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Court of Appeals Ruling a Reminder that the Duties Test Still Matters for Supervisors

Posted in Eighth Circuit, Wage and Hour
There remains a surprising number of employers who believe an employee with the title of “supervisor” who is paid a fixed salary is exempt from the federal overtime requirements. While such an employee may be exempt, it is not because of the title, and the salary is only one of the components (assuming the salary… Continue Reading

Court Rules Government Agency Violated Employer’s Due Process Rights in Connection with Whistleblower Investigation

Posted in Eighth Circuit, Litigation and Trials
Good news for employers—you have due process rights too. So ruled the court in Business Communications, Inc. v. U.S. Dept. of Education  (8th Cir. 12/2/13).  The Federal Government awarded Business Communications, Inc. (BCI) contracts to install cables in two school districts. The money for the project was provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (“ARRA” a/k/a the… Continue Reading

Eighth Circuit Finds that Public Employee’s Gender Discrimination Claim Not Subject to Time Limits of Title VII

Posted in Eighth Circuit, Sex Discrimination, Title VII
Crystal Henley enrolled in the Kansas City Police Academy in September 2005. By November 8, she was forced to leave and was not able to complete her training to become a police officer.   During her short time at the Academy, Henley claims she was treated more harshly than male trainees, subject to sexual harassment, and even… Continue Reading

Political Discrimination Case Involving UI Law School is Making Waves

Posted in Eighth Circuit, Litigation and Trials
In my practice I frequently represent counties, municipalities, school districts and other public entities.   Just like their counterparts in the private sector, public employees are protected against discrimination because of race, sex, age, religion, disability, and other protected statuses. However, public employees have one important right their private sector brethren do not share: the right under… Continue Reading