The difficulty of winning an age discrimination case

Older workers face the prospect of being fired because of age discrimination. When this occurs, older workers can typically sue under the Employment Act of 1967. 

However, as the result of a Supreme Court ruling in June, it will now be more difficult for older workers to win lawsuits regarding age discrimination. The Supreme Court ruling said that the burden of proof in age discrimination falls on older workers. 

After the Supreme Court decision was released, lawmakers were upset with the ruling and proposed new legislation to protect older workers' rights. That legislation, however, has not yet been passed. 

If you or anyone you know has lost a job because of age discrimination issues, contact the Des Moines age discrimination lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., at 877-327-2600. 



Jewel-Osco employee files disability discrimination lawsuit

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit Monday, alleging that Jewel-Osco did not properly accomodate a pharmacy worker's disability. The disability discrimination lawsuit centers around the question of whether Jewel-Osco provided acceptable accomodations for the worker's allergic reactions to cosmetic fragrances. 

The suit is filed under the Americans With Disabilities Act, a law enacted in 1990 to protect employees against disability discrimination. In this case, the pharmacy worker asked the store manager not to permit co-workers to wear cologne or perfume, and the suit alleges that the manager did not comply with the request. 

If you or anyone you know is considering filing a disability discrimination lawsuit, contact the Iowa workers' compensation lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., at 877-327-2600.



Des Moines businesses plan to cut more jobs

Iowa economy experts predict that Des Moines employees are still at a higher risk of losing their jobs. As a result of the poor economy, the Des Moines workforce will need to be cut in order to make up for the $5.5 million shortfall.

Des Moines businesses have implemented a number of different strategies for the job cut, which include layoffs, hiring freezes, service cuts, and delays in projects. Despite the number of job cuts, some Des Moines busisinesses are trying to save jobs by restructuring contracts.

If you believe you have lost your job wrongly, contact the Iowa wrongful termination lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-327-2600.



Employees plan to increase benefit packages

A survey conducted by MetLife indicates the employees plan to keep or increase work benefits when the benefit enrollment season begins. The increased enthusiasm for benefit packages is likely a byproduct of the recent financial crisis.

As the disposable income of individuals and households dropped in the past year, they are trying to find new ways to supplement their income. For many, that supplement will come in the form of benefit packages.

These benefit packages, however, contain many regulations and contingencies. If you or anyone you know has questions about the legal matters of your benefits package, contact the Des Moines employment attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 800-327-2600.



Supreme Court gives woman new trial in pregnancy firing case

The Iowa Supreme Court ordered a new trial in a case involving a woman who believes she was fired because she had a baby. Although Elizabeth DeBoom lost the original trial, the Supreme Court overturned the original verdict on the basis that DeBoom was prejudiced by jury instructions. 

According to court documents, DeBoom gave birth in January 2004 and returned to work a month later. In mid-April, she was fired for failing to complete a number of projects.

However, DeBoom contends that she was fired because she had a child. She alleges that her boss asked her repeatedly whether she would become a stay-at-home mother. 

If you or anyone you know believes they have lost a job unjustly after giving birth, contact the Iowa wrongful termination lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-327-2600.



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