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FMLA Leave Noted As Basis For Low Performance Rating, Sending Retaliation Claim To Jury

The fact that a branch manager’s "considerable time off" in 2014 to take Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave was noted as a factor justifying her lowered performance rating, and her lowered rating in turn was a cited reason for the employer not to consider her for an assistant manager position when her job was eliminated in a restructuring, was enough for a federal district court in Maryland to deny summary judgment on her FMLA retaliation claim.
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Real Average Hourly Earnings Decrease 0.2%, CPI For All Items Increases 0.5% in January

Real average hourly earnings for all employees decreased 0.2 percent from December to January. This result stems from a 0.3-percent increase in average hourly earnings offset by a 0.5-percent increase in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U).
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EEOC Sues Restaurant For Pregnancy Bias, Hospital For Religious Bias

In unrelated actions, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has sued a California restaurant for firing a female employee after learning of her pregnancy and a Michigan hospital for religious bias against a medical transcriptionist for her religious objections to a flu shot.
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