", Oct. 11, 2000

    "Obese soldiers class action", Nov. 10-12, 2000. 

    "New unfairness for old" (Employment Non-Discrimination Act), Oct. 26, 2000. 

    "Prospect of injury no reason not to hire" (ADA), July 5, 2000; and see disabled-rights page

    "Judge tells EEOC to pay employer's fees", Oct. 5, 2000. 

    "When sued, be sure to respond" (Wal-Mart transsexual employee), Jul. 21-23, 2000 (update Sept. 6-7: judge grants retrial after default judgment). 

    "EEOC: offbeat beliefs may be protected against workplace bias", Sept. 5, 2000. 

    "Losing your legislative battles?  Just sue instead" (contraception coverage by employer health plans), July 26-27, 2000. 

    Coke: "'Coca-Cola settles race suit'", Nov. 17-19, 2000; "Class-action lawyers to Coke clients: you're fired", Jul. 21-23; "'Coke plaintiff eavesdrops on lawyers; case unravels'", Jul. 19-20; "'Ad deal links Coke, lawyer in suit'" (Willie Gary, suing Coke on behalf of clients, enters into a lucrative ad deal with it), May 11, 2000. 

    "Chutzpah is. . ." (marital-status discrimination case by boss's ex-son-in-law), Jul. 18, 2000. 

    "Welcome readers" (CNNfn article advising workers thinking of suing employers; cites this site), Jun. 19, 2000; "Favorite bookmark" (head of Employment Policy Foundation likes this site), May 23, 2000. 

    "Look for the Kiwi label" (sweatshops), Jun. 9-11, 2000. 

    "Another Mr. Civility nominee" (associate at law firm asks for bonus, is fired), June 2-4, 2000; "Smudged plumage" (Angelos's Orioles won't hire Cuban defectors), May 24, 2000. 

    "Funny hats and creative drawing", May 1, 2000. 

    "Employer-based health coverage in retreat?", Mar. 31-April 2, 2000. 

    OSHA and at-home workers: "OSHA & telecommuters: the long view", April 7-9, 2000; "Update: OSHA in full retreat on home office issue", Jan. 29-30; "OSHA at-home worker directive", Jan. 8-9; "OSHA backs off on home-office regulation", Jan. 6; "Beyond parody: 'OSHA Covers At-Home Workers'", Jan. 5, 2000. 

    "Feds' mission: target Silicon Valley for race complaints", Feb. 29, 2000. 

    "Judgment reversed in Seinfeld case", Feb. 26-27, 2000. 

    "Private job bias lawsuits tripled in 1990s", Jan. 19, 2000; "Employee lawsuits increasing" (Society for Human Resource Management survey), August 25, 1999. 

    "Warn and be sued" (industrial psychologist found liable for warning co-workers of patient's violent fantasies), Jan. 12, 2000; "Indications of turbulence" (pilot whose mental fitness for duty was challenged wins partial back pay), Dec. 1, 1999. 

    "Christmas lawyer humor" ("Restructuring at the North Pole" parody), Dec. 23-26, 1999. 

    "Truth in recruitment?" (N.J. jury verdict), Dec. 17-18, 1999. 

    "From the quote file" (Legal Times: U.S. Supreme Court as nation's chief human resources manager), Dec. 15, 1999. 

    Under surveillance at work? "Hold your e-tongue" (employee emails), Nov. 9, 1999; "EEOC encourages anonymous harassment complaints", Sept. 3; "Please -- there are terminals present" (email censorship and harassment law), July 30; "'Destroy privacy expectations: lawyer'" (advice managers are getting), July 26, 1999. 

    "Bring a long book" (New York takes average of seven years to adjudicate discrimination complaints), Nov. 4, 1999. 

    "Perkiness a prerequisite?" (bias suit says employer wanted workers to look like "Doris Day or the boy next door"), Nov. 2, 1999. 

    "New Jersey court system faces employment complaint", Oct. 21, 1999. 

    "Blackboard jungle" (Ann Arbor, Mich. substitute teachers' suit gets $30 million), Sept. 14, 1999. 

    "Labor Day: 'Overworked America?'", Sept. 7, 1999. 

    "Big numbers" (Kroger worker $55 million award not blocked by workers' comp), April 16, 2001; "Block PATH to lawsuits" (claims against NY-NJ commuter line under Federal Employer's Liability Act), Sept. 1, 1999. 

    "Ohio high court says forget tort reform; should unionists be cheering?" (unions exempted from exposure to many injury suits), August 17, 1999. 

    "You made me defame myself" (workplace defamation law doctrine of "self-compelled publication"), August 10, 1999. 

    "All have lost, and all must have damages" (suit against employer by insurance agent who sold allegedly deceptive policies), August 3, 1999. 

    Other writings by Overlawyered.com's editor: The Excuse Factory: What Happened When America Unleashed the Lawsuit (Free Press, 1997); writings on disabled rights/ADA; on harassment and sex discrimination law; on other branches of discrimination law.

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