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- A teacher may pursue her lawsuit against her employer for failure to accommodate her depression according to a federal appeals court. The court ruled that the school had a duty to pursue accommodation after the teacher provided a doctor’s statement that the depression was linked to a lack of windows in the teacher’s classroom.

Watch Your Business Partners

- Verizon’s annual data breach report warns that companies have one more weak link to worry about when protecting their information.

State Legislation: Colorado: Workplace Violence

- Colorado Governor Bill Ritter, Jr., has issued an executive order requiring the state to draft a policy to address domestic violence that spills over into the workplace. The policy, which is to be in place by August, will include a training program to increase awareness of the issue and the resources available for victims.

Medical Exams

- An employee may pursue a lawsuit against her employer after a medical examination led to her termination, a federal appeals court has ruled. The case concerns the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the use of job-specific physical agility tests to determine whether an employee can perform a certain job.


- A California appeals court has ruled that a woman who was granted accommodations by her employer for her disability was discriminated against after a new manager removed those accommodations. The employee was awarded $200,000 for lost wages, medical expenses, and emotional distress.

Computer Policies

- While an employee breached internal corporate policy when he downloaded company documents without permission, he did not violate federal law because he was an authorized user of the computer network, a federal appeals court has ruled. The company had sued the former employee under a law that makes it illegal for unauthorized personnel to access a corporate network.

Age Discrimination

- An employee’s innocence of an offense for which he was fired is irrelevant so long as the employer believed that the accusation was true and acted in good faith, a federal appeals court has ruled. In the case, an employee was fired for accessing pornography at work. The employee sued his company, alleging that his age—he was 57 years old at the time—was the real reason he was fired.

Building a Digital Forensic Laboratory: Establishing and Managing a Successful Facility

- Those looking to establish a digital forensics laboratory, should look elsewhere.

New Bugging Threats

- Surreptitious surveillance devices are cheap, plentiful, and easy to use, putting companies with valuable intellectual property at risk.

Elsewhere in the Courts: ADA

- A federal district court has ruled that an employee with a history of unpredictable low-blood sugar is not protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The court ruled that the employee’s condition, which could result in threatening and abusive behavior, posed a direct threat to the health and safety of other employees. (Onken v. McNeilus, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Iowa, No. 08-CV-2003, 2009)

Elsewhere in the Courts: Sexual Discrimination

- The highest court in Massachusetts has affirmed $973,000 in compensatory damages and restored $1 million in punitive damages in a sexual discrimination case brought by a Wal-Mart pharmacist. The pharmacist, Cynthia Haddad, was fired after a coworker filed a false prescription while she was taking a break. In her case, Haddad provided evidence that the same coworker filed a false prescription during a male pharmacist’s break but that employee was not disciplined in any way. (Haddad v Wal-Mart, Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, No. SJC-10261, 2009)

State Legislation: Minnesota: Background Screening

- A new Minnesota law (formerly H.B. 882) would protect employers in civil lawsuits where the plaintiff is seeking damages arising from the actions of employees. To be protected from liability, one of three conditions must exist, according to the law: The employee did not pose a greater risk in his employment than he would as a general member of the public; the criminal record of the employee had been sealed; the employee had been pardoned or the arrest or charge did not result in criminal conviction.


- The nonprofit CDC Foundation is holding a series of summits to teach meta-leadership methods developed at Harvard University. The goal is to train people to facilitate cross-jurisdictional cooperation to improve interagency communications in emergency management. Read a white paper on the concept of meta-leadership.

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