Month: September 2021

Officism; a New Type of Workplace Discrimination

With the coronavirus Delta variant summer surge delaying many return-to-office plans, a new source of conflict could erupt between workers who have returned to the office and those continuing to work remotely. The conflict could disrupt any chance of a smooth transition to a hybrid workplace.

Perceptyx, a leading employee listening company, found evidence through its work with Fortune 500 customers and a panel research survey of more than 1,000 working Americans, that officism – defined as negative attitudes toward employees who continue to work remotely instead of returning to the office – is clearly present in today’s workforce. The news for remote workers gets worse. Managers, who are directors or above, exhibit the highest levels of officism compared to individual contributors. Those managers are the same people who are designing hybrid work plans while the Delta variant of COVID-19 still surges around the world.

Medical Device Sales Representatives Play a Role in Patient Injuries, Investigation Reveals

A recent Kaiser Health News investigation, as reported by Modern Healthcare, demonstrates that medical device sales representatives for various products play a substantial role in patient injuries. Whether the medical device at issue is for a spinal procedure, a hip replacement procedure, or a hernia mesh procedure, a sales representative is likely standing in the operating room.

Family of opioid user who died cannot sue workers comp insurer

A federal court in Kansas on Tuesday ruled the parents of a worker who died of conditions related to his opioid use in connection with a workplace injury, chronic pain and subsequent depression can’t sue a workers compensation insurer or the third-party administrator over allegations that they were negligent in delaying approval for medical care.

The man in 2017 suffered multiple disc herniations in his neck, which led to radiating pain in his limbs in his work for pet food company Big Heart Pet Brands Inc., which provided nonsurgical “conservative treatment” for his injury under its workers comp insurance plan, according to documents in Civil Action No. 21-2047-KHV, filed in the United States District Court, District of Kansas, in Kansas City.

Boy Scouts Draw Plan to Settle With Sex-Abuse Victims, Exit Bankruptcy. Here’s What We Know.

The Boy Scouts of America is pushing to exit bankruptcy after seeking chapter 11 protection last year from sex-abuse claims. The bankruptcy case, which spotlighted past failures by the organization to protect children, may be nearing its end as a settlement offer gains momentum. The youth group has said it needs to make peace with sex-abuse victims for its mission to survive.

Here’s what you should know about the chapter 11 case, the largest ever filed over sexual abuse, and what could happen next.

Sex-abuse claims dogged the Boy Scouts for years, especially after a court-ordered release in 2012 of internal files on reports of abuse by volunteers. The youth group turned to bankruptcy when states including New York, New Jersey and California suspended statutes of limitations on abuse claims, opening the door to lawsuits alleging childhood trauma regardless of when it happened.

Older Workers Sue Eli Lilly for Age Discrimination

In a lawsuit filed in federal court, two midcareer workers allege drugmaker Eli Lilly discriminated against older job applicants in favor of hiring early career professionals and millennials instead. The litigation could become a nationwide class action lawsuit, which would open eligibility to many older applicants who were rejected in recent years.
According to the suit filed in a federal court in Indianapolis, newly appointed CEO David Ricks told Eli Lilly staffers in a company-wide conference call in April 2017 that he wanted workers who are millennials to be 40 percent of the company’s overall sales force by 2020. In some cases, the millennial hiring quota was later raised to 100 percent if lower thresholds were not being met, the lawsuit alleges.

“Eli Lilly believes younger applicants are better suited to be employed in a sales representative role,” the lawsuit says. “Because sales representative roles are primarily client-facing roles whereby sales representatives regularly interact with physicians who prescribe Eli Lilly products to their patients, Eli Lilly prefers that sales representatives to have a youthful appearance.”

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