Pumping at Work – Know your Rights

August was Breastfeeding Awareness Month and a good time to consider breastfeeding mothers’ right to pump at work.  Up until 2010, there was no federal law requiring employers to provide pumping accommodations for breastfeeding employees.  The Affordable Care Act, better known as “Obamacare,” requires employers to allow women to pump breast milk while they are … more »

Are You a “Key Employee” Under the FMLA?

Under the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”), eligible employees are entitled to take up to 12 weeks of protected leave every year to attend to certain medical and family matters and up to 26 weeks to care for a family member injured during military service.  FMLA eligibility requires the following criteria: The employee must have … more »

Is Jim Crow Rearing His Ugly Head Again?

The Case The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals – the federal appellate court for Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin and one of the country’s thirteen federal appellate courts – has decided that an employer may segregate its employees based upon their race so long as there is not sufficient harm associated with the segregation, such as … more »

Court Rules Employers Cannot Discriminate Based on Sexual Orientation

In a historic decision, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that employers cannot discriminate against their employees based on sexual orientation.  In an 8-3 decision, the Court ruled that discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation constitutes discrimination on the basis of sex, which violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  … more »