10/29/2007 - The New Jersey Supreme Court has ruled that a company did not discriminate against a pregnant employee when it allowed her only 26 weeks of medical leave in a single year. A company policy, the 26-week rule was applied equally to all employees so it could not be considered discriminatory. In a dissenting opinion, three of the court’s seven judges claimed that the policy should be considered discriminatory because only women will be forced to use the policy for pregnancy-related conditions, thus limiting the amount of medical leave available to women. Because this situation would never apply to a male employee, the judge argued, the pregnant employee should have prevailed in the case. (Gerety v. Atlantic City Hilton Casino, New Jersey Supreme Court, No. A-33-04, 2005)
09/24/2007 - The California Supreme Court has ruled that vulgar language used in the workplace is sometimes acceptable, if the talk was part of the process of developing an adult-themed television show.
09/24/2007 - The Texas Supreme Court has ruled that a grocery store cannot be held liable for malicious prosecution of a patron because the employees who accused the patron of theft were acting honestly.