According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate edged down to 3.9 percent in April, following 6 months at 4.1 percent.
Orlando, Florida-based Seasons 52, part of the Darden family of restaurants, has agreed to pay $2.85 million and provide certain equitable relief to settle a nationwide class age discrimination lawsuit. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) contends that the national restaurant chain violated the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) when it denied applicants age 40 and older front-of-the-house and back-of-the-house positions at 35 restaurants around the country.
A federal appellate court has affirmed dismissal of claims that the rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of a Burger King assistant manager. The employee suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and depression. The employee resigned when his employer refused his request for a permanent fixed work schedule instead of one comprised of rotating shifts. Being able to work rotating shifts was an essential function, said the court, and the fact that the employer temporarily granted him the accommodation of a fixed schedule did not mean it conceded that rotating shifts was a nonessential function.
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