Articles by Sam Hananel

Supreme Court May Get ‘Disparate Impact’ Housing Case

It’s not easy to prevent the Supreme Court from deciding an issue once the justices have agreed to hear a case. But over the past two years, civil rights advocates have managed to do just that by coaxing settlements in …

Supreme Court Nixes Suit Against Officer Brought in Another State

The Supreme Court ruled this week that a Georgia police officer could not be sued in Nevada over the seizure of money from two travelers at an Atlanta airport. In a unanimous decision, the justices said a lawsuit against officer …

Democrats Question Government Contracts to Firms with Safety, Labor Violations

The federal government awards billions of dollars in contracts each year to companies that routinely violate safety, health and wage regulations, according to a report that calls for stricter measures to hold federal contractors accountable. The study from Democratic leaders …

OSHA Proposes Silica Dust Limits

Federal regulators are proposing a long-awaited rule that would dramatically limit workplace exposure to silica dust. Officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration say the new limits would save nearly 700 lives each year and prevent thousands of illnesses, …

U.S. Sues BMW, Dollar General Over Use of Criminal Records in Hiring

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed lawsuits this week against discount retailer Dollar General Corp. and a BMW manufacturing plant in South Carolina over their use of criminal background checks to screen out job applicants or fire employees. In both …

Workplace Bullying Emerging As Major Employment Liability Battleground

Margaret Fiester is no shrinking violet, but she says working for her former boss was a nightmare. “One day I didn’t do something right and she actually laid her hands on me and got up in my face and started …

Government Sends Message by ‘Super-Sizing’ Employment Bias Cases

It started with allegations of hangman’s nooses, graffiti and racist comments targeting a handful of black workers at a trucking company warehouse in Chicago Ridge, Ill. Four years later, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission had turned the case into a …

Railroad Retaliated By Firing Workers Reporting Injuries: OSHA

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is ordering railroad operator Norfolk Southern to pay more than $800,000 for firing a South Carolina worker and two others after they reported injuries on the job. Safety officials said that the incidents are …

OSHA Hit for Taking Too Long to Adopt Workplace Safety Rules

The nation’s premier worker safety agency takes nearly eight years on average to adopt new safety regulations, government auditors said in a report. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration takes far too long compared to other agencies, safety experts said …

OSHA Hit for Taking Too Long to Adopt Workplace Safety Rules

The nation’s premier worker safety agency takes nearly eight years on average to adopt new safety regulations, government auditors said in a report. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration takes far too long compared to other agencies, safety experts said …