Is unwed employee entitled to maternity leave?
The term "big with child" didn't apply to maintenance department Supply Room Attendant Ann Clement. Her pregnancy barely showed. Ann was in no hurry to request maternity leave. She waited until the eighth month.
The term "big with child" didn't apply to maintenance department Supply Room Attendant Ann Clement. Her pregnancy barely showed.
Ann was in no hurry to request maternity leave. She waited until the eighth month.
"You might have given me more notice," Foreman George Schultz groused.
The tightlipped supervisor remarked, "I don't recall hearing that you got married."
"Maybe that's because I didn't," Ann snapped. "Whether I'm married or not is none of your business."
Schultz, staunchly conservative from his crew cut to his morality, snapped back. "In that case, you're out of luck. Unwed employees aren't covered by our maternity leave policy."
"Sez who? "
"We'll see about that." Ann threatened to sue for discrimination.
Question: If Ann follows through, do you think she will win?
Larkin's decision: When Schultz filled in his boss on Ann's threat, Plant Engineer Arnold Larkin replied, "You'd better reread the policy manual. If Ann sues, she's almost certain to win. Your refusal of maternity leave is a clear case of discrimination. Not only that. In the light of modern times, granting her the leave is clearly the right thing to do."
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Annual Salary Survey
Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
Read more: 2015 Salary Survey