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- A woman who was fired after giving evidence against a coworker in a sexual harassment case may sue her employer. Also, Congress considers bills on privacy, firearms, and cell-phone use in prisons.

Numbers

- 128 Number of DHS Safety Act certifications issued from 2004 through February to limit security vendors’ liability.

U.S. Congressional Legislation: Privacy

- A bill (S. 141) introduced by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) would make it illegal to display, sell, or purchase Social Security numbers without the consent of the owner. Under the bill, the government would no longer be allowed to print Social Security numbers on checks, and businesses could not require customers to provide Social Security numbers when purchasing goods or services.

Retaliation

- A woman who was fired after giving negative information about a coworker during an internal investigation can pursue a sexual harassment retaliation claim against her employer, according to a recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Discrimination

- A federal appeals court has ruled that a Muslim employee who was fired after 9-11 may sue his employer for discrimination. The court found that the evidence of discrimination, though circumstantial, must be brought before a jury.

Legal Report

- A company is not liable for the assault on an employee during a robbery. Also, a new law addresses discrimination, and Congress considers data protection.

National Security

- When issuing a national security letter under the Patriot Act, the government must justify the gag order that prevents the recipient from speaking out, according to a federal appeals court.

Internet Hate: A Tough Problem to Combat

- The advent of Web 2.0 technologies is making it easier for extremists to spread hate.

National Security Whistleblower Protections Still Stymied

- Employees who work in national intelligence agencies lack the whistleblower protections of other government workers. Provisions granting those protections, which had been attached to the stimulus bill, were dropped before the bill was signed into law by President Obama, reports The Washington Post.

Face-blurring Technology in CCTV Systems Could Protect Privacy, Researcher Says

- The omnipresence of sophisticated CCTV systems and its impact on privacy has led one researcher to propose an opt-in facial blurring technology for people uncomfortable under the gaze of surveillance systems.

Too Much Information

- Every company needs a data management system that can help it minimize the burden of legal discovery requirements in a court battle.

Legal Report

- A look at the cases the U.S. Supreme Court has refused to consider, including those on the ADA, preemployment screening, and wrongful termination.

Elsewhere in the Courts: Hostile Work Environment

- A theological seminary is not guilty of subjecting two female students to a hostile work environment, according to the Supreme Court of New Jersey. The students claimed that the school failed to reign in a 60-year-old seminary resident who romantically pursued the two women. The resident asked the students out for dates but did not touch them or make inappropriate comments.
 




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