The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that an employee who is retaliated against for making an oral complaint about policy can pursue a lawsuit against his employer under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The Court said that, under the law, it is illegal to retaliate against an employee who has “filed any complaint.” This clearly includes oral complaints, according to the Court.
A federal appeals court has ruled that an employer who terminated a pregnant employee is guilty of pregnancy discrimination. The court ruled that because her managers discussed her pregnancy in relation to her termination, saying that her “belly would be in the way,” the comments were discriminatory.
A federal court has awarded a former security officer more than $50,000 in back wages and attorney’s fees after he was fired for refusing to shave his beard as requested by his employer. The officer kept his beard closely cropped but maintained that the beard was part of his religious observance. The court found that the company’s request was religious discrimination.